What makes a family, and who decides? Is family best understood as a social contract, a biological accident, or a reflection of Divine love? How did the idea of "nuclear family" emerge as the dominant paradigm, when so many of our historical and scriptural models present alternative arrangements? How do our concepts of racial identity, sexuality, and gender influence how we approach our familial roles? How do we do a better job of serving religious families or those with multi-faith backgrounds?
Explore these questions and more at the 111th Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference, "We Are Family: Real Family, Real Faith in the Real World," Jan. 29-31, 2013 in Berkeley, California.
Sponsored by the Pacific School of Religion, this conference will bring together scholars and faith community leaders to explore what family means in a modern historical context within U.S. society.
Experience full-sensory worship design, with Dr. Marcia McFee; discover how your congregation can partner with nonprofit organizations to support social justice work, with the San Francisco Foundation; and network with scholars, activists, and other congregations.
New this year: workshop tracks for clergy, parents, mental health professionals, and congregations – with more than 35 options from which to choose!
There also will be a special showing of the film La Mission, featuring a talk with writer and director Peter Bratt.
Fifteen CEUs are available.