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STAFF ACKNOWLEDGMENTS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ann Appert Stan Barkey Jon Berquist Angela Brown Bishop Warner Brown Teri Cannon M.L. Daniel Pat de Jong Schmian Evans Don Hill Jim Hyatt Linda Jaramillo Jennifer Martinez David J. McClure Connie K.Y. Fong Mitchell Julien Phillips, Chairperson Cynthia Scherr Scott Sporte Sheila Thomas David Vásquez-Levy, President Stanley Watson Moe R. Wright ADMINISTRATION David Vásquez-Levy President

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CROSSROADS Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy shares his story and vision for the future


HE COMMUNITY OF PACIFIC SCHOOL OF RELIGION joyfully welcomed David Vásquez-Levy to campus at the beginning of January to commence his service as President. Following a period of visioning and planning, prayerful discernment, and a comprehensive national search process conducted by a representative task force, Vásquez-Levy’s candidacy emerged as an ideal fit for PSR’s new direction. “PSR has adopted a bold new vision to prepare spiritually rooted and theologically formed leaders for social transformation,” said Julien Phillips, PSR Board Chair and co-founder of the non-profit education organization Partners in School Innovation. “David’s experience at the intersections of the church, the academy, and the broader world of social changemaking equips him uniquely well to lead PSR.” Vásquez-Levy is the first Lutheran and the first Latino to lead the seminary; at age 45, he is one of the youngest to do so. The new president’s most recent position was as part of a co-equal team of campus pastors at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he led a dynamic ministry on campus as well as the school’s many connections with congregations and communities. He describes himself as an activist, a changemaker, and a citizen of the world. His story begins in Central America and extends to Canada and Germany prior to his ordained ministry in the American Midwest.


ORN IN GUATEMALA CITY IN 1969, VÁSQUEZ-LEVY’S surname follows common practice in Spanish-speaking cultures of using two last names—the first from his Christian father, the second from his Jewish mother. Ana Mireya Levy de Vásquez’ family migrated to Central America from Alsace-Lorraine in a displacement of Jews that occurred around the time of the First World War. Vásquez-Levy’s grandmother was sent from Guatemala to the United States for school as a child, graduating from Galileo High School in San Francisco. Vásquez-Levy’s mother followed in her mother’s footsteps and went to school in San Francisco as well, living near Fisherman’s Wharf where the cable cars turn around. “I remember hearing stories from my mom about growing up there,” he says. “When I first came to Pacific School of Religion for an interview, I made a point of calling my mom from Fisherman’s Wharf.” “My dad’s side of the family,” Vásquez-Levy says, “was the product of mestizaje in Guatemala, which is sometimes called ‘the encounter of cultures,’ but which has a more complex history of dominance of one culture over the other. I am the product of that mix of cultures--a Guatemalan hybrid!”

Vásquez-Levy grew up during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, which began in 1960. “My parents tried to protect us from what was going on around us, so I didn’t start to make sense of it all until later in life. Even so, I grew up with some awareness about the connections between inequalities and violence that have displaced people in the region over decades.” His mother was the more active parent in terms of her faith, and Vásquez-Levy, the sixth of the family’s eight children, was raised in the Jewish tradition. He attended a Jewish school and synagogue, and was preparing for his bar mitzvah in 1976 when a massive earthquake struck the country, killing thousands, and destroying nearly one-third of Guatemala City. VásquezLevy’s school and the Jewish Community Center were so damaged that they were forced to close. “After this, we drifted away from the religious community,” he recalls. “We continued to observe holidays—both Christian and Jewish—because my mom loved holidays.” A few years later, Vásquez-Levy reconnected with the religious tradition on his father’s side of the family, which had long been involved in the development of the Lutheran church in Guatemala. His father’s cousin, Hector Vásquez, was a Lutheran pastor whose church became involved in the international relief effort in more remote areas after the earthquake, and he invited Vásquez-Levy on these visits.

President Vásquez-Levy in his office.


“We would walk sometimes three hours up a mountain to get to these remote communities,” he remembers. “Church was just a floor and a roof, sometimes with walls, sometimes not. You had church when people showed up with their chairs; when someone brought in a table, we had an altar. There was worship and Bible studies, which incorporated all aspects of life: we celebrated life; we talked politics; we talked about the community’s needs; we talked about everything. And then we had a meal.”

“This introduction gave me the sense that church was not just something you did on Sundays, but was the core of the community. That’s really where and when I began to develop a sense of call to ministry. It was to that kind of transformational community, and to the kind of leadership I saw there, that I felt called.”

Batesville, Indiana, just outside Cincinnati.

St. Mark’s was a church in transition, in a growing community where new arrivals were testing an older congregation. During Vásquez-Levy’s five years there, the congregation grew considerably, and he was able to help develop major outreach programs and to help it By the time he graduated from high school, Vásquez- become a more inclusive community. Levy knew he wanted to be a pastor, but there were no Lutheran seminaries in Guatemala. While he In 2001, Suomala was offered a position in the religion considered going to Mexico, like his father’s cousin, or department at Luther College, and within a few months Argentina, Vásquez-Levy instead chose to join three of there was also an opening in campus ministry for which his brothers in the U.S. Vásquez-Levy applied and was hired. In the summer of 1986, speaking no English and with very little resources, he arrived in Florida, where his brothers had settled. He soon joined his father’s cousin, Hector Vásquez, in Corpus Christi, Texas, where the latter had moved to serve as a mission developer. After a year in community college, Vásquez-Levy moved on to Texas Lutheran University, and graduated summa cum laude in 1991 with a degree in computer science, and extensive coursework in religion and liberation theology.

Along with his duties as a campus pastor, coordinating worship and interfaith activities, his 13 years at Luther also included serving as mentor for many student groups such as Global Concerns, Interfaith Student Association, Luther College Feminists and PRIDE (the college’s LGBTQ group) as well as to groups connected to larger organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Amnesty International. He taught courses and led international study and service trips in Mexico, Guatemala, Ghana, Israel, Palestine and Jordan. His office also helped connect on-campus learning with For seminary, Vásquez-Levy chose the Lutheran external partners to bring environmental practices and School of Theology at Chicago, a school connected to sustainability students to local congregations to do a university and in a large urban area. It was there in energy assessments, and engage in theological reflection Hebrew class that he met Karla Suomala, who soon about environmental sustainability. became his wife. A third-generation Finnish-American from Minneapolis, Suomala had come to LSTC after Vásquez-Levy believes that his work at Luther and the working in the corporate world. surrounding communities has helped prepare him for the presidency of PSR. “In my work over the past 13 The early years of their marriage saw them traveling years, I’ve been able to serve at the crossroads of the extensively, first to a community outside Toronto church, the academy, and the society,” he says. “The where Vásquez-Levy completed an internship working focus of our office at Luther was to do on-campus in refugee resettlement with Sudanese and Central ministry but always with a connection to the outside— American immigrants, many from El Salvador who had to the church and society.” been forced to leave because of their political activism. Part of his outreach to the world from the church The couple then moved to Germany, where Vásquez- and academy took place in Postville, Iowa, a diverse Levy completed coursework for his MDiv at Ludwig community about 25 miles from Decorah. Beginning Maximilian University in Munich. They returned to the just after he arrived in 2001, Vásquez-Levy took students States when Suomala enrolled in the Ph.D. program in to Postville to learn about the culture and the traditions the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union of the multi-ethnic community, which included many College in Cincinnati, Ohio, the oldest institution of immigrants from Guatemala working at the largest higher Jewish education in North America. Vásquez- employer in town, a Kosher meat-packing plant. Along Levy spent a year finishing his Lutheran pastoral with colleagues, he also helped the immigrants deal candidacy while also working as a systems analyst, with immigration, labor, and civil rights issues. And writing code for a medical insurance company. He when artists or scholars of Latino descent visited Luther then accepted a call at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in College, Vásquez-Levy created programs that reached 5

out to the Postville community. “This was an opportunity for a lot of the children of immigrants to see professional people, in a variety of areas, who looked like them.” These connections and commitments were deeply tested on May 12, 2008. “We had just finished chapel when I saw someone had been trying to reach me,” VásquezLevy says. “I called back, heard what was going on, and told my colleagues, ‘Something’s happening in Postville. I’ve got to go.’ I often say: ‘It was three months before I came back to my desk!’” What had happened was the largest, single-site immigration raid to that date in U.S. history. It came with helicopters, buses and police vans, barricades, snipers on roof-tops, and more than a thousand government agents, not only from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) but from several other agencies. Nearly 400 undocumented workers were arrested. Within four days, some 300 were convicted on various charges, and most were imprisoned for five months before being deported. Following a concerted effort by the community in response, the raid received extensive news coverage and was sharply criticized for the excessive use of force, the devastating impact in the community and region, and for the extent and legality of the charges themselves. “Within six months the meat-packing plant had filed for bankruptcy, many businesses had closed, and the city itself was in a serious economic crisis. The raid in Postville became a microcosm for the way our broken immigration system devastates immigrant communities, undermines everyone’s economic well-being, and fails to reflect our values,” Vásquez-Levy says. Vásquez-Levy did not hesitate to rush to the aid of those impacted by the raid, co-leading the Postville Relief Effort with Sister Mary McCaulley, the Pastoral Administrator at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in town, and many others. “This was a small town that didn’t have a system of social agencies that could respond to such a crisis,” he says. “We had to create everything.” Working with Luther College and drawing on its immigrant history, faith commitments, and educational mission, Vásquez-Levy was able to marshal resources to help Postville and its residents. “But the biggest element in the response was the courage and faith of those directly affected,” says Vásquez-Levy. 6

“For close to three years after the raid, while the long term response was active, somebody always brought lunch for all the volunteers. This was a gift from the people directly affected; from immigrants who had no income, nothing,” he says. “I’m still emotional about this…because the partnerships between volunteers and those affected really embodied what it means to be a community of faith that is motivated by its values and can influence and change hearts, minds, and society.” In the course of the response, Vásquez-Levy was asked by those affected by the raid to help lead a Bible study. “Reading the Bible with those who cannot afford the luxury of pretending to be permanent is a powerfully enlightening experience,” he says. He recalls Juventino, a Postville participant in a study on the book of Exodus, exclaiming, “¡Moises fue el primer mojado! [Moses was the first wetback!]”. “Juventino was surprised to see in the Moses story a reflection of his own experience of crossing a river that divided his poverty and oppression from the luxury, freedom, and wealth that he believed to be on the other side,” Vásquez-Levy says. “Referring to his crossing of the Rio Grande, Juventino went on to say, ‘Like Moses, I crossed that river against the law.’” Much of the work started by the Postville Relief Effort is still going on today, almost seven years after the raid, including legal and advocacy work, micro-lending initiatives, and an archive at Luther to collect the history of the community before and after the raid.

He had studied us inside and out! I was so impressed by how well he knows the institution and our values. And when we had the opportunity to meet David, we were all blown away by his depth, his vision for theological education and for what the church should be; his lived experience, and also the sense of integrity that he brings. I have nothing but excitement about his coming.”

Karla Suomala and Vásquez-Levy with their children Meheret and Dawit. Copyright Silver Moon Photograohy, Decorah, Iowa.

And for Vásquez-Levy, migration narratives became a greater focus of his work. After Postville, he travelled extensively around the country engaging in conversation, Bible studies, and presentations with both recent and long-term immigrant communities, religious and political leaders, and many others. Out of this work, he has created a number of resources that explore migration stories in the Bible and in peoples’ lives, including Out of the Waters: Resisting the Power of Fear, a six-part Bible study on the book of Exodus. “The U.S. is experiencing an unprecedented level of mestizaje,” he says. “I believe that PSR recognizes that our various faith traditions must be present at the crossroads of these new encounters across race, ethnicity, gender, political, and national identity.”

The seminary had been without a long-term leader since Bill McKinney’s 14-year presidency ended in 2010. Generous members of the extended community have stepped up to lead the school for short terms, including Riess Potterveld, Stephen Sterner, and Bernard Schlager. Combined with the challenges facing all educational institutions, and particularly seminaries, these years of transition brought their struggles. Angela Brown, who earned her M.Div. degree last spring, was part of the first presidential search committee, and now serves on PSR’s board of trustees, remembers the uncertainty during her three years on campus. “Because of the impermanence at the top,” she says, “many important decisions had to be put off. And, in my second year here [2012], there were rumors that the M.Div. program would shut down, which was upsetting to those of us in the program and affected enrollment the following year.”

Academic Dean Bernard Schlager says the institution knew that thoughtful steps were necessary. “Given the changing nature of theological education and the precarious situation of many seminaries today,” he says, “the board of trustees realized that PSR needed IS STORY, HIS JOURNEY, AND HIS to articulate better its distinctive contributions to family now move to Berkeley. It was his communities of faith and to the world at large.” deep understanding of Pacific School of Religion’s mission that helped bring his résumé to the To that end, the board chartered the Commission on Presidential Search Committee’s attention. Vásquez- Strategic Direction, and later the Action Planning Levy’s preparation and ministry experience embody Team, charging them with refining a vision for PSR’s PSR’s renewed vision of connecting spiritual formation future that would best serve its mission in a way that is and deep theological reflection with transformative sustainable over the long term. leadership in church and society. “When you first look at his curriculum vitae, his background, he did not seem The articulated expansion of PSR’s mission falls under at first like a candidate for the presidency of PSR,” says three pillars: “The first pillar is that PSR remains Boyung Lee, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, committed to training leaders for traditional and Education and Spiritual Formation and a faculty emerging faith communities with a revitalized M.Div. member on the search committee that chose the new program and other degrees,” says Schlager, who served as Interim President this past fall. “The second is not president. only to continue but to increase and intensify the work “But David’s letter of application—in which he called that we do in training leaders for non-profit, social himself a ‘non-traditional candidate’—was amazing. justice, change-making organizations. PSR has long



been in the forefront of issues relating to social justice, and we’re going to be a seminary on the move, expanding that part of our work. The third pillar of the burgeoning new vision is to expand the reach of PSR well beyond Holy Hill.” In support of such a future, PSR’s Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation was inaugurated at the Earl Lectures in 2013. The seminary has also added two new degree programs—a certificate of spiritual and social change, and a master of arts in social transformation—and began a number of programs including the Changemaker Fellows. (For information on the MAST, please go to http://psr.edu/mast and for the Changemaker Fellowship http://psr.edu/changemakers.) Pleased to return to his position as Academic Dean, Schlager said, “David brings a sense of vitality to the institution. [He] can help tell the story of Pacific School of Religion and how we are living into our new vision. His own life story and his extensive ministry as a changemaker in the church, the academy, and in non-profit organizations embodies PSR’s renewed mission and focus.” Trustee Angela Brown feels that his warmth and openness make him a great fit for PSR. “I was impressed with how open David was to receive my thoughts, to hear a student’s perspective,” she says. “I believe he is the type of person who looks around the table to see who is missing and then asks, ‘Why are they missing? What can we do to bring them to the table?’” “I am excited to join a gifted and committed community as together we live into PSR’s compelling new vision: to prepare spiritually rooted, theologically formed leaders for social transformation,” Vásquez-Levy says. “Drawing on its history, location, partners, and commitments, PSR offers a rich academic program well suited for the complex issues of our time, a depth of spirit that prepares resilient leaders, and an approach to engaged theological education that takes seriously God’s call for justice for all within and beyond the church.” “Everything that we are to do is not only important for the wellbeing and stewardship of this place, this institution, but also for the sake of the world and the church. What is our particular part in contributing to what God is doing in the world? I want us to discern that together, I want to support that vision, and I want to join with others in moving in that direction.” (For more information on the Postville Raid, view Abused: The Postville Raid, a documentary about these events featuring VásquezLevy, at www.abusedthepostvilleraid.com.)


Vásquez-Levy talks to current student Eric McEuen after preaching in Chapel, October 2014.

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INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Julie Clemens joined Pacific School of Religion in July as the new Chief Advancement Officer. A veteran advancement professional of 26 years, Julie has helped organizations achieve success by applying the science of best practices to the art of relationship development. She believes that fundraising is the result of good friend raising first. “Advancement officers do not come to a job with a golden Rolodex of major donors (to date myself !). It is important that each organization have their own supporters who authentically believe in its mission. Otherwise, every time there’s a change in staffing there would be turnover of donors, leaving the institution financially vulnerable.” John Aney was selected in October out of a highly competitive field of applicants for the re-structured Associate Advancement Director position. “It was important to us that we find a relational person with strong ties to PSR and a history of friend raising to play an integral role in the advancement team,” said Clemens. “I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to join the PSR staff at this exciting time in its history,” John said. “I look forward to the opportunity to get to know the incredible alumni/ae, and hear their stories.” John will be completing his MDiv in May of 2015, and he comes to PSR with a valuable network of friends and experiences within the UCC, locally, and nationally. 10

Rev. Israel Alvaran (DMin ‘10), an elder from the Philippines, served on a panel on human sexuality for the United Methodist Church’s Connectional Table. on Feb. 10, in Maputo, Mozambique. Kittredge Cherry (MDiv ’90) wrote an LGBT-themed book with artist Douglas Blanchard, The Passion of Christ, now available from Berkeley’s Apocryphile Press. Lynne Hinton (MDiv ’88) recently released her latest book, Sister Eve, Private Eye. Find out more at LynneHinton.com. Rev. Susan G. Turley (SHS ’80) was named 2014 Professional Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women for her leadership and work in clinical pastoral education.

RECENTLY ACCEPTED CALLS Gale Tompkins Bischel (MDiv ’13) is at Sierra Christian Church in Loomis, CA Andrew Conley-Holcom (MDiv ’14) will soon be installed as pastor at Admiral Congregational Church in Seattle, WA Pedro Ramos Goycolea (MDiv ’13) is starting at Desert Dove Christian Church Andrew Greenhaw (MDiv ’14) was recently ordained and installed at St. Paul’s UCC in New Orleans Leslie Moughty (MDiv ’13) was recently confirmed as pastor at First Congregational, United Church of Christ in Brainerd, MN Kelly Ryan (MDiv ’12) recently started as pastor at Bethel United Church of Christ in White Salmon, WA, and held her ordination at Pacific School of religion on January 10, 2015 Rebecca Schroeder (MDiv ’02) was recently hired as pastor at Guerneville Community Church in Guerneville, CA Michelle Webber (MDiv ‘03) started in August as pastor at Moorhead UCC in Moorhead, MN

2014 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI/AE On January 29th, 2015, at an elegant event at the Berkeley City Club, PSR held a joint Inauguration and Alumni/ae Banquet, honoring both our new President and the 2015 Distinguished Alumni/ae. The work and contributions of our Distinguished Alumni/ ae show that PSR graduates continue to bring a commitment to spiritually rooted social change in their work. As PSR embarks on a new era, these alumni/ae exemplify the ways ministry is being done in the churches, in non-profits, and in the streets. THE 2015 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI/AE ARE: EVAN GOLDER (MDiv ‘64), is a retired UCC minister and the editor emeritus of United Church News, the national newspaper of the United Church of Christ, for which he served as editor from 1985 until his retirement in 2003. Over the course of his editorship, the United Church News received numerous awards and accolades, including 26 national awards from the Association of Church Press & Religious Communicators Council. At the Alumni/ae Banquet, Golder was also recognized for his early work as co-founder of the West Oakland Christian Parish, bringing together volunteers from black and white churches, and the West Oakland Health Center, which has been in operation for nearly 50 years. KIM KLEIN (1976-78), is an internationally known speaker and author, known for her ability to deliver information in a practical and humorous way. Kim is the author of five books. Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times won the McAdam Book Award in 2010 and her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its sixth edition, is widely used in the field and in university programs. She also wrote Fundraising for the Long Haul, Ask and You Shall Receive, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis. Her current work is focused on the role nonprofits must begin to play in creating fair and just tax policies and in the redistribution of wealth. During the banquet, Klein described her realization, while at PSR, that fundraising was her ministry, and she expressed her gratitude to PSR for providing her original development experience under then Development Director (and presenter of Klein’s Distinguished Alumni/ae Award) Richard Schellhase. TERRY MESSMAN (MDiv ‘91), entered PSR as a peace activist, and conducted many nonviolence trainings of seminarians for protests at Livermore Lab. But after four years of systematic theology, Terry found a spiritual calling to serve the poor, oppressed and homeless, based on his studies of the Bible, the teachings of liberation theology, and especially the ministry of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dorothy Day. When he graduated from PSR, Terry began work as the director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Homeless Organizing Project. Terry has spent the last 30 years working with homeless people, organizing protests of laws that criminalize homelessness, and doing nonviolent housing takeovers that resulted in many units of transitional and permanent housing being built. In 1995, he worked with fellow PSR graduate Sally Hindman (who presented the Distinguished Alumni/ae Award to Messman) to launch Street Spirit, a publication of the AFSC that reports on poverty, homelessness and human rights movements. Street Spirit has become the voice of the voiceless in the East Bay, and more than 150 homeless vendors sell the paper to earn survival income. Street Spirit just celebrated 20 years of publication, and Terry states it is the most fulfilling work of his life. REV. MEGAN ROHRER (MDiv ‘05), is the pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Francisco. Pastor Rohrer’s Bible Study that Doesn’t Suck mobile app and contemporary music Masses (feat. Lady Gaga, Beatles, etc) inspire 3,600+ participants a month to interact with the weekly justice-centered Bible studies. Rev. Rohrer is the first openly transgender pastor ordained in the Lutheran church, and was named a 2014 honorable mention as an Unsung Hero of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, received an Honorary Doctorate from Palo Alto University, and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in transgender nonfiction. Since 2002, Pastor Rohrer has also served as the Executive Director of Welcome — a communal response to poverty that raised over a million dollars, served 603,000 meals, gave away 404,000 pounds of groceries, grew 5 tons of produce in community gardens, and distributed 18,000 pairs of socks and 1,000 pairs of prescription glasses.


WORSHIP THAT BENDS TOWARD JUSTICE Over the last 50 years, feminist, womanist, mujerista, and LGBT scholarship has engaged Western Christian theology in critical and challenging ways, articulating new and differing perspectives, and calling for the creation and revision of Christian theologies and practices that better embody the justice and compassion of the new realm of God. Though the call for transformation that these voices raise has impacted all aspects of theological education and ministry, much of that transformation has yet to be realized, especially in the realm of Christian ritual and worship practices. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite University recognizes that meaning arises from ritual practices and the worship in which communities engage shapes and forms them as people of faith. Yet, many of our worship resources and books of prayer don’t show sufficient evidence of significant feminist/womanist/ mujerista/LGBT input, so these insights and challenges have yet to embodied fully in people’s lives of faith. That is why she is teaming up with activist-scholars Dr. Sylvia ThorsonSmith and Alisha Lola Jones to continue the efforts of many to change the landscape of American worship. Sylvia Thorson-Smith founded the feminist group, Voices of Sophia, and moderated its successor group, Presbyterian Voices for Justice. Alisha Lola Jones is a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University (Bloomington) and will the join faculty there as an assistant professor in ethnomusicology next year. Brock, Smith, and Jones’ upcoming summer seminar at PSR will collectively create liturgical resources that aim at transforming Christian worship beyond traditional forms. Special attention will be given to how differences in race, age, class, sexuality, ethnicity, abilities, and gender inform theology and biblical interpretation and inspire creativity -particularly in the spheres of new art forms and rituals. In creating resources for worship, the seminar will focus on the Revised Common Lectionary texts for Lent 2016 (Year C). Participants will be able to discuss insights and offer



creative work in an open forum that the class will make available to the broader community online. Resources developed during this seminar will reflect the liberative work of diverse women and men, with attention to different generations. They will include: music, prayers, poems, visual arts, litanies, and sermon ideas. The products of this creative work will be informed by the history, context, and theologies of diverse early Christian spiritual practices and based in life-affirming, this-worldly, communitarian ideas. It’s past time to truly transform our churches by bringing the insights of feminist, womanist, mujerista, and LGBT scholarship to bear on our ritual practices and creating worship resources that bend toward justice in new ways. Everyone with a passion for worship – pastors, lay people, students, and the general public – is invited to participate. To find more information about the July 6-10 seminar, and many other great offerings through PSR’s summer session, see http://www.psr.edu/summer.

SUMMER SESSION 2015 psr.edu/summer

Building up young clergy for transformational parish ministry in the United Church of Christ.

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LIVING OUT JUSTICE PSR Divests From Fossil Fuels At its Feb 9, 2015 meeting, the PSR board of trustees voted unanimously to adopt a policy to divest the institution from investments in fossil fuels. PSR is the first seminary in California to take this step and one of the first educational institutions in Berkeley to do so. “This is a situation in which not only students and trustees are in alignment, but faith and science as well,” said PSR President David Vásquez-Levy, inaugurated in January 2015. “Our new divestment policy recognizes that climate change has the potential to cause unimaginable environmental damage and human suffering with disproportionate impact on the poorest countries and the most impoverished people.” A petition signed by a group of alumni and friends of the school asking PSR to divest itself from investments in major

fossil fuel companies echoed conversations already under consideration at the school and provided the impetus to accelerate the adoption of new policies. The policy directs PSR to divest of investments in the 200 major fossil fuel companies listed by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CT200) and create a fossil fuel free option for future endowment donors. This new investment policy is essential in bringing the school’s business practices into proper alignment with its stated values. Mindful of PSR’s duty to manage endowment investments prudently and carefully in order to fulfill its mission, PSR expects that the systematic approach adopted will harmonize the pursuit of optimal investment returns with its mission of social transformation.

Explore Ecology & Theology at Seizing An Alternative, June 4-7

Seizing an Alternative

Former PSR President Eleanor Scott Meyers invites members of the extended PSR community to consider attending “Seizing an Alternative” this summer in Claremont Toward an ECOLOGICAL civilization at Pomona College. “Some 1,000 leading experts and original thinkers from up to thirty countries are coming together for June 4-7, 2015 the largest transdisciplinary conference ever held on behalf of the planet,” announced the American philosopher, theologian Pomona College and environmentalist John B. Cobb, Jr., intellectual architect Herman Daly, and political theorist William Connolly. of the upcoming international conference. The event brings David Griffin, the father of constructive postmodernism, together thought leaders and activists alike across multiple will be the banquet speaker, with theologian Harvey Cox fields who are working against planetary catastrophe and responding. Titled “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an for the Earth. More than eighty themes will be explored by Ecological Civilization,” the conference will be held June working groups. Confirmed guest speakers include 350.org’s 4-7, 2015 on the campus of Pomona College and other Bill McKibben, the Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva, Claremont colleges in Claremont, CA. This unites the China’s leading environmental activist Sheri Liao, The Land 10th International Whitehead Conference with the 9th Institute’s Wes Jackson, the pioneer of ecological economics International Conference on Ecological Civilization.

Field Education Students Selected For 2015 Trans Religious Leadership Cohort

Two PSR MDiv students – Kelsey Pacha and Jamie SpragueBallou – have been selected to be members of the 5-person 2015 Trans Religious Leadership Cohort sponsored by

the National LGBTQ Task Force. During this year-long faith-based leadership development program, Kelsey, Jamie, and three other seminary students will attend and actively participate in 3 powerful conferences, build relationships with new and known colleagues, and journey deep into the meaning of what leadership means and feels like for people of faith who also identify as transgender or genderqueer. Their journey began with the National Conference on LGBT Equality, February 4-8, in Denver, Colorado.



OPEN LETTER TO COMMUNITIES OF FAITH, RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND JUSTICE-SEEKERS On the night of December 8th, a group of GTU students and faculty were participating in a protest that marched through Berkeley and Emeryville. Many of the students and faculty from the GTU were arrested that night, along with a group of roughly 200 other protestors. Many of those students and faculty prepared an open letter, the full text of which is posted on PSR’s website (www.psr.edu/news/ open-letter-students-and-faculty-arrested-during-protests)

The grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the last few months have fueled growing alarm over inequities in our legal system and the ways in which racial bias affects law enforcement. These decisions have brought into relief the profound and deep-seated racism that affects the daily lives and deaths of people of color, especially African-American men, and have galvanized a movement that at its heart simply claims: #blacklivesmatter. They have also sparked many different actions of protest and dissent across the United States and around the world. Last Monday night, several students, staff and faculty from across the schools of the Graduate Theological Union, including the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Pacific School of Religion, and Starr King School for the Ministry, took part in one of those actions and 16 of us were arrested for participating in a peaceful protest. While some have criticized the form that this protest took as both dangerous and ineffectual, we have come to understand it as part of the disruptive work that we are called to as spiritually rooted, theologically formed faith leaders working for social change. When systems of oppression seem intractable, disruptive action becomes an important first step in transforming them. We must stop the flow of businessas-usual in order to imagine a new world breaking in. While occupying a freeway may not create racial justice, it points toward the disruptive action that will be needed to dismantle the systems of racial injustice that create the world in which Michael Brown, Eric Garner and countless others are killed with impunity. For Christians, this kind of disruption is part of God’s in-breaking into the world, the incarnation of Lovemade-flesh. The table-turning Jesus disrupted the flow of history by enfleshing God’s love in our midst; so, too, are we called to disruptive action that embodies and animates God’s justice and compassion in the world.


We were not there to be arrested, but the path of solidarity we chose came to that. As a group of mostly, but not all, white people, we recognize that this act of solidarity comes from a place of privilege. The reality is that we, unlike Eric Garner, can breathe, and we benefit from the same system that wrung the life out of him. But our arrests, especially for those of us who are white, implicate us in a commitment not simply to affirm that #blacklivesmatter at a theoretical level, but also to engage in concrete action that foregrounds black voices and supports the struggle against the horrific effects of white supremacy. So the question for all of us becomes how will we advance this movement? To which communities and voices are we going to hold ourselves accountable as we move forward? How are we going to put down the figurative bullhorn and be allies as people of color lead the way toward change? We invite you to see our witness as an invitation to a broader conversation, a bigger dialogue about racial injustice in the United States that must begin with communities of color. And we implore you to find your own ways of disrupting corrupt systems that perpetuate racism, of amplifying the voices of those who cry in the wilderness for justice, and of holding us all accountable to our deepest values and purpose. In faith, Caitie Daphtary Tom Emanuel Marissa Evans Caiti Hamilton

Nikira Hernandez Robert Peach Lauren Hotchkiss Jamie Sprague-Ballou Lacey Hunter Randall Sparling Tara Limbaugh Peter Watters

Jennifer Davidson, Associate Professor of Worship and Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West Sharon Fennema, Assistant Professor of Christian Worship and Director of Worship Life, Pacific School of Religion


HONOR ROLL OF DONORS Pacific School of Religion is 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, 2013 to June 30, 2014. 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 crucial work that our faculty and students continue to carry into the world with great boldness.


GIFTS OF $10,000 TO $24,999

Diane Kenney • and DarEll Weist ∞ William ◊ and Linda McKinney Northern California/Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ ∞ David Ourisman ◊ • ∞ Julien Phillips Δ Estate of Steven Pratt • ∞ Kay Riddell ∞ United Church Foundation Wabash Center for Teaching & Learning in Theology & Religion


GIFTS OF $5,000 TO $9,999

∞ Mitzi Henderson Stephen Δ and Judith Sterner United Church of Christ, Cleveland, OH ∞ Stanley Watson • Δ


Stan Barkey Δ Michael Barrett • ∞ Hawaii Conference, United Church of Christ Donaldson Hill Δ Connie Mitchell Δ Robert • Δ and Susan Phillips Southern California/Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ Robert Δ and Elizabeth Stumpf United Church Boards Planned Giving Program ∞ Morris Δ and Rebecca Wright


GIFTS OF $1,000 TO $2,499

Anonymous (2) Arden Christian Church, Sacramento, CA Laura Barnes ∞ Bay Shore Congregational Church, Long Beach ∞ Doris Brown • Oscar ◊ and Dora Burdick


∞ Hazel Burnett • Teri Cannon Δ ∞ Marion Carpenter ∞ Church of the Holy Cross, Hilo, HI City of Refuge, Oakland, CA ∞ Congregational Church of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA ∞ Patricia de Jong • Δ and Sam Keen ∞ Estate of Ruth Takahashi • Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund ∞ First Congregational Church, Eugene, OR ∞ First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA ∞ Wilmer Fong ∞ Prescott Hafner Δ and William Glenn • Heather • and Jim Hammer Edwina Hunter • ◊ ∞ William • Δ and Mary Jacobs • Δ Dr. Kathryn and Dr. Arthur James Sandra Johnson • ∞ Bruce Jones • David • Δ and E. Darlene Kaupu Karen Lebacqz ◊ Raine Lee ∞ Robert • and Emily Leland Kuei Jung Δ and Victoria Li ∞ Gloria Louie • Jean McCarter ∞ Beryl • and Cheryl Melcher Polly Moore • and Stuart Builder ∞ Orinda Community Church, Orinda, CA ∞ Pacific Northwest Conference, United Church of Christ Ronald • ◊ and Ruth Parker ∞ Doris Powell • ∞ George • and Brigitte Randle ∞ Marsha Raulston Δ and Marge Boric Jane Rowe • Chrissy Siva • Jeffrey Spencer • Dudley • and Concha Thompson


GIFTS OF $500 TO $999 Agnes Alden Anonymous (2)

Eleanor Badè Michael Badè Gaye Benson • Δ Vivian Bowden • Central Pacific Conference, United Church of Christ Christian Church (DOC) General Office Church of the Crossroads, Honolulu, HI ∞ Thomas Δ and Patricia Clarke Gordon Crider Desert Palm United Church of Christ, Tempe, AZ ∞ Joseph Driskill ◊ and Leslie Bryant Katherine • and Donald Epstein Frances Escherich Estate of David Rees Δ ∞ Carol • Δ and Ben Fujita ∞ W. Evan • and Deborah Golder Dale • and Carla Harris Hannah and Kyle Heller Hillcrest Congregational United Church of Christ, Pleasant Hill, CA ∞ Iao Congregational Church, Wailuku, HI Tony Lewis ∞ Clifford Lindeman • and Harlane Loeff Lynnea Lindsey • Rod MacKenzie • ∞ W. Bruce MacKenzie • Manhattan Beach Community Church, Manhattan Beach,CA ∞ Montebello Plymouth Congregational Church, Montebello, CA Naples United Church of Christ, Naples, FL ∞ James • and Cathy Petersen Nancy • and Rori Piggott ∞ Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Carlsbad, CA ∞ Richard • and Carolyn Poe ∞ Catherine Quehl-Engel • and Craig Engel William Reller Carolyn Roberts • and John Deckenback • Bernard Schlager ◊ and Brian Byrnes Ron Stever • ∞ Charles Δ and Frances Townes Emilie Townes United Church of Christ, Ashland, OR

13-14 GIFTS BY USE TOTAL $ 309,549


Temporaril y Restricted/ Projects $23,591

Financia l Aid & Named Scholarship s $30,479

Endowmen t $21,249

Unrestricted Annual Fund $234,230


GIFTS OF $250 TO $499

∞ Jean Aldrich ∞ Margaret • ◊ and Donald Alter Anonymous (3) ∞ C. William Δ and Laura Bailey Δ John Bartlett • ∞ Catherine Carlson • and Michael Bausch •◊ Henry • and Joyce Beairsto Andrea Bieler ◊ Leroy • and Rita Calbom ∞ Catherine Carlson • and Michael Bausch •◊ ∞ Chinese Congregational United Church of Christ, San Francisco, CA Community Church of Mill Valley, Mill Valley, CA ∞ John • and Sylvia Corson Richard • and Roberta • Corson Linda • and Randy Crowe Joanne Hummel David Δ and Betty Jamieson Linda Jaramillo • Δ Ann Jefferson ◊ Robert Keim • Roxy Δ and Steve Klein ∞ Nicholas and Annis Kukulan Gordon and Helen Lew Byron • and Patricia Light Odette ◊ and Jim Lockwood-Stewart ◊ ∞ Kathleen Love • and Katherine Tenerelli • ◊ Margaret • and Karl Marcuson Mary Ellen McCarthy • Ina McCoy ∞ Karen McGillivray • Mary Therese DesCamp • ◊ and George Meier • Glenn Moeller George • and Catherine Monroe John Moore • Milton Nelson • ∞ Thomas • and Nancy Norwood ∞ Diane Ott Owen Owens • ∞ Linda Δ and Ken Peterson

Jeanne Audrey Powers ∞ James • and Jane Price Wilma Reichard and Gordon Howie George Robb Ann Cally • and Frank Rogers-Witte ∞ San Carlos Community Church, San Carlos, CA Michael Shone Sierra Christian Church, Loomis, CA Patricia Silver Judy Rapp Smith • Δ ◊ ∞ Paul Snyder • and Robert Payne Billie Soriano • ∞ Southwest Conference, United Church of Christ Nancy and Michael Strong Kay Harrison Taber ∞ Bob • and Sally Taylor ∞ Barbara Troxell • Δ and Eugene Boutilier ∞ Gilbert • and Dorothy Vieira William and Ava Wainwright ∞ Eileen ◊ and Ron Weston ∞ Barbara Brown Zikmund ◊ and Joseph Zikmund

Pamela Abbey • and Kent Parr Mary Abu-Saba Kacey Alexander • Carlene Ames • Jim Anderson • and Janet Leslie Linda Anderson Anonymous (5) Arlington Community Church, Kensington, CA Saundra Armstrong • Jean and David Avison Americ Azevedo Leon Bacchues • Frank and Margaret Baldwin Harriet and George Baldwin ∞ Thomas and Rae Banks James • and Silvey Barge ∞ Carol J. Barriger • Ellen Bass Augustine Bau • and Katharine Hsiao William and Virginia Berney Jon Berquist Δ Birte Beuck • William Bigelow • Roy Birchard David Bird Grace Bishop Sandra Blair ◊ Claire Bohman • Stephen • and Roberta Boyd Virginia Breedlove Jeanette Brodersen • and Jon Dodson • Pat Broemmel • John and Gretchen Brooke Angela Brown • David Brown and Linda Hammer-Brown Gregory Brown ∞ Sally • and David Brown Warner and Minnie Brown Jean Bucciarelli Gloria Buckham Roger Buffett • Wesley • and Dorothy Burwell Robert Calvert Barry Cammer • ∞ Margaret Campbell Philip • and Teresa Campbell Dennie Carcelli •

13-14 GIFTS BY CONSTITUENC Y TOTAL $ 309,549 Trustees $49,025

Former Facul ty & Staff $24,131

Friend s $72,044 Foundation s $19,900

Former Trustees $9,563 Corporations, Businesse s, Other Orgs $650 Esta tes & Trusts $250

Churches & Church Organization s $63,140

Alumni $70,846


Carson Hawks • Margaret Carter Jan and Paul Chaffee Paul • and Ruth Channels J. Harley Chapman and Jean Chapman ∞ Barbara • and Richard Cheatham Charles • and Maureen Chou Christian Church Foundation ∞ Richard and Thelma Chun Gordon • and Gail Clark Kim Clark ◊ and Steve Narolewski ∞ William and Dorothy Clemens ∞ Barbara Coates Niccole Coggins • Δ ∞ College Avenue Congregational Church, Modesto, CA ∞ Ellen • and Phillip • Collins David Cone David Cook and Anne Frantz-Cook Ralph and Marilyn CooleFredrica Cooper Carol Copeland Christopher Cox Janet Cromwell • and Gary Oba • Patricia Cross Donald • and Lillian Cunningham Carol Ingalls Custodio and Clark Custodio Diane Darling • ∞ William Davisson Jerry Dickey • Beth Donaldson • Sally Dries • Alexis Easton • Mally Echols Eden United Church of Christ, Hayward, CA Thomas Eelkema David Elliott Joyce • and James Ellis ∞ John and Janice Emerson ∞ Martha Engelbert Charles • and Peggy Ensley David Evans • Christa Fairfield Duncan Falls • Judith Favor • Kate Feeney-Bastian • John Finster • Judy Fiocco • and Larry Jones First Congregational Church, San Bernardino, CA First Congregational Church, Salem, OR First Congregational United Church of Christ, Menomonie, WI Victor H. Floyd • Timothy Forester • ∞ John M. • and Helen Foster Thomas • and Colleen Foster June Fothergill • and James English Joel and Marilyn Franklin ∞ Jeffrey Friant ∞ Lily Fujita Gwynn Fuqua • Amy Gantt-Lamb • ∞ John Garrity • and Jean Thorstenson Clare Gorres • Gini Gossenbacher Winston Gould Sonny Graves • ∞ Herbert and Mary Graw


Alan • and Ellen Green Louis Green Anara Guard Jerry Haas • ∞ Helen Hadley • W. James and Louisa Halfaker ∞ Anne • and David Hall David and Dorinda Hamilton David • and Sally Hansen Paul • and Lana Harkness Barbara Harris • David Harris • ∞ Ishwar • and Jyotsna Harris Diane Harris-Wilson Bernard Haruyama • Kathleen and Robert Helliesen Alexander and Mary Henderson Harriette and Ronald Henrickson Eva • and Edwin Herschbach-Martin James • and Joy Hicks Janna Hocker Grace Hodges • and Philip Robison ∞ Mark Holman • and Deborah Kelemen George and Marjorie Honjiyo Stewart • and Karen Hoover ∞ Marjorie Hoyer Smith • Jim and Mo Ingwersen Gail Irwin • and Charles O’Harrow Laurie Isenberg ◊ and Martin LaPlaca Beth Ann Jacobs Clara Jaeckel Heather Jerrie Patricia Johnson • Janet Johnston ∞ David R. Jones ∞ Paul Jones Roger Jones • Sara Jane Jordan ∞ Karen • and Walter Josephson Harriet Judson Jennifer Jue Marcus Jung Harold C. and Ellen T. Kameya Nerice • and Fred Kaufman Judith • and Joshua Kay ∞ Carole Keim • Δ Sue Keller • John Kemper • Diane Kennedy • John Kennedy and William Baird Kevin Kennedy ∞ Richard and Lois Kenyon Kook-Hui Kim Martha Kirk William • and Linda Koch G. R. and P.L. Kochendorfer Diane and Kondrat Edward Koonz • and Barbara Bullard-Koonz ∞ Kent • and Theresa Yeh Katherine Kunz • ◊ La Selva Beach Community Church, La Selva Beach, CA ∞ Nicole Lamarche • and Jeremy Nickel • ∞ F. Elizabeth Lamb • Les • and Nancy Larsen James Latimer • Speed Δ ◊ and Constance Leas Leslie Leasure • ◊

Todd Lesh • ◊ and Rebecca Littlejohn • ∞ Paula Leslie Cynthia Leslie-Bole Lillian Lewis Thomas Lewis • ∞ Thomas • and Joan Lindeman ∞ Paul • and Caroline Lindsay Claudia Lindsay Gary Lindstrom • Hubert Locke Δ ◊ James Loughead Kyle Lovett • ∞ Anne Ludlow • Ben Lunine • Jim Manley • Carl and Linda Marschall Alice H. Masek • Marjorie Wilkes Matthews • ◊ and Robert Matthews • ∞ Jean McClure Jim and Garnet McClure Brian and Ann McDonald Valerie McEntee • Jessica McFarland-Walton • Will and Rebecca Mc Garvey ∞ Ross and Shirley McGuire Patricia McKee Shan McSpadden ◊ Robert and Evanita Midkiff Randall Miller ◊ and Glenn Eagleson William • and Ruth Miller Akiko Miyake-Stoner • Beverly Moffet • and Judith Eckelmeyer Moira Moody Iris and Tom Moran Diane Morehouse ∞ Arthur • and Jean Morgan William Morgan Yoshiki Morita • Catherine and James Morley Christine Mosere Marjean Mott ∞ Lois Mueller • Phil • and Judy Mullins David • and Kathy Munson ∞ Roger and Mary Murray George • and Nan Myers Nicole Naffaa ◊ and Sabine Henrie • ∞ Mark • and Pamela Nakagawa Kate Newton ∞ Niles Discovery Church, Fremont, CA ∞ Barbara Nixon • Thomas Nootbaar ∞ Eric Nystrom ∞ Richard • and Mary Ober Jeri Okamoto-Floyd Karen Oliveto • ◊ and Robin Ridenour Michael Omi Nancy Orcutt ∞ Arlene • and Nicholas Page • Jay • and Bridget Parr Ginnie • and Larry Pearson ∞ Edgar • and Janet Peck ∞ Lewis Perry Kenneth Peterkin • and Suzanne Personette • Robert • and Margaret Peters William and Beverly Plambeck


The First Congregational Church, Hudson, OH ∞ Brian and Carolyn Thiessen Dan Goldzband and Julie Thompson Louise Todd Tamara • and Martin • Toepke-Floyd ∞ Dennis • and Constance Tooley Parker Townley Alafua Tupou • Connie • and Kenneth Tyler Joon Kwan Un • and Aeh Sun Kim-Un ∞ Shawn Van Dyke • Willem • and Pamela VandeKamp Gilbert • and Dorothy Vieira Linda Vincent Rev. Clarence • and Dolores Wager ∞ Randi ◊ and Jerry Walker ∞ Harold • and Billie Watkins ∞ Donald • and Priscilla Watt Jen Wellington • Delane and Kay Welsch James • and Patti White ∞ Thomas • and Beverly Whitehead Judith and Robert Wilkinson Bruce and Ann Willard Marty Williams Andrew Wilson ∞ Josh • and Bonnie Wilson ∞ Stephen Wilson Windward United Church of Christ, Kailua, HI Rebecca and Alfred Wong Calvin and Dixie Wood Patricia Wood • Wes • and Rose Yamaka Toshimasa • and Claudia • Yamamoto Ama Zenya • and Javier Martinez ∞ Sara Zimmerman •

African American /African/Black

Asian/Asian American / Pacific Islander

Unrepo rted


Hispani c/Latino/a

Caucasian/ Euro-Ame rican/ White (2

Joe Plouff and Lavonne Solem Phil Porter William Porter • Richard and Marylee Post Hameem Rahman Jane • and Fred Ramsey Jeanne Rana Kiranjit Rana Jamie Randolph • Rev. Joanne • and Rev. Dr. Thomas • Rannells Hope Raymond • Pete and Hedda Reid Kellen Ressmeyer Norman and Jean Reynolds Marilyn Reynolds ∞ Lynn Rhodes ◊ Michael • and Diane Rhodes Roger Ridgway • and Jonnie Vance ∞ Leon • and Janet Riley Maria Robinson Verne Robinson • Linda • and Ted Robison ∞ Barbara Roche ◊ Daniel Romero • Δ ∞ Boyard and Anne Rowe ∞ James Royse • Jo Ann Rucker Kibbie Ruth • ◊ and James Granucci ∞ Kent Sack Louise Sakamoto Norma Salinas • John • and Bonnie Sandel ∞ Roy Sano • Δ ◊ and Kathleen Thomas-Sano Jack Sawyer • ∞ Kay ◊ and Richard Schellhase • ◊ Nancy Schimmel Tracy Schrider • Robert and Carol Schuler ∞ Helen Schweizer Jurgen H. Schwing • Carol Scott Craig Scott and Karen Paull Margaret • and David Self ∞ Virginia Semrau ∞ Stuart • and Bonnie Shaw Shell Ridge Community Church, Walnut Creek, CA ∞ Pamela Shepherd • Δ

James • and Mary Sherman Hallam and Yasuko Shorrock Sally Singingtree Sally Smith • Jeannette • and John Solimine ∞ John • and Claudia Spencer ∞ Betty Jean • Δ and James Spitze Lon Springer • ∞ Emily Stahl • Justin Staller • Millicent Stanton • Marjorie • and Douglas Stark Sara • and Felicia Steenhouse John • and Carol Steinitz Anne Steinle • ∞ Stanley • and Louise Stevens Julianne • and Robert Stokstad Hedy Straus Jennifer Szymanski ∞ Frederick • and Sylvia Talbot Terry • and Martha Teigen


Anonymous Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Bank of America Matching Gifts Program Ecolab Inc. IBM Corporation M Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program

FAITH AFFILIATIONS OF NEW ENROLLEES (SELF-REPORTED) Unrepo rted (9) Disciple s of Chris t (Chris tian Churc h) (1) Free Methodi st (1) Independen t Chri stian (1) Jewish (1)

United Churc h of Chris t (14)

Mennonite (1) Pentecos tal (1)

Presbyterian (1) Progressive Christian Alliance (1) Swedenborgia n (1) Baptis t (2) Episcopa l (2) Metropolitan Communi ty Church (2) Buddhi st (3) Unit aria n Univer salist Associatio n (7)

Catholic (3) Non/Inte r-denominational (3)

United Methodi st Church (8)


GIFTS IN MEMORY Elias Abusaba Mary B. Abu-Saba

Ervin M. Hummel Joanne Hummel

Ruth Richardson Nichols Diane Harris-Wilson

Doug Adams Gerald L. Dickey Judith M. Fiocco John P. Garrity Paul H. Harkness Richard J. Kenyon Martha A. Kirk Ernest L. Lesh Lynnea E. Lindsey-Pengelly

Frank Jaggers Margaret E. Carter

Richard Norberg Kibbie S. Ruth

Harlan Jones David R. Jones

Herb Otwell Josh L. Wilson

Elroy Kane Niccole L. Coggins

Diane Phillips Linda E. Anderson Iris Moran Kibbie S. Ruth

John Atwell Bruce W. Jones William Badé Eleanor Badé Michael Badé Barry Bowden Ken SouthTanisse Brown Mary Ellen McCarthy

Dan Leak Mary Ellen McCarthy Raezella LeRoy Catherine Morley Stuart LeRoy Catherine Morley

Marylee Post Richard F. Post Jane Price James H. Price Stanton Putnam David S. King

Allen Lovejoy Frank W. Baldwin

Wayne Rood Gerald L. Dickey Judith M. Fiocco John P. Garrity Paul H. Harkness Martha A. Kirk Ernest L. Lesh Lynnea E. Lindsey-Pengelly

Jeanette Lucile MacKenzie John R. MacKenzie

Letty Russell Shannon Clarkson

Marian Manley Jean Bucciarelli

Bonnie Shaw Stuart R. Shaw

Donald Masuda Michael A. Gifford

Eleanor Swoboda Arthur Swoboda

Neely McCarter Edwina Hunter

Jon K. Stever Ron K. Stever

Michael Dorr Robert C. Dorr

Charles S. McCoy John P. Garrity Ina A. McCoy Jurgen H. Schwing Willem VandeKamp

Dennis Maynard Taber Jerry P. Haas Kay H. Taber

K. Dean Echols Mally C. Echols

Marjorie Casbier McCoy Ina A. McCoy

Jack R. Finegan Claudia R. Lindsay

Bill McLinn John P. Garrity

Fran Forester-Steele Timothy R. Forester

John G. McClure Jim McClure Jean McClure

Arthur Bryant Grace Bishop Arthur Dwight Campbell Margaret P. Campbell Bob Cary Stanley B. Watson Kenneth Coates Glenn Moeller Dorothy Corson John E. Corson James H. Corson John E. Corson Richard A. Corson Irene Crider Gordon Crider

Gordon Foster John S. Bartlett James T. Fukada Hallam C. Shorrock Thomas F. Henderson Alexander D. Henderson Harland E. Hogue Robert G. Dye


Jong-Wong Kim Kook-Hui Kim

Robert C. Leslie Heather L. Hammer Paula Leslie

Bruce McSpadden Lucia A. McSpadden Michael Mendiola Birte Beuck Karen Lebacqz Polly Moore Bishop Roy C. Nichols Diane Harris-Wilson

Diane R. Thomas Hannah Heller Maura Tucker Beth A. Donaldson Karen Lebacqz Jack Von Rohr Barbara A. Roche George Weiss Michael Barrett Hugh V. White Thomas H. Lindeman Wilhelm Wuellner Judith L. Favor

GIFTS IN HONOR Dennis Ackley Shirlee M. Bromley

Bill Johnson Nancy K. Krody

James S. Reid R. R. Reid

Rev. Kealahou C. Alika James T. Loughead

Darryl Kister Julie M. Thompson

Lynn N. Rhodes John C. Kemper

Arthur Barnes Laura Barnes

Karen Lebacqz Judith W. Kay

Leon M. Riley Roger Buffett

Sally Bullis David R. Jones

Kit Lockwood Andrea Bride

Rafael Catala James D. Anderson

Sharon L. MacArthur United Church of Christ, Cleveland, OH

Martin Rock Matt Smucker Bernard S. Schlager Horizons Foundation

Class of 1990 Marjorie W. Stark Class of 2000 Helen J. Hadley Sandy Colbs Andrea Bride Jeffrey D. Dirrim Anonymous Laurence Edwards Lisa Edwards Charles E. Ensley William C. Koch Yvette A. Flunder Philip A. Porter Durwood Foster Clifford L. Lindeman Sue J. Hamly Harriet A. Judson David A. Howell Frances Escherich

Robert A. MacDougall David R. Cook First Congregational U.C.C., Menomonie, WI Beth Ann Jacobs Heather Jerrie G. R. Kochendorfer Diane L. Morehouse Joe Plouff Jo Ann Rucker Robert J. Schuler Kathleen McShane Marsha Raulston Lynne Mixner Shirlee M. Bromley Barbara F. Nixon Helen J. Hadley Catherine M. Quehl-Engel Akiko Miyake-Stoner Whitney Reeve Linda Vincent

Stephen Sterner Leroy W. Calbom Diane Thomas-Glass Jonathon C. Glass Mary A. Tolbert Michael P. Ellard Randi J. Walker Carol J. Barriger David Weekley David Weekley Susan Willm Anonymous Frances Wong Kyle A. Lovett Robert W. Wood James W. Halfaker Kathryn W. James Nancy K. Krody Doris R. Powell



Pacific School of Religion’s long-term future is secured by these generous members of our community who have made gifts of $50,000 or more to the endowment or have named Pacific School of Religion in their wills.


Agnes Alden Margaret and Donald Alter Billye A. Austin Laura and William Bailey Ivan and Ruth Ball Thomas L. and Rae Banks Kyle Barriger Carol J. Barriger Michael Bausch and Catherine Carlson Stephen and Terry Beck Andrea Bieler Linda G. Bond Craig Bower and Deborah Schmedemann Jean H. Brady Craig Brammer Philip C. Branch Theodore L. Brock Hazel Anne Burnett Bernice Burr-Wilken and Gary Wilken Leroy and Rita Calbom Marion E. Carpenter Louise and George Carter Lorinda Cheng-Arashiro and Casper Arashiro Wilbur Choy and Nancy Adachi-Osawa Kim Clark and Steve Narolweski Thomas and Pat Clarke Margaret E. Coates Beatrice J. Conard Richard A. Corson Vivan G. Crummey Virginia Curinga Nancy G. Daunton Patricia de Jong and Sam King Mary Therese DesCamp and George Maier Carla DeSola Eaton Etisone and Simala Elisaia James and Joyce Ellis Charles and Peggy Ensley Donald and Priscilla Felt Harold and Diane Fields Dorothy Finger Dean and Ellen Forbes John and Helen Foster Durwood and Margaret Foster Clarice E. Friedline Janet H. Fujioka Carol and Ben Fujita Edwin and June Fujita Tom and Sachiko Fujita Evan W. and Deborah J. Golder Jane Groscup Prescott Hafner and William Glenn Diane Harvey and John Heinl Mitzi Henderson Edward and Judith Hoerr Jerry and Gail Holcomb Mary Hollis Mark Holman and Deborah Keleman Anonymous Patricia Howard Ronald and Lisa Hunt William and Mary E. Jacobs William R. Johnson Lillie T. Jue Jennifer Jue

Ann Kay and Richard Bennett Carole G. Keim David S. King Nancy Landauer Speed and Constance Leas Karen Lebacqz Robert and Emily Leland Anonymous Marjorie E. Lindsay Gloria S. Louie Alfred and Ma Lourdes Luke Gayle Madison and Edward Hinkelman Kevin M. Manz Neilson E. Marshall Jean McClure Barbara and Bowen McCoy Celia S. McCoy Janice A. McCoy-Miller Karen M. McGillivray William and Linda McKinney John V. Moore Arthur and Jean Morgan Hans and Mary Mueller Barbara F. Nixon Dorothy F. Northcutt Walter and Ruth Olsen David Ourisman John and Barbara Packard Joy D. Palmerlee AprĂĄ Robert and Ruth Parsonage Jennie C. Payne Linda and Ken Peterson Marjorie Phair Julien R. Phillips Vera L. Pitts Riess and Tara Potterveld Jeanne Audrey Powers Marsha Raulston and Marge Boric Kathryn Riddell Verne A. Robinson Edward and Barbara Robinson Rosemary A. Rocha Barbara A. 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 Charles and Frances Townes Cheryl Tupper Gilbert and Dorothy Vieira Theo T. Vincent Harold and Billie Watkins Ray and Jackie Welles Flora Wuellner Richard and Elinor Yeo

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