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Article on First Congregational Church of Oakland, which installed PSR alumna Lynice Pinkard as senior pastor on November 9. PSR executive assistant Marjorie Wilkes preached.
In an article cataloging the efforts of religious groups to pass Prop. 8, Roland Stringfellow, PSR's CLGS Coordinator for the Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, offers his thoughts on the religious effort to defeat the measure and the reception of those efforts by the No on Prop. 8 campaign.
Alumnus Phillip A. Ross, who has six books in print, recently co-founded a publishing service, Pilgrim Platform Books.
New Spirit Community Church, which meets Sundays in the PSR Chapel of the Great Commission, welcomes Jim Mitulski to the pulpit. Mitulski is the former longtime pastor of Metropolitan Community Church-San Francisco and has been on an 8-year hiatus from the pulpit, during which he spent time working with MCC churches in the midwest and southern US, as well as AIDS ministries in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Hubert Locke, former chair of the PSR Board of Trustees, shares his thoughts on the presidential election in a moving letter to his late father.
Photo of CLGS coordinator of the Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations Roland Stringfellow at rally against passage of Proposition 8.
PSR alumnus John Sam Jones recently published an autobiography in which he catalogues life as a gay man in North Wales in the 1960s and 1970s. The book includes a detailed account of the "aversion therapy" or shock treatment he was given at a hospital in Wales in attempts to "cure" him of homosexuality. Jones studied the theology of human sexuality at PSR, and received his MDiv in 1984.
Roland Stringfellow, PSR's CLGS Coordinator for the Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, is interviewed and featured in an ABC News article discussing the effect of an "Obama surge" on the outcome of Proposition 8.
Jeffrey Kuan, associate professor of Old Testament and director of the Certificate for Ministry Studies program at PSR, was elected the new chair of the Division of Higher Education at the 2008 organizing meeting of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Letter to the editor opposing Proposition 8 from Mary Tolbert, George Atkinson Professor of Biblical Studies.