Expansion of PSR Contextual Immersion Courses & Extending Participation to Non-Students

April 16, 2013

PSR is pleased to announce the approved expansion of Contextual Immersion Courses! Also, we are extending participation to include a limited number of Alumni, Board members and Friends of PSR.

Here are courses planned for 2014:


India Immersion
Dr. Bernard Schlager, CLGS Executive Director; Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies leads this course which will travel to Kolkata, Mangalore and Bangalore to study the histories, cultures, as well as the religious and economic/ecological diversities of India, with special attention given to the legacy of colonialism and the Christian churches in India. H.S. Wilson, Executive Director of South East Asia for the Fund for Theological Education will develop the itinerary in partnership with Dr. Schlager and PSR’s Office of Contextual Learning.

Refuge in the City:  Oakland/San Francisco
Bishop Yvette Flunder leads this life and leadership transforming immersion course with the communities and ministries of City of Refuge for the 12th year. Through discussions of practical pastoral and non-profit management skills and direct engagement with a range of active programs for marginalized populations, Bishop Flunder creates an opportunity for the students to “get on the ground with theology.”       

Around the Table: Food, Creativity and Community - San Jose
CARE, the Center for Arts, Religion and Education, partners with PSR and engages the San Jose Museum of Art’s exciting multidimensional regional program in an immersion course with CARE Director, Carin Jacobs.  This course will include a variety of explorations and experiences of the intersection of food, religion and culture and the global and spiritual connections between food and identity , faith and worship.


Tel Akko Archeological Project: Northern Israel
Dr. Aaron Brody, PSR’s Robert and Kathryn Riddell Associate Professor of Bible and Archaeology and Director of the Badè Museum, once again leads an insightful and enriching immersion course to Akko, Israel in partnership with Penn State. Through excavation, lectures and field trips, participants will learn about the social, political and religious heritage of these areas in northern Israel during this 16-day intensive.

For more details about these immersions or contextual learning, contact The Reverend Odette Lockwood-Stewart, Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning or Grace Gilliam, M. T. S., Associate Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning at ContextEd@psr.edu.