Highlights of fall events at PSR

September 3, 2010

Pacific School of Religion is hosting a wide variety of exciting events this fall, including lectures, special worship services, arts and performances, public education, and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS). Members of the public are warmly invited to participate in our multidisciplinary, inter-religious, and cross-denominational public events. The following events are held at the PSR campus at 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley and are free of charge unless indicated otherwise.

For all events, details, updates, and more information, see psr.edu/upcoming-events.

Worship highlights
In September, Rabbi Michael Lerner of the Beyt Tikkun Synagogue Without Walls is conducting High Holy Day services at PSR on September 8-9 for Rosh Hashanah and September 17-18 for Yom Kippur (see beyttikkun.org for schedule and costs). In November, Thanksgiving Day worship will be held at the PSR Chapel. The campus will mark World AIDS Day with a special chapel service and HIV testing on November 30. On December 2, Advent Lessons and Carols will feature the PSR Chorale and local church choirs in a candlelight service marking the season of lights: Advent, Chanukah, Christmas, and Solstice.

Art and performance highlights
The Doug Adams Gallery will showcase its new exhibit, “Picturing the Word: The Visuality of Text,” at an opening reception on September 16 featuring music by jazz guitarist Terrence Brewer (5-7 pm). On September 24, Peterson Toscano performs from Transfigurations, his one-person play unearthing transgender Bible characters, “those who do not fit in the gender binary, and who are transgressing and transcending gender” (7 pm, PSR Chapel), as part of the CLGS anniversary celebration.

Lecture highlights
On November 11, the Annual Dillenberger Lecture will feature Peter Selz, professor emeritus of art history at UC Berkeley, on “Figuration: New Images of Man Revisited” (Dinner Boardroom, GTU Library 2nd floor, 5-7 pm), presented by the Center for Arts and Religion in Education (CARE). On November 16, CLGS presents the Inaugural Georgia Harkness Lecture, named for PSR’s pioneering professor of applied theology, featuring Starr King School for the Ministry President Rebecca Parker (6:30 pm, Bade Museum).

Special events
PSR’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS), established in 2000 as the first LGBT center at an American seminary, kicks off a yearlong anniversary celebration September 19-25, including a Leading Voice Award to Faith in America founder Mitchell Gold, a brownbag lunch, film screening, racial/ethnic roundtables forum, worship, and the September 24 Peterson Toscano performance.

Public education and outreach
One weekend each fall and spring PSR hosts its Ministry As Vocation Conference for those interested in learning more about graduate theological education; the free event takes place October 15-17 and is capped with a luncheon on Sunday for prospective students of color. Daylong seminars in Old Testament and New Testament Book Study will be held on campus on October 16 and November 6, respectively, sponsored by the Certificate for Ministry Studies ($50 per seminar)—all are welcome.

2011 preview
On January 25, 2011, Robert Reich, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, will be the lead speaker at the Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference, PSR’s annual three-day event that addresses critical theological, pastoral, and social issues of the day. This year’s theme for the January 25-27 event will be “Our Daily Bread: Faith, Work, and the Economy.” The event will also offer the opportunity to introduce to the wider community the new president of PSR, Riess Potterveld, who assumes office on October 1, 2010.