Pacific School of Religion’s Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology is proud to host Dr. Jose Cuellar, Professor Emeritus of Latina/Latino Studies at San Francisco State University for an evening discussion and demonstration of ancient musical instruments from Mesoamerica.
Rally at MLK Civic Center Park
2151 MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Join faith leaders and activists as we urge our elected officials to honor sanctuary for all people, regardless of immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion.
- Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley
- Rev. John Fife, Co-founder of the Sanctuary movement
- Rev. James Lawson, Jr., Civil Rights Leader
- Rev. Phillip Lawson, Civil Rights Leader
- Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist
- Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President, Pacific School of Religion
In his famous Letter from the Birmingham Jail, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. articulated the profound spiritual role that marches, protests, sit-ins, etc. play in movements for social change, saying “[Through direct action,] we…bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with…injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion, before it can be healed.”
To conclude our time together, we will explore what we come to know and understand about Borders and Identities in and through participation in direct social action, and how we might join in exposing underlying tensions and systems of injustice so that they might be transformed. As we put hands, feet, and heart to our prayers in the hopes of directly impacting our local and national communities, we affirm that this, too, is what theology and ministry looks like.
Borders and Identity, the 2017 Earl and Boswell Lectures, will feature reflections from trailblazing social justice activists and organizers. Pacific School of Religion and our Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion are honored to welcome Rev. John Fife, Rev. Phillip Lawson, Dolores Huerta, and Rev. James Lawson, Jr. Read More
“No hate, no fear! Refugees are welcome here,” chanted the growing crowd at JFK Airport on Saturday, January 28.
They gathered—“out of nowhere” according to a New York Times report—in support of refugees and others detained at the airport as they sought to enter the country in the hours following President Donald Trump’s executive order the day before.
No fear…. Every encounter between humans and the divine in Scriptures begins with precisely those words, “do not fear.” That is the heart of the good news. It is the message proclaimed by the angels at the moment God broke into the world in the form of a child. “Perfect love casts out fear,” says the author of 1 John.
We are at our best when we embody this message of love and resist fear. By contrast, governing by fear is deeply antithetical to our sacred call.
Migration across all kinds of borders—both physical and metaphorical—is reshaping our understanding of identity across boundaries of race, culture, religion, sexuality, gender, and nationality. It has been a major, and divisive, theme of national politics. Halfway through the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, join us for an engaging weekend of workshops, worship, direct action, and community building. The conference will emphasize practical skills, timely resources, and a deeper analysis of the critical issues facing us at this moment. Our goal is to equip leaders to stand for justice with all those on the borders and margins.
During our latest international immersion, participants will study Spanish for ministry while engaging liberation theologians, base communities, women’s groups, LGBTQ communities, and social justice advocates. Read the blog!