PSR’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

Image: Come Holy Spirit by Lance BrownDear PSR Community: “I can’t breathe.” These tragic words from George Floyd echo the desperate cry of Eric Garner and generations of African Americans who have been suffocated by the scourge of racism and oppression.  They speak to the crisis of a virus that deprives its victims of the…

Acting Associate Pastor, First Church Berkeley UCC, Berkeley, CA

First Church Berkeley (United Church of Christ) is seeking an Acting Associate Minister. Join a dynamic, thriving, progressive Christian church focused on social justice and living out the gospel of Jesus. We are an Open & Affirming, WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive & Engaged in mental health ministry), and Sanctuary church. The Acting Associate Pastor will…

Director of Social Responsibility, United Church Funds

United Church Funds (UCF), a not-for-profit corporation and associated ministry of the United Church of Christ (UCC), provides socially responsible, values-aligned investment management services to churches, ministries and other faith-based organizations. UCF offers customized investment portfolios and prudent investment strategies that provide competitive returns while also reflecting its clients’ values in seeking to achieve a…

Interview with Judge Diana Becton

Judge Diana Becton, one of PSR’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, is the first African American woman to be elected district attorney of Contra Costa County, California and a retired judge of the Superior Court. She reflects on how she is keeping our communities safe in this time of global pandemic. See Judge Becton’s full Distinguished Alumni profile here.          Coping During the Pandemic  The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been declared by the World Health…

Remembering Bonnie Bonetti-Bell

Bonnie Bonetti-Bell (MDiv ‘86 and MA ‘87) is one of PSR’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.  Upon her passing in November of last year, Jim Bell, her widower, offers this reflection on grieving the loss of his beloved life partner while social distancing in the time of pandemic.  See Bonnie Bell’s full Distinguished Alumni profile here. Grieving the Loss of…

Interview with Rev. Pat de Jong

Rev. Pat de Jong was selected as one of PSR’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni. She currently serves as the Chair of Church World Service (CWS), a faith-based, global humanitarian agency. Below, Pat shares about her long connection to PSR, the work CWS is doing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the power of community…

Byron Chung

Executive Director of Ignite and Faculty Associate in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation 510/849-8216 bchung@psr.edu

Distinguished Alumni Deborah Lee and COVID-19 on Immigrant Communities

Rev. Deborah Lee, one of PSR’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni award recipients, is the Executive Director of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, where she has served since 2009. Below she shares how her organization is responding to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in immigrant communities. See Rev. Lee’s full Distinguished Alumni profile here. First, I wanted to share a…

February 23-24: Financial Sustainability and Community Innnovation in the Church Summit

This Summit is part of a 3-part program series from the Ignite Institute at Pacific School of Religion and the Path 1 Initiative of the United Methodist Church to support faith leaders in establishing financial sustainability by taking a community-based business from idea, to proposal, to reality. The Summit invites clergy and lay leaders to hear from successful faith-based…