Highlights of PSR events this fall

October 19, 2009

Pacific School of Religion is hosting a wide variety of exciting events this fall. Members of the public are warmly invited to participate in multidisciplinary, inter-religious, and cross-denominational events. Events are held at the PSR campus at 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley unless indicated otherwise.

Hip-hop artist and activist Ariel Luckey will perform segments from “Free Land,” his solo show combining music, spoken word poetry, dance, and storytelling (evening performance November 4, 7-9:30 pm). The performance, sponsored by PSR’s Dismantling Racism program, explores the artist’s ethnic history and examines his family’s role in this country’s complex past. The internationally renowned artist will also engage the audience in a discussion of heritage, personal histories, and ethnic identities. No admission charge.

The lay theological workshop “Reading the Bible with New Eyes: Advent Stories” will lead participants in exploring the texts introducing Jesus in the Bible (November 7, 10 am-3 pm, Eden UCC Church in Hayward). Advance registration is $25 and day-of-event admission is $30.

The public is warmly invited to share seasonal good cheer during the traditional celebration Advent Lessons and Carols service (December 4, 6-7 pm). The PSR Chorale and Community Dancers will perform and lead participants in music and worship at the annual free event.

In January 2010, the annual Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference will explore the differences and similarities between “religious” and “spiritual” in the quest for something beyond ourselves (January 26-28, 2010). Experts in the field, including Matthew Fox, Scotty McLennan, Melissa Wilcox, and Donna Allen, will address this critical theological, pastoral, and social issue during the three-day event, titled “Spiritual but not Religious: Chasing the Divine.”

Founded in 1866, Pacific School of Religion (PSR) is a multi-denominational Christian seminary in Berkeley, California. The school is committed to theological education for lay people and clergy alike and is a member of the Graduate Theological Union, the largest and most diverse partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. For more information, see psr.edu.