Inaugural Lecture at Pacific School of Religion

October 15, 2013

“Towards Deep Solidarity: A Few Thoughts on Training Leaders for Social Transformation” will be the inaugural lecture for the Pacific School of Religion's (PSR) new Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation on October 28, at 5:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at 6:30 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Bade Museum.
 
While conservative religion supports the status quo and mainline religion pays lip service to change, alternative visions are emerging that profoundly change our understanding of religion and of the divine. Power flowing from the bottom up rather than from the top down, witnessed in divine and human solidarity under pressure, changes everything.
 
The lecturer will be Dr. Joerg Rieger. Rieger is the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University as well as the co-author, along with Dr. Kwok Pui-lan of Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitudes. Occupy Religion not only highlighted the role of faith and faith-leaders in the Occupy Movement, it also raised important questions about what lessons religious communities could draw from the Occupy Movement, including exploring new pathways to more participatory and liberatory religious practices. Rieger is also the author of numerous other publications, including Christ and Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times, No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future, and Grace under Pressure: Negotiating the Heart of the Methodist Traditions.
 
For more information about this event, contact Dr. Randall Miller: rmiller@psr.edu.
 
In Spring 2013, the PSR Board of Trustees adopted a new strategic vision that focuses on developing, educating, and training spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation. At the heart of this new vision is the creation of a new Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation, which is intended to: (1) Serve as a ‘hub’ for tackling local and global social problems and developing partnerships with leading social change organizations; (2) Act as an incubator for innovative approaches to theological education, spiritual formation, and leadership development; (3) Provide a structured space for creating, prototyping, and evaluating new program and revenue models.