Upcoming Events

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Wednesday Meditation, 5:30-6:00pm, Buckham Chapel

Wednesday Meditation, 5:30-6:00pm, Buckham Chapel

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Share 30 minutes of Vipassana/Insight meditation practice: seated on a cushion or a chair, standing quietly as needed. Mostly a time of silence, opening with a brief guided meditation to support presence and closing with a brief poem or paragraph to support compassion for oneself. Come embrace re-collecting your heart/mind/spirit/soul with a bit of Noble Quiet. Sit and lower the volume of your thoughts. Sit and feel your breath. Come experience inner contemplation shared with others doing the same holy work of caring for Self that is also Other. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:00pm, PSR Buckham Chapel with Grace Gilliam, Associate Director, PSR Community Engaged Learning, Member of East Bay Meditation Center Sangha Learn more »
Ancient Wisdom Ignite

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Innovation: Leading in an Unpredictable Future

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Join us for a dynamic series of micro-sessions curated from PSR's Ignite Institute’s new Certificate of Leadership and Innovation for an Unpredictable Future, launching in the Spring of 2018. This single-evening preview will feature scholars of ancient wisdom, socially-responsive leaders, and revered business innovators. This blend of leaders is uniquely suited to help mid-career professionals harness our rapidly changing environment as an asset, deepen their social and environmental responsibility, and cultivate personal and professional resiliency in a collaborative and visionary atmosphere. Learn more »

Liberation Theology and the Myths of Capitalism – A Lecture with Jung Mo Sung

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Join renowned liberation theologian Jung Mo Sung for a lecture on the myths that sustain and empower the growth of capitalism and to consider alternative myths that can nourish alternative economies. Jung Mo Sung is Professor of Religious Studies at the Graduate Program in Religious Studies at the Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil. Professor Sung is widely recognized as a pioneer liberation theologian working at the intersection of theology and economics. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Desire, Market and Religion (SCM Press, 2007) and Beyond the Spirit of Empire (SCM Press, 2009), co-authored with Néstor Míguez and Joerg Rieger. Thursday, November 30 5pm Chapel of the Great Commission | Pacific School of Religion You may RSVP for the lecture in-person or the livestream here. A recording will also be available on our website. Learn more »
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Toshihide Numata Book Award Presentation and Symposium

Friday, December 1, 2017
The Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism is awarded on an annual basis to an outstanding book or books in the area of Buddhist studies. The selection is made by an external committee that is appointed annually. This year's winner is Professor Jacqueline Stone (Princeton University) for her book: Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan (Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism, University of Hawaii Press, 2016). Program: 3:10 pm: Introduction and Award Presentation 3:30 pm: Keynote by Award Winner Jacqueline I. Stone, Princeton University “Last Moment” Reflections: Looking through Death at Buddhism 4:30 pm: Coffee/tea Break 4:45 pm: Symposium Reflections on the Moment on Death from the Perspective of Buddhist Self-Immolation James Benn, McMaster University Ambivalence in Japanese Pure Land Views on Deathbed Rituals Mark Blum, University of California, Berkeley Last Minute Thoughts on the Final Moment in India Gregory Schopen, University of California, Los Angeles 6:00 pm: Discussion Contact: buddhiststudies@berkeley.edu Learn more »
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Performance

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Inspired by our current exhibition, Seeds of Contemplation:Works by Arturo Araujo. Open to the public | free admission Learn more »
Bade Job Lecture

Feeling it in the Body: Social & Political Suffering in Job

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
The Bade Museum of Biblical Archaeology presents a lecture by Dr. Ingrid E. Lilly, Visiting Scholar at the Pacific School of Religion. A Reception will follow. Learn more »
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Hearing From God: A Contemplative Advent Retreat – with Susan Phillips, PhD

Saturday, December 9, 2017
New College Berkeley and First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley extend to you this invitation, in the words of South African minister, politician, and anti-apartheid activist Allan Boesak: So let us enter Advent in hope, even hope against hope. Let us see visions of love and peace and justice. let us affirm with humility, with joy, with faith, with courage: Jesus Christ–the life of the world. Even when our lives and the world seem tumultuous, God invites us to enter the Advent hope that Jesus Christ is with us today, as well as yesterday and tomorrow. Join us in a quiet retreat focused on noticing how you hear God and receive that hope in your own life. Learn more »

“The Transforming Spiritual Landscape of Peripheral Faith Communities, a Road Map to the Future” – A Community Forum Series, Part III

Saturday, January 20, 2018
This Community Forum series is presented by the Japanese American National Library, together with the Japanese American Religious Federation, and the Asia Project at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. It is divided into fall/winter and spring/summer modules comprising a total of six sessions. The final session of module one--Old Maps-Distant Memories--features a presentation on Model Projects, Programs, Initiatives, and Curricula presented by PACTS, PANA, Stanford-Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF) (spirituality and aging), Professors Fumitaka Masuoka, Moses Penumaka, and Ron Nakasone. The Forum is an outgrowth of voices by members of the different faith communities who are concerned with their respective congregations and faith tradition. The speakers will consider their experiences with identity, traditional and institutional intransigence, and theological reflections to articulate the yearnings and aspirations of minority communities. The yet to be scheduled spring/summer module—Future Spiritual Contours—will reflect on the transforming and emerging spiritual contours of the minority faith communities as they adjust to demographic changes, modernization and globalization, and technological and scientific advances that challenge long held theological assumptions. Learn more »

Academic/Administrative Calendar

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Contextual Learning

Immersion Courses


June 4-15, 2018 – U.S. / Mexico Border Immersion

A chance to directly engage with timely and ongoings issues with our neighbor to the South. Discover multiple ways that social justice work uses religion, culture, policy, the arts, and more. Faculty: Dr. Randi Walker Read more…

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