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Summer Session Workshops, Lectures, Conferences, Events

Summer Lecture Series

PSR is excited to welcome the general public to our campus and to South Bay and Peninsula locations each summer for a series of free evening receptions, lectures and conversations led by distinguished members of the faculty and special guests. No registration is needed and all events are free of charge.


Tuesday Night Talks, Berkeley

Located on the PSR campus in Berkeley.  Receptions begin at 7:00pm and lectures begin at 7:30pm.  Facilities are wheelchair accessible and looped for the hearing impaired.  FREE!

Thursday Night Summer Lecture Series, San Jose

Located at First Congregational Church of San Jose.  Lectures begin at 7:30pm with reception following.  FREE!

NEW: Thursday Night Summer Lecture Series, San Mateo

Located at Congregational Church of San Mateo
Lectures begin at 7:30pm with reception following.  FREE!


Spiritual Dialogue in Everyday Life:
Communication Skills for Life and Leadership

Friday-Saturday, June 6-7, 10am-4pm, PSR Mudd Hall
General public: $150
Current PSR/GTU students: $75

Join Jared Finkelstein, Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, for this participatory workshop.  CEUs are available (1.0 units).

It is a basic spiritual need for all humans to contribute to the wellbeing of ourselves and others. The practice of Nonviolent Communication, explored in this two-day workshop, is ideally suited for those in service, ministry, or pastoral roles hoping to inspire others to their highest selves. Connecting to the divine in yourself and others can lead the practitioner of Nonviolent Communication naturally to a state of empathy and compassion where the language we use becomes a key ingredient to enriching life.

Every dialogue is an opportunity to embody the tenets of our faith. At the same time, our daily interactions often challenge us to remain aligned with such principles as turning the other cheek, avoiding judgment, or loving our enemy.

In this workshop we will learn to move beyond judgmental thoughts, words and actions, while strengthening the relationship between our actions and our deeply held spiritual values. We will explore our own inner world and see how awareness of, and tending to, our own needs first is the source of our ability to give compassionately to others, even in the most challenging of relationships.

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A Festival of Writing

Saturday, June 21, 9:30am - 6:00pm, PSR Campus
presented by Amherst Writers & Artists West and Pacific School of Religion
General public: $75
Current PSR/GTU students: $65

A glorious day of writing in community, using the Amherst Writers & Authors (AWA) method.

  • morning 2.5 hour writing workshop with certified AWA leaders
  • lunch on your own
  • AWA dues-paying affiliates may join a lunchtime conversation with Pat Schneider
  • afternoon 2.5 hour writing workshop with certified AWA leaders
  • afternoon reception and lecture with AWA founder and acclaimed author and playwright (and PSR Alumna) Pat Schneider.

Click here for more information.

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Flourishing Beyond Shame

Instructor: Daniel Borysewicz, MDiv, CSR
Wednesdays, July 16, 23, 30, Aug 6
7:00-9:00 pm, Mudd Hall 102 or 103.

General public: $50
PSR/GTU students: $30
0.8 CEUs / 8 contact hours

“Shame on you” is something many of us heard growing up, when we did something our parent, grandparent, family elder, pastor, or teacher felt was inappropriate. This early programming of shame as social control helps to spread the continuation of patriarchy and gender conformity. ‘Patriarchy’ is a social system in which the father is the head of the family and men have authority over women and children. As a moral emotion like guilt, compassion, regret, and sympathy, shame helps a person to be aware they might potentially be endangering their personal values and placing them in a vulnerable position of emotional pain. A person will feel shame when they are about to compromise their value system or to sustain personal integrity and develop self-respect.

Flourishing Beyond Shame is a four-part workshop where we will examine and discuss the influences of shame upon gender, gender identity, and sexuality. Conservative religious and secular factions utilize shame as a tool of oppression, regardless of sexual orientation or gender presentation. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on their personal understandings of how stigma and shame can affect gender and sexuality and be a hindrance to living a flourishing life. This queer-focused workshop is intended for all types of people, regardless of sexuality, gender, or religious affiliation.

Creator and facilitator of Flourishing Beyond Shame is Daniel Borysewicz. He is currently a Chaplain Resident at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco who is seeking radical inclusion for all people; regardless of race, nationality, sexual or gender identity, or socio-economic class. Daniel works to provide solutions for problems that individuals have difficulty dealing with; shame and internalized homophobia are two examples, and assists in connecting people with others for mutual benefit. Social justice is also an important part of his work. Daniel is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA with a Masters in Divinity (MDiv) and a Certificate in Sexuality and Religion and is an ordination candidate with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC).

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Conference: Moral Injury, Veterans of War, and Community Responsibility for Soul Repair

A conference with Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock,
Thursday/Friday-Saturday, July 24-26, PSR Campus
General public: $175
Current PSR/GTU students: $75
Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces: $75
** Sponsorship Level (general + gift of one veteran's registration): $250

  • [optional] Thursday, July 24, 7pm: Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock public lecture
  • Friday, July 25, 10am - 4pm:plenary session(s), lunch, workshops
  • Friday, July 25, 7pm: film showing
  • Saturday, July 26, 10am - 3pm: closing plenary, worship, lunch, workshops

Explore how religious communities can help veterans heal from moral injury and support veterans' families. Conference speakers Rita Nakashima Brock and others will discuss newly emerging research on moral injury and examine effective strategies, theologies, rituals and practices for healing. Workshops to include: Ways to Tell Your Story, Supporting Military/Veteran Families, Women/LGBT in the Military & Needs as Vets, and more. Veterans and their families are especially welcome to attend.  1.5 CEUs available.

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Dr. Brock is teaching a course on Moral Injury and Soul Repair immediately before the conference.  The course is open to the general public.  Visit the Courses page of this website to learn more.

Conference: MetamorFest: Transforming by Sharing

A three-day gathering
Monday-Wednesday, August 4-6, PSR Campus

  • Monday, August 4, 6pm - 9pm: registration and opening worship
  • Tuesday, August 5, 9am - 5pm: opening welcome, keynote speaker + plenary workshop, lunch, two workshop sessions
  • Wednesday, August 6, 9am - 5pm: two workshop sessions, lunch, one workshop session, closing worship

Come share with your fellow church leaders the joy when the Spirit moves your ministry.  Our keynote speaker, Rev. Trey Hall (Urban Village Church, Chicago) will initiate a conversation on creating and sustaining truly local ministry.  In addition, participate in transformational conversations in 5 workshops (out of 15 options), trading our successes and failures in reaching out to the communities around us, building our internal congregations, and addressing the challenging personal issues of ministry.  When we teach and learn together, the Answer is in the room! 1.5 CEUs available.

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Summer 2014 Doug Adams Gallery exhibition:
Local Guest Artist, Marianne Lettieri

Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 10th, 5-7pm

Refreshments and live jazz music included.  No registration necessary.

Events, courses, dates and instructors are subject to change. Please check back regularly.


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