Summer 2018

Pastoral Care in Transgender Communities – June 4-8 (Berkeley, CA)


Jakob Hero-Shaw

In progressive theological education and in the work of spiritually inclusive ministry, we must create communities of care for all those who are differently gendered, in doing so we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people of all genders. Living into this spiritual imperative requires quality pastoral care for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. This course addresses culturally relevant and diverse situations of care that are unique to transgender and gender nonconforming communities.


Jakob Hero-Shaw received his MDiv, MA, and Certificate in Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion in 2011. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Christian Theology and Spiritual Direction from Cardiff University in Wales, and a BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Christianity and Islam, from the University of South Florida. Jakob has led trainings on human rights and participated transgender advocacy throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Central and Eastern Europe. Currently living in Tampa, Florida, Jakob is the Director of Education and Programs at the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa and serves as the Coordinator of the Transgender Roundtable for the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion.


Dates:  June 4-8, 2018, M-F
Times: 1pm – 5pm
Location:  Pacific School of Religion’s campus, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
Instructor:  Hero-Shaw

Credits: 1.5 credits, 2.0 CEUs
Meets requirements for: MDiv (elective/partial requirement), CSR

How to Register

Registration for Summer Session opens May 7 at noon. Current students may register here; alumni/ae may register by emailing Lyndsey Reed at