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Pacific School of Religion BULLETIN 2015-2016 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Eun Ahn Ann Appert Stan Barkey Jon Berquist Angela Brown Bishop Warner Brown Teri Cannon, Vice Chair M.L. Daniel Schmian Evans Donaldson Hill, Chair Jim Hyatt Jennifer Martinez David J. McClure Connie K.Y. Fong Mitchell Cynthia Scherr, Secretary Scott Sporte, Treasurer Sheila Thomas David Vásquez-Levy, President Stanley Watson


David Vásquez-Levy, President Bernard Schlager, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Patrick O’Leary, Chief Business Officer Julie A. Clemens, Chief Advancement Officer


Editor: Julie Clemens Art Director & Designer: Erin Burns Contributors: John Aney, Alex Haider-Winnett, Jakada Imani, Leslie Leasure, Ally Vertigan, Marvin K. White Photographers: Bruce Cook, Joann Renee Thanks to: Kay Schellhase

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From our President

What’s New at Pacific School of Religion Save the Dates: Upcoming Events

Transitions of our Berkeley Campus

Life on the Move: Reflections on Migration

Perspective Matters: Preparing Leaders for a World on the Move Living Boldly: Snapshots of Immersions

ANNUAL REPORT Honor Roll of Donors

Inauguration & Alumni/ae Banquet Sponsors Endowment Gifts Gifts in Honor In Memoriam

Julia & Frederick Billings Society Life on the Move: Reflections on Migration

Alumni/ae News

MEET PSR PRESIDENT DAVID VÁSQUEZ-LEVY Email John Aney, janey@psr.edu, for details

Oct. 9-10: Summit on Theological Education, Chicago, IL Oct. 17: Sierra Pacific Synod ELCA, Sacramento, CA Nov. 1: Eden United Church of Christ, Hayward, CA Nov. 10-14: Taiwanese Christian Church Council of North America, San Leandro, CA Nov. 15: Sycamore UCC, El Cerrito, CA Nov. 20: Richmond Rotary Club, Richmond, CA Dec. 6: First Christian Church, Concord, CA Feb. 14: United Japanese Christian Church, Clovis, CA March 13th: Foothills Congregational Church, Los Altos, CA April 2nd: Lynnewood UMC, Pleasanton, CA

FROM OUR PRESIDENT Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy Whether pursuing new opportunities, adjusting to a shift in life’s circumstances, or seeking to escape danger or poverty, millions of people are on the move all around the world today. As followers of a God who led our ancestors “by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night,” we are called to accompany our brothers and sisters on the move. Pacific School of Religion prepares leaders who have the theological depth to engage an increasingly complex and inter-connected world and the spiritual rootedness to sustain the dream we pray for every time we say, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it in heaven.” As you will see in the stories and articles in this issue of the Bulletin, PSR is a seminary on the move for a world on the move. To prepare our students to transform a shifting society, we offer programs that unite theory and practice. As new and returning students “migrate” to campus this fall, we welcome our third class of Changemaker Fellows. These students will embark on a year-long exploration of faith, identity, privilege, and community-building. Our academic programs provide a theological lens for urgent social justice issues, and we’re proud to offer two new programs: A Master of Arts in Social Transformation and Certificate for Gender, Sexuality and the Bible. Building on a global network of alumni/ae, partners, and friends, we’re engaged across the nation and around the world. Our students bear prophetic witness through immersions, whether dialoguing with LGBTQ communities in Cuernavaca, Mexico; proclaiming that Black Lives Matter from the streets of Berkeley, California to Ferguson, Missouri; or exploring the pressing issues of faith and identity in Israel and Palestine. This coming spring, our Ignite Institute (formerly, the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation) will host The New Story of Work, discussing spiritual responses to changing work patterns, gentrification, international trade policies, and the low-paying jobs that uproot the working poor. In August, our Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry held a convening for LGBTQ refugees and asylum-seekers—many of whom have suffered persecution at the hands of the very religious leaders who are called to proclaim good news to all. In order to maximize our resources in the service of our mission, we are preparing for an internal “migration” of our own. Working in partnership with Mather LifeWays, we will transform our beautiful campus on Holy Hill, steward our resources to advance our bold vision, and more fully engage our neighboring communities. As our partners in mission, the people and organizations listed in the Annual Report join a strong tradition of faithful supporters who have believed in the calling to prepare leaders for a world on the move. We thank you for partnering with Pacific School of Religion as we transform individuals, faith communities, and the world.

a seminary on the MOVE

WHAT’S NEW at Pacific School of Religion NEW PROGRAMS

Refining spiritual leadership, engaging diverse communities The Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST) equips students to think critically about socio-political dynamics and reflect constructively on the role played by religion and theological traditions in social change movements. This academic program combines the tools and methods of social theory and constructive theology. Contact admissions@psr.edu to learn more Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) have developed a new certificate of Gender, Sexuality & the Bible. This continuing education certificate offers a rich, substantive exploration of sexuality and gender from a progressive, Christian theological perspective. Contact tel@psr.edu to learn more


Formerly the Center for Spiritual & Social Transformation The Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation has changed its name to the Ignite Institute for Spiritual and Social Transformation at Pacific School of Religion. As Executive Director Jakada Imani says: “The Spirit that burns in each of us burns brighter when we work together to heal ourselves, our communities, and the world.” ignitepsr.org


Embracing a year of mentorship, spiritual formation, and social change In one word, what the 2015 Changemakers hope to gain from their year at PSR:


“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.’” Genesis 12:1-2

SAVE THE DATES Upcoming events MULTI-FAITH TRANSGENDER SUMMIT & HARKNESS LECTURE October 15-17, 2015, Berkeley, California

The Eighth Annual Multi-Faith Transgender Summit will unite religious activists, leaders, students, and practitioners from a variety of faith traditions to explore intersectionalities of religion and trans identities. This 3-day event will include workshops, discussion groups, and academic presentations. On October 15, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry’s Georgia Harkness Lecture will feature Dr. Melissa M. Wilcox. Dr. Wilcox is an Associate Professor at Whitman College and the author of numerous publications on religion and sexuality. Dr. Wilcox will speak on “‘A Sacred, Powerful Woman Housed in a Man’s Body’: Complexities of Gender and Religion and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.” clgs.org


Graduate Theological Union’s Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) faculty members Carla De Sola (MA ’93) and David W. McCauley are making PSR and GTU graduates visible at the largest religious gathering in the world. Carla De Sola choreographed “Beyond Words: an Interfaith Ritual for Peace,” incorporating greetings of peace, chants, and movement from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Native traditions. Enver Rahmanov (MTS ’05, GTU/ JST MA in Interreligious Studies ’14) and Sister Martha Ann Kirk (GTU FST ThD in Theology and the Arts ’86) will discuss “Beyond Words.” Other PSR graduates helping to present “Beyond Words” include: Sabine Henrie (MDiv ’96), Sylvia Miller-Mutia (MA Theology and the Arts ’02, MDiv CDSP), Stephen McDermott Myers (MA in Theology and the Arts ’01), and Enver Rahmanov (MTS ’05, GTU/JST MA in Interreligious Studies ’14). spiritmovesomega.weebly.com

THE NEW STORY OF WORK: AT THE CROSSROADS OF SPIRITUALITY, POLITICS, AND LABOR 2016 Earl Lecture: April 15-16, 2016, Berkeley, California

Can religious traditions help us make sense of the changing reality of work in America? How might remembering ancient stories help us understand contemporary labor? Do Christian scriptures and other sacred teaching call us to stand with working people fighting for the right to organize and earn a living wage, and speak into the complexities of global trade and the exploitation of undocumented workers? The New Story of Work will bring together organizers, faith leaders, activists, and scholars to discuss how spirituality contributes to an understanding of what work is, what possibilities and challenges accompany the growth of faith-based grassroots activism around labor issues, and what religious traditions might offer the political conversation in a presidential election year. ignitepsr.org

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


TRANSITIONS of our Berkeley campus In keeping with our tradition of boldness, Pacific School of Religion is engaged in the exciting and challenging process of living into a rearticulated mission and future. Coalescing around the commitment to prepare theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation, we have charted new initiatives and realigned our existing programs. Through PSR’s renewed vision, we affirm our commitment to prepare leaders for traditional and emerging faith communities, move more fully into the work of transformative leadership within and beyond the church, and expand our work off-campus through increased online educational opportunities and a variety of local and global partnerships. A key part of this re-envisioning process has been a careful study of our current and future facility needs. Aware of our incredible legacy and the value of our location in the midst of the academic, religious, and social diversity of Berkeley, we have come through this process with clarity that we will remain in our current location. We have also discerned that good stewardship of our resources requires us to reduce the amount of real estate we own and operate in order to better reflect our current and future educational needs, ensure continued financial stability, grow our endowment, and resource our renewed vision. During this transition, we have—and will continue to—draw upon the wisdom of our many constituents: faculty, staff, students, trustees, alums, supporters, and various institutional partners. We are genuinely excited about this new chapter in PSR’s history and are pleased to announce a partnership with Mather LifeWays, a non-denominational not-for-profit organization, that proposes to build a senior living residence on a portion of PSR’s underutilized property. PSR will not be leaving our campus. Rather, we are planning a renovation of Holbrook Hall to continue to serve as the centerpiece of the campus, which will accommodate classrooms, a chapel, flexible programming spaces, and faculty and administrative offices. In addition, PSR and Mather LifeWays plan to share new spaces—including dining, assembly/ classroom space, and green space. Besides the renovation of Holbrook Hall, no changes are anticipated to occur on PSR’s campus for several years; however, we wanted to share this initial information directly with those closest to PSR. As we move forward, we will be thinking creatively about how we celebrate PSR’s rich legacy— especially in light of our upcoming sesquicentennial in 2016—while also transforming our facilities to best serve our renewed sense of direction and mission. We ask for your prayers and engagement as we seek to build upon PSR’s tradition of boldness. Questions, concerns, or ideas about the campus transition: Email connect@psrmlw.com

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy 6.

LIFE ON THE MOVE Reflections on migration Rev. Dr. Leslie Carole Taylor brings a contagious energy to her new role as PSR’s Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions. Even beyond her job, which involves spending half her time “on the road,” Leslie’s life is in constant motion: She and her partner recently drove cross-country to make their new home in California, and she’s currently training to walk a halfmarathon. Leslie shared her thoughts about migration:

“On a spiritual level, God calls us to keep moving, not to stagnate. Whether physically or spiritually, God is always calling us to move. As I follow the call to continue working in higher education, I’m responding to that need to move. “With this new role, I’m excited to encourage people to follow their own sense of call, to come here, to have them experience the transformation that will happen in the classroom, in the dining hall, in the quad. I look forward to helping people experience the migration that God is calling them to. “The seminary has the opportunity to speak to people’s deepest needs. Frederick Buechner said: ‘The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.’ That’s where we have an opportunity: to help people find their passion and a way to locate that within their own spiritual center.”

“For me, migration has become an opportunity to recognize where my home is. Is it in my pillow? In my bed? Or is it in my creator?”

“The Church exists beyond the four walls of a building. The Church is wherever, truly, two or three are gathered in the name of the divine. The world needs places like PSR that allow people to have their passion meet their spiritual reality. We’re equipping people to transform the world.”

Rev. Brenda Vaca (MDiv ’06) currently serves as a missionary with the United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction. She is the Mission Coordinator for the church’s Hispanic/Latino missions, the fastest-growing demographic for the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC.

“I’ve seen the Latino community and the United Methodist Church significantly influence each other. The UMC has helped create safe spaces for the Latino community to talk about LGBTQ issues. And the church’s Latino laity base is growing and proactive. It remind us that our legacy is a strong lay movement. “In my work now, just because I have served Latinos in San Jose and San Francisco, doesn’t mean that I know how to serve Latinos in Tucson. It’s humbling. The social location inventory I did the first year at PSR was critical to understanding how I fit into the world, how I relate to other people and cultures.” “Following the flow of the Spirit is unpredictable and takes you to places you wouldn’t imagine you’d find yourself. I’m a migrant in our faith. Many of the people I serve are migrants—they follow their jobs. I’m reminded of the verse, ‘The Son of Man doesn’t have a place to lay his head;’ when you’re a migrant, you don’t know that you’re going to lay your head, necessarily. That can be anxietyproducing, or it can be an opportunity.”

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’” Matthew 8:20


PERSPECTIVE MATTERS Preparing leaders for a world on the move “On January 19, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill. This event sparked the congregation of what the 1878 Historical Atlas of Alameda County described as ‘the most heterogeneous mass of humanity ever assembled since the confusion of tongues.’ From that moment on, nothing would ever be the same on the east shores of the San Francisco Bay.” ­ ‑­Historical marker along the Ohlone Greenway, Berkeley, California

Pacific School of Religion was founded in 1866, just over a decade after California became a state. Those early years were shaped by the aftermath of the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad that connected east to west across the United States. Conflict and opportunity— the pull and push of migration—brought people to this region from everywhere in the country and around the globe, gathering this “most heterogeneous mass of humanity ever assembled since the confusion of tongues.” People ended up in California in much the same way that Joseph, whose story is captured in the second half of the book of Genesis, ended up in Egypt: following the trade. The unequal distribution of resources in Joseph’s family—triggered by his father’s ill-advised favoritism—led to conflict in the family and resulted in Joseph being sold by his brothers. They sold him to one of many caravans making its way to Egypt. Later in the story, when the brothers were faced with a famine, they too followed the trade and headed to Egypt. They knew there was food in Egypt, because they had been shipping it there for generations. Today, as we prepare to celebrate PSR’s Sesquicentennial, we too live at a time of great transition. Our contemporary migrations are shaped by the “push” of conflicts around the globe as much as by the “pull” of opportunities afforded us by an increasingly globalized society. The gold rush that shaped California’s early years has been replaced by


From Pacific School of Religion President David Vásquez-Levy

what Bazian Hatem, PSR’s 2015 Tolson Scholar, has called the “Silicon rush”—a reference to the impact of technology on migration to our region. The transcontinental railroad has been joined to an unprecedented system of trade that spans the entire globe. Because people follow trade, ours is a time of unprecedented migration. We see evidence of this increased migration in the names of founders of the companies that impact our daily lives—Google, Amazon, Yahoo, etc. According to a study by Vivek Wadhwa of Duke University, 52% of Silicon Valley startups were founded or co-founded by people born outside the United States. But we also see this migration in the stories of tragedy captured in our news headlines—unaccompanied minors from Central America, refugees risking their lives crossing the Southeast Asia Sea or the Mediterranean Sea, and displaced communities escaping from conflict in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. While these migrations are complex and varied, a close study reveals a pattern: people’s movements trace historical trade routes. The movement of people across the Americas correlates to the signing of free trade agreements across North and Central America. Refugees and economically displaced people from various places in Africa and the Middle East follow colonial trade routes as they seek safety and opportunity. People follow trade: they always have, they always will. While the complexity of our globalized trading systems is reflected in today’s migrations, that complexity is often missing in the responses offered by many of our world leaders, including the narrow and fear-based rhetoric of many current presidential hopefuls.

Theological reflection is desperately needed to imagine alternative ways to engage our increasingly interconnected world. Our sacred stories, most of which speak to experiences of people on the move, offer us wisdom, hope, and imagination as we seek to find faithful ways to respond to those who are on the move.

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. ” ­­­­­Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV

In June, David Vásquez-Levy received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC). According to LSTC, this year’s honorees exemplify courage, service, creativity, innovation, and leadership. How might the story of Abraham and Sarah’s journey—which they undertook with “no papers,” with nothing but faith to show for their hope— shape the way we see the hopes of those seeking opportunities in new lands? How might the awareness of Jesus’ early displacement in fear of Herod, Ruth and Naomi’s journeys across seemingly insurmountable physical and cultural boundaries, or Esther’s use of a false identity in order to survive shape the way we think about the millions of people on the move all around the world today? Might we hear the Canaanite woman’s challenge to Jesus echoed in the actions of those who migrate out of a conviction that they, too, deserve at least the crumbs that fall from our increasingly globalized table?

These stories do not dictate specific policies we are to enact, but they do challenge us, as the Bible often does, to be guided in our actions by the knowledge that migration is at the core of our own story.

Repeatedly throughout the Hebrew Bible, we are given a “hermeneutical key,” a set of lenses by which we are to understand the world: remember that you were strangers in Egypt. Similarly, when speaking about the essence of faith and those who exemplify it, Hebrews 11 tells us that they all “knew themselves to be foreigners and strangers on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13). Migration is also at the core of the sacred stories of many other religious traditions. For example, Siddhārtha Gautama, the prince who becomes the Buddha, begins his path

to enlightenment by traveling around his kingdom. Also, the prophet Mohamed’s return from exile to Mecca is traced back as one of the pillars of Islam. Given that so many of our sacred stories speak into the reality of migration, what might they say to our world on the move? California’s ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity points to the way the whole nation is going— therefore doing theology in this context is as important today as it was at the time of PSR’s founding. Perspective matters as we do this work from our campus on Holy Hill. On the Scenic Avenue side of the PSR campus, we have a view of the Port of Oakland—one of the busiest container ports in the United States. On the Arch Street side, we can see the Golden Gate Bridge—a symbol of our connectedness to the world. Our theological reflection takes place in this context of intersections. This reflection on the mobility and interconnectedness of the world is not only about how we may respond to those crossing national boundaries following either the pull or push of migration. As the author of the letter to the Hebrews reminds us, to be human is to be on the move. Mobility frames our lives when we experience a domestic migration for a new job as well as when we “migrate” to a different stage in life—from childhood into adulthood during college years, or from work into retirement. Because of PSR’s history and context, we bring this awareness of our mobility to our renewed mission: the preparation of theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation. We are committed to preparing leaders to think in complex ways about the issues of the world, and who see what we do in our work and ministry as part of something much larger, part of God’s vision for the world. Leaders who draw from a deep well of spirituality that sustains them for the long haul. And finally, leaders who know that the world is not as it should be, but who follow the call of one who taught his friends to pray, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

“Give counsel, grant justice; make your shade like night at the height of noon; hide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive; let the outcasts of Moab settle among you; be a refuge to them from the destroyer.” Isaiah 16:3-4


LIVING BOLDLY Snapshots of Immersions Surrounding the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, the #BlackLivesMatter Activism Immersion explored the dynamics that catalyzed the current protest movement against systemic patterns of brutality and racialization, in the Bay Area and in Ferguson, Missouri.

“Maybe God has to be looked at intersectionally to show the black people who are fleeing that it is safe to stay or return. We can’t just say that God is real and exists in a racist society and never describe how God experiences living in Ferguson with other black people. We gotta know who God’s mama is and how #BLACKLIVESMATTER ACTIVISM IMMERSION God really feels about women. It is also necessary to Bay Area, CA/Ferguson, MO / Blog know where God’s people come from and how God sees immigration. Does God respond ‘Amen’ when “When I started doing anti-racism work fifteen years the homophobic preacher calls ‘Abomination’? How is ago and started fostering relationships with people of God living or dying under state violence? Looking at color, never once did someone demand that I renounce God intersectionality holds God to, ‘We know that all my people or my family. No one expected me to get things work together for good for those who love God, down on my knees and repent­­—to beg for mercy who are called according to God’s purpose.’ Yes, all the and forgiveness...All they wanted was me. All they things God, how are you working with and through expected from me was to show up... I wasn’t deserving it all God? And what of God’s people? How are we of this. But I earned it. It is called ‘grace.’ And it is one living out the kindom, the here and thereness, the of the things I honor the most. Once you start doing on earth as it is in heavenness, while understanding this work right (and it takes a while to start doing it how racism, classism, and homophobia depend on one right), there is no going back. There is no closing your another as much as we depend on one another? eyes and wishing yourself back to suburbia. There is no turning your back on your friends and chosen family. “(Filed under ‘Used but new to me thoughts.’)” -Marvin K. White “…Today we march in downtown St. Louis. We march for all those we have lost and for all of those who have lost their own flesh and blood. We march for the little ones so that they may live a long and happy life free from terror. We march for our elders who taught us and who dreamed and worked hard for us. We march because we know the whole damn system is guilty as hell.” -Alex Haider-Winnett

“You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 22:21 “I believe in social dislocation and creative trouble.” Bayard Rustin 10.

“I keep trying to find words for this last day but I can’t yet. My heart is too full; God is too real.”

-Ally Vertigan


Cuernavaca, Mexico / Blog

The ten-day Engaging Communities of Liberation immersion in Cuernavaca, Mexico piloted a new partnership between Pacific School of Religion, our Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, and CETLALIC, a language school with deep progressive roots and a passion for facilitating learning between our cultures and peoples. Immersion participants learned from and with LGBTQ people, liberation theologians, faith communities, women’s groups, and social justice advocates. They also honed their Spanish skills and enjoyed home stays with local families.

ALUMNI/AE DIRECTORY Dear PSR Alumni/ae, In expectation of PSR’s sesquicentennial year in 2016, we are embarking on an Alumni/ae Directory project. To that end, PSR is partnering with Publishing Concepts (PCI), one of the most respected and trusted names in the School Directory business, to help us with this project. Around the third week of October, you will begin receiving postcards and email messages, inviting you to update your contact information for the Directory. We are eager to gather as much current information as possible, so you may receive a follow-up phone call from PCI. Our goal is to have the most complete, up-todate Alumni/ae Directory available to you in time for PSR’s 2016-2017 Sesquicentennial. After you update your information, you will have the option to order a copy of the new directory, and to make an additional donation to PSR’s Annual Fund. Blessings, John Aney, Associate Director of Advancement, Alumni/ae and Church Relations

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find ways in which you yourself have altered.” Nelson Mandela


HONOR ROLL Donors July 2014 - June 2015 Pacific School of Religion has a generous and supportive community which is reflected by the people and organizations listed on the following pages. The year’s report includes all gifts to PSR from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Gifts recognized below were made to the annual fund, named scholarships and financial aid, special projects, and endowment funds. There is a great deal to celebrate at PSR not the least of which are the students who are directly served by your generosity. We are grateful to our dedicated supporters for your continued endorsement of the vital work that our faculty and students continue to carry into the world with great boldness.


GIFTS ABOVE $25,000 Anonymous Catherine Alden


GIFTS OF $10,000 TO $24,999 Anonymous ∞ Mitzi Henderson United Church Foundation


GIFTS OF $5,000 TO $9,999 Connie Mitchell Δ Northern California/Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ ∞ Stanley Watson • Δ


GIFTS OF $2,500 TO $3,999 Stan Barkey Δ ∞ Oscar Burdick ◊ Church of the Red Rocks, Sedona, AZ ∞ Wilmer Fong Susan Jones Estate Scott Sporte Δ Sheila • Thomas David Vásquez-Levy ◊Δ and Karla Suomala Harvey L. Young Estate ∞ Morris Δ and Rebecca Wright


GIFTS OF $1,000 TO $2,499 Anonymous Ann Appert Δ Arlington Community Church (United Church of Christ), Kensington, CA Michael Barrett • BBI-Con, Inc ∞ Henry • and Joyce Beairsto

Angela Brown • ∞ Doris Brown Teri Cannon Δ Central Pacific Conference Women, United Church of Christ Church of the Holy Cross Floyd • and Jean Emerson Agnes Alden Estate Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund First Congregational Church, Eugene, OR First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, CA Heather • and Jim Hammer Donaldson Hill Δ and Marc Giguere ∞ Bruce Jones • L & A Foundation Nancy Landauer • Odette ◊ and Jim Lockwood-Stewart ◊ ∞ Gloria Louie • ∞ Karen McGillivray • ∞ William ◊ and Linda McKinney ∞ Beryl • and Cheryl Melcher Polly Moore • and Stuart Builder Pacific Northwest Conference, United Church of Christ Ronald • ◊ and Ruth Parker Robert D. • Δ and Susan Phillips Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Carlsbad, CA ∞ Riess ◊ and Tara Potterveld ∞ Doris Powell • Patricia Silver C. S. ◊ and Mei-Man Song Southern California Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ Jeffrey Spencer • Stephen Δ and Judith Sterner Dudley • and Concha Thompson United Church of Sun City Wesley Wallace • and Raine Lee

∞ Faithful Givers, those who have given 10+ years • Alumnus/a or Student



GIFTS OF $500 TO $999 Anonymous (3) Margaret • ◊ and Donald Alter Saundra Armstrong • Eleanor Badè Michael Badè Bay Shore Congregational Church, Long Beach, CA Gaye Benson • Δ ∞ Vivian Bowden • Warner and Minnie Brown Roger Buffett • Christian Church Foundation, Indianapolis, IN Church of the Crossroads, Honolulu, HI Robert • and Annelie Collie George Conklin Jr. ◊ ML Daniel Δ ∞ Patricia de Jong • Δ and Sam Keen Joan Deming • and Donald Schultz ∞ Joseph Driskill ◊ and Leslie Bryant ∞ Catherine Quehl-Engel • and Craig Engel ∞ Carol • Δ and Ben Fujita Dale • and Carla Harris Iao Congregational Church, Wailuku, HI Sandra Johnson • David • Δ and E. Darlene ◊ Kaupu ∞ Robert Keim • Adelle Lemon ∞ Clifford Lindeman • and Harlane Loeff ∞ Lynnea Lindsey • Rod MacKenzie • ∞ W. Bruce MacKenzie • Manhattan Beach Community Church, CA Carl and Linda Marschall David McClure Δ

Δ Trustee/Former Trustee ◊ Faculty & Staff/Former Faculty & Staff

2014-2015 GIFTS BY DESIGNATION TOTAL: $394,134 Financial Aid & Named Scholarships $29,160

Endowment $43,762

Temporarily Restricted/ Projects $87,429 Unrestricted Annual Fund $233,783

Mary Therese DesCamp • ◊ and George Meier • ∞ Lois Mueller • Naples United Church of Christ, FL ∞ Thomas • and Nancy Norwood ∞ James • and Cathy Petersen ∞ Richard • and Carolyn Poe ∞ William Reller Carolyn Roberts • and John Deckenback • ∞ Dr. Robert • and The Rev. Charlotte • Russell ∞ Roy Sano • Δ ◊ and Kathleen Thomas-Sano Cynthia Scherr Δ Chrissy Siva •


GIFTS OF $250 TO $499 Anonymous (2) Alexander • and Dorothy Alvord C. William Δ and Laura Bailey Δ ∞ John Bartlett • ∞ Catherine Carlson • and Michael Bausch • ◊ ∞ Gene Boutilier• and Barbara Troxell • Δ ◊ ∞ Hazel Burnett • Central Pacific Conference, United Church of Christ Alexandra Childs • Chinese Congregational United Church of Christ, San Francisco, CA Kim Clark ◊ and Steve Narolewski Julie Clemens ◊ Community Church of Mill Valley

Congregational Church of San Mateo, CA Linda • and Randy Crowe Desert Palm United Church of Christ, Tempe, AZ ∞ Mary Donovan Turner ◊ and Lamar Turner Rob Downer • Robert • and Grace Dye The Rev. Michael P. Ellard • ∞ Donald • and Priscilla Felt First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), Berkeley, CA ∞ Tom • and Sachiko Fujita Carolyn • and Eric Fure-Slocum ∞ Jonathon Glass • and Robyn Holstein-Glass ∞ Ted • and Glenda • Goode Horace Griffin ◊

∞ Susan Haddox • and Victor Lee Keith Haithcock • James Haverkamp • and M.C. Taylor ∞ Kate Holbrook • ∞ Warren • and Sonya Holley ∞ Stewart • and Karen Hoover IBM Corporation ∞ David Δ and Betty Jamieson Linda Jaramillo • Δ Ann Jefferson ◊ AJ Johnston • Kapa’a United Church of Christ, HI Nick and Annis Kukulan ∞ Robert • and Emily Leland Byron • and Patricia Light Mary Ellen McCarthy • Ina McCoy George • and Catherine Monroe Montebello Plymouth Congregational Church, CA Niles Discovery Church, Fremont, CA Thomas Nootbaar ∞ George • and Brigitte Randle Wilma Reichard and Gordon Howie San Carlos Community Church, CA Peter and Minako Sano Heather Sarantis • Joyce and James Schnobrich Sierra Christian Church, Loomis, CA ∞ Paul Snyder • and Robert Payne Southwest Conference, United Church of Christ Peter Stansky Nancy and Michael Strong Melissa C. Thomson • Unitarian Society ∞ Gilbert • and Dorothy Vieira


Churches & Church Organizations $70,771

Foundations $79,500 Corporations, Businesses, Other Organizations $3,150

Friends $68,667

Current/Former Faculty & Staff $11,040 Trustees $7,568 Estates & Trusts $37,677

∞ Faithful Givers, those who have given 10+ years • Alumnus/a or Student

Trustees $59,617

Alumni/ae $56,144

Δ Trustee/Former Trustee ◊ Faculty & Staff/Former Faculty & Staff



Our student body reflects the religious diversity of the United States, creating a unique place for real-world theological education. (Self-reported, Fall 2015) United Church of Christ


Unitarian Universalist

Lutheran Society of Friends (Quaker) Swedenborgian

United Methodist

Baptist Buddhist Episcopalian Hindu Interdenominational Jewish Muslim Presbyterian Science of Mind


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ENDOWMENT GIFTS Richard Brabham Pat Broemmel • ∞ John • and Sylvia Corson Marilyn • and W.C. Corvin Hawaii Conference, United Church of Christ

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GIFTS IN HONOR Kealahou Alika • Calvin and Dixie Wood

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Ernest Larkins Phil Porter

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Ann Day Ellen Webster and Shirlee Bromley

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New Spirit Community Church Richard Brabham

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IN MEMORIAM Elias Abu-Saba Mary Abu-Saba

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John G. McClure ∞ Jean McClure

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Raezella Anderson Catherine and James Morley

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Fran Forester-Steele Timothy Forester •

William Badè ◊ Julia Dickinson

Kumazo Fukunaga Montebello Plymouth Congregational Church

Sydney E. Brown Eric Dale • and Cheri Pierre Peter and Minako Sano Suzanne Smith Tanisse Brown Mary Ellen McCarthy •


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Marjorie Casbier McCoy • ∞ John Garrity • and Jean Thorstenson Louis D. Mitchell Janice Mitchell Bishop Roy C. Nichols and Ruth Richardson Nichols • Diane Harris-Wilson Herb Otwell • ◊ ∞ Thomas • and Joan Lindeman Diane Phillips Linda Anderson Iris and Tom Moran Ann Rood Patricia Curran Wayne R. Rood Jerry Dickey • Cheryl Ho • Dewey Knowles • James Patrick Shannon Rebecca Voelkel and Maggie George Brenda Keel Springer Lon Springer • Eleanor Swoboda • Arthur Swoboda

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Ideane Luby Frank Snitz

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Julia & Frederick BILLINGS SOCIETY By making generous gifts of $50,000 or more to the endowment, or naming Pacific School of Religion in their wills, these generous members of our community secure Pacific School of Religion’s long-term future. Anonymous Margaret and Donald Alter Billye Austin C. William and Laura Bailey Ivan and Ruth Ball Thomas and Rae Banks Kyle Barriger Carol J. Barriger Stephen and Terry Beck Richard Bennett and Ann Kay Andrea Bieler Linda Bond Craig Bower and Deborah Schmedemann Jean Brady Jon Craig Brammer Philip Branch Theodore Brock Hazel Burnett Bernice Burr-Wilken and Gary Wilken Leroy and Rita Calbom Catherine Carlson and Michael Bausch George and Louise Carter Lorinda Cheng-Arashiro and Casper Arashiro Wilbur Choy and Nancy Adachi-Osawa Kim Clark and Steve Narolewski Thomas Clarke Margaret Coates Joanne Conard Richard and Roberta Corson Vivan Crummey Virginia Curinga Nancy Daunton Patricia de Jong and Sam Keen Mary Therese DesCamp and George Meier Carla DeSola Jerry Dickey Etisone and Simala Elisaia Joyce and James Ellis Charles and Peggy Ensley Donald and Priscilla Felt Harold and Diane Fields Dorothy Finger

Dean and Ellen Forbes John M. and Helen Foster Durwood and Margaret Foster Clarice Friedline Janet Fujioka Carol and Ben Fujita Edwin and June Fujita Tom and Sachiko Fujita W. Evan and Deborah Golder Jane Groscup Prescott Hafner and William Glenn Diane Harvey and John Heinl Mitzi Henderson Judith and Edward Hoerr Jerry and Gail Holcomb Mary Hollis Mark Holman and Deborah Kelemen Patsy Howard Ronald and Lisa Hunt William and Mary Jacobs William Johnson Lillie Jue Jennifer Jue Carole Keim David King Nancy Landauer Speed and Constance Leas Karen Lebacqz Marjorie E. Lindsay Gloria Louie Alfred and Ma Lourdes Luke Gayle Madison and Edward Hinkelman Kevin Manz Neilson Marshall Jean McClure Barbara and Bowen McCoy Celia McCoy Janice McCoy-Miller Karen McGillivray William and Linda McKinney John Moore Arthur and Jean Morgan Hans and Mary Mueller Barbara Nixon Dorothy Northcutt

Walter and Ruth Olsen David Ourisman Barbara and John Packard Joy Palmerlee AprĂĄ Robert and Ruth Parsonage Jennie Payne Linda and Ken Peterson Marjorie Phair Julien Phillips Vera Pitts Riess and Tara Potterveld Jeanne Audrey Powers Marsha Raulston and Marge Boric Kay Riddell Verne Robinson Edward and Barbara Robinson Rosemary Rocha Barbara Roche Charlotte and Robert Russell Paul and Linda Sabin Ruth and David Sandberg Richard and Kay Schellhase Margaret and David Self Kim Smith and Lindy West Joan Sorbets David and Margaret Steward Judith K. Stone Dennis Stradford Lorrin and Marilyn Tarlton Lisa Thomas and Susan Swanson Dudley and Concha Thompson Mary Tolbert and T. Lynn Stott Frances Townes Cheryl Tupper Gilbert and Dorothy Vieira Theo Vincent Harold and Billie Watkins Ray and Jackie Welles Gary Wilken and Bernice Burr-Wilken Flora Wuellner Richard and Elinor Yeo


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LIFE ON THE MOVE Reflections on migration In 2013, Abraham Darly was working at an Ugandan LGBTQ youth center. He was also in a same-gender relationship with a minister. When another pastor discovered Abraham’s relationship, he feared it would shame the entire church. Several pastors forced Abraham into a car and brought him to the police, who interrogated him about his relationship. The pastors threatened Abraham and banned him from their churches. A few months later, the Ugandan government passed a bill making homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment. Local newspapers published Abraham’s name, photograph, and workplace. In 2014, while Abraham was at work, he heard the police were looking for him at his home. Fearing for his life, Abraham fled to Kenya.

“When I think of churches in Uganda, I tell myself, ‘They are just people, like you. God did not reject you; the people did.’ There are other ways to find God without church. My heart is just coming back to religion now—slowly, slowly. “I expected to come to the U.S. and start my life. Instead, I got $300 of government assistance every month, for eight months—people pay $300 a month for parking here! There’s no housing, no jobs, and I’ve encountered racism. You feel like there is no future. “I heard about PSR through Jess Delegencia [Asian American and Pacific Islander Roundtable Coordinator, PSR’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS)]. I thought, ‘Let me join the institution that is aiming to change this country.’ Hate doesn’t change people. I was hated in newspapers, by my family; I didn’t stop being gay. Love changes everything. “This pain I have every day—I don’t know when it started or when it will end, and there’s no medication for it. That’s why I’m trying, every day, to improve the lives of other people.”

“Migration is a game that the government plays. Thousands of people are coming to the U.S.— some of us are LGBT seeking asylum. Many are survivors of war, often wars that the United States is involved in. As long as immigration is a political issue used to get votes, it will never be resolved.”

As a summer intern for CLGS, Abraham coordinated a convening for LGBTQ refugees and asylum-seekers.


“By the rivers of Babylon—there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” Psalm 137: 1-4


Brian Adkins (MDiv ’14) is the Pastor at Open Door UMC in Richmond, CA. Tracy Barnowe (MDiv ’11, MA ’12) is the settled minister at First Congregational Church of San Rafael, UCC, and is a church growth consultant and teacher. Since 2013, Jonathan Dodson (MDiv ’11) has been the Head of Spiritual Care and Hospice Chaplain at Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, OH. He and his wife, Jeannette Brodersen (MDiv ’09), will welcome their first child, a daughter, in November of 2015! Andrew Greenhaw (MDiv ’12) is the pastor at St. Paul’s UCC in New Orleans, a new and renewing church. Vathanak Heang (MDiv ’14) is a pastor at Santa Clara UMC in Santa Clara, CA. He writes, “I love feeding people spiritually. The ministry is very exciting, especially working with people from different ethnic groups.” Recently, Vathanak started a Cambodian language ministry at Santa Clara UMC. Diane Johnson (MDiv ’14) has been approved for ordination in the Bay Association of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC. She is currently on the Bay Association Council and joined the NCNC Council after Annual Gathering. Diane is in continued discernment for a sponsoring organization to issue a letter of call in Public and Community Ministry and hopes to be ordained

by the end of 2015. Diane continues to work with national not-for-profits and is excited about continuing to serve as a New Beginnings Assessor, working with congregations to define their future visions. This fall, Diane will begin working with the Center for Progressive Renewal, serving as a coach and consultant to congregations engaged in leadership and capacity building. Emily Labrecque (MDiv ’14) recently started as the Interim Director of The Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. Leslie Leasure (MDiv ’14) will be ordained on October 24th, 2015, at Plymouth UCC in Oakland. Leslie is the Program Manager for the Ignite Institute @ PSR (formerly the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation), and curates Into the Wilderness (itwcommunity.org). John Alex Lowell (MDiv ’10) is currently involved in an Accessibility Ministry helping people and houses of worship improve spiritual, attitudinal and architectural accessibility to people with disabilities and disabling health conditions from age.

James Merriam (MDiv ’15) is a restaurant manager developing the “sacrament of brunch.” He is also doing extensive pulpit supply. Joseph Nutini (CSSC ’15) has published his new book, Loving Beyond Reason: A Guide Through Spirit, Love, and Transformation. Through his writing, Joseph channels a message of hope and inspiration for everyone working to make the world a better place while improving their own lives. Meighan Pritchard (MDiv ’10) was ordained in the Fall of 2014, and serves as the half-time pastor at Prospect UCC in Seattle. She has been serving for the past two years as the UCC Minister for Environmental Justice and is easing out of that role, but will continue to lead environmental justice workshops for the UCC all over the country­. Bonnie Rambob (MDiv ’15) was ordained into ministry in the United Church of Christ at the Congregational Church of San Mateo on August 15, 2015. Bonnie begins her tenure as a professional minister serving the Congregational Church of San Mateo (CCSM) as Transitional

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 21.

Minister of Intergenerational Education. Bonnie has a passion for creating spaces where people of many generations seek and find meaning in their individual spiritual journeys as well as in the communal Christian faith journey. One of her favorite faith formation programs is a multi-faith program called Peace Village: villagerelations.com/ sanmateopeacevillage/


Eileen Altman (MDiv ’07) is the Associate Minister at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, supporting the faith formation and outreach/social justice ministries of the church. FCCPA is growing and thriving! Lea Appleton (MDiv ’03) is the Associate Dean of Student and Community Life at Claremont School of Theology. She is enjoying working with students to create community “that is fun!” Laura Barnes (MDiv ’01) is currently in transition after 15 years of youth/ young adult and children’s ministries in UCC churches in the Bay Area. She is taking Interim Ministry Training this fall. Francine Brookins (MDiv ’02) is currently serving as the pastor of Beth-El AME Church in Fontana, CA. She is the Secretary of the AME Church’s Judicial Council and its second vice president of Women in Ministry. Francine is currently running for Bishop of the AME Church. Elizabeth Dilley (MDiv ’03) is serving the UCC in the national setting as the Minister for Ministers in Local Churches. In this role, she works with conferences and associations to strengthen covenants of mutual accountability. She makes her

home in Cleveland with her spouse, Paul Richardson, their child and their two dogs. Jeffrey Dirrim (MDiv ’06) is the Founding Pastor and Executive Director of Rebel and Divine UCC in Phoenix, AZ (rebeldivineucc.org). Heather Leslie Hammer (MDiv ’06) is currently in her third appointment in The United Methodist Church since graduating. She has served San Ramon Valley (Alamo) as Associate, St. John’s (Rohnert Park), and now Lynnewood (Pleasanton) for the past 4 years. She is the lead pastor serving a church of folks dedicated to community outreach. The congregation is interested in progressive theology and spiritual formation. They have a group working on issues of inclusion and are becoming more ethnically diverse each year. Brian Hutchison (MDiv ’09) is the new Senior Pastor of Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church in Seattle. An installation service is being planned for the fall. More information can be found at mccseattle.org. James Latimer (MDiv ’02) is doing renewal work at North Madison Congregational UCC in Madison, CT. He also coaches pastors and congregation through the Center for Progressive Renewal.

Susan Meeter (MDiv ’00) is currently in transition, experimenting with an arts ministry supporting prayer and meditation with beautiful touchstones (prayer chains, prayer bracelets). Kimberly Montenegro (MDiv ’08) is leading a new church start­—a “multicultural traditional church,” in Mountain House, CA. Heather Moody (MDiv ’04) serves as the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Poughkeepsie, NY. She recently enrolled in a twoyear School for Transformational Leadership run by the Mastery Foundation (schoolforleadership.org, masteryfoundation.org). The White House named Kim Morrow (MDiv ’00) a Champion for Change for her work mobilizing faith communities for environmental sustainability. Lavon Stalling (MDiv ’09) was ordained on August 15th at the First Christian Church in Vallejo, CA. Lavon is active in community organizing efforts in Vallejo, CA, primarily around the issues of economic justice, education, and public safety. Lavon has formed a faithbased non-profit, The F.O.R.G.E., to provide afterschool programming and advocacy for at-risk and high-risk youth in Vallejo.

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 22.

Corbin Tobey-Davis (MDiv ’08) is “rocking out” ministry at Parkview Church in Aurora, Colorado, recently starting a new 501c3 to support his community ministry offering. He is also happily raising two kids, helping to lead the Rocky Mountain Conference UCC Annual Meetings, and is a member of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative of the United Church of Christ.


Alison Berry (MDiv ’98) began a new ministry at the Church of the Joyful Healer in McKinleyville, CA on July 1st, 2015. After serving Modesto First UMC for 11 years, Debra Brady (MDiv ’94) was appointed as Central Valley District Superintendent of the CaliforniaNevada Conference of The United Methodist Church on July 1st, 2015. Laura Stivers (MDiv ’92) is currently the Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. She has a book that should be published this fall by Orbis Books entitled Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach, co-authored with Jim Martin-Schramm.


Mary Ellen McCarthy (MA ’87) recently retired as Special Projects Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Jeffrey Spencer (MDiv ’87) is the Senior Pastor and Teacher at Niles Discovery Church in Fremont. The congregation is a recent merger of First Christian Church of Fremont and Niles Congregational Church (UCC) and is now dually aligned. The congregation recently underwent a major remodel of one building and the sale of another to a Buddhist

community, with whom they are now finding ways to partner. Robert Tussing (MDiv ’80) is currently the Senior Minister at Dublin Community Church (UCC) in Dublin, Ohio.


Diane Dulin (MDiv ’79) is currently the Director of Church Participation for KAIROS USA, working on behalf of justice for Palestine. Rich Smith (MDiv ’76) retired in May after 39 years in the UCC ministry, serving churches in Tombstone and Tucson, AZ, Long Beach, CA, Bethesda, MD, and most recently, the First Congregational Church of Reno, NV. Pam Smith (CTS ’76) retired from teaching English and writing, most recently at the University of Nevada, Reno. Rich and Pam have moved to Green Valley, Arizona. They became grandparents a year ago, an event which encouraged them to retire!


Richard Einerson (MDiv ’61) and his wife, Carolyn, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 4. Their three daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren all gathered in Estes Park at the Historic Stanley hotel June 7-8 for the family celebration. Daughter Stephanie Narveson and husband Bob live in suburban Minneapolis. One of their twin daughters, Sonia, lives in San Francisco and sings at the RitzCarlton, at jazz festivals, the wine country, and other events. Their other twin daughter, Andrea, lives in the Denver area. They have one granddaughter and three grandsons. In 2006, Richard published Prayers of

the People: Pastoral Prayers for Worship and Personal Devotion, based on the 2-year Revised Common Lectionary.

In Memoriam Agnes Alden John Berger (MDiv ’52) Sydney Thomson Brown James C. “JC” Browne (MDiv ’88) Jacqueline J. Carr Patricia Clarke Barbara Cone Barclay Ann Daily Hanna (MDiv ’87) Gerald A. Larue (ThD ’53) Anne McCullum James Alexander McCullum (DMin ’88) Robert Midkiff Richard Neill Jerome Foute Politzer (STM ’65) Richard Post Ann Loofbourrow Rood David S. Sandberg Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis (ThD ’72) Eileen Smith John Steinitz (MDiv ’58) Carol Toney James Toney Charles Townes Charlotte Wirt

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FACULTY Aaron Brody, PhD Robert and Kathryn Riddell Associate Professor of Bible and Archaeology Director of the Badè Museum Sharon Fennema, PhD Assistant Professor of Christian Worship Director of Worship Life

A warm welcome to new visiting faculty, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD, and Dorsey Blake, PhD!

Odette Lockwood-Stewart, MDiv Instructor in the Practice of Ministry Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning Inese Radzins, PhD Associate Professor of Theology

Jay Johnson, PhD Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture Academic Director, Ignite Institute @ PSR

Bernard Schlager, PhD Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies Executive Director, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS)

James Lawrence, PhD Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Historical Studies

Rossitza Schroeder, PhD Associate Professor of Arts and Religion

Boyung Lee, PhD Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Education and Spiritual Formation Director of the Changemaker Fellowship Program Director of the API Program Initiative

Randi Walker, PhD Professor of Church History Doctor of Ministry Program, Director

Yii-Jan Lin, PhD Assistant Professor of New Testament

David Vásquez Levy, DMin President Instructor in Homiletics

In 2015-16, we are seeking a Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, and a United Methodist faculty position. Additionally, course offerings are complemented by a strong roster of adjunct faculty, who bring their contextual experience to the classroom, and close to 50 faculty colleagues in the schools that form the Graduate Theological Union.

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A World on the Move: Pacific School of Religion Fall 2015 Bulletin  

Reflections on migration, campus transition, annual report, alumni/ae news

A World on the Move: Pacific School of Religion Fall 2015 Bulletin  

Reflections on migration, campus transition, annual report, alumni/ae news