Summer 2013: Save the Date
Enjoy a Week of Renewal at PLTS
June 24-28, 2013
“A wonderfully non-stressful, yet deeply stimulating opportunity to engage with colleagues and professors, both known and new, in a fabulous setting. I highly recommend it." - Peg Schultz-Akerson
You are invited to a week of renewal of classes, worship, stimulating conversation and restorative time in the company of old and new colleagues in ministry and lay people interested in theology in the wonderful setting between the Bay and Tilden Park. The Week of Renewal at PLTS offers stimulating classes in the morning and afternoon and much, much more, including:
- Daily worship
- Continental breakfast each day
- Eucharist and dinner in the home of President Anderson
- Evening panel with the faculty
- Walking or golfing in Tilden Park
- Daily case conference on difficult pastoral situations
- Baseball, opera, the symphony and all other benefits of San Francisco by BART
- Conversations with old friends and new
Four Outstanding Classes
- Tom Rogers, “Reclaiming the E word”
- Jane Strohl, “The Global Luther”
- Victor Thasiah, “Justice for a New Day: Anarchism and Christianity”
- Steed Davidson, “Prophets Then & Now”
- David Balch, "The Economy: Jesus,Luke/James/USA/El Salvador"
- 7:30-8:30 am—Continental Breakfast outside the chapel
- 8:30-9 am—Morning Prayer
- 9:15-12:15—Morning Classes in Giese 1 and the Great Hall
- 1:30-4:30—Afternoon Classes in Giese 1 and the Great Hall
- Monday, 12:30 pm—Lunch in Sawyer Dining Room
- Tuesday, 7 pm—Informal wine and cheese with President Anderson in Sawyer 7
- Wednesday, 7 pm—Dessert and conversation with Faculty
- Thursday, 4:45 pm—Eucharist in the Chapel, followed by dinner with President Anderson at 5:45
- Case conference for those interested. TBD
Praise for Week of Renewal
"From the moment you are welcomed to the hilltop home of PLTS in the Berkeley Hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay until the moment you are wished Godspeed as you take your leave, you will be nourished, renewed, and blessed by insightful lectures, deep conversations, refreshing worship, spectacular views, and amazing hospitality. The Week of Renewal is an invitation to engage theology with experiencing hospitality. It excelled at both." Adrianne Heskin
"Come to experience current scholarship, engaging teachers, practical discussion, lively company, warm hospitality, wonderful cultural events, and interesting weather." Brian Stein-Webber
"A great opportunity to learn in depth from excellent presenters and discuss with other attendees and give support and encouragement to each other. A wonderful place for continuing education and renewal." Laurel Alexander
"I live in an area where there are a number of theological schools, but I traveled across the country for this Week of Renewal because it was the best stuff around." Susan Henry
"This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues, to slow down and take stock of one’s life and ministry and to have to gift of time to study theology. It is also an opportunity to sing beautiful four-part harmony in the chapel, laugh with friends, and eat chocolate in class." Kathryn Gulbranson
“A pleasant, stimulating week of worship, fellowship, study, and relaxation. Good for the body, soul, and spirit.” Kevin Ruffcorn
“Berkeley, rich coffee, a view to die for, and theology to boot. What more can you want?” John D. Kautz
“This is the best continuing education experience I’ve had in years. Good friends, great food and drink, worship that deeply moved me, stimulating classes plus the amenities, hospitality, and ambiance of the Bay Area.” John Rosenberg
“Thanks for offering a ‘Week of Renewal’ as a place for worship, learning, rest, and community. I am returning to my home and congregation with new ideas, restored energy, and a wider circle of friends.” Kari Sansgaard
“Week of Renewal is just that!” Sigi Helgeson
Mornings 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Reclaiming the "E" Word
Tom Rogers, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
How might our witness in the world to the Good News be enhanced as Lutherans if we reclaimed 'evangelical' as central to our identity? What would culturally sensitive evangelism look like? In addition, this class will explore the connection between evangelism and justice as a full expression of an 'evangelical' faith.
Prophets then and Now
Steed Davidson, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
This course explores the social location, function and office of the prophet in the ancient world as the basis for understanding a modern conception of prophetic preaching. The aim of the class is to integrate the preaching tradition of the prophet in its broadest sense into the routine of pastoral work.
Afternoons 1:30p.a.- 4:30 p.m.
The Global Luther
Jane Strohl, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
An African Lutheran Bishop once observed that “for us the date the first white missionary landed in Africa is more important than 1517.” The Lutheran faith has not just been carried to other lands; it has taken root there and borne new evangelical fruit. We will explore the story and witness of some of these churches in Asia and Africa.
The Economy: Jesus,Luke/James/USA/El Salvador
David Balch, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
These discussions will be informed by Biblical material, the perspectives Dr. Balch gained on sabbatical last spring in Argentina, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador, and a book by Hacker and Pierson entitled Winner-Take-all Politics. This is a critical time to reconsider the church and theology in fashioning a just economy.
Tuition for One Class: $275
Tuition for Two Classes: $400
Hospitality: $75 (includes 5 breakfasts, Monday buffet lunch, & regular morning coffee or tea)
Monday buffet lunch only: $15
Box Lunches: $11 each
Housing: Costs range from $20/night to $70 per night. See below.
PLTS Dorm - single: $40 per night
PLTS Dorm - double: $20 per person
PLTS Canyon Room w/ private bath: $70 per night
CDSP Dorm w/shared bath: $45 per night (1 twin, 1 double, or 2 double)
Contact with any questions.
Register HERE. Please register by May 31, 2013.
This promises to be a rich week for learning, prayer, conversation, and rest. We hope you will join us!