Mission

Pacific School of Religion prepares a diverse cadre of spiritually rooted leaders with the vision, resilience, and skill to create a world where all can thrive.

Grounded in the rigorous study and faithful practice of progressive Christian faith, PSR partners with students of all backgrounds to deepen their spirituality and enhance their capacity to lead in transformative ways. Connected to a broad network of religious, educational, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations—with a particular commitment to the wisdom of historically marginalized communities—Pacific School of Religion offers an education that is marked by innovation, reflection, and excellence.

Pacific School of Religion is a member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), an interreligious consortium of seminaries and institutes in the San Francisco Bay Area. PSR is a non-profit founded in 1866 and is located in Berkeley, California.

Vision: Living a Radically Welcoming Gospel

Whether ministering to the local homeless community or participating in our MultiFaith Transgender Summit, PSR students embody a message of radical inclusivity. Our two centers, Ignite Institute @ PSR and Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion, share an expansive, hopeful message of spiritual and social transformation.

We are committed to creating a learning and teaching community that reflects the variety of our context and the beauty of God’s people.

A Vital Consortium

From atop “Holy Hill” in Berkeley, California, Pacific School of Religion is steeped in the history, community, and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union, PSR offers our students unparalleled access to a divinity school consortium—and an unparalleled interfaith conversation.

Additionally, off-campus immersive experiences offer students a uniquely global perspective. Whether working alongside displaced farmworkers in Colombia or wrestling with issues of religious identity in the Holy Land, PSR students learn, first hand, how to best support local communities working for justice. Within this global context, our students learn to engage an increasingly interconnected world.