Through PSR's field education, students learn and serve as pastors, hospital and hospice chaplains, artists, social justice advocates, educators, and organizers. We take seriously the variety of cultures, religious traditions, experiences, and gifts of seminarians and the distinctive ministry sites that provide opportunities to learn and serve. The Office of Field Education works with seminarians as they choose and engage in learning sites that relate to their vocational goals and denominational expectations.
Field education bridges and deepens the theological education of Pacific School of Religion with the reflective practice of ministry in congregations and community settings. Our program includes on-site mentoring and theological reflection with other students and with congregations and agencies. Support and guidance for learning is also provided through regular meetings with mentors and members of teaching parish and agency committees.
Students in Concurrent Field Education participate in a seminar group throughout the academic year. Students learn to reflect theologically on issues of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, and gender identity as well as congregational, ethical, and pastoral issues. Each year, a group session is devoted to educating about the power dynamics that inform clergy ethics as they relate to dating, sexual conduct, friendship, and other issues. Students are required to required to become familiar with their denominational guidelines and are encouraged to pursue additional courses in the area.
Field education is a requirement of the MDiv program. Students in other programs may enroll in field education with the approval of Field Education staff.
Contact Field Education
Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart
Instructor in the Practice of Ministry
Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning
Office of Field Education