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TEL Courses & Seminars

The TEL program includes courses and seminars in a variety of lengths and formats. All courses are open to any learner, and are available entirely online. They may be taken individually, or as part of a certificate. Because courses are not taught at graduate-level intensity, TEL courses do not count toward graduate-level academic credit (see CTEL below for exception).

Courses
 

Theological Thinking September 23 - 30, 2014
Christian Worship October 14 - 21, 2014
Biblical Interpretation November 11 - 18, 2014
Preaching January 13 - 20, 2015
Spiritual Practices February 10 - 17, 2015
Church Administration (Seminar) February 23, 2015
Christian Ethics March 3 - 10, 2015
UCC Ethos March 2015
Loving God by Loving Ourselves: Self-Care (Seminar) TBD
UCC Theology April 2015
Pastoral Care April 14 -21, 2015
Survey of the Old Testament May 2015
UMOJA May 2015
UMC Polity & History June 2015
Survey of the New Testament June 2015
UCC History July 2015
UCC Polity October 2015
Christian History August 2015 
Christian Education September 2015

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Jay JohnsonTheological Thinking: God-Talk for Community Building

 

with Rev. Dr. Jay E. Johnson
September 23 - 30, 2014 

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Course Description
Theology invites us deeper into an adventure with God and with each other. Theology also provides tools for that adventure as we explore the mystery of our own lives in relationship to the God who creates, redeems, and sustains us. In this course, we’ll consider the many forms of theological language – expressed with songs,poetry,prayer,arguments, laughter, tears, sermons, laments, intimate conversations,and so much more. We’ll also consider how such “God-talk” can help us build communities of faith, hope, and love in the world. We’ll do this through interactive exercises with Scripture, multi-media “lectures” on Christian traditions, engagements with various art forms, and shared investigations of the many questions each of us has about who God is and who we are in relationship with God.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Adobe Connect opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor
Jay Emerson Johnson, a theologian and Episcopal priest, is a member of the core doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) and teaches courses at Pacific School of Religion and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, both member schools of the GTU. He is senior Director, Academic Research & Resources at PSR's Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies in Religion and Ministry CLGS).

Since 2006 Dr.Johnson has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Theology and Sexuality. He has also served as a parish priest in the Episcopal Dioceses of Chicago and California and is currently a clergy associate at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley. Jay's first book, Dancing with God: Anglican Christianity and the Practice of Hope, was published in 2005.

His current research and writing interests involve the intersections of critical social theory and Christian traditions. Jay is a popular retreat leader and facilitator of adult education programs, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. Jay also maintains a blogging site: Peculiar Faith.


Marcia McFeeLet the Whole Church Say "Amen!":  An Introduction to Christian Worship
(This course approved for the MCC L.E.A.D. program)

 

with Dr. Marcia McFee
October 14 - 21, 2014

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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This course has a class enrollment limit of 30 students. 

Course Description 
This course on worship draws on the idea that liturgy literally means, "the work of the people." We will explore the theology, theory and practice of worship as a communal act that forms and shapes people to "go and do likewise" in the world. Various elements of worship, and styles of worship, will be addressed.  Course participants will be among the first to access an innovative online worship planning tool which is being launched in September. Preview the Worship Design Studio at  www.worshipdesignstudio.com.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Adobe Connect opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor 
Marcia McFee, Ph.D. is an author, worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist.  Marcia’s passion for helping the church to worship God fully is especially directed toward the education of local congregations. She travels extensively in order to teach regional workshops as well as holding workshops in her home town of Lake Tahoe two time a year. Dr. McFee received a Master's of Theological Studies degree at Saint Paul School of Theology with a concentration in Preaching and Worship and she earned a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union with an allied field of Ethics. She has been a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty at eleven seminaries.  Marcia educates and inspires worship teams all year long online at www.worshipdesignstudio.com which will be a feature in this course.



UCC LogoThat They May All Be One: UCC Polity

 

with Rev. Carol Barriger
October 2014 (
exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description 

The purpose of this course is to introduce the identity and self-understanding of the United Church of Christ. This includes learning about structures (local, regional and national), ministry and mission. The goals of the course are:

a) To gain knowledge of, and appreciation for, the United Church of Christ

b) To experience learning in the shared manner of our UCC covenant

c) To integrate with explorations of UCC ethos, theology, and history

It should be noted that it is difficult – perhaps impossible – to study a
discrete aspect of the UCC called “polity,” and appreciate it absent its interaction with a wider ethos, a deeper history, and a living theology. Along with this polity course, these are the four modules in this series of UCC studies and they all speak to one another. 

This is the first course in the TEL Series in UCC Polity and Ministry.
These classes are particularly designed for lay leaders in the UCC, people in churches considering joining the UCC, and persons seeking Licensure or Commissioning within the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. However, any and all persons interested in learning more about the UCC are welcome to participate.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Adobe Connect opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor 
Reverend
Barriger is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, with an M.Div. and an M.A. in Biblical Studies. She has served 3 parish ministries and as a chaplain at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's Hospitals. She has written,consulted and preached throughout the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ, and served as Associate Conference Minister for 6 years.  She is currently on the adjunct faculty at PSR teaching United Church of Christ Ethos, Polity, and Ministry, and in the Theological Education for Leadership program.


Katy ValentineBiblical Interpretation: An Ancient Text for Today's World

 

with Katy E. Valentine
November 11 - 18, 2014

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Course Description
This course will introduce learners to the basic tools and strategies for interpreting the Bible.  The Bible is a huge book—or rather collection of books—that shapes our religious communities, our political landscapes, as well as our personal lives; therefore, learning strategies for interpretation is important.  The course will build on what you already know concerning the Bible and give you constructive tools and strategies for expanding your understanding of the Bible.  In
our time together we will focus specifically on historical interpretation (who wrote it, when, where and why) and literary and metaphorical interpretation (what is this story about? what are its features?).  We will also take into consideration our own social locations to see how our own lives, and those of our communities, become part of our interpretations. By the end of the course, you will have a toolbox for doing Biblical exegesis, which will lead you to your own interpretation of Scripture.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: 5:30 - 8:00 pm PST
Closing live seminar: 5:30 - 8:00 pm PST
This course will feature live, Adobe Connect opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor
Katy E. Valentine is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.   She has lectured at St. Mary's College of California(Moraga, CA) and at the Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley, CA) and is a frequent guest teacher at local churches.  Katy is a passionate teacher of Biblical Studies who engages students in the relevance and importance of the Bible in our culture today.

Katy's work embodies the following:
“I am a teacher in every sense of the word. Committed to my undergraduate students, I design courses to help the Bible come alive in its ancient context and also become relevant to our modern society.  In the seminary context, I work closely with graduate students so that they become informed theological leaders.  With other adult learners, I partner with individuals and groups so that they become passionate about the relevance of the Bible to their communities.”


PreachingI'm Gonna Preach:
Finding Voice in Church and World
(This course approved for the MCC L.E.A.D. program)

 

with Rev. Dr. Mary Donovan Turner
January 13 - 20, 2015 

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description
The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) records words of the prophets who spoke challenging and hopeful words to the people of Israel and Judah. In the New Testament Jesus  teaches in the synagogues and preaches to the masses who gathered around him. Early church leaders like Peter and Paul proclaim the good news to the crowds. And, as the early church developed, teaching and preaching the word became an important and formative part of Christian worship.

In our differing traditions and denominations preaching has developed in sometimes unique and
interesting ways. What is a sermon in your tradition? Are sermons based on scripture – why or why not? What do you hope for when you listen to a sermon?  What is a good process for sermon writing?  What forms do sermons come in and why does it matter?  What does your tradition think about prophetic preaching that engages community, social and political concerns?

Together we will explore these historical and contemporary issues related to proclamation in worship.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar; Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm PST
Closing live seminar;  Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm PST
The interim section of the course is self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor
Dr. Mary Donovan Turner is the PSR Carl Patton Professor of Preaching and Dean of the Disciples Seminary Foundation (Berkeley Campus). Dr. Turner is a highly regarded preacher in churches nationwide. As an ordained minister, she served congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ) before beginning her full-time teaching career. Her educational background in Old Testament and homiletics enables her to research and teach methodologies whereby the lives of the preacher and the community come into a responsible en-counter with the biblical text.

She notes, “I have three major areas of interest that intersect in my teaching, research, and service. The first is preaching. The second, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The third, women’s studies/voices. A look at my most recent publications and course offerings demonstrates how these three take precedence in my research and writing and how in an almost seemingly endless number of ways are put in conversation with each
other.”

In addition to publishing numerous articles, she is the author of Old Testament Words: Reflections for Preaching (2003) and The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible: Prophets I, vol. 6 (1996). With Mary Lin Hudson, she is co-author of Saved from Silence: Finding Women’s Voice in Preaching (1999).



Rev. Dr. Christy NewtonWells of Living Water:
Spiritual Practices for the Journey of Life

 

with Rev. Dr. Christy Newton
February 10 - 17, 2015 

 

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description
All around us, there are messages of scarcity that claim there is simply not enough. Not enough time, energy, or money. Not enough creativity, intelligence, beauty, hope, wonder… Not enough to share. These messages deplete our spirits on multiple levels and leave many of us as faith leaders trying to quench our spiritual thirsts with the dust of dry wells. This course will introduce a selection of spiritual practices capable of replenishing dry wells and quenching the deep spiritual thirsts of individuals and communities of faith. Students will engage in experiential spiritual practices and critical reflection on those practices. Together we will explore why certain spiritual practices resonate with us and how these spiritual practices might be incorporated into the life of a community of faith.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar; Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00pm PST
Closing live seminar; Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00pm PST
The interim section of the course is self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor
Christy Newton is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who has served local Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations in Arkansas and California and worked in campus ministry/church relations at Chapman University in Orange, California. An alumna of Texas Christian University (B.A.),Nanzan University (Nagoya, Japan), Monash University (Melbourne, Australia—M.A. Art History/Film), and Pacific School of Religion (M.Div.), Christy also received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in May 2011. Her soon-to-be-published dissertation, entitled Saving at Wal-Mart: Theology and Relationships in Consumer Culture, reflects her sincere passion for connecting the world of ideas with the everyday lives that people lead. Currently, Christy serves as the Interim Senior Minister at Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley, California, and teaches courses for San Francisco Theological Seminary and Lexington Theological Seminary, as well as Pacific School of Religion.


Rev. Kim SmithCalled to Lead:
The Care and Administration of Church
(This course approved for the MCC L.E.A.D. program)

 

with Rev. Barbara Essex
February 23, 2015

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Course Description
Every religious community or church requires management and administration. Management that is deeply rooted in the church's vision of ministry and the church's understanding of its own calling, moves beyond paper and numbers becomes a ministry itself.  This course is designed to help participants discern their own community's vision and how it directs and impacts the various acts of administration, including finances,personnel, planning, volunteer management and leadership.  Sensitivity to culture and context are critical as pastors and leaders create a theological and spiritual basis for the work of church management.

Schedule
This is a seminar.
Monday, February 23, 5:30 - 8:30pm PST

Cost
$30 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $60 general public.

About the Instructor
The Rev. Barbara J. Essex is best-selling author of such works as: Krazy Kinfolk: Exploring Dysfunctional Families in the Bible; Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Biblical Women of questionable Virtue; and Women in the Bible: Insights Bible Study for Growing Faith. She has served as Minister for Higher and Theological Education at the United Church of Christ, and for ten years as the Minister and Director of Pastoral Services at Pacific School of Religion. Essex also was professor of philosophy and religion at Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, CA and has served as adjunct faculty for the Hartford Seminary’s Women Leadership Institute in Connecticut since the late 1990s.

Her other professional work includes serving as Program Director and Co-Convener for the National Religious Leadership Program, co-sponsored by Pacific School of Religion and Hartford Seminary. She has provided consultant assistance in the areas of leadership, education, spirituality, and program development and evaluation for individuals, diverse congregations, denominational agencies, seminaries and other institutions across the nation.  Rev. Essex was also the 2013 Earl Lectures' Conference Preacher.


Carol ManahanFor the Bible Tells Me So?
An Intro to Christian Ethics

 

with Rev. Dr. Carol Manahan
March 3 - 10, 2015 

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Course Description
Early in our lives we begin to discern right from wrong, fair from unfair. As we grow up, we discover the complexity and ambiguity that accompany our lives in the church and the world. When we can no longer find simple answers, we turn to ethical reflection, the spiritual practice of
bringing life and faith together for making difficult choices.

“For the Bible Tells Me So?: an Introduction to Christian Ethics” will introduce learners to the tool and methods for choosing action in unfamiliar or controversial situations. Drawing on the Bible, Christian tradition, experience, and reason, we bring our own lives into the ongoing conversation about how to live as Christians in our families, churches, and communities. This course will allow students to explore methods of ethical reasoning which can help us act compassionately, wisely, and faithfully.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
The interim section of the course is self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor
Carol Manahan, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, received a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, an M.A. in Art from San Francisco State University, and an M.Div from Pacific School of Religion. An interdisciplinary scholar in green studies who draws on the fields of environmental and agricultural ethics, religious studies, art, and geography, Carol teaches environmental ethics and natural history at California College of the Arts in Oakland And San Francisco.

She completed her PhD in Interdisiplinary Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in 2006, where she brought together environmental ethics, biblical studies, and ecology. Her dissertation on the ethics of genetic engineering in agriculture considered the scientific, economic, political and ethical concerns raise by the introduction of genetically modified corn.

Rev. Manahan also served for five years as associate conference minister for the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC, and she continues to consult with congregations on transition issues and to lead workshops and retreats.


Roland StringfellowThat They May All Be One: UCC Ethos 
An Ethos of Extravagant Welcome

 

with Rev. Roland Stringfellow

March 2015 (exact dates TBD)

 

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description 
This is the second course in the new TEL Series in UCC Polity and Ministry.
These classes are particularly designed for lay leaders in the
UCC,people in churches considering joining the UCC, and persons seeking Licensure or Commissioning within the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. However, any and all persons interested in learning more about the UCC are welcome to participate.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Adobe Connect opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public. 

About the Instructor

Rev. Roland Stringfellow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Indiana University. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary and in 1990 became a licensed minister in the Baptist Church. In 2005, Roland was ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church and in 2006 he earned his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion with a certificate in Religion and Sexuality.  In 2011, Roland
became licensed with the United Church of Christ and The fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a predominately African-American coalition of congregations with an outreach to LGBT individuals.  He has worked as a pastor in Indiana and California and currently serves as senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  In addition to all his work within church contexts, Roland also worked in the field of education in a variety of capacities – teacher, guidance counselor,college advisor, and vice-principal.


Toni DunbarLoving God by Loving Ourselves: Self-Care for the Selfless

 

with Rev. Dr. Toni Dunbar & Rev. Ann Ameling

TBD

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Course Description 
How can we love our neighbor if we do not love ourselves?  Recent studies of religious professionals have found that Protestant clergy have the highest degree of work-related stress.  In another study, Lutheran clergy and lay leaders (ELCA) have self-reported problems with depression, relations with family and friends, finances, and personal devotional life.  Can we, the pastoral leaders in our churches, learn to love ourselves and care for ourselves as we love and care for our neighbors?  A topic not just for clergy – lay leaders who are concerned about the well-being of their pastors can benefit.

About the Instructors

Toni Dunbar is a long-time resident of the Bay Area. She is an Associate Pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco and a former Associate Conference Minister of the Northern California Nevada Conference. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California. Toni is the author of Blessed! Sermons from the Edge, and believes that the voice of faith has a prominent place in the public discourse. She is a member of several alliances, boards and consortia promoting the role of communities—including communities of faith—in the reclamation of their most marginalized and highly at-risk members.

Ann Ameling is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at Yale University School of Nursing. Her work focused on development of curriculum and associated research programs in Spirituality, Healing, and Health Care. She directed an interdisciplinary program at Yale funded jointly by the Teagle Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation to develop interdisciplinary courses in spirituality and end of life care. Her 1982 book with Judith Krauss, The Chronically Ill Psychiatric Outpatient in the Community, was named The American Journal of Nursing Book of the year and served for many years as the standard nursing reference on the subject. Ann holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and is an Oblate of a Roman Catholic cloistered order of monks and affiliated with The New Camoldese Hermitage in Big Sur, California. Believing that it is important to examine the spiritual roots of many alternative and complementary therapies, she is trained as a Reiki Master practitioner and a certified Labyrinth facilitator as part of Veriditas at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Schedule
This is a seminar.
Monday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm PDT 

Cost
$30 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $60 general public.


UCC LogoThat They May All Be One: UCC Theology

with Rev. Dr. Lee Barrett
April 2015
(exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
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Course Description 
This is the third course in the new TEL Series in UCC Polity and Ministry.
These classes are particularly designed for persons seeking
Commissioning, Licensure, Dual Standing or Privilege of Call within the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. However, any and all persons interested in learning more about the UCC are welcome to participate.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
The interim section of the course is self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public 

About the nstructor

Lee Barrett is the Mary B. and Henry P. Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary where he has taught since September 1993.  Prior to this, Lee taught theology at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia.  He holds B.A., M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.

Lee's interests include the relationship between the doctrinal
traditions of the Christian churches and contemporary culture.  He is the author of essays concerning the present-day implications of the theology of the Reformed tradition, as well as the thoughts of Søren Kierkegaard.  Lee is particularly interested in the theological significance of literature and the visual arts.


Still Waters and Streams: 
An Introduction to Pastoral Care

 

with Rev. Dr. Horace Griffin

April 14 - 21, 2015 

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Course Description
This course is a brief introduction to pastoral care.  Students will be introduced to the history of pastoral care and the Church’s tradition regarding the “cure of the soul.”  Drawing from readings, class lectures and a case study, students will develop skills for pastoral conversations and spiritual care.  This course will provide a special focus on assisting others in crises, such as illness, troubled relationships, loss, death and dying.  Students will understand and observe pastoral care as a spiritual undertaking involving lay members as well as clergy within a faith community.  Pastoral care will be explored in the context of theological issues such as theodicy (problem of evil in a "good" world),  God as a benevolent being and sin.  

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
The interim section of the course is self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the instructor

Horace L. Griffin is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia in 1983; the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts in 1988; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Religion and Personality from Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion, Nashville, Tennessee in 1995.

As a pastoral theologian, Griffin  teaches courses in pastoral care, counseling, leadership and gender and sexuality.  His scholarship uses narrative pastoral care and contemporary theological discourse to explore issues of race, gender and sexuality.  An ordained Episcopal priest and author of Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches (2006 Lambda Literary award winner), Griffin is involved in progressive Christian conversations on race and homosexuality currently taking place in the Church and society.  In addition to this work, he is writing his second book, Dishonor, which explores the abusive power of Jim Jones and the race dynamics in the Peoples Temple and Jonestown.


Dr. Steed Davidson

Text and Culture: A Survey of the Old Testament

 

with Dr. Steed Davidson
May 2015
(exact dates TBD)

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Course Description
This course examines the Old Testament in the context of the ancient near east as a product of its time. Attention will be paid to the historical, social and cultural forces that shaped the texts and the ways Jews and Christians have read these texts. Coming to an appreciation of the content of selected books and their relevance for contemporary culture will also be a focus of this course.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: 5:30 - 8:30pm PDT
Closing live seminar:  5:30 - 8:30pm PDT
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor 

Steed V. Davidson is associate professor of Old Testament at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley,CA. His research interests center on Israelite prophetic literature and postcolonial studies. His book Empire and Exile offers a postcolonial treatment of the book of Jeremiah. As well as contributing to other publications on the issue of postcolonial readings, he teaches contextual readings of the Bible. In his classes he pays critical attention to reader and text as they interact in varying contexts as a means of developing competencies in reading from multiple contexts. Dr. Davidson received his PhD from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.


UMOJA: The Bible, Sexuality & Gender for African-American Faith Communities


with Rev. Roland Stringfellow
May 2015 (exact dates TBD)

This course is part of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) curriculum

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Course Description

“UMOJA” is a Swahili word that means unity. African-American communities, however, are deeply divided over homosexuality. Many families and congregations are unsure about supporting loved-ones who come out as lesbian,gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), especially if and when church authority teach to the contrary. Many are brokenhearted and confused in the midst of hurtful words and damaged relationships. This 5-week series is designed to help repair, restore and rediscover the kinship of families and churches.

Each class session will cover the Umoja: Unity in the Community
curriculum to help participants learn how to use this study in their local church context. These sessions are ideally suited for an adult education forum on Sunday morning or a mid-week Bible study:

Session 1: “Introduction – Our Theology and Tradition.” The facilitator will review the goals of the program, establish group norms and administer the assessment tool (optional). Participants will examine their own theological beliefs and traditions that form their position around sexual expression and gender identity. 

Session 2: “Unity in the Community.” A film that includes testimonials from theologians and pastors in support of LGBT inclusion in faith communities followed by an exploration of the theological arguments addressed in the film. 

Session 3: “Mamma and the Church.” A consideration of the social arguments in the African-American community concerning why LGBT people are not accepted in some families and churches as juxtaposed with the emotional toil it takes on the individuals. 

Session 4: “The Content of a Person’s Character.” Comparing and contrasting the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and today’s Gay Rights Movement. 

Session 5: “For Faith, For Love, Forever.” An overview of same-gender love and marriage in the African-American community. 

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Wednesday, 4:30 - 6:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Wednesday, 4:30 - 6:00 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Adobe Connect seminars every Wednesday.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.
Group discount available - call for more information about being a host
site for this class

About the Instructor 
Rev. Roland Stringfellow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Indiana University. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary and in 1990 became a licensed minister in the Baptist Church. In 2005, Roland was ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church and in 2006 he earned his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion with a certificate in Religion and Sexuality.  In 2011, Roland became licensed with the United Church of Christ and The fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a predominately African-American coalition of congregations with an outreach to LGBT
individuals.  He has worked as a pastor in Indiana and California and currently serves as senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit.  In addition to all his work within church contexts, Roland also worked in the field of education in a variety of capacities – teacher, guidance counselor, college advisor, and vice-principal.


UMC Open HeartsFor Strangely Warmed Hearts: UMC Polity & History

 

with Dr. Karen Oliveto
June 2015  (exact dates TBD)

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Course Description

This online course will explore the heritage and current structure of The United Methodist Church. Students will explore the forces that shaped the denomination and significant historical figures who promoted “personal piety and social holiness." The course will utilize The Book of Discipline as well as case studies to understand constitutional issues, the local church, ministry, superintending, and connectionalism.

At the conclusion of the course, the student will:

  1. Be knowledgeable of the organization and structure of The United Methodist Church
  2. Be able to articulate a critical understanding of the historical forces that shaped The United Methodist Church
  3. Have a working knowledge of the current Book of Discipline and church governance
  4. Be able to articulate the role and commitments of ordained and lay leadership with The UMC
This class does not meet the requirements for those seeking ordination.
Schedule

This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT

The interim section of the course is self-paced on Moodle.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor

Originally from Long Island, NY, Karen Oliveto has been a campus and parish minister in rural and urban settings in New York and California. She arrived in San Francisco in 1989, first as campus minister at San Francisco State University, and then, in 1992, as the pastor and leader of Bethany United Methodist Church in Noe Valley. While there, she expanded the congregation, and was instrumental in the effort to open the doors of the United Methodist Church to all persons, including gays and lesbians and their families. She is currently a Pastor at Glide Church in San Francisco. Oliveto holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Drew University, and recently served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Pacific School of Religion where she continues as adjunct professor of United Methodist Studies.

Rev. Oliveto is a member of the National Board of Directors for the Reconciling Ministries Network, a grassroots organization of congregations and communities committed to the full inclusion of glbt persons in the life and ministries of The United Methodist Church and has served as chair of the board. Karen is the co-author of Talking about Homosexuality: A Congregational Resource (Pilgrim Press: 2005) and has written numerous articles, hymns and liturgies. She is an avid hiker and traveler, plays guitar and drums, and enjoys cooking for friends.


Dr. Tat-siong Benny LiewText and Culture II: A Survey of the New Testament

 

with Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew
June 2015 (exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
Click here for a mail-in registration form. (pdf)

Course Description
This course intends to explore the literature and background (thus “text and culture”) of the early Christ-following movement.  Our study will basically progress in two steps: first, an overview of the socio-cultural and religious contexts out of which Christianity developed; second, a selective survey of New Testament books (mainly Paul and Mark, and to a lesser degree, the other canonical Gospels) to emphasize the theological diversity within the canon of Scriptures.  We will also give special attention to the contextual and ideological nature of textual interpretation.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: 5:30 - 8:30pm PDT
Closing live seminar: 5:30 - 8:30pm PDT
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor 

Tat-siong Benny Liew is Professor of New Testament at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Dr. Liew is most interested and invested in transdisciplinary study of the New Testament. Alongside New Testament studies, his scholarly interests include literary theory, postcolonial studies, gender/sexuality studies, and ethnic studies (particularly Asian American history and literature). Dr. Liew is the author of What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament(2008), and Politics of Parousia: Reading Mark Inter(con)textually (1999). He also editedReading Ideologies:  Essays on the Bible and Interpretation In Honor of Mary Ann Tolbert(2011), Postcolonial InterventionsEssays in Honor of R. S. Sugirtharajah (2009), They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism with Randall Bailey and Fernando Segovia (2009), and the last issue of the journal, Semeia, with Gale Yee on "The Bible in Asian America" (2002). Dr. Liew also serves on several international editorial boards, and is currently the book review editor of the journal, Biblical Interpretation.



UCC LogoThat They May All Be One: UCC History

 

with Rev. Carol Barriger
July 2015
(exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class
Click here for a mail-in registration form. (pdf)

Course Description 
The purpose of this course is to introduce the historical roots and formative influences in the development of the United Church of Christ. This includes learning about events, individuals, and social-political realities which shaped – and still shape – the United Church of Christ: its structures, ministries, and mission. The goals of the course are:

a) To gain knowledge of, and appreciation for, the United Church of Christ from the perspective of its history
b) To experience learning in the shared manner of our UCC covenant
c) To integrate with explorations of UCC ethos, theology, and polity 

This is the fourth course in the TEL Series in UCC Polity and Ministry.
These classes are particularly designed for lay leaders in the UCC,
people in churches considering joining the UCC, and persons seeking Licensure or Commissioning within the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. However, any and all persons interested in learning more about the UCC are welcome to participate.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: 5:30 - 8:30pm PDT
Closing live seminar: 5:30 - 8:30pm PDT
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public. 

About the Instructor  
Reverend
Barriger is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, with an M.Div. and an M.A. in Biblical Studies. She has served 3 parish ministries and as a chaplain at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's Hospitals. She has written,consulted and preached throughout the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ, and served as Associate Conference Minister for 6 years.  She is currently on the adjunct faculty at PSR teaching United Church of Christ Ethos, Polity, and Ministry, and in the Theological Education for Leadership program.



Dr. James F. LawrenceThe Great Story of Your Faith:
Defining Moments in Christian History

 

with Dr. Jim Lawrence
August 2015  
(exact dates TBD)

Registration will open closer to the date of the class

Course Description 
By focusing on fateful events that decisively shaped Christianity the immense landscape of Christian history can be brought into view. Using a lens of progressive Christianity, we will engage four such defining moments in the two thousand years of the world’s largest faith tradition: the first-century expulsion from synagogues that launched organized Christianity; the fourth-century Council of Nicaea that inaugurated Christianity as a world empire religion; the sixteenth-century Protestant breakaway that created entrepreneurial religion; and the 1974 Lausanne Conference that still seeks global evangelization.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar; 5, 6:00 - 8:00pm PDT
Closing live seminar;  6:00 - 8:00pm PDT.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor 
Rev. Dr. James F. Lawrence is Dean of the Swedenborgian House of Studies and Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Historical Studies at Pacific School of Religion. During 17 years in parish ministry in rural, suburban and urban settings, Dr. Lawrence helped three congregations re-energize, and he continues to have a special interest in the renewal of traditional ministries. In addition to Swedenborgian Studies, he teaches in the field of spirituality and has special interest in the varieties of Protestant religious experience, the radical margins of Protestant history, the dialogue between science and religion, and biblical spirituality. He has contributed as publisher, editor and author to more than 30 works. He describes his philosophy of teaching in this way:

“I help students understand and develop the resources for an engaged spirituality in the practice of ministry. Both vertical and horizontal extensions are required for spiritual leadership in tomorrow’s world, and these can be developed by engaging the stories of transformative faith: the communities that shape it, the theologies that nourish it, the practices that sustain it, and the moral life that embodies it.” 

 



Michael CamposTelling Our Stories: 
An Introduction to Christian Education
(This course approved for the MCC L.E.A.D. program)

 

with Dr. Michael Sepidoza Campos
September 2015 
(exact dates TBD)

 Registration will open closer to the date of the class

Course Description 
This course invites learners to survey main themes of Christian teaching, religious education and curriculum practices as they relate to ministry. Specific attention will be given to the different versions and processes of religious education and theoretical explorations on shifting roles between student-teacher. Care will be given to discerning approaches to religious education, particularly the emergence of social biography, conscientization and liberative/transformative reflection Christian education.

Schedule
This is a course.
Opening live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
Closing live seminar: Tuesday, 5:30 - 8:00 pm PDT
This course will feature live, Adobe Connect opening and closing seminars.
The interim section of the course will be self-paced.

Cost
$120 CTEL certificate students and PSR students / $200 general public.

About the Instructor 
Michael Sepidoza Campos has taught Introduction to Christian Education through CMS (and now TEL) since 2009. His research interests include Filipino-American diaspora, postcolonial theory, queer theory and critical pedagogy. Michael's work in Catholic education both constitutes his ministerial context as well as provides the theoretical space at which he investigates the intersection of pedagogy, theology, ethnicity and gender. He has taught at high schools in Boston, Guam, Honolulu and San Francisco; he also served as adjunct faculty at both PSR and the University of San Francisco.


Formats


Courses
Courses provide in-depth, introductory explorations of topics that comprise the core of theological understanding and ministerial competence. Each course includes twelve hours of learning over eight days, including two live online seminars surrounding a week of self-paced online learning.

For professionals seeking certification of continuing education, CEUs are available.

Courses offered annually:

  • June: Old Testament Survey
  • July: New Testament Survey
  • August: Church History & Theology
  • September: Christian Education
  • September: Thinking Theologically 
  • October: Christian Worship
  • November: Biblical Interpretation
  • January: Preaching 
  • February: Christian Spirituality
  • March: Christian Ethics
  • April: Pastoral Care


Seminars
Seminars address a wide variety of topics in one- to three-hour live interactive sessions. Some seminars are offered occasionally, some annually. For professionals seeking certification of continuing education, CEUs are available.

Seminar offered annually:

  • February: Theology of Church Management (3 hour seminar)

Certificates

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