Spiritual but not Religious: Chasing the Divine

Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference: January 26 - 28, 2010


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Schedule | Speakers & Panelists | Workshops | Worship & Special Events | CEUs & Academic Credit

Spiritual but not ReligiousThis year’s Earl Lectures, January 26-28, will explore the increasingly popular phrase spiritual, but not religious. “Spiritual, but not religious” includes those who glean inspiration solely from nature and the physical world around them, as well as those who prefer to divorce themselves from institutional structures. The phrase also refers to some who are alienated from organized religion—refugees from a house of worship that has not accepted or affirmed them. “Spiritual but not religious” can also describe those who find church irrelevant or who prefer to worship in individual and private ways. 

What is the essential difference between spiritual and religious? What can religious institutions learn from those who claim to be one and not the other? And what kind of critique can those who call themselves “religious” be asking about the description “spiritual, but not religious“? Join us as Earl Lecturers Matthew Fox, Scotty McLennan, Melissa Wilcox, and Donna Allen explore these vital questions that affect all of us who “chase the divine.”

The Earl Lectures are free and open to the public.  Registration for the Leadership Conference workshops is $125. If you wish to attend the Lectures only, and no workshops, meals or events, there is no need to register.


Leadership Conference Workshops

A rich selection of workshops featuring our conference speakers as well as other notable leaders in theology, ministry, and education are offered during the Earl Lectures & Leadership Conference.  Workshops are appropriate for the general public, those in all walks of ministry and social change, and clergy seeking continuing education units.

Workshops are open to all registrants to the full Lectures & Leadership Conference.  They are offered on Tuesday, 1:15-2:45pm, and Wednesday, 11:00am-12:30pm. Select your workshops while registering for the conference.


Special Evening Events

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage ChoirLinda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
Performance Tuesday, January 26, 7:30 pm,
Ecumenical Center of Berkeley, 2401 LeConte
FREE to registered conference attendees.
General Public
: $20; Students $10 with ID.

Linda Tillery is a Grammy nominated vocalist, producer, arranger, and ethno-musicologist dedicated to the research, teaching, and performance of the great African American oral tradition of song, stick, and story--the ancestor of today’s American popular song. The Cultural Heritage Choir is a percussion-driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African American roots music. Their vocals are lush and vibrant, their performances are poignant and uplifting.  More information at http://berkeleyagency.com/html/chc.html

Conference attendance is not required - all welcome.  

Lord Save Us from Your Followers:
Film Viewing and Discussion

J. Ryan Parker, moderator

Lord Save Us

Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 - 9:30pm
Ecumenical Center of Berkeley, 2401 LeConte
Free and open to the public. No tickets or registration neeeded

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers is a fast-paced, highly engaging documentary that explores the collision of faith and culture in America.  PSR has rights to show a special sneak preview, followed by a moderated discussion.

If you were to meet ten average Americans on the street, nine of them would say they believe in God. So why is the Gospel of Love dividing America?  Dan Merchant put on his bumper-sticker-clad jumpsuit and decided to find out why the Gospel of Love is dividing America. After talking with scores of men and women on streets all across the nation, and also interviewing many well-known active participants in today’s “Culture Wars,” Dan realized that the public discussion of faith doesn’t have to be contentious. More information at http://lordsaveusthemovie.com/.


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Coming to Berkeley

Welcome to our beautiful campus in the Berkeley hills.  Campus tours will be offered Wednesday from 12:30-1:15pm and Thursday from 1:00-1:45pm, originating from Mudd Hall Lobby. Contact the Admissions Office for details.

Travel information and campus maps available at http://www.psr.edu/visiting-campus.

Limited housing is available on the PSR campus.  Contact PSR Housing Director, Steven Peele, with inquiries at 510/849-8255 or speele@psr.edu.

To locate hotels and other lodging off campus, please consult the Berkeley Convention & Visitors Bureau list of hotels. Craigslist can be a helpful resource in finding a brief sublet or longer term housing.