Join Rev. Dr. Jay Johnson in Honolulu for Christ, Culture, Ministry: Contextual Theologies for Social Transformation; July 10-August 5

Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson JohnsonWho is Jesus in today’s diverse, globalized world? How do we relate Christ and culture for more effective ministry? What can Christian theology offer to the complexities of the “public square,” which is increasingly multi-cultural and multi-religious? This course invites active engagement with both texts and contexts as we analyze the rich development of approaches to Christology. Theological reflection on Jesus Christ has always been contextual, from first-century biblical writers to the early formative centuries of Christian traditions and on through to the vast multiplication of proposals and projects in the twentieth century and today. We will examine both historical and contemporary theologians for insights into the significance of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in our shared work of “constructing” Christ in our own contexts.

About the Instructor

The Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson is a priest in the Episcopal Church and served congregations in the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay Area before his current position as Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He is also a member of the core doctoral faculty at the Graduate Theological Union where he is the chair of the Theology and Ethics Department. Jay coordinates the Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change program at PSR and directs the Master of Arts degree in Social Transformation. His latest books include Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy and Peculiar Faith: Queer Theology for Christian Witness. Jay also serves as an associate clergy member at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley.


Hybrid class format: Partially online, partially in-person in Honolulu.

You may earn CEUs or academic credit for the full course, which takes place from July 10-August 5. You may also take the in-person portion (July 17-21) exclusively, without earning CEUs or academic credit.

-Part one, July 10-15: Online using the Moodle Platform
-Part two, July 17-21: Live Classroom, First Chinese Church, Honolulu (5:30 – 8:30pm)
-Part three, July 24 – August 5: Online using the Moodle Platform

Location: First Chinese Church, Honolulu and Online
Instructor:  Johnson
Credits: 3.0 credit hours, CEUs available

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To Register

Community members seeking CEUs: Click here to access WebAdvisor. Click the yellow “Continuing Education” button, then “Search for Continuing Education Classes.” Enter STRS 0005-01 under “course code number.”

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.

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.

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for STRS 4001-01 under “course code number.”

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at or 510-849-8285.

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