Worship Design Expert, Marcia McFee, Joins SFTS Faculty

Marcia McFee, Ph.D., professor, author, preacher, ritual artist, and creator of Worship Design Studio, has joined SFTS as Ford Fellow.

From Conflict to Communion: Professor Ocker Presents at the Vatican, 500 Years After the Reformation

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.

SFTS Gathers to Celebrate the Class of 2017!

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.

Rev. Sarah Stephens Receives Distinguished Alumna Award

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.

Peacekeeping in the City: Congregations Responding to Gun Violence

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.

June Preview Days at SFTS: Experience SFTS!

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.

SFTS Welcomes Walter Collins as VP of Advancement

San Anselmo, CA – San Francisco Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome Walter Collins as the Vice President for Advancement. Walter’s recent experience is from the Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA, where he has served as the Vice President of Advancement, Alumni Relations and Asset Management for the past four years, working closely with Dr. Heather Knight, the first African American woman to serve as a president of a Seventh Day Adventist college or university. Walter brings more than 18 years of fundraising experience in a variety of positions. Prior to his service at Pacific Union College, he was executive director of the California Symphony Orchestra in Walnut Creek; president and CEO of United Way of the Wine Country in Santa Rosa; and marketing director and then executive director of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra in Southern California. In each of these positions, he has a solid record of notable achievements.

Walter holds a BA in Political Science and Theory with minors in music and astrophysics from UC Berkeley. As a person of faith, Walter is excited to work at SFTS and shares our passion for spirituality, social justice and innovation. As you might guess from his resume, he is also a musician with a deep love for classical music. Walter is bilingual, speaking Spanish and English. His father was born in Chile; his mother in Guatemala. He attended a Seventh Day Adventist high school in southern California where he was class valedictorian, football quarterback, and very active in musical activities. He and his wife, Amy, have three young children.

Remembering Dr. Richard Gray, Distinguished Alum & Trustee

Richard M. Gray, former SFTS Trustee of 16 years and Distinguished Alum (1988), passed away on March 17, 2017. Born in Washington, D.C. on January 25, 1924, he grew up there and in Mystic, CT. before entering Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the age of 18 in 1942 with majors in English and History. After serving as an officer with the U.S. Navy in World War II, Dr. Gray worked for one of the largest advertising agencies in the country at the time, N.W. Ayer.

After 16 years with N.W. Ayer, he came to the west coast to study for his Master of Divinity at SFTS, which he received summa cum laude in 1961. He then served as a university pastor for seven years at Portland State University in Oregon, where he helped develop an ecumenical ministry of eight denominations and build a jointly conducted program and campus center known as Koinonia House. In 1972, he earned a PhD in Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley.

Gray was also moved by a strong concern for the individual development of students, and concluded that his calling in life was to create collaborative learning communities. In 1973, he founded the innovative World College West in Marin County, integrating business ethics and finance with social and environmental values. Evolving into the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, they paved the way for students to obtain a “Green MBA” and popularized the business values of “people, planet and profit.”

His avocation was writing, including two books, one entitled Not by Bread Alone, and the other Passion Before Prudence: Commitment is the Mother of Meaning, as well as secular and sacred music and lyrics, including the score for a musical entitled “Star of Nantucket.”

Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SFTS, Dr. Jana Childers reflected, “Dick Gray was the kind of human being who gives education a good name. Dapper and personable, creative and far-thinking, he devoted his charm and talents to personalizing education’s institutions. His warmth will live on in the memories of those who knew him for a long, long time.”

Predeceased by his beloved wife of 70 years, Catherine Hammond Gray, he is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.

GTU Solidarity Statement on Human Rights

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.