Contextual Learning at PSR seeks to make it possible for all interested students to engage with immersion courses that stretch their awareness and strengthen their theological and multicultural capacities as leaders and change agents.
U.S. / Mexico Border Immersion: January 5-17, 2014
The Office of Contextual Learning is pleased to announce this addition to the courses offered during Intersession 2014. This course's faculty is Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart (Director of Field Education.
San Ysidro/Tijuana is an area where the historical and contemporary issues of the U.S./Mexico border come together dramatically. Students will be introduced to the complex border context, including social, economic, environmental and religious issues. Students will develop theological depth, critical ethical analysis and historical insight. Emphasis will be on building relationships and skills for spiritual leadership and work for justice. Click here to read reflections from participants of the 2011 Border Immersion
Required Immersion Preparatory Sessions:
Friday Nov 22 and Friday Dec 6, 2:00-4:00PM, Mudd 104
- Read/download the Information Handout about the Border Immersion here
Fellowships for Study of Ethics at Auschwitz
FASPE, in collaboration with Museum of Jewish Heritage, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of religious leaders in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of contemporary issues facing religious leaders. Fellowships include travel from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz).
The 2014 program goes from Sun June 15 to Thu June 26. Fellowships cover all program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food. Andrew Conley-Holcom, 3rd year PSR M.Div. student, was awarded a 2013 fellowship. Dr. Randall Miller has agreed to be faculty for any recipient who wishes to use this opportunity as a Special Reading course (which would meet the M.Div. immersion requirement).
Click here for details and application. All materials must be received by Friday, December 20 to be considered.
Akko, Israel Immersion: July 13-26, 2014
Through excavation, lectures and field trips, students will learn about the social, political and religious heritage of these areas in northern Israel during this 16-day intensive.
This immersion course will be offered during the Summer Session through PSR’s Office of Community and Continuing Education. It will be led by PSR faculty Dr. Aaron Brody in conjunction with a Penn State study abroad program led by Dr. Ann Killebrew, Director of the Tel Akko Archeological Project in Israel.
This course will also be open to community leaders and alumni/ae.
Contact Dr. Brody – abrody[at]psr[dot]edu – for more information.
This video shows the area of Akko (Acre) right next to where the immersion participants will be living while there.
Refuge in the City: January 6-17, 2014
This two-week intensive course will immerse students in hands-on learning in ministries with the most marginalized people in the inner city: ministries with people who are homeless, in recovery from substance abuse, and living with HIV/AIDS. We will also visit hospital and juvenile hall chaplaincy programs and feeding programs. Students will learn about the City of Refuge theology and model for ministry development and will reflect on praxis each day. Class generally meets three days at PSR, but may meet off-site at various Bay Area cities at various times for the remainder of the course.
Other Immersion News
Approved GTU Immersion Courses
These are courses that have been approved to meet the M.Div. immersion course requirement. (NOTE: PSR M.Div. program requires 3.0 units of Contextual Immersion courses)
Offered through Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
- Ministry in the City Jan 9-13,2014 (FT2522, 1.5 units)
- Cross Cultural & Spanish Language Immersion Jan 13-26, 2014 (FT 1856, 3.0 units)
These courses are offered in collaboration with New City Parish in Inglewood, CA and can be taken separately or together
Read the Blog from the 2013 NYC Immersion
During a two week immersion trip in January 2013, graduate students at Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley explored the contested ways public memory is (re)constructed in urban space. With the streets of New York City as their laboratory, Devin Zuber, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Literature, and Swedenborgian Studies led them as they explored various cultural institutions (museums, historic houses) and memorials (the African Burial Ground Monument, the Irish Hunger Memorial) to investigate how various religious and ethnic communities have chosen to inscribe themselves into the city. Special attention was given to the fraught layers of memory surrounding the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan.
Over the course of the trip and upon returning to Berkeley, the students posted blog entries relating their experiences while visiting the various sites, museums, performances and interactions with the people of New York City. Through creative writing, innovative video blogging and interviews, the students share their interactions with cultural memory in urban space.
You can read their blog entries here:
Other blogs from past immersions:
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