As an alum of Pacific School of Religion Class of 1977, I have spent decades in ministry within institutions going through profound change—from faith-based non-profits doing environmental advocacy, to pastoring local churches (both new starts and established), to ministering within the denominational offices of the United Church of Christ. Through all of this, I have seen first-hand the ever-changing landscape of ministry.
One of the ways that I continue to share my skills, passion, and faith is through participating in PSR’s Alumni/ae Council, an elected body of alums that seeks to be a bridge between PSR’s diverse alumni/ae community and current life on Holy Hill. While PSR is different from the place I remember in the 1970s (the world is), I am so grateful that my alma mater continues to be a bold trainer of transformative leaders across a variety of spiritual traditions and that the values I came to cherish and fight for during my years at PSR are still being passed on to new and ever more diverse generations of students. And I continue to relish my friendships with classmates who have been exercising creative ministries through the years which have made a difference in this world.
I hope you will take a moment to think about whether you are called to step forward and share your perspective, network, skills and attentive care at this unique time in our world and in theological education by running for one of the four open positions on the Alumni/ae Council. One of the blessings of being part of this unique body is getting to know the tremendous range of experiences, backgrounds and communities that make up our unique school’s global alumni/ae network.
Below you will find details about the council and how to nominate yourself or someone else.
Thank you for all the ways you embody the values of PSR and nurture our vital network of transformative leaders.
Rev. Loey Powell
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
PS: If you know of someone who would be ideal for this role, please forward this message their way.
PSR Alumni Council
The Alumni Council is an elected body of alums who serve as liaisons between the school, the council, and our alumni/ae network.
So who elects the Alumni Council? Members of the Alumni/ae Association, which includes all graduates and recipients of honorary degrees from PSR. The Association conducts business through the Alumni Council.
What business have we as the Alumni/ae Association through the Council? • Guide decisions affecting alumni/ae and provide feedback to PSR. • Help guide decisions about communications with alumni/ae. • Advocate for the school in congregations and denominational gatherings. • Act as a network of support to keep all alums in touch with each other and PSR. • Support the Annual Fund and other pivotal fundraising. • Promote PSR events happening in your region. • Assist in recruitment of students.
What do I have to do to join? Tasks include meetings by video-conference calls every other month, presence at our annual alumni/ae council meeting (this year scheduled for April 29-30th at PSR), and assisting with regional Alumni/ae gatherings at congregations and denominational conferences.
What seats are open? Four of them!
According to our Bylaws, the Council shall consist of twelve (12) members, four (4) elected each year for three-year terms. Ideally, there would be good representation by region, degree type, and years since graduating.
In addition to these twelve (12), the following persons serve as ex-officio: non-voting members of the Council: a first-year graduate for a term of one year; a representative from CAPSR; and a representative of the school appointed by the President of the school. The immediate past president of the Council shall be invited to serve as a voting member of the Council for one year following his/her/their service.
Please consider nominating the gifted leaders in your class (perhaps even yourself) by sending a 300-words-or-less bio including your degree and year of graduation and a headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 3, 2019.
Voting will occur online throughout the month of February with results announced in early March.