Intensive spiritual formation, immersive learning, and theological reflection to develop leadership and critical skills for creating social change
Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC)
The Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) is an accredited graduate certificate program designed to offer specialized training for the work of social change-making.
CSSC curriculum focuses on leadership skills for ethical decision-making, design thinking or social change, spiritual formation and theological reflection and community organizing and activism. At PSR, we believe effective efforts for social change rely on ongoing personal transformation, rooted in spiritual formation.
The CSSC program is designed to be a one-year full-time course of study, though students have up to three years to complete the certificate.
On campus or distance learning options available.
Professionals already engaged in the work of social change and those looking to embark on a vocational path of social change.
- Participate in and demonstrate an understanding of various spiritual formation practices especially as such practices inform and sustain the work of social transformation.
- Articulate the significance of personal transformation for the work of social change-making including recognizing and addressing one’s own collusion with institutional systems of oppressive power.
- Engage in cultural and political analysis both theologically and ethically, especially for insights into structural inequality, systemic injustice, and institutionalized oppressions.
- Recruit and prepare faith communities to engage in collaborative partnerships with programs and organizations devoted to systemic social change for the common good.
- Evaluate and appropriate diverse strategies for change-making drawn from the worlds of social innovation, non-profit organizations, and grass-roots community organizing, and identify the active and/or potential role of spiritual practice/formation in those strategies.
- Develop skills for transformative leadership suitable for building coalitions committed to the work of social and economic justice by attending carefully to the issues involving professional boundaries, institutional power, and social ethics.
The CSSR prepares students for work in social justice advocacy, community organizing, the visual and performing arts, congregational leadership and related fields.
The courses below represent a typical progression for this program. If you have questions or need more information, please contact email@example.com