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The Office of Academic Affairs is proud to announce the Unafraid Symposium, our third annual gathering to celebrate academic excellence at Pacific School of Religion. This year’s theme is Creating a World Where All Can Thrive: Deconstructing, Healing, Rebuilding, Imagining.

This Unafraid Symposium is designed to be a beacon for scholars, practitioners, and dreamers who share PSR’s dedication to a fearless approach to building knowledge and creating a world where all can thrive. It will celebrate the academic achievements of our students and facilitate a robust dialogue to transform our world. 

The presented work will reflect PSR’s mission to build collective knowledge and create a world where all can thrive; demonstrate how emerging theologies and spiritual practice can inform and transform our communal life; and provide insight into applying these ideas within and beyond spiritual communities, emphasizing innovation, resilience, and inclusivity.

It’s also a day to be together in community and to spark conversations that will lead to future collaboration and innovation.

You can view the full schedule of events below, and read more about the people and projects that will be featured in the Unafraid Symposium HERE.


notes: all times in PT

10 am — Welcome to the Unafraid Symposium



10:35 am — What Does It Take?: Confronting Barriers to the Practice of Radical Inclusiveness in Traditional Black Churches

Dundee Holt, DMin student

10:50 am — Investigating the Circular Lack of Accountability in Corporate America

Jessica Kriegel, MDiv student

11:05 am — Information Pollution in Digital Times,

MDiv students from PSR course Critical Pedagogy / Critical Times: Holly Merz, Sanghyeon Jin, Beth Pfeiffer, Becks Salentes, Kenneth Watson

11:35 am — Commentary on Deconstructing Theme and Presentations

Dr. Alexandra Rosado-Román, PSR Faculty

12 – 1 pm — LUNCH BREAK



1 pm — From Tensions to Transformation: Embracing the Complexity of My Intersecting Identities as Taiwanese, Christian, and Urban Indigenous

Qaisul Takihunang, MDiv student

1:15 pm — Where is the Care?

Sundria Sam, DMin student

1:30 pm — Thriving as an Embodiment Practice for Humanizing

Manny Padua, MDiv student

1:45 pm — Commentary on Healing Theme and Presentations

EunHye Grace So, PSR Faculty



1:55 pm — A Campus Ministry that has Become the Student Housing Insecurity Initiative

D. Lopez, DMin student

2:10 pm —Mysticism as a Pathway to Healing LGBTQIA+ Trauma and Creating a Foundation for Ethics

Amy Tobey, MDiv student

2:35 pm — Commentary on Rebuilding Theme and Presentations

Dr. Leonard McMahon, PSR Faculty 

2:45 – 2:55 pm — Break



2:55 pm — Queer Conscience, Queer Regeneration

Michael Goos, MDiv student

3:10 — Re-Imagining Empowerment

Matthew White, DMin student

3:25 — A Visionary Ubuntu Pedagogy: Developing Equitable and Equal Access to Learning

Chynaah Maryoung-Cooke, DMin student

3:45 pm — Commentary on Imagining Theme and Presentations

Dr. Bernie Schlager, PSR Faculty & Executive Director, CLGS 

3:55 — Symposium Close

Dean Susan Abraham


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