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Bernard Schlager Named New Dean of PSR

It was announced on Monday, June 3, 2013, that Bernard Schlager will succeed Tat-siong Benny Liew as Pacific School of Religion's Dean & Vice President for Academic Affairs. Schlager has been at PSR since 2000 where he is Associate Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies; he is also a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). In addition, he has been Executive Director of the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) for the last 5 years.

Riess Potterveld elected Acting President of the Graduate Theological Union

BERKELEY, CA – On May 17, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) and Pacific School of Religion (PSR) informed their communities that Dr. Riess W. Potterveld, PSR President, will become Acting President of the GTU. PSR is one of the oldest members of the GTU, which is the largest consortium of seminaries and graduate schools in the country. Many of the schools are concentrated in an area north of UC Berkeley known as “Holy Hill.”

Opportunties to study during Summer 2013

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Heaven, Hell and Other Places: New Artists' Documentary about Emanuel Swedenborg

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 6:30pm

Heaven, Hell and Other Places: A Film about Emanuel SwedenborgScreening and DVD Release Party with film-directors Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan

Doug Adams Gallery/Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Night of Healing, Reflection and Meditation

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

Take 20-30 minutes out of your busy schedule for some self-care and join us. There will be Reiki, healing touch, shamanic healing, and opportunities for meditation to be offered for students, faculty and staff of the GTU and the surrounding community. Be kind to yourself!

To be held 7-9pm in Mudd 100, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley

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Polyamory and Spirituality: A Night With Dossie Easton

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 5:30pm

The Ethical SlutJoin us for a talk and discussion with Dossie Easton, co-author of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures (2009), about polyamory and spirituality.

Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley


Bernie Schlager, CLGS/PSR, forecasts Pope Francis' stance on issues of sexuality and gender

Originally article at KQED,

Bernard SchlagerFollowing the selection of Pope Francis, Catholics across the spectrum are reacting to his record on issues.

New Pope Not Likely to Soften Same-Sex Marriage Opposition says Bernie Schlager, CLGS/PSR

Originally article at KQED,

Bernard SchlagerWith the announced resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, many are wondering about the potential changes with the selection of a new pope.

Workshop Performance of Upstairs, musical chroncling an anti-LGBT arson in New Orleans

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

Upstairs chronicles the New Orleans arson fire of June 24, 1973, that killed 32 people at the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar known for its affiliation with the LGBT affirming Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). In the months after the tragedy, the fire was virtually ignored by local leaders, law enforcement, institutions, some families of the victims, and the wider world.

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