Pacific School of Religion’s staff, students, and alums hit the road for our 2017 Summer of Boldness Tour!

Past Events


MCC Conference for People of African Descent 

August 3-5
St. Louis, MO

Admissions and Recruitment Director Leslie Carole Taylor and CLGS’s African American Roundtable Coordinator (and alum) Roland Stringfellow headed to this conference!


Wild Goose Festival

Hot Springs, NC
July 13-16

Blyth Barnow, recent graduate and Paul Wesley Yinger Preaching Award winner, ran a workshop on “A Faithful Response to Domestic Violence,” co-sponsored by the United Church of Christ and PSR. The workshop description follows:

In this interactive workshop we will explore what a faithful response to domestic violence looks like in congregation and community settings. Using an intersectional lens we will begin with a brief training on domestic violence 101. From there we will brainstorm creative, practical, and empowered ways to respond to violence and support Survivors. What resources do we have? What do we already know? What about Survivors who are Queer? How do we think about violence theologically? How is the Divine calling us to respond?


Disciples of Christ General Assembly

July 8-12
Indianapolis, IN

We hosted luncheon in conjunction with our friends at Disciple Seminary Foundation.


UCC General Synod 

June 30-July 4
Baltimore, MD

PSR hosted a dinner on Monday, July 3, honoring the life and work of  John Deckenback (MDiv ’72, DMin ’91), longtime Conference Minister of the UCC Central Atlantic Conference, who passed away last July.

Watch President David Vásquez-Levy preaching here!


UMC California-Nevada Annual Conference 

June 21-24
Burlingame, CA

Terry Yasuko Ogawa, Associate Advancement Director, hosted an after-hours event Thursday, June 22.  Leslie Carole Taylor, Associate Director of Admissions & Recruitment, represented PSR throughout the conference. PSR President David Vásquez-Levy brought greetings at the conference opening.


Unitarian Universalist General Assembly  

June 21-25
New Orleans, LA

Alumni/ae Council Member Richard Nugent, Church Staff Finances Director for the denomination, staffed the PSR table!


Disciples of Christ Annual Gathering

April 29-30
Lafayette, CA

Inspiration from retiring Dean Mary Donovan Turner: Listen to her closing worship sermon here.

Past Events


UCC General Synod 

June 30-July 4
Baltimore, MD

PSR hosted a dinner on Monday, July 3, honoring the life and work of  John Deckenback (MDiv ’72, DMin ’91), longtime Conference Minister of the UCC Central Atlantic Conference, who passed away last July.

Watch President David Vásquez-Levy preaching here!


UMC California-Nevada Annual Conference 

June 21-24
Burlingame, CA

Terry Yasuko Ogawa, Associate Advancement Director, hosted an after-hours event Thursday, June 22.  Leslie Carole Taylor, Associate Director of Admissions & Recruitment, represented PSR throughout the conference. PSR President David Vásquez-Levy brought greetings at the conference opening.


Unitarian Universalist General Assembly  

June 21-25
New Orleans, LA

Alumni/ae Council Member Richard Nugent, Church Staff Finances Director for the denomination, staffed the PSR table!


Disciples of Christ Annual Gathering

April 29-30
Lafayette, CA

Inspiration from retiring Dean Mary Donovan Turner: Listen to her closing worship sermon here.


President David Vásquez-Levy Delivers Keynote Address at National Japanese-American UMC Caucus Clergy Retreat

May 24
San Jose, CA

UMC Japanese American Caucus


Faith and Public Policy Immersion

Washington, DC
May 22-June 1

The issues of religious freedom, human rights, pluralism, faith and public policy, media, executive orders, judicial restraint, and congressional ethics are being engaged today at a heightened level in the public square. Students learned alongside a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-faith network of organizations, learning how and why religious leaders engage in public policy advocacy as ecumenical and interfaith partners. Follow their blog here!

Meeting with Barbara Lee


UCC Southern California/Nevada Conference 

June 2-3
Orange, CA

Terry Yasuko Ogawa hosted an after-conference reception at Zito’s Pizza and connected with many of our alums and friends!


UCC Indiana-Kentucky Conference Annual Gathering

June 9-10
Indianapolis, IN 

The Alumni/ae Council’s own Kent Gilbert staffed a table!


UCC South Central Conference Annual Meeting

June 9-10
Dallas, TX

Todd Whitley, current student and the co-moderator of the Community Association of PSR, served as a welcoming PSR presence at the annual meeting hosted by his home church, Cathedral of Hope.


UCC Wisconsin Conference Annual Gathering  

June 9-11
Green Lake, WI

Michael Bausch, from the Alumni/ae Council, staffed a PSR table.


UCC ‘Aha Pae‘āina

June 14 -15
Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus
270 Aapueo Parkway
Pukalani, HI 96768

Thanks to Board member Alan Akana and Alumni/ae Tom Fujita and Jeannie Thompson for staffing the PSR table!


UMC Pacific Northwest and Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference 

June 14-17
Portland, OR

On the evening of June 14, alumna Emma Donohew hosted Pub Theology, in partnership with Parkrose United Methodist Church.


UCC Northern California Nevada Conference Annual Gathering  

June 15-18
Sonoma, CA

At our after-hours gathering, alumni/ae partied past midnight!


UMC Wisconsin Annual Conference 

June 16-19
Middleton, WI

Michael Bausch, from the Alumni/ae Council, generously hosted a second table here at the UMC gathering. Michael is an ordained UCC pastor who teaches the use of arts and multimedia in worship and learning settings.