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David Vasquez Levy HeadshotRev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy serves as President of Pacific School of Religion.

A committed pastor, a nationally recognized immigration leader, and a sought after speaker, Vásquez-Levy leads at the intersection of faith, higher education, and social change. Vásquez-Levy regularly contributes a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration and is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people’s lives.

He has lived in four countries and taught courses and led international study and service trips across the globe. Vásquez-Levy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Texas Lutheran University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

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No Hate, No Fear: PSR President David Vásquez-Levy Responds to Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

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“No hate, no fear! Refugees are welcome here,” chanted the growing crowd at JFK Airport on Saturday, January 28.

They gathered—“out of nowhere” according to a New York Times report—in support of refugees and others detained at the airport as they sought to enter the country in the hours following President Donald Trump’s executive order the day before.

No fear…. Every encounter between humans and the divine in Scriptures begins with precisely those words, “do not fear.” That is the heart of the good news. It is the message proclaimed by the angels at the moment God broke into the world in the form of a child. “Perfect love casts out fear,” says the author of 1 John.

We are at our best when we embody this message of love and resist fear. By contrast, governing by fear is deeply antithetical to our sacred call.

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Resisting the Power of Fear

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Dear Pacific School of Religion community,

As we have reflected on the founding of PSR 150 years ago, I have often made reference to the tensions that framed the context into which PSR was born—marked by significant economic transitions, demographic shifts, and deep national conflict. This fall’s campaign season and the results of the election have highlighted the similarities of our context today. I know I am not alone in feeling in my own body the deep divisions of the campaign, the polarization it both revealed and provoked, and the uncertainty created by deeply troubling rhetoric of exclusion and blame.

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Executive Summary from Interfaith Roundtable on Faith and Justice in Silicon Valley

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Pacific School of Religion hosted the Interfaith Roundtable on Faith and Justice in Silicon Valley in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation over the summer and this fall.  The Roundtable—made up of faith leaders, social activists, business leaders and elected officials—sought to create a network among these various leaders to catalyze the development of an approach to community organizing and social change that draws on the particular culture of innovation in Silicon Valley. 

The ultimate goal is to identify concrete next steps in leveraging the innovation that characterizes Silicon Valley to tackle the social issues the region has often mirrored rather than challenged.  From our perspective at PSR, this is a conversation where we “teach and learn in community,” as one of our core values states.  It informs our understanding of leadership formation in a way that is more contextual while also building new partnerships that can create opportunities for us to contribute meaningfully in the region.

-Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy
President, Pacific School of Religion

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PSR is guided by a Board of Trustees that has ultimate responsibility for the school’s leadership and direction. In consultation with the faculty and administration, the Board sets broad academic policies, exercises financial oversight, and bears final responsibility for PSR’s funding and growth. Our Board is graced by up to 21 committed leaders of diverse churches, businesses and community organizations who generously give of their time and resources to support PSR in its preparation of leaders for historic and emerging faith communities.

Trustees

  • Alan Akana
  • Stan Barkey
  • Jon Berquist
  • Angela Brown (MDiv ’14), Secretary
  • Bishop Warner Brown
  • Teri Cannon, Vice Chair
  • M.L. Daniel
  • Benjamin Gunning
  • Donaldson Hill, Chair
  • Jennifer Martinez
  • Connie K.Y. Fong Mitchell
  • Ed Stewart, Student Trustee
  • Cynthia Scherr
  • Scott Sporte, Treasurer
  • Sheila Thomas
  • David Vásquez-Levy, ex officio
  • Stanley Watson (MA, ’90)

Emeriti Trustees

  • Wilbur W. Y. Choy Retired United Methodist Church Bishop, Tacoma, WA
  • Tom Clarke Retired financial analyst, La Selva Beach, CA
  • Wayne F. Edwards Management consultant, Edwards Associates, Austin, TX
  • Beth C. McCaffrey Community leader, Greenbrae, CA
All

Filipe Maia

Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies and Leadership

Dr. Sharon R. Fennema

Assistant Professor of Christian Worship, Director of Certificate in Sexuality and Religion, Director of Worship Life

Rev. Dr. Mary Donovan Turner

Carl Patton Professor of Preaching, Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)

Dr. Rossitza Schroeder

Associate Professor of Art and Religion

Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart

Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning, Instructor in the Practice of Ministry

Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy

President

Rev. Dr. James Lawrence

Dean of the Swedenborgian House of Studies, Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Historical Studies

Dr. Inese Radzins

Associate Professor of Theology

Dr. Aaron Brody

Robert and Kathryn Riddell Associate Professor of Bible and Archaeology, Director of the Badè Museum

Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake

Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Social Transformation

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethics

Dr. Bernard Schlager

Executive Director, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion; Associate Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies

Rev. Dr. Randi Walker

Professor of Church History, Doctor of Ministry Program Director

Rev. Dr. Boyung Lee

Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Education and Spiritual Formation; Faculty Coordinator for the Changemaker Fellowship; Program Director of the API Initiative

Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture; Academic Director of the Ignite Institute @ PSR; Director of Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) and Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST)

Emeriti, Adjuncts, and Visiting Professors

Emeriti

  • Joseph Driskill
  • Karen Lebacqz
  • Fumitaka Matsuoka
  • William McKinney
  • Lynn Nell Rhodes
  • Roy I. Sano
  • Choan-Seng Song
  • Archie Smith, Jr.
  • David S. Steward
  • Mary Tolbert

Visiting Professors

  • Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Social Transformation: Dorsey Blake (2015-2017)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethics: Robyn Henderson-Espinoza (2015-2017)

Fall 2016 Adjunct Faculty

  • Lisa Walker,
    • lwalk@berkeley.edu
  • Sam Park (ABSW),
    • spark@absw.edu
  • Ann Jefferson,
    • ajefferson@psr.edu
  • Justin Tanis,
    • jtanis@clgs.org
  • Robyn Henderson-Espinoza,
    • rhenderson-espinoza@psr.edu
  • Dorsey Blake,
    • dblake@psr.edu
  • Sandra Blair,
    • ssblair47@comcast.net
  • Patricia St. Onge,
    • patricia@seven-generations.org
All

Becky DePalma

Reception, Room Scheduling, and Media Coordinator

Lyndsey Reed

Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Registrar

Dave Beeman

Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management

Grace Gilliam

Associate Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning

Dr. Sharon R. Fennema

Assistant Professor of Christian Worship, Director of Certificate in Sexuality and Religion, Director of Worship Life

Alex Roman

Facilities Technician – Mechanical Trades

Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart

Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning, Instructor in the Practice of Ministry

Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy

President

Andy Maxon

Chef/Manager

Deseree Fontenot

Programs Manager, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion

Hugo Estrada

Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs

Jen Gall

Executive Assistant to the President

Marco Gonzalez

Assistant Facilities Technician

Patrick O’Leary

Chief Business Officer

Rev. Ann Jefferson

Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care

Rev. Dr. Justin Tanis

Managing Director, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry

Rev. Janice Sommerville

Program Coordinator, Community & Continuing Education

Ruben Cortez

Admissions and Financial Aid Officer

Rev. Dr. James Lawrence

Dean of the Swedenborgian House of Studies, Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Historical Studies

Dr. Lucia Ann McSpadden

Coordinator, International Student Support

Rev. Diana Marie Bohn

Coordinator of United Methodist Students

Erin Burns

Marketing and Communications Manager

Dr. Aaron Brody

Robert and Kathryn Riddell Associate Professor of Bible and Archaeology, Director of the Badè Museum

Rev. Roland Stringfellow

Director of Umoja Project & Coordinator of the African-American Roundtable, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry

Terry Dyonzak

Director of Facilities

Rev. Leslie Leasure

Program Manager, Ignite Institute @ PSR

Brandy Sacks

Development and Human Resources Associate

Rev. Dr. Leslie Carole Taylor

Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Wanda Scott

Chief Advancement Officer

Dr. Bernard Schlager

Executive Director, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion; Associate Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies

Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture; Academic Director of the Ignite Institute @ PSR; Director of Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) and Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST)

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