Worship and Spiritual Life

Watch: Chapel Services

We broadcast our chapel services throughout the academic year on Tuesdays at 11:10am PST on our Facebook page. Join us!

Some highlights of our chapel services include:

You are invited to refer this bulletin for our Zoom Community Worship at 11:10am, Tuesday, March 24.

You can join the gathering as follows:

  • by Zoom from any computer or smartphone: https://zoom.us/j/793319236.
  • from the Zoom app, enter Meeting ID 793 319 236.
  • from a landline or mobile phone, dial 669 900 6833 and enter Meeting ID 793 319 236.

Modeled on Psalm 46 (NRSV and The Voice, adapted by Rev. Todd Atkins-Whitley)

Read in a gathering, the community is invited to sign or say aloud the words shown in bold and supply the words in pink.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
                                             …in a pandemic
                                             …in isolation
                                             …in illness
                                             …in shelter-in-place

Goddess is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
                                             …in [name aloud when God is a help to you]

Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
                                             …though a virus wreaks havoc on communities
                                             …though we are isolated from one another
                                             …though we practice spatial distancing

though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
                                             …though in-person gatherings are suspended
                                             …though shelves are bare
                                             …though we know not what lies ahead

We are sure and fearless!
                                             We are sure and fearless!

There is a river whose streams
make glad the city of God,
                                             …make glad the lonely
                                             …make glad the isolated
…make glad the anxious

God is in the midst of the city;
                                             …the hospitals
                                             …the shelters
                                             …the sites of quarantine
                                             …the places we name home

God will help us when the morning dawns.
                                             God will help us when the morning dawns.

The nations are in an uproar,
the kingdoms, the stock market,
livelihoods, systems totter;
                                               God’s voice thunders and the earth shakes.

God, known by many names, is with us.
                                             [The name you call God] is with us.

Come, gaze, fix your eyes on what the Eternal can do.
Goddess can stop wars anywhere in the world.
                                             …can interrupt viruses
                                             …can make a way out of no way
                                             …can protect the downcast and downtrodden

God can make scrap of all weapons:
snap bows, shatter spears, and burn shields.
                                             God can relieve anxiety,
                                             interrupt isolation,
                                             and heal the sick.

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
                                             Be still, and know that God is God.

God is with us.                     [The name you call God] is our refuge.
                                             Amen and Ashe


Please refer to this bulletin for our Zoom Community Worship at 11:10am, Tuesday, March 17.

You can join the gathering as follows:


One tap mobile
+16699006833,,829606149# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 829 606 149

Words before All Else: Where We Begin
President’s Chapel – Community Worship 
Tuesday, September 4, 11:10am – Chapel of the Great Commission

Inspired by the Haudenosaunee practice of beginning each day and especially important endeavors with a thanksgiving address known as “the words that come before all else,” our first worship service of the 2018-19 academic year invited PSR students, faculty and staff to begin our time together with gratitude, and to explore what other words we as a community might need to say and hear before all the other words that will get said and read, sung and shouted, struggled over, dwelt with and taken in throughout the coming year.

PSR President, David Vasquez-Levy, preached


Facebook Live Recording

Forming Resilient Selves:
Dean’s Chapel – Community Worship
Tuesday, September 11, 11:10am – Chapel of the Great Commission

PSR’s weekly community worship invites us to explore the work of formation we are engaged in, especially the ways in which we form resilient selves in, for and with each other.  As we blessed new students, staff and faculty and shared Holy Communion together, we asked how might practices of deep listening, honoring and emboldening, and sacred eating contribute to the nourishment of our spiritual roots and justice dreaming and doing.

Dr. Susan Abraham, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean & Professor of Theology and Post-Colonial Cultures, preached (read the sermon) and Rev. Dr. Joung Chul Lee, Visiting Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Education, and Spiritual Formation
Director, Asian and Pacific Islander Initiative, presided

Facebook Live Recording

For more on Worship Life at PSR please contact:
Dr. Sharon R. Fennema
Assistant Professor of Christian Worship
Director of Certificate in Sexuality and Religion
Director of Worship Life
510/849-8933 | sfennema@psr.edu


Two words: Prince Chapel.

On April 26th, 2016, PSR honored the liberative theologies, technologies, and transformative message of Prince.  Marvin K. White, preaching.

Watch it here:

Prince Chapel from Pacific School of Religion on Vimeo.

During chapel this December, Changemaker Fellow José Toledo performed an original piece honoring Oscar Romero. Watch the powerful, bilingual chapel service here:

PSR Chapel, December 8, 2015 from PSR Communications on Vimeo.