SEMINARY NEWS

June 2, 2017

Professor Chris Ocker recently presented at the Vatican, on the topic of “Financial Interests and the Secularization of Church Property,” 500 years after the Reformation.

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The Faculty, staff, current students, family, and friends gathered last Saturday, May 20, to celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of the Class of 2017.

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May 15, 2017

1985 Alumna Rev. Sarah Stephens’ career in human rights advocacy and combatting human trafficking has taken her from the United States to serve around the world. This weekend, she receives SFTS’ Distinguished Alumna award at Commencement.

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June 19-23, 2017

How do communities of faith engage the issue of gun violence? Find out at our upcoming seminar, Peacemaking in the City: Churches Responding to Gun Violence.

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June 21-23, 2017

We invite you to be our guest and visit our campus June 21-23, 2017 for June Preview Days! Part academic seminar, part spiritual retreat, this event will introduce you to our robust academic programs and reflective, inclusive community.

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May 1, 2017

San Francisco Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome Walter Collins as the Vice President for Advancement.

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March 23, 2017

We were pleased to host two special events to launch the Alumni-Admissions Liaison Volunteer (AALV) program!

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March 17, 2017

Richard M. Gray, former SFTS Trustee of 16 years and Distinguished Alum (1988), passed away on March 17, 2017.

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Along with the Graduate Theological Union, we invite you to join us in these efforts to honor the Constitution and our nation’s commitment to human rights.

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On February 17, 2017, the San Francisco Theological Seminary was pleased to host eight members of the alumni of the Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) program for their first ever working retreat. In this three-day event at SFTS, the group gathered to work on a project defining “How Does Today’s Church Need to Look?”

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March 2, 2017

Join author, speaker, and minister Rev. Carol Howard Merritt for an evening discussing her latest book, Healing Spiritual Wounds. Merritt responds to the conflicting image of the church as a safe space and dangerous place, and provides a way to remain a part of the church and renew personal faith even when the institution falls short on its mission.

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January 31, 2017

We oppose the Trump administration’s executive order of January 27 particularly singling out refugees from certain predominantly Muslim countries.

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February 5, 2017

Join Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry, at University Public Worship this Sunday, February 5 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.

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January 15, 2017

On Sunday, January 15, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church welcomed Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Director for the Center of Innovation in Ministry at San Francisco Theological Seminary, to preach in morning services in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The celebration was also attended by Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. for whom the Center’s Smith-King Initiative at Stanford University is named, and by Rev. Dr. Jim McDonald, President of SFTS.

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January 20-22, 2017

Over the course of the weekend, you can experience John Philip Newell – and earth-honoring Celtic spirituality – in lecture, workshop, and worship at First Presbyterian in San Anselmo, San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, and Westminster Presbyterian in Tiburon.

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February 23, 2017

Join author Rev. Dr. Martha C. Taylor – who has served as both SFTS and GTU adjunct professor — for an evening discussing her newest book, From Labor to Reward. This groundbreaking book fills a huge void in American religious history, black religious history, and traditions of the black church.

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We are pleased to announce that the Center for Innovation in Ministry at SFTS has been nominated by Rev. Janie Spahr for the “Excellence in Innovation” award at the upcoming 24th annual Heart of Marin awards, hosted by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin.

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We are honored and proud to stand with Rev. Bentley Stewart (SFTS M.Div. 2015), as he goes to serve as chaplain to the veterans who are gathering this week to stand with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

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This election is bigger than an individual candidate; it reflects a larger schism in the soul of the United States. However, we are left with an outcome that wounds the most vulnerable.

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January 19-21, 2017

Join fellow DASD alums for a special weekend of contemplation, community and connection at SFTS.

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November 10, 2016 | 7:00 PM

Join Dr. Elizabeth Liebert, SFTS Professor of Spiritual Life, for a lecture and conversation exploring the possibility that academic life, and scholarship in particular, is, in fact, a spiritual practice.

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A joyful event 30 years in the making, SFTS Alumna Lisa Larges was ordained as a teaching elder at the Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Although Lisa, an open member of the LGBT community, has been a candidate for the ministry since 1986, she was unable to be ordained until the PC(USA) approved a constitutional change allowing ordination for all who are called and qualified regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity in 2010.

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We are delighted to announce that the Jane Spahr Reconciliation Initiative Crowdfunding Campaign has gone live!  The mission of this campaign is to build momentum for justice and inclusion in the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Our hearts are heavy with news of Ben Weir’s death earlier today.

Rev. Ben Weir’s memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov 19 at 2pm at First Presbyterian Church in Oakland. Rev. Weir was a beloved professor, an SFTS alum, and, together with his wife, Carol, a Presbyterian missionary in Lebanon for nearly 30 years.

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The groundbreaking program will fund a new fellowship designed to promote the study of King’s life from a religious perspective in order to reinvigorate the social justice commitments of congregations.

A project designed to explore the faith and justice legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being launched by the Center for Innovation in Ministry at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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The Jane Adams Spahr Reconciling Church Project will provide the opportunity for people across the denomination to meet and experience GLBTQ Presbyterians as pastors and educators.

The Jane Adams Spahr Reconciling Church Project will provide the opportunity for people across the denomination to meet and experience GLBTQ Presbyterians as pastors and educators.

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Remembering Rev. Dr. Jack Rogers—a thoughtful scholar, a joyful theology professor, a hero to the LGBTQ community.

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SFTS response to violence and racial injustice across the U.S. in July, 2016.

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Read President Jim McDonald’s statement in response to the mass shooting in Orlando, FL, on June 12, 2016.

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It is with great joy that SFTS announces its newest faculty hire: Yolanda Norton will begin teaching this fall as Assistant Professor of Old Testament.

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The Rev. Dr. John Sidney Hadsell – visionary, educator, mentor – is a man whose passing must be mourned but whose many accomplishments in service to his profession and his church merit celebration.

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May 21, 2016

“Look to the growing edge,” said Rev. Jim McDonald in his commencement address. By noon on Saturday, May 21, 33 certificate awardees and graduates and were doing exactly that.

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In a joint effort with the Carter Center Human Rights Program Scholars in Action, SFTS Advanced Pastoral Studies will offer “Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” August 8–12 in Atlanta.

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SFTS is co-sponsoring a for-credit General Assembly class – “Presbyterianism: Principles and Practices” – at this year’s 222nd GA in Portland, Oregon.

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Diploma in Executive Leadership Program begins second cohort in September

The Diploma in Executive Leadership for congregational and pastoral leaders seeks to enhance previous studies and training by exploring innovative tools.

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The San Francisco Theological Seminary community invites you to join us in reflection and prayer through Daily Devotions for Lent.

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SFTS’s alumni relations advisor Jerry Van Marter will be one third of a triad presenting a for-credit class, “Presbyterianism: Principles and Practices,” at this summer’s General Assembly in Portland.

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SFTS welcomes Dr. Farley, a premier theologian who has written extensively on women theologians and mystics, religious dialogue, contemporary ethical issues, and contemplative practices.

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A new era has dawned for the printing of the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin texts of the Bible, and of the Qur’an. This year’s T.V. Moore Lectures feature speakers on the revolution in editions of scripture.

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Thompkins brings his passion and call to ministry to SFTS as the Center's first Director.

Thompkins brings his passion and call to ministry to SFTS as the Center’s first Director.

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The world has lost a truly renaissance man.

Rev. Dr. James Anthony Noel, Prophet, Pastor, Professor, and Painter, died Sunday evening, January 31, 2016.

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Last week’s Inquirers Weekend offered the chance for prospective seminarians to live a ‘day in the life’ of an SFTS student, interacting with faculty, staff, and current students.

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SFTS President, Rev. Dr. James McDonald, reflects on racism in America following the the massacre in Charleston, SC that took place June 17, 2015.

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SFTS partners with Silliman University Divinity School in the Philippines.

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SFTS alumni gathered in April 2015 to share memories and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Seminary’s participation in the march on Selma.

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In February 2015, Rev. John Bell presented two workshops as part of the Certificate in Worship Leadership at SFTS.

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Compelling speakers and the opportunity to reconnect with old friends drew graduates for the 2014 Alumni Reunion, April 3–5, 2014.

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