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This course will introduce students to the principles and possibilities of pastoral care using a contextual/theological approach. This contextual approach is critical because making a way out of no way is the height of pastoral ministry. By exploring the core principles of faithful compassion, effective communication, and trust building, students will gain the knowledge and skills to offer loving support to individuals and families in their context.

Dr. Leonard McMahon is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, Spirituality, and Political Theology at PSR. He has a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union at UC Berkeley, on spirituality, theology, and political theory, an MA in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School.

With his interest in improving the common good through political theology, spirituality, and pastoral care, Leonard works through his consultancy, Common Ground Dialogue, to bring divergent citizens into deeper conversation for the sake of our democracy. He is deeply concerned about political polarization and draws upon classical spirituality and modern political theory to craft a pastoral approach that attends to both the macrosocial and microsocial aspects of our common life.


June 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, 2024, with zoom courses on April 1st and 15th.

Course times are: 9am – 12noon HST/ 11am – 2pm PST/ 2pm-5pm EST



$225 General Public | $210 Current PSR Students

1.6 CEUs available @ additional $35

Special pricing has been negotiated for UCC Hawaii, TFAM, MCC L.E.A.D. & CTEL Continuing students. Identify your group on the Registration Form.



Registration must be submitted by 5pm PST, Wednesday, May 29th.

The course fee must be paid before the start of the 1st class session.


Visit the TEL site or contact Re. Tana Roseboro, TEL Program Coordinator — troseboro@psr.edu | 510.849.8267


Theological Education for Leadership (TEL)

TEL programs provide progressive, accessible Christian theological education year-round through special courses and seminars for clergy, laity, and spiritual seekers from diverse racial/ethnic communities. Using PSR’s “flexible learning” approach, TEL fosters a strong and supportive community environment while enabling participation at a distance through online learning. CEU’s available for individual courses and seminars.

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