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Reserve your spot: Course in Public Theology and Activism, plus Worship, with Rev. Dr. William Barber

Rev. Dr. William Barber

Rev. Dr. William BarberJoin us in welcoming Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II to the Bay Area! Rev. Dr. Barber, former head of the North Carolina NAACP, leader of the Moral Mondays movement, and a progressive faith voice in the national arena, will lead a Course in Public Theology and Activism, as well as a worship and social justice event.

Pacific School of Religion’s Theological Education for Leadership program, City of Refuge, and Glide Memorial Church are partnering to present this dynamic day of faith and activism. Dr. Barber’s presentation is made possible through Pacific School of Religion’s Earl Lectures Endowment.

We are honored to host Dr. Barber as part of Repairers of the Breach‘s Mobile Course in Public Theology and Activism.  The course is a national training and education ministry to “educate church and lay leaders who will pursue policies and organizing strategies for the good of the whole.”

Registration & Locations

Reserve your spot for the course and/or worship below!

  • February 7 Public Theology and Activism Course: 9:00am – 1:00pm, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
  • February 7 Worship and Social Justice Event: 6:30pm, City of Refuge, 8400 Enterprise Way, Oakland, CA 94621

About the course

The four hours of instructional time will be co-led by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, who is president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Theology at Union Theological Seminary, and Bishop with the Affirming College of Bishops; and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, a celebrated author and director of the School for Conversion in Durham, North Carolina. There will also be instruction in musicology of the Movement from the Rev. Shyrl Uzzell and Yara Allen.

As a national organizer for the 2018 Poor People’s Campaign, Repairers of the Breach is engaging faith communities and preparing moral leaders across America for this work, through the mobile course in public theology and activism.

This course will introduce participants to:

  1. A freedom Movement framework for understanding faith in American public life, with an emphasis on the faith tradition(s) at hosting institutions.
  2. Scriptural and theological basis for public engagement, as well as an immersion in the musicology of the Moral Movement.
  3. Analysis of current context in the particular state in the nation.
  4. Introduction to moral fusion organizing principles & stories of current faith-rooted organizing.


Please note that parking is extremely limited, with most street parking limited to two hours. We encourage participants to take public transportation or carpool wherever possible.


0.5 Continuing Educational Units are available for completing the Mobile Course in Public Theology and Activism, for an additional $95 fee. Email for more information.

Recommended Reading

Repairers of the Breach also invites participants to engage with various supplemental readings including:  One Nation Under God, by Kevin Kruse; Democracy in Chains, by Nancy McLean; White Rage, by Carol Anderson; The Third Reconstruction, by William J. Barber, II; Reconstructing the Gospel, by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2018 release); and Always With Us?, by Rev. Liz Theoharis.


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