Office of Community Life

A Welcome from the Director of Community Life & Spiritual Care

Welcome to the Office of Community Life! This office aids and mentors students through the process of their educational journey, including the major milestones of their degree programs. We also oversee pastoral services for PSR students and assist faculty and student organizations in developing a shared vision and practice of student formation. We can provide immediate pastoral care for the PSR community in emergency situations when the Pastoral Care Team and the Campus Care Network are not available.

For more information, drop by Community Life offices where you will find plenty of resources to ensure your time at seminary is rich and rewarding.

Contact Office of Community Life

Rev. Ann Jefferson - 510/849-8257  


OCL Mission

PSR is a diverse community reflecting regional, national, and international interests and perspectives. The cultural diversity of PSR provides a very rare opportunity for students to engage difference as a gift: as a spiritual practice. Conscious engagement of cultural differences head on allows students to grow emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Thus time spent at PSR is an occasion for the kind of personal and spiritual growth that happens in a vibrant working and learning community. The Office of Community Life (OCL) is designed to provide support and nurture students as they adjust to this new phase of life.

A significant aspect of OCL’s mission is to provide students the learning opportunity to make conscious connections between what they learn in classroom settings with the non-academic aspect of campus life, in particular, the relationships that they build outside the classroom and the gifts that they offer to the PSR community. Conscious awareness of interconnections between classroom learning and relationships on campus provides rich soil for spiritual growth and learning. It allows students to intentionally integrate theory and praxis in the moment.


OCL Ministries 

Community Life provides space for relationship building and networks of support in various ways:

Organize Community-building Events

We host events to provide the PSR community an opportunity to fellowship: F, Community Life Open Houses (twice per semester), Holiday Dinner, and Eschatos, the end of the school year party. While OCL hosts many events, the majority of the community-building events and activities that happen in the PSR campus are led by students. Interested in organizing a support or interest group on campus? (Click here for more info on the nuts and bolts of building community at PSR). Check the PSR weekly calendar for student-led events and activities. Click here for a list of student groups on campus.

Circles of Care

Through the "circles of care," the OCL provides networks of support for the PSR community in four ways: a) pastoral care through the Pastoral Care Team, b) peer listening through the Campus Care Network, c) vocational discernment through the assistant dean of students, and d) outside resources of support—a list of counseling centers, and a list of spiritual directors, counselors and therapists for students.

PSR Weekly Calendar: A Networking Tool

This year the community will be kept informed of weekly and other events through the Office of Marketing and Communications.  Details will be forthcoming about how to submit your activities and events. 

Orientations and Commencement

We organize student orientation in the beginning of the fall and spring semester, and the commencement ceremony at the end of the year.

Partnership with CAPSR Council (Community Association of PSR)

OCL works closely with the CAPSR Council in building community and advocating for student needs and concerns on campus.