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Statement on today’s Black Friday 14 peaceful protest

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Several leaders from diverse faith backgrounds, including a Pacific School of Religion faculty and a number of students, were arrested today while participating in a peaceful protest at the Alameda County Wiley Manuel Courthouse. The protesters urged District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to drop charges against fourteen Black activists who peacefully stopped BART traffic last fall.

The Interfaith Committee in Support of the Black Friday 14 organized today’s sit-in. The Committee is challenging the disparate treatment of protesters along racial lines, concerned that the District Attorney’s office is only bringing charges against Black participants from 2014 Black Friday protests, and not people of other races from other recent acts of civil disobedience.

The protesters remained in the lobby after the courthouse closed at 4:30pm, and were arrested while sitting and singing.

Said Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President of Pacific School of Religion: “In response to efforts to silence those who were participating in a call for a more just political system, Jesus said that the stones would cry out in their stead. We are grateful for the courage of our faculty and students who today have been living stones calling out for change on behalf of the silenced Black Friday 14.”

2015 National Changemaker Performance: Unveiled

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Rohina Malik: Unveiled

Join us for the 2015 National Changemaker Performance, Unveiled, an acclaimed one-woman show written and performed by Rohina Malik.

Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil. Unveiled examines myths, stereotypes and intolerance.

Thursday, December 10th at Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA

6:00pm Reception: Badè Museum
7:00pm Performance and Q&A: Chapel of the Great Commission

Co-Sponsored by:
Changemaker Fellowship Program at Pacific School of Religion
Graduate Theological Union Center for Islamic Studies
Ignite Institute @ Pacific School of Religion
Pacific School of Religion
Zaytuna College

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Pacific School of Religion mentioned in New York Times article on renaming ceremonies

By | Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, Main News, Queering Faith | No Comments

From the New York Times:

Since Caitlyn Jenner, Renaming Ceremonies Gain Visibility
By Hannah Seligson

Earlier this year, Patricia King was presented with a prayer shawl by the Vista Grande Community Church in Colorado Springs that is typically given to women at their baptism. But this wasn’t a baptism; it was a Christian renaming ceremony signifying Ms. King’s spiritual passage from Peter to Patricia.  Read More

Day of the Ancient Dead

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Anubis_Day of the Ancient DeadIn conjunction with All Saints Day and the Day of the Dead,  the Badè Museum at PSR is having a “Day of the Ancient Dead,” celebration with crafts, activities, and snacks for kids ages 4-10.

Sunday, November 1

There will be ancient Egyptian-themed crafts, snacks, and activities that will be fun for the whole family!

Death, Gender, and Identity: Funerary Representations from Roman Egypt

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Death, Gender, and IdentityThe Badè Museum invites you to a lecture by Dr. Lissette Jiménez, Lecturer in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Death, Gender, and Identity: Funerary Representations from Roman Egypt
Sunday, November 1st, 4pm
Badè Museum Gallery
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA
(Reception to follow)

Co-sponsored by The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE)