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James McDonald, President of SFTS, leads Marin CROP Walk to raise hunger awareness

Rev. Dr. James McDonald, president of San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), will lead 30 Marin County churches and organizations for the 17th annual Marin Crop Walk On Sunday, April 21, in San Rafael.  The annual walk seeks to raise awareness of hunger related issues throughout the world.

Marin CROP Walk, led by SFTS President James McDonald

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 1:30pm

Rev. Dr. James McDonald, president of San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), will lead 30 Marin County churches and organizations for the 17th annual Marin Crop Walk On Sunday, April 21, in San Rafael.  The annual walk seeks to raise awareness of hunger related issues throughout the world.

Hockett named Executive Director of Community Action

Community Action of Ventura County (CAVC), an organization dedicated to addressing the effects of poverty in Ventura County, CA, has selected Timothy Hockett as its new Executive Director.

Hockett holds a B.A. degree from Columbia Christian College, an M.A. equivalent from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and pursued doctoral studies at the Graduate Theological Union.

2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00pm

Dr. James Noel (SFTS), “Black Religion in the Atlantic World During the Age of Revolution: Excavating the ‘Sublime’”

Cross-Cultural Lens: Using multicultural theory to interpret Jesus

Kayko Driedger Hesslein’s daily life is both multicultural and multireligious: she is Canadian of Japanese and German descent and Lutheran. Her husband is both American and Jewish. Her two children have inherited all of these identities. Both as a pastor and as someone diving more deeply into theology, she has been trying to develop a language that explained her and her family’s multiplicious identities on a theological level.

Integrating Practices: Christianity and Buddhism

Daeseop Yi is a Ph.D. candidate who hails from South Korea. He came to study at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2004 in the Doctor of Ministry program. During his program, he discerned a desire to study more deeply about how transformation within the spiritual process occurs. With this focus he entered the Ph.D. program. “While I was doing coursework in the Christian Spirituality Area, we had to study a religion and a discipline in addition to Christianity.” He became fascinated with Buddhism, he focused on comparing Christian and Buddhist traditions. “I realized that I had been living, integrating, and adopting Buddhist and other Indigenous practices, but studying in an academic way made it really interesting for me.”

“Who Do They Say I Am?”

On Saturday, January 14, the Black Church/Africana Religious Studies Program hosted a Womanist Symposium – “Who Do They Say I Am?” at the McGee Avenue Baptist Church in Berkeley. The Honorable Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 9th Congressional District, was the morning keynote speaker.

Exploring Expressions of Orthodox Judaism

It was standing room only in Easton Hall for the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies' lively November 29 conference “Formations of Orthodoxy,” which explored Orthodox Jewish cultural formations in interwar Poland and post-Holocaust America.
The evening ended with a keynote talk by Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland.

A Maori, An Anglican, A Leader

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