Join us for Summer Session 2017! All immersions, workshops, courses, and more are open to the general public.

Need help registering? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

If you can’t make it to Summer Session, PSR might be visiting you! Meet up with us on our Summer of Boldness tour!

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*Indicates CEU credit available

Randall MillerLeading churches, social advocacy groups, and nonprofit organizations through processes of moral discernment and decision-making has never been quite so challenging. Over the past half-century churches have been pushed from their once privileged place at the very center of social and public life to the very margins. In addition, ongoing church scandals and what some view as unwarranted intrusions into the political arena have further eroded the moral authority traditionally accorded to churches, clergy, and other religiously identified leaders and fostered a profound skepticism and even hostility towards organized religion. This entry level course takes seriously the challenges and opportunities for doing Christian Ethics in a postmodern context. Rather than an “issues” or “rules” –based approach, the class will focus on the key concepts, tools, and skills that students will need to clarify their own beliefs and perspectives, understand the “art” of moral reflection and discernment, and provide ethical leadership and guidance to others. Intended audience: MDiv students.

About the Instructor

Dr. Randall Miller is a former Assistant Professor of Ethics, United Methodist Studies, and Leadership at Pacific School of Religion and currently serves as the Director of the Global Religions Program at the Arcus Foundation, supporting organizations working at the intersection of faith, social change, and inclusion. An avid social justice advocate, Randall has worked for the past twenty-five years in a variety of social justice settings, including philanthropic, academic, religious, and advocacy organizations. Randall received his PhD in Ethics and Social Theory in 2007 from the Graduate Theological Union, with specialties in theories of justice, economic ethics, critical theory, and liberation theologies.

Details

Dates: May 30, 2017 – June 9, 2017, M-F (First class begins on Tues. in observance of Memorial Day)
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: PSR
Room: Mudd 201
Instructor: Miller
Credits: 3.0


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for CE 1051.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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Public worship is one of the primary collective acts of faith communities. As such, worship offers crucial opportunities for communities to grapple with the pressing social issues, struggles for justice, and conflicts of our time.  This course explores the ways in which worship can serve our communities when the times are troubled. How can we creatively engage in truth-telling, justice-making and lament through ritual, prayer, word and song? What strategies for worship can offer hope and resilience in times of social unrest and struggle? What resources does our worship offer for resisting racism, classism, patriarchy, heterosexism, colonialism, etc. in their particularities and their intersections? How do we create worship services that address important issues, hold the complexities of those concerns, and generate imaginative possibilities for transformation? Through reading, discussion, case studies and worship planning and design, we will discover ways to worship that help us to live and lead as spiritually and theologically rooted people of faith in unsettled and unsettling times.

About the Instructor

Dr. Sharon Fennema is Assistant Professor of Christian Worship, Director of Certificate in Sexuality and Religion and Director of Worship Life at Pacific School of Religion. Fennema’s research and teaching addresses the intersections of critical and gender theories with Christian worship as a practice which forms identity, performs theology, and shapes engagement in the public and political sphere.

Details

Dates:  June 5 – 9, 2017, M-F
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Location: PSR
Room: TBD
Instructor:  Fennema
Credits: 1.5 (2.0 CEUs)


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for LSRS 3500.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for LSRS 0001-01 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at registrar@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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This intensive course is designed to orient students to the primary types of academic writing generally assigned at PSR and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), including reflection papers, research papers, critical essays, and exegetical papers. The course is intended to help students learn or “dust off” the writing skills they will need to succeed academically while in seminary. Through lectures, online discussions, written exercises, reading assignments, and one-on-one check-ins with the instructor, participants will learn the art and technique of composing critical writing in a U.S. academic setting.

 

Among other topics, this course will cover: developing a topic; identifying reliable resources; reading and note-taking; constructing a thesis; writing and revising the outline, body, introduction, and conclusion of a paper; and formatting footnotes and bibliography. Participants will also learn how to identify and use online resources available through the GTU library. Finally, the course will introduce PSR’s Plagiarism Policy and will offer strategies for avoiding plagiarism in a U.S. context. Please note: This is an intensive course. We will be covering seven weeks of material in just three weeks. Successful learning in this course will require a significant daily time commitment-up to three hours some days-from participants. This ONLINE course meets asynchronously using Moodle.  High-speed internet connection required.

About the Instructor

Christina Fetherolf has been teaching the Art and Technique of Academic Writing since 2015. She has a PhD in Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible) with a concentration in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.  Her dissertation was entitled “Lamenting Abuse: Reading Psalm 22 as a Response to Intimate Partner Abuse.” She received her Masters of Divinity and Theological Studies (Biblical Languages) from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Delaware, OH) and her Bachelor of Arts in Religion (with a minor in English) from Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH).  She also spent an academic year studying at the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University of Jerusalem while completing her master degrees. When she’s not busy teaching undergraduate and seminary students, she enjoys painting and teaching K-1 Sunday school.

Details

Dates: June 5-23, 2017, M-F
Location: PSR
Room: Online
Instructor:  Fetherolf
Credits: 1.5


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for IDS 8100.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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In many movements for social change, trauma plays an important, if unacknowledged, role. Social, cultural, and personal trauma can serve to motivate activism even as the effects of trauma may be unrecognized and unaddressed. The process of social change can itself cause trauma and/or reinforce previously experienced traumas. In this context, rituals and ritualizing become important sites for attending to trauma in social change work. This seminar explores the connections between movements for social change and the dynamics of social and personal trauma, as we consider the role that ritual can and does play in uncovering and addressing trauma by engaging participants in the process of reconstructing memory, giving expression to that which has been silenced, offering frames for making meaning, and embodying visions of transformation. We will explore ritual as both part of the process of social change itself and as a source of healing the trauma embedded in activism and movements for social transformation. Evaluation will be based on leadership of discussions, critical reflection, observation, and ritual design/analysis.

About the Instructor

Dr. Sharon Fennema is Assistant Professor of Christian Worship, Director of Certificate in Sexuality and Religion and Director of Worship Life at Pacific School of Religion. Fennema’s research and teaching addresses the intersections of critical and gender theories with Christian worship as a practice which forms identity, performs theology, and shapes engagement in the public and political sphere.

Details

Dates: June 12 – 16, 2017, M-F
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: PSR
Room: Mudd 102
Instructor: Fennema
Credits: 1.5 (2.0 CEUs)


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for LSRS 3500.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for LSRS 0002 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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Latinos/as make up 38.8% of the population of California and are one of the driving forces in the vitality of Christianity in the state and around the hemisphere. Intended for church leaders of all backgrounds, this course will introduce students to the varieties of Latino/a experience in the United States, while also relating these experiences to Latin America, and explore ways in which these experiences and the resulting perspectives affect or enrich standards views on scripture, church, and theology.

The course will engage:

  • The importance of context in theology and hermeneutics
  • The Latino/a reality in the US
  • Issues of language and culture
  • Defining dimensions: Mestizaje, in-betweenness, exile, identity and generational issues
  • How all of this affects the reading and interpretation of Scripture, church history, theology, preaching, counseling, and church administration

About the Instructor

Justo L. González is one of the pre-eminent historians and theologians in the country.  Originally from Cuba, Dr. González is a prolific author, a consummate teacher, and a dedicated leader in his own Methodist tradition and the broader church.  He is a leading voice in the growing field of Hispanic theology. González helped found the first academic journal related to Latino/a theology, Apuntes; the Association for Hispanic Theological Education; and the Hispanic Theological Initiative. He was the first Director of the Hispanic Summer Program.

Details

Dates:  June 12-16, M-F
Time: 8:30am– 12:30pm
Location: PSR
Room: Mudd 102
Instructor:  González
Credits: 1.5 (2.0 CEUs)


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for STRS 4720-01.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for STRS 0004 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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Part I

Latinos/as make up 38.8% of the population of California and are one of the driving forces in the vitality of Christianity in the state and around the hemisphere. Intended for church leaders of all backgrounds, this course will introduce students to the varieties of Latino/a experience in the United States, while also relating these experiences to Latin America, and explore ways in which these experiences and the resulting perspectives affect or enrich standards views on scripture, church, and theology.

The course will engage:

  • The importance of context in theology and hermeneutics
  • The Latino/a reality in the US
  • Issues of language and culture
  • Defining dimensions: Mestizaje, in-betweenness, exile, identity and generational issues
  • How all of this affects the reading and interpretation of Scripture, church history, theology, preaching, counseling, and church administration

Part II

Part II of Desde el Otro Lado will build upon Dr. González’s teachings of the Latino/a reality in the US and expound on the importance of context within theology and hermeneutics. It’s offered online, from June 19 – 23, under the leadership of Professor Filipe Maia.  Assignments for the second week will be sent to those who register for 3 credits.

About the Instructors

Justo L. González, instructor for Part I,  is one of the pre-eminent historians and theologians in the country.  Originally from Cuba, Dr. González is a prolific author, a consummate teacher, and a dedicated leader in his own Methodist tradition and the broader church.  He is a leading voice in the growing field of Hispanic theology. González helped found the first academic journal related to Latino/a theology, Apuntes; the Association for Hispanic Theological Education; and the Hispanic Theological Initiative. He was the first Director of the Hispanic Summer Program.

Filipe Maia, teaching assistant for Part I and instructor for Part II, is Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies and Leadership Professor at Pacific School of Religion, Filipe Maia’s research and teaching focus on liberation theologies, the Christian eschatological imagination, theology and economics, and Wesleyan theology. Originally from Brazil, Maia’s scholarship pays special attention to the ways in which imaginations about the future shape politics, economics, cultural patterns, and religious practices.

Details

Dates:  June 12-23, M-F
Location:  Pacific School of Religion’s campus, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94904 (for Part I), online (for Part II)
Room: Mudd 102 (for Part I), Online (for Part II)
Instructor:  Maia
Credits: 3.0 (CEUs are not available for this course)


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for 4720-02.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please note that CEUs are not available for this course.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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Erika KatskeJoin veteran faith-based community organizer, Erika Katske, for an interactive exploration of community organizing and social movements. Now more than ever, we need creative, determined and spiritually-rooted organizers to aid in the work of building strong, resilient and responsive communities – and to cultivate a new generation of leaders that are morally grounded, relational, and skillful at building and using power. We need leaders who approach organizing as a spiritual practice.

Using and examining several different models of organizing, this course will allow participants to examine their own paths to – and styles of – leadership. It will also analyze the unique and demanding task facing today’s prophetic leaders, presenting ways we can rebuild community life that leads to both needed social change and restored democracy. The course will include both theory and practical skill-building and will be helpful to those who seek to build relational and communal power in either congregations or community organizations.

A range of justice issues will also be explored, including safeguarding immigrants, sustaining LGBT legal protections, maintaining funding for social services and defending the environment. Together, we will approach issues that impact us and our communities, using both traditional and new ways of thinking about building and using power to create the just world we envision.

About the Instructor

Erika Katske has been organizing for 20 years in faith, labor, LGBT, and public school communities around social justice issues that impact urban families: racial inequity, healthcare, education, violence, immigration, affordable housing and access to economic opportunity. She was trained in community organizing by both the Midwest Academy and the PICO National Network and worked for more than a decade organizing congregations throughout the Bay Area and across the country using the Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO) model. As an observant Jew, Erika spends much of her organizing time adapting CBCO and other organizing models for use in synagogues, massajid, and other non-Christian communities. After taking a year to live and work in Santiago de Chile recently, she returned to the states as a PSR Changemaker Fellow in 2015. Erika has a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Smith College and will complete the Masters of Arts in Spirituality and Social Transformation at PSR in May 2017. Her current research and writing is located at the intersection of theology and economics and focuses specifically on reclaiming and re-envisioning the story of the Tower of Babel.

Details

Session I
Date: June 19 -23, M-F
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: PSR
Room: TBD
Instructor: Katske
Credits:  1.5 (2 CEUs)


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for FTRS 4500-01.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for FTRS 0008-01 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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Erika KatskeJoin veteran faith-based community organizer, Erika Katske, for an interactive exploration of community organizing and social movements. Now more than ever, we need creative, determined and spiritually-rooted organizers to aid in the work of building strong, resilient and responsive communities – and to cultivate a new generation of leaders that are morally grounded, relational, and skillful at building and using power. We need leaders who approach organizing as a spiritual practice.

Using and examining several different models of organizing, this course will allow participants to examine their own paths to – and styles of – leadership. It will also analyze the unique and demanding task facing today’s prophetic leaders, presenting ways we can rebuild community life that leads to both needed social change and restored democracy. The course will include both theory and practical skill-building and will be helpful to those who seek to build relational and communal power in either congregations or community organizations.

A range of justice issues will also be explored, including safeguarding immigrants, sustaining LGBT legal protections, maintaining funding for social services and defending the environment. Together, we will approach issues that impact us and our communities, using both traditional and new ways of thinking about building and using power to create the just world we envision.

About the Instructor

Erika Katske has been organizing for 20 years in faith, labor, LGBT, and public school communities around social justice issues that impact urban families: racial inequity, healthcare, education, violence, immigration, affordable housing and access to economic opportunity. She was trained in community organizing by both the Midwest Academy and the PICO National Network and worked for more than a decade organizing congregations throughout the Bay Area and across the country using the Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO) model. As an observant Jew, Erika spends much of her organizing time adapting CBCO and other organizing models for use in synagogues, massajid, and other non-Christian communities. After taking a year to live and work in Santiago de Chile recently, she returned to the states as a PSR Changemaker Fellow in 2015. Erika has a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Smith College and will complete the Masters of Arts in Spirituality and Social Transformation at PSR in May 2017. Her current research and writing is located at the intersection of theology and economics and focuses specifically on reclaiming and re-envisioning the story of the Tower of Babel.

Details

Session I & II
Dates: June 19 – 30, M-F
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: PSR
Room: TBD
Instructor: Katske
Credits: 3.0 (4.0 CEUs)

To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for FTRS 4500-02.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for FTRS 0008-02 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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Clark KelloggInnovating is at the core of successful enterprises today whether in congregations, or start-ups, or nonprofit agencies. It requires diligence, discipline, and the credible projections of future trends and competitive forces. It requires imagination, focus and human resources. It also requires shared tools, practices, and habits of mind.

This course will introduce students to the tools and practices of innovation, deep congregational insight, and design thinking in churches. This is a learn-by-doing lab. Students will work collaboratively to understand and then solve challenges of today’s congregational agencies.

The goal of this course is to equip students with skills and practices that drive administration and management in pastoral organizations, business, and social innovation. These practices enable one to meaningfully contribute to congregation-centered problem solving; they emphasize empathy, flattened hierarchies and networked decision making with large and small churches.

Students will be introduced to research methods, ethnographic interviewing/observation, analysis and synthesis, reflective thinking, persona and scenario creation, ideation processes, rapid prototyping, collaboration, concept testing, iterative design, and narrative communication.

About the Instructor

Clark Kellogg has been a pioneer in the field of Design Thinking for 30 years. Trained as an architect, Kellogg has practiced architecture, product design, and strategy design. He has taught in the architecture school and the business school at UC Berkeley since 2001. At the Haas School of Business, Kellogg teaches the core MBA course in Design Thinking and Innovation. He is consistently ranked in the top 5% of the faculty. He is also the founding partner of BIG – the Berkeley Innovation Group, serving companies, universities, NGOs and governments in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Currently writing a book about design, Advanced Common Sense, Kellogg is a sought after keynote speaker and sails boats for fun. 

Details

Dates: June 26- 30, 2017, M-F
Time:  8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: PSR
Room: TBD
Instructor:  Kellogg
Credits: 1.5 (2.0 CEUs)


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for FT 4082.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for FT 0008 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at registrar@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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Tim KochThis course will build upon Audre Lorde’s concept of “erotic knowledge” as a queer base from which to focus on connecting our own erotic sensibilities directly to biblical texts, constructing matrices of meaning that speak to our individual and shared concerns. A broadly interdisciplinary approach will be employed and warmly welcomed, in working toward paradigms for the use of scriptural texts that are authentically liberative for queers of all sexualities, whether in or out of the academy, in or out of organized religion.

About the Instructor

Tim Koch grew up gay in a small coal-mining town in Southwestern Pennsylvania, he attended Duke University, focusing on ethics and public policy, graduating summa cum laude with Distinction in Religion. From there, he received both his M.Div. and his Ph.D. from Boston University in Religious and Theological Studies. In 2012, Tim earned a Juris Doctor from Arizona State, and is a licensed attorney and certified mediator, specializing in labor and employment law.

Koch has been ordained in both the United Methodist Church and the UFMCC and served parishes in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Tim has taught courses in ethics, religion and culture, queer theory, and history. His current research interest is in the historically similar strategies used by American religious groups to support or oppose Jim Crow laws and contemporary “Religious Freedom” laws.

Details

Session 1

Dates:  June 19-23, M-F
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: PSR
Room: TBD
Instructor:  Koch
Credits: 1.5 (2.0 CEUs)


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for BSRS 2333-01.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for BSRS 0001-01 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

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Tim KochThis course will build on Audre Lorde’s concept of “erotic knowledge” as a queer base from which to utilize biblical texts (which is central to QUB, part I), and go beyond baseline methodological questions to the creative and authentic appropriation and application of biblical texts in the queer pursuit of justice-making. A broadly interdisciplinary approach will be employed and warmly welcomed, in deriving, developing, and adapting tools and capabilities, suggested or even modeled in scriptural texts, for liberation.

About the Instructor

Tim Koch grew up gay in a small coal-mining town in Southwestern Pennsylvania, he attended Duke University, focusing on ethics and public policy, graduating summa cum laude with Distinction in Religion. From there, he received both his M.Div. and his Ph.D. from Boston University in Religious and Theological Studies. In 2012, Tim earned a Juris Doctor from Arizona State, and is a licensed attorney and certified mediator, specializing in labor and employment law.

Koch has been ordained in both the United Methodist Church and the UFMCC and served parishes in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Tim has taught courses in ethics, religion and culture, queer theory, and history. His current research interest is in the historically similar strategies used by American religious groups to support or oppose Jim Crow laws and contemporary “Religious Freedom” laws.

Details

Dates:  June 19 – 30, M-F
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: PSR
Room: TBD
Instructor:  Koch
Credits: 3.0 (4.0 CEUs)


To Register

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for BSRS 2333-02.

Community members seeking CEUs: Please click on WebAdvisor, click on the yellow “Continuing Education” button, and search for BSRS 0001-02 as the Course Code Number.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson JohnsonWho is Jesus in today’s diverse, globalized world? How do we relate Christ and culture for more effective ministry? What can Christian theology offer to the complexities of the “public square,” which is increasingly multi-cultural and multi-religious? This course invites active engagement with both texts and contexts as we analyze the rich development of approaches to Christology. Theological reflection on Jesus Christ has always been contextual, from first-century biblical writers to the early formative centuries of Christian traditions and on through to the vast multiplication of proposals and projects in the twentieth century and today. We will examine both historical and contemporary theologians for insights into the significance of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in our shared work of “constructing” Christ in our own contexts.

About the Instructor

The Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson is a priest in the Episcopal Church and served congregations in the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay Area before his current position as Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He is also a member of the core doctoral faculty at the Graduate Theological Union where he is the chair of the Theology and Ethics Department. Jay coordinates the Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change program at PSR and directs the Master of Arts degree in Social Transformation. His latest books include Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy and Peculiar Faith: Queer Theology for Christian Witness. Jay also serves as an associate clergy member at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley.

Details

Hybrid class format: Partially online, partially in-person in Honolulu.

You may earn CEUs or academic credit for the full course, which takes place from July 10-August 5. You may also take the in-person portion (July 17-21) exclusively, without earning CEUs or academic credit.

-Part one, July 10-15: Online using the Moodle Platform
-Part two, July 17-21: Live Classroom, First Chinese Church, Honolulu (5:30 – 8:30pm)
-Part three, July 24 – August 5: Online using the Moodle Platform

Location: First Chinese Church, Honolulu and Online
Instructor:  Johnson
Credits: 3.0 credit hours, CEUs available

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To Register

Community members seeking CEUs: Click here to access WebAdvisor. Click the yellow “Continuing Education” button, then “Search for Continuing Education Classes.” Enter STRS 0005-01 under “course code number.”

Alumni/ae, PSR faculty, PSR staff, Field Education Mentors/Supervisors, Emeriti Faculty, student spouses, and special guests of PSR: You may qualify for a discounted rate. Fill out this form and our Registrar will be in touch.

For those who wish to take this course for academic credit who are not current GTU students: Please fill out this form to apply for Special Student Status.

Current Pacific School of Religion or Graduate Theological Union students: Please search for the course on WebAdvisor in your student planning. Search for STRS 4001-01 under “course code number.”

Questions? Contact Lyndsey Reed, Registrar, at lreed@psr.edu or 510-849-8285.

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—Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of The Children’s Defense Fund