Use your experiences, insights, and passion to make the world a better place, to leave a legacy, to do something more.

Maybe you’ve just retired after a successful career – and want to invent something different. Maybe you’re still working, and wonder why.

Maybe your kids are finally out of the house.  Maybe they left…and came back.tomwith-text

Maybe in college you planned to save the world, but then life got in the way.

Maybe now you’re ready to get back to the task.

For people looking to craft a new and meaningful way to spend the next chapter of their lives, the Ignite Institute created the Re-Ignite program.

This hands-on, personalized retreat lets you:

  • Reflect on the deepest personal values that bring meaning and passion to your life
  • Create an action plan to turn these personal passions into an “Encore Career”
  • Plug into a network of contacts already working in your chosen field
  • Connect with a supportive community of others who share your desire for meaningful engagement in society
  • Strengthen your personal spiritual practices to strengthen your commitment to your plan

Imagine a life in which your work, your play, your community relationships and your spiritual practices all sparked from the things that mean the most to you.  That’s what the Re-Ignite program will provide.  

Join a group of professionals for a three-day retreat at the beautiful Pacific School of Religion, in the hills of Berkeley, California.  Guided by PSR professors and personal development experts, the workshop will include lectures, peer discussions, experiential exercises, movement, spiritual practice, and personal reflection.

  • Receive a one-on-one consultation with facilitators to help you refine your plan and connect you with possible partners.gloriameme2
  • Completion of ReIgnite allows you to apply for the ReIgnite Fellowship Program. The fellowship includes a semester-long internship at a nonprofit organization or faith community in your area as well as a monthly cohort reflection group.

All ages, all educational and professional experiences, and all faiths (or none at all) are welcome.

Register now: 

ReIgnite June:

Dates: 6/1/17-6/3/17
Meeting from 8:30-3:30 each day.
Cost: $500-$1500 (pay as you can)

An Encore Career Program of the Ignite Institute at Pacific School of Religion for Changemakers in Discernment.

Register now: 

ReIgnite June:

Dates: 6/1/17-6/3/17
Meeting from 8:30-3:30 each day.
Cost: $500-$1500 (pay as you can)

Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley, CA


You can contact Easton Hall for on-campus/nearby housing or commuter rooms.



Module 1: Identity and Belonging

The first module provides tools for identifying your deepest spiritual values and narrating the effect of those values on your life and work. These tools will also help you to discern various barriers to taking more effective action in the world and developing spiritual practices to clear away those barriers.

Module 2: Belief and Practice

This module invites a proactive development of a “theology of social transformation” by assisting you to articulate core beliefs about the world and ways to think about the world’s many religious traditions and wisdom practices for effective action.

Module 3: Passion for Purpose

This module offers various ways to articulate one’s own passion for social change and for discerning more particularly a mode of changemaking that one feels especially called to engage. Broad or diffuse commitments are honed and refined for the sake of addressing what currently is emerging in the world for the good and how you can lend your distinctive skills to that work.

Module 4: From Discernment to Decision

This module draws on the learning and insights of the previous three modules to assist participants in developing a practical and doable plan for engaging in social changemaking.

Begin writing your next chapter today!


mahsea-evans-picMahsea Evans

Mahsea Evans is an educator, artist, and ordained minister who has dynamically engaged the topics of religious pluralism and social change through writings, lectures, performances and workshops. He presently works as an Assistant Pastor St. Marks United Methodist Church in Sacramento, and has been a trainer for Ignite Institute for two years. He received both his Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. This former Changemaker Fellow combines his passion for imaginative theologies, community organizing, education, and creative arts in service to the cause of social transformation. Originally from Hartford, CT, Mahsea currently resides in Sacramento, CA with his wife, Dr. Kawami Evans, and daughter, Niara (9).


Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson, a theologian and Episcopal priest, is Lecturer in Theology & Culture at Pacific School of Religion (PSR), the Academic Director of PSR’s Ignite Institute, and a member of the core doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union. He is currently on a leave of absence from his position as Senior Director of Academic Research and Resources at PSR’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at PSR.

His publications include: Dancing with God: Anglican Christianity and the Practice of Hope (Morehouse, 2005); Queer Religion (two volumes, co-edited with Donald L. Boisvert, Praeger Publishing, 2012); Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy (Seabury Books, 2013); and Peculiar Faith: Queering Christianity for Social Transformation (Seabury Books, 2014).

Jay is a popular retreat leader and workshop facilitator.


Patricia St. Onge  is the founder of Seven Generations Consulting and brings over twenty years of experience leading and working with nonprofit and public sector agencies. She provides training, consulting and technical assistance in the areas of community organizing, social justice advocacy, organizational development, cross-cultural effectiveness, consensus building, spiritual & personal coaching. Patricia serves on the board of directors for Common Counsel Foundation in Oakland. Prior to launching Seven Generations Consulting, Patricia was Executive Director of several nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, where she also served as Western Regional Director. She also served as Director of Education and Training at National Community Development Institute (NCDI). These experiences have enabled Patricia to serve as interim Executive Director for 7 nonprofits and foundations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, assisting with the executive search, and coaching their board through the transition.


ReIgnite Fellowship Director:

odetteRev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart has led congregations and campus ministries for thirty-five years as an elder in the United Methodist Church. She has served as Senior Pastor of four United Methodist Congregations, and Chair of the Order of Elders in the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

She has given professional leadership at international, national, regional, and local levels of the denomination and ecumenical associations, including serving as Director of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and as President of the National Campus Ministry Association. She has directed ministry programs at University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley, San Diego State University and University of California, San Francisco. All of these programs had immersive learning components for graduate and undergraduate students.

Reverend Lockwood-Stewart has founded and re-vitalized ministries in health sciences, higher education, and community organizing as well as served as the founding director of PSR’s Contextual Learning program. She has also published devotions, sermons, curriculum, sermons, and poetry journal articles and papers in social religious history, which is the area of her academic interest as congregational and campus pastor.