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Patricia St. Onge
Instructor in the Practice of Ministry
Director, Community Engaged Learning

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As part of Community Engaged Learning, Pacific School of Religion’s Immersive Learning Program provides a link between the seminary and diverse communities throughout the Bay Area, the Pacific, and the world. Through immersing themselves in courses on Faith and Public Policy in Washington, DC, Spiritual Accompaniment in Colombia, Arts and Cultural Memory in New York, Roots of Immigration in Guatemala, and Refuge in the City, CEL faculty assist students in developing a practice of just engagement and critical theological reflection, learning from and with marginalized communities.

Through immersive learning, we can:
● Discover the lenses through which we view the world and ourselves
● Learn how these lenses impact our formation as spiritual leaders
● Understand and appreciate diverse perspectives and how they differ from our own
● Develop competency for leadership in multicultural and multireligious communities

Immersion begins with Orientation week at PSR. Immersions are built into traditional, flexible, and flipped classroom courses. PSR also offers local, national and international intensives each year in January and June. These intensives fulfill Master of Divinity requirements and electives for our Certificate in Spirituality and Social Change and Master of Arts in Social Transformation programs.


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