Worship in Troubled Times*; June 5 – 9

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.


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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