Courses announced for Summer Session 2011

February 24, 2011

Beginning July 5 and ending August 12, Summer Session 2011 at Pacific School of Religion will offer two dozen courses and the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment in community with PSR faculty and other leading voices in progressive religion.The courses last either one, two, or three weeks and are open to people from all walks of life: clergy, lay leaders, teachers, artists, writers, community leaders, spiritual seekers, seminary students, and retirees.Continuing this year are opportunities to share reflection, meals, special events (including free Tuesday Night Talks by some of the leading Summer Session scholars and an art exhibit) and ecumenical worship at the PSR Chapel.

Also this year will be an expanded schedule of weekend courses and retreats, for extra enrichment for students taking courses during the week, or for who those can't attend during the week but want to take part in Summer Session.

Some of the nationally and internationally-recognized instructors at Summer Session include:

  • Bishop Yvette Flunder, Senior Pastor of City of Refuge UCC, San Francisco, and presiding bishop of The Fellowship, a national organization of progressive African American religious leaders, teaching Preaching Women: Examining the (Her)story and Role of Women Preachers and Enhancing Their Craft.
  • Rev. Debra W. Haffner, co-founder and executive director of the Religious Institute, a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society, teaching Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals.
  • Mary E. Hunt, a feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) and a Roman Catholic active in the women-church movement, teaching Feminist Theological Ethics for Challenging Times.
  • Rosemary Radford Ruether, the Carpenter Emerita Professor of Feminist Theology at Pacific School of Religion and the GTU. She has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, and activist in the Roman Catholic Church. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including the modern religious classic, Sexism and God-Talk. She will be teaching the course Theology of Creation: An Ecofeminist Approach.

This year’s summer session will also feature a groundbreaking immersion course held in Ukiah, CA: Monastic Buddhism: Introduction to Its Theory and Practice. The course will be instructed by Martin Verhoeven and Heng Chih, in partnership with Dharma Realm Buddhist University.

Courses may be audited or taken for academic credit or continuing education units (CEUs). For more information on Summer Session 2011, including a complete listing of courses, fees, dates and times, and to register online, visit You may also contact Summer Session at 510/849-8268 (toll-free: 800/999-0528, ext. 8268) or summer[at]psr[dot]edu.