Upcoming Events

Migrantes Guatemaltecos en el Corazón de EEUU y el Abrazo de la Comunidades
Guatemalan Immigrants in America’s Heartland & the Communities’ Embrace

5:00pm, Sabado Saturday, Junio June 20, 2015

Escuela de Religión del Pacifico | Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley
Capilla de la Gran Comisión | Chapel of the Great Commission

Presentación y Platica GRATIS con el Cinesta Luis Argueta

FREE screening of documentary films by Luis Argueta

ABRAZOS & abUSed: The Postville Raid


En voz propia, la comunidad migrante cuenta su hitoria de:
In their own voices, hear immigrants’ real stories of:

  • criminalización contra trabajadores, menores, y sus familias
    criminalization of immigrant workers, children and families
  • la acogida comunitaria que contradice la perspectiva comúnmente promulgada por medios de comunicación
    community response that defies the media narrative
  • enfrentar dificultades con esperanza, fe, y Fortaleza
    hope, faith, and strength against the odds

Cada presentación incluirá una charla con el cinesta Luis Argueta y David Vásquez-Levy, pastor y líder en la respuesta comunitaria en Postville quien ahora ejerce como Presidentde de PSR

Films followed by Q&A with filmmaker Luis Argueta and PSR President, minister, and pastoral first-responder during the Postville raid, Dr. David Vásquez-Levy.

5:00 p.m.

ABRAZOS (44 minutes):

4.5 milliones de niños Estadounidenses tienen al menos un padre indocumentado, esta es la historia de 14 de ellos y de su viaje en busca de la identidad propia.

Four and a half million U.S. citizen children have at least one undocumented parent.
This is the story of fourteen of them and their journey in search of identity.

6:00 p.m.

Homemade Guatemalan Food

Comida disponible para compra a beneficio de la delegación a Guatemala y Honduras de People of Faith Root Causes

For sale to benefit the People of Faith Root Causes delegation to Guatemala and Honduras

7:00 p.m.

abUSed: The Postville Raid (70 minutes):

La historia de la readada--hasta entonces--más grande, costosa y controversial en la historia de los EE.UU. y su impacto en los niños, las familias y las comunidades.

The story of what was at the time the largest, single-site immigration raid in U.S. history and its impact on children, families and communities.

Patrocinado por: | Sponsored by:

  • Escuela de Religión del Pacifico | Pacific School of Religion,
  • El Centro de Espiritualidad y Transformacion Social en PSR |Center for Spirituality and Social Transformation at PSR,
  • Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity),
  • Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME)

Welcome to Summer at PSR

Summer is a time to indulge in learning and community.  Everyone is invited.  Change the world and change yourself this summer.

More details on the Summer Session page!

Micro-Certificate in Transformative Community Building

MicroCertificate in Transformative Community Building






Would you like to join with other spiritual people doing the work of transforming community?
Would you like to integrate your personal spirituality and faith with your community activism?
Would you like to make change within and beyond faith communities?  

The July workshops Faith Rooted Organizing, and Howard Thurman: Disciplines of the Spirit, plus the Urban Monastic Retreat were designed to unite the sometimes disparate worlds of community activism and spirituality. Register for all three experiences at a discounted rate to earn the micro-Certificate in Transformative Community Building (not for academic credit).

 The intentions of the micro-Certificate are to: 

Certificate registration covers all costs for Faith Rooted Organizing, Howard Thurman: Disciplines of the Spirit, and the Urban Monastic Retreat.

A Festival of Writing

Pat Schneider

2nd Annual PSR/AWA West Festival of Writing

with Pat Schneider
Saturday, July 11, 9:30am - 6:00pm, PSR Campus
presented by Amherst Writers & Artists West and Pacific School of Religion

A glorious day of writing in community, using the Amherst Writers & Authors (AWA) method.

Festival details



Faith Rooted Organizing

with Rev. Alexia Salvatierra
July 7 & July 9, 6:30-9:30pm
Mudd Hall, Pacific School of Religion

Spiritual leaders and faith communities have often played a central and vital role in movements for social justice around the world.  What are the unique contributions that spirituality and faith concepts, traditions and practices can offer to the broader movement for community change?  How do our underlying assumptions about the nature of the universe impact our organizing?  How can we create campaigns that incorporate our deepest values and beliefs?  This short course will provide an opportunity to learn about the growing field and community of organizers seeking to draw deeply from spiritual wells in their theory of change and their organizing practices. This workshop may be taken on its own, or as part of the Micro-Certificate in Transformative Community Building

Howard Thurman: Disciplines of the Spirit

with Rev. Dr. Liza Rankow
July 21 & July 23, 6:30-9:30pm NEW DATES
Mudd Hall, Pacific School of Religion

Howard Thurman was a 20th century religious leader and thinker whose prophetic vision and quiet mentorship were instrumental to Martin Luther King Jr. and many others in the struggle for freedom and justice. Thurman’s text, Disciplines of the Spirit, explores subjects central to spiritual growth and maturity: commitment, suffering, prayer, reconciliation. Through readings, discussion, audio and video resources we will examine the relevance and practical applications of the ideas presented for each participant's life, work, and deepening spiritual journey.This workshop may be taken on its own, or as part of the Micro-Certificate in Transformative Community Building

Retreats & Immersions

Urban Monastic Retreat Spiral Way

with Rev. Joellynn Monahan
Friday, July 31, 3:00pm - Sunday, August 2, 3:00pm  NEW TIMES
Ralston White Retreat Center, Mill Valley

Experience a two-day immersion pilgrimage into the heart of Christian Monastic practice by adopting a shared Rule of Life for the duration of the monastic retreat. In an immersive, spiritual retreat setting and drawing upon the core Christian practice of the Daily Office (praying the hours), you will be formed by individual and shared Christian spiritual practices in a daily cycle of prayer which includes silent, spoken, sung, and embodied prayers. What makes this monastic community unique is the commitment to a diverse and inclusive gathered community as a reflection of the Body of Christ in the world.

You will leave this retreat with:

1. an experiential understanding of the daily rhythm of Monastic living (prayer, rest, study, work) including the Great Silence during the night time  
2. engagement with the context of and practice of the Christian spiritual practices of pilgrimage, fasting (from electronic media & communication), Sabbath, lectio divina, Eucharist  
3. the ability to translate the practices of this immersion pilgrimage and retreat into your daily living as non-monastic changemakers in the world
This retreat may be taken on its own, or as part of the Micro-Certificate in Transformative Community Building.


History of Christianity in the Pacific WorldFirst Chinese Church of Christ in Hawai`i

in Honolulu, Hawai`i
with Rev. Tafa Muasau & Rev. Dr. Randi Walker

Anyone doing ministry in the Pacific Northwest, California, or Hawaii will have noticed that the usual historical narratives that have helped mainline, ecumenical, and progressive Christians define their identity do not seem as relevant in the Pacific world where so many do not share the cultural and historical experience from which they derive. In this class we will take a different look at the history of Christianity in the Pacific world and work with students to build historical narratives that will inspire and undergird the work of strengthening and re-shaping Christian communities for the future.

See Courses page for details.

#blacklivesmatter: Ferguson-Bay Area Activism ImmersionBlack Lives Matter

in Berkeley & Ferguson
with Dr. Sharon Fennema, Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble,Rev. Renita Lamkin, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, and Dr. Jennifer Davidson

This immersion course explores local and national dynamics that catalyzed the current protest movement against systemic patterns of brutality and racialization. Students will compare faith and secular approaches to disruptive action; examine historical and contextual factors contributing to emergent issues; engage theological perspectives; and analyze the rubric of intersectionality for expanded strategies of allied solidarity among diverse contexts, issues, and groups. Immersion experiences expose students to unique contexts and manifestations that arose in the Ferguson movement and the Bay Area solidarity actions. Sessions will include discussion of readings, reflection on experiences, and consideration of practices. The course will focus on immersion experiences in the Bay Area (Week 1) and in Ferguson (Week 2) for first-hand interaction with community activists and organizations, culminating in participation in Ferguson events surrounding the 1-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

See Courses page for details.

Engaging Communities of Liberation: Cuernavaca, Mexico ImmersionCETLALIC bird

Spanish Language, Liberation Theology and LGBT Communities with Rev. Dr. Justin Tanis
August 10-20, 2015
Cuernavaca, Mexico

Join us for this 10 day immersion in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the beautiful city of “Eternal Spring,” gaining Spanish language skills, engaging in active dialogue with our neighbors about issues of social justice, and living with a Mexican family. PSR and CLGS are partnering with CETLALIC, a language school with deep progressive roots and a passion for facilitating learning between our countries, cultures, and peoples. They use a liberating pedagogy which includes both serious study and a great deal of fun together. We will learn from and with LGBTQ people, liberation theologians, communities of faith, women’s groups, and social justice advocates. The program features language instruction, including regular conversation, as well as visits to museums, heritage sites, social justice programs, fiestas and more. CETALIC is uniquely suited to welcome LGBTQ people and our family members and allies, including homestays with genuinely welcoming families. This trip is a special opportunity being offered as a pilot program.

See Courses page for details.