Community Organizing, Session I and II*; June 19-30

Erika KatskeJoin veteran faith-based community organizer, Erika Katske, for an interactive exploration of community organizing and social movements. Now more than ever, we need creative, determined and spiritually-rooted organizers to aid in the work of building strong, resilient and responsive communities – and to cultivate a new generation of leaders that are morally grounded, relational, and skillful at building and using power. We need leaders who approach organizing as a spiritual practice.

Using and examining several different models of organizing, this course will allow participants to examine their own paths to – and styles of – leadership. It will also analyze the unique and demanding task facing today’s prophetic leaders, presenting ways we can rebuild community life that leads to both needed social change and restored democracy. The course will include both theory and practical skill-building and will be helpful to those who seek to build relational and communal power in either congregations or community organizations.

A range of justice issues will also be explored, including safeguarding immigrants, sustaining LGBT legal protections, maintaining funding for social services and defending the environment. Together, we will approach issues that impact us and our communities, using both traditional and new ways of thinking about building and using power to create the just world we envision.

About the Instructor

Erika Katske has been organizing for 20 years in faith, labor, LGBT, and public school communities around social justice issues that impact urban families: racial inequity, healthcare, education, violence, immigration, affordable housing and access to economic opportunity. She was trained in community organizing by both the Midwest Academy and the PICO National Network and worked for more than a decade organizing congregations throughout the Bay Area and across the country using the Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO) model. As an observant Jew, Erika spends much of her organizing time adapting CBCO and other organizing models for use in synagogues, massajid, and other non-Christian communities. After taking a year to live and work in Santiago de Chile recently, she returned to the states as a PSR Changemaker Fellow in 2015. Erika has a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Smith College and will complete the Masters of Arts in Spirituality and Social Transformation at PSR in May 2017. Her current research and writing is located at the intersection of theology and economics and focuses specifically on reclaiming and re-envisioning the story of the Tower of Babel.


Session I & II
Dates: June 19 – 30, M-F
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: PSR
Room: TBD
Instructor: Katske
Credits: 3.0 (4.0 CEUs)

To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on Sonis in your student planning. Search for FTRS 4500-02.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on Sonis, click on the Login tab and then “CE Registration,” and search for FTRS 0008-02 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this Special Student Application to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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