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Youth Spirit Artworks, a continuation school for those who have been removed or left Berkeley High School, works with homeless and at-risk East Bay youngsters to teach them commercial arts furniture painting and public art design, program officials said. Art chairs were made by the Berkeley youth with the help of seminary students from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Said Abby King Kaiser, second-year PSR student, "Some of them really worked hard on their chairs so we felt the best way to support them was by being (with them during the project)."
The United Church of Christ, made up in part of churches descended from the Puritan congregations, takes pride in its liberalism, and it has been among the first Protestant denominations to ordain women and gay men and has been a leader on civil rights issues. The denomination is overwhelmingly white, although Mr. Wright’s former church, Trinity United Church of Christ, which is mostly African-American, is its largest congregation.
The denomination emphasizes “the freedom of the congregation and the freedom of the pulpit,” said the Rev. Randi Walker, a United Church of Christ minister and an assistant professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.
This memoir tells the story of the extended family of PSR alum Chung Koo Yim, leaders in the Methodist church in California and activists for human rights in Korea.
Domestic partnership is becoming more complex for Jill and Pauline Guillermo-Togawa. Aside from the daily struggle to balance responsibilities as working spouses and parents, they have to deal with a fickle government and changing laws. "It's funny you call it a struggle," said Pauline (director of development, CLGS at PSR). "It really is a struggle."
This photo shows the candlelight ceremony where more than 100 people came to the PSR chapel for a vigil and sermon by Rev. Dante Quick.
PSR President Bill McKinney and featured speaker Rev. Dante Quick address advancing racial justice before Apr. 3 vigil at PSR honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Having written a Master's thesis at PSR on theater, film, and democratic dialogue, Katrina Browne used Bay Area resources to learn to make her first film.
Corbin Davis is quoted in this article about Juvenile Justice Sabbath, co-sponsored by Bay Legal Interfaith Project.
PSR doctoral graduate introduced Asian religious studies at Colorado College and won teaching awards.
President Bill McKinney quoted on Pew Forum survey on religion and public life.