Worship and Spiritual Life

Worship Opportunities

Worship Opportunities

Worship Life at PSR aims to engage participants in developing spiritual values and practices, while cultivating the connection between them.

Every weekday, Mondays-Fridays, 8-8:30am – Buckham Chapel

Morning Prayer

Join others for a simple centering time of meditation, reading, prayer and singing.  All are welcome.

Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer they add something new to their life,
something with which nothing can be compared.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Contact: Stefan Waligur

Mondays, 12:45-1pm – PSR Quad (weather permitting, otherwise Holbrook Lobby) or wherever you are

Acts of Love: A Time for Community Prayer

The whole community is invited to gather for a brief moment of prayer for each other and for the world, either together on the quad (weather permitting) or from wherever you are.  Take a moment to breathe in peace and breathe out compassion.

Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed.
Even in the midst of distractions, trivial and extraordinary,
all that is needed is the will to love.
– Teresa of Avila

Contact: Todd Whitley

Mondays, 5:15-6:30pm – Small Dining Room, D’Autremont Hall

Community Worship Planning Team

Minister to our community by helping to design and plan our Tuesday community worship services.  All are welcome!

Contact: Sharon Fennema

Tuesdays, 9:30am-12pm – Chapel

PSR Chorale

Make a joyful noise and help lead our community worship with other PSR, GTU, and wider community members.  All musical abilities and voice parts are welcome!

Contact: Andrew Jamieson.

Tuesdays, 11:10am-12pm – Chapel

Community Worship

Each Tuesday during the academic session, we gather as a community to nourish our spirits, to encounter transcendence, to experience the word made flesh, to be beloved community together. These worship services and embodied practices contribute to transforming and grounding the whole person in a spirituality that will shape and sustain their change work in the world.  Worship is one of the primary venues where individuals and the community as a whole cultivate and nourish spiritual roots, care for soul and body, and open to experiences of the Holy in the world by learning and sustaining practices and developing deep understanding.

Contact: Sharon Fennema

Wednesdays, 7pm – Chapel

Taize Worship

An experience of contemplative singing, silence and prayer in the manner of the ecumenical community of Taize in France.

Contact: Tom Emanuel

Thursdays (beginning February 15), 12:45-1:15pm

Lent Communion Service

As a way of marking the Christian season of Lent, a time of reflection and taking stock of our spiritual lives and practices, we will celebrate a simple service of word and table together, led by members of the PSR faculty and staff.  All are welcome as we seek to deepen our experience of God’s presence in and through the practice of Holy Communion and form ourselves as a people who consider and nourish our spiritual roots.  Come experience a fresh new taste of God.

Contact: Sharon Fennema

Thursdays, 5:30-6pm – Buckham Chapel

Vipassana/Insight Meditation

Wellness is an important covenant with Beloved Community. Thus, we could think of self-care as an interpersonal and interdependent activity to benefit our work for love and justice. In this light, you are invited to share 30 minutes of Vipassana/Insight meditation practice with Grace Gilliam, Associate Director, PSR Community Engaged Learning): seated on a cushion or a chair, standing quietly as needed. Mostly a time of silence, opening with a brief guided meditation to support presence and closing with a brief poem or paragraph to support compassion for oneself.  Come embrace re-collecting your heart/mind/spirit/soul with a bit of Noble Quiet. Sit and lower the volume of your thoughts. Sit and feel your breath. Come experience inner contemplation shared with others doing the same holy work of caring for Self that is also Other.

Contact: Grace Gilliam

As you can see, there are no shortage of ways to worship! Let me know if you’d like to offer your gifts in worship in some way.   May you share the blessing of your presence in these gatherings so that they may be a blessing to you.


Worship at Other GTU Schools

A variety of worship services are held at other Graduate Theological Union schools throughout the week. Learn more here.

Tapestry Ministries

Tapestry Ministries is a new church affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Churches. Tapestry strives for inclusiveness across all demographics–culture, race, sex, gender, orientation, and more–while acting as both a pastoral and prophetic voice in the Berkeley community. Worship services are on Sunday evenings at 5:00 at the Chapel of Pacific School of Religion.

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