Igniting the Moral Imagination

Tools for congregations and social justice advocates

Wednesday, February 1
Are you a Christian leader who is concerned about the recent troubling executive orders and wondering how to take action? Join the Ignite Institute at Pacific School of Religion for a webinar with faith leaders. Find additional resources here.

Featuring:
PSR President David Vasquez Levy
PSR Assistant Professor of Christian Worship Sharon Fennema
Ayoka Turner from #BLM
Deborah Lee/ Miriam Noriega from the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Jakada Imani, activist

Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Tools for congregations and social justice activists

Listen in on a one-hour session that will offer tools to help faith communities and leaders learn more about Standing Rock and the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The webinar will include Indigenous and progressive Christian theological perspectives, resources for pastors including worship ideas, and tools for engagement. It will also provide a time for questions and answers. Click here for additional action resources.

 Featuring:

  • David Vásquez-Levy, President of Pacific School of Religion
  • Shauna Hannan, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Patricia St. Onge, Founder of Seven Generations Consulting
  • Melvin Cobb, MDiv student at Pacific School of Religion

New Story of Work with David Korten and Jakada Imani

#ignitework   Ignite director Jakada Imani and author David Korten in conversation about the New Story of Work.

David Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, president of the Living Economies Forum, a member of the Club of Rome, and a former Harvard Business School professor. He is the author of numerous books, including Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.

Nationalism and Immigration

Tools for congregations and social justice activists

Listen in on a one-hour session that will offer tools to help faith communities and leaders engage in a conversation about immigration and nationalism.

Featuring:

  • Rev. David Vásquez-Levy, President of Pacific School of Religion
  • Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs, Executive Director Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
  • Sharon Fennema, PhD, Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Worship Life, Pacific School of Religion
  • Yii-Jan Lin, PhD, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Pacific School of Religion
  • Alison Harrington, Pastor, Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson, AZ
  • Jakada Imani, Director of the Ignite Institute.

I can't tell you what a breath of fresh air it was to be able to so easily join in a relevant, helpful, timely conversation with the PSR staff and participants around the country. My whole community has benefited from both of the webinars I've accessed.

Staci Imes Pastor, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA

Faith on the Move Bible Studies

A special resource created by PSR President David Vasquez Levy after his work in conversation with immigrant communities.

FOTMBibleStudiesSeriesIntroduction

The impetus of Faith on the Move Bible Studies came from the experience of reading biblical stories with “people on the move”: students at Luther College, a residential school where I serve as one of the campus pastors; Central American and African refugees with whom I worked through the
Lutheran Refugee Committee in Canada; immigrant communities in my neighborhood in rural Iowa and elsewhere in the country that I’ve been able to visit during my year-long sabbatical. Reading the Bible with people who more easily fit the description of “immigrants” has helped me realize how much—in an increasingly mobile world—migration shapes all of our lives. At the same time, these conversations have also highlighted the role of migration in the vast majority of biblical characters.

In fact, at the core of the biblical story are narratives of migration: Abraham and Sarah, who followed God’s promise; Ruth, who defied the stereotypes against immigrants by proving herself to be faithful,
hardworking, and a blessing; Jesus, who followed his ancestors as he sought refuge in Egypt and spent his ministry challenging us to go to “the other side.”

The Gospels and Immigration

A brief video on the Gospels and Immigration with Ignite Director Jakada Imani and Pacific School of Religion Assistant Professor of New Testament, Yii-Jan Lin.

Dealing with White Supremacy in Faith Communities

August 9th marks the 1 year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Join us for a one-hour online session that will offer tools to help faith communities and leaders engage in conversation about white supremacy.

The webinar will include progressive Christian theological perspectives, resources for pastors including worship ideas, and tools for engagement. It will also provide a time for questions and answers. The panel will include faculty and staff from PSR, and students from PSR on the ground in Ferguson.

The panel includes:

  • David Vásquez-Levy, President of Pacific School of Religion
  • Rev. Angela Brown JD., Associate Pastor at GLIDE
  • Rev. Diane Weible, Conference Minister, Northern California Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ
  • Cat Brooks, Oakland Black Power Network and the Onyx Organizing Committee

Jakada Imani, Director of the Ignite Institute at PSR moderates.

#BLM Worship Ideas

Also: check out this great video preview on worship tools with Jakada Imani and Dr. Sharon Fennema.

From Ferguson to Baltimore

This one hour session offers tools to help faith communities and leaders engage in conversation about the current mass demonstrations in response to police violence, reflects on community responses such us the #BlackLivesMattter movement, and contextualizes property destruction and police violence in marginalized communities.

The webinar includes a brief overview of the issues, progressive Christian theological perspectives on resistance and protests, resources for pastors, and tools for social justice activists.

The panel includes:

  • David Vásquez-Levy, President of Pacific School of Religion
  • Rev. Boyung Lee, PhD, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Education and Spiritual Formation; Changemaker Fellowship Program Director
  • Sharon Fennema, PhD, Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Worship Life
  • Randall Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies, Ethics, and Leadership

Jakada Imani, Director of the Ignite Institute at PSR moderates.

An on-the-ground report on the protests in Baltimore

A short interview with Jakada Imani, Director of the Ignite Institute and  John Deckenback, who is the Conference Minister of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. Deckenback gives an on-the-ground report on the protests in Baltimore.