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In discussing issues of equality and race concerning the upcoming election and Proposition 8, authors John and Linda Dronkers-Laureta cite Jay Johnson: "Our friend Jay Johnson from the Pacific School of Religion told us that it was not until 1215 that marriage was declared a sacrament."
The First Congregational Church of Ridgefield has called the Rev. Dr. Charles Hambrick-Stowe (PSR alum) as its new senior minister... Dr. Hambrick-Stowe will leave his position at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL, where he is vice president for academic affairs, dean, and professor of Christian history.
PSR alum Rev. Bryn Smallwood-Garcia presided over a wedding ceremony featured in the New York Times Sunday edition.
PSR Professor Emerita Rosemary Radford Reuther will be a presenter.
PSR grad Craig Rennebohm provides a refreshing look at compassion and caring for Seattle's outcasts in Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets (Beacon Press, 2008; 194 pages).
Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church in Los Angeles is now being pastored by Rachel Ciupek-Reed as of July 1. She graduated from PSR in spring 2007.
With same-sex marriage now legal in California, people of faith are renewing a passionate debate over whether homosexuality is sanctioned by God... "Everybody without exception reads the Bible selectively," said Jay Johnson, a theology professor at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. "The question is, how do we decide that one portion is critical to our lives while others are not? "These texts come from a different culture, a different society," added Johnson, who also serves as academic research director at the school's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry. "They need to be interpreted," he said.
Growing up in Bristol, Rhode Island, Katrina Browne was steeped in the traditions and lore of her family, the DeWolfs. The DeWolf family was an integral part of the town’s identity, somewhere between founding fathers and royalty... Browne, who holds a master’s degree in theology from PSR, set out to examine this history and to try to come to grips with her family’s role.
Some clergy members in California spent Tuesday officiating at same-sex weddings made legal by a State Supreme Court ruling that took effect on Monday night. Others spent the day speaking out against same-sex marriage... “We’re going to see not just one type of religious voice, which is what we’re used to,” said the Rev. Jay E. Johnson, director of academic research at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. “We’re going to see religious figures, and clergy and faith communities on both sides of this issue getting lots of media attention.”