Register in May, Save on Pacific School of Religion Summer Session 2009

May 08, 2009

Starts July 6, offers courses on media and popular culture, congregational leadership, the arts, more


BERKELEY, CA - This summer three dozen courses, ranging from the Old Testament to pop theology, and a full complement of courses on spirituality, congregational leadership, pastoral care, social justice, theology, and biblical studies, will be offered on Holy Hill in Berkeley. Summer Session 2009 is sponsored by Pacific School of Religion, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education at the Graduate Theological Union.


Registration for the courses, most of which last for one week, is available online at A 10 percent discount will be granted for all who register before June 1. Summer session begins July 6 and the last classes of the session will begin August 3.


A sampling of courses: "Death, Humility, and Radical Trust: Ernest Becker Revisited," "Faith Community Leadership in Disaster Response," and "Ministry with Latino Neighbors." College of William and Mary professor Joanne Braxton teaches "Authority and Presence: The Narratives of Vision and Power by African American Women," a course on spiritual autobiographies. And Johari Jabir, a professor at University of Illinois, Chicago and a PSR grad, will return to Summer Session to teach "Race, Religion, Sex, and Citizenship."


GTU PhD student Richard Lindsay will teach "Pop Goes Religion," a course exploring the intersection of popular culture and religion, examining the Internet and cybertheology, video games, comics/graphic novels, hip-hop, New Age talk-show religion (systematic Oprahlogy), kitsch, camp, and queer. Michael Bausch returns to teach his popular course "Using New Media Technology and Web-Based Resources in Worship,'' with both an online and a classroom component.


Arts and liturgy courses include "Queering Liturgy and Music," with Jim Mitulski and Bob Crocker; "Dance and Spirituality," with Ai Ra Kim; 'Artistic Vision and Social Responsibility" and "Representing the Body," with Pamela Blotner; and "Drama in Worship and Ministry,' with Sally Juarez.


GTU graduate Mary Hunt will return to Berkeley to offer "Feminist Readings of LGBT Theologies,' one of six courses offered through PSR's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry's Certificate in Sexuality and Religion program.


Summer Session is for people from all walks of life: clergy, lay leaders, teachers, artists, writers, community leaders, spiritual seekers, seminary students, and retirees. Courses can be audited or taken for continuing education units or academic credit.


For more information on Summer Session 2009, including a listing of courses, fees, dates, and times, visit You may also contact Summer Session at 510.849.8268 (toll-free: 800.999.0528, Ext. 8268).


Pacific School of Religion, a multidenominational seminary, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education are all part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Pacific School of Religion is located at 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley.