Summer Session 2024: Faith and Democracy in Crisis (Berkeley, 6/8)

RSVP for In-Person Attendance (6/8)

First Presbyterian Berkeley, 2407 Dana St, Berkeley

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Amid a tumultuous election year, many people feel fearful and anxious due to the stories of doom and gloom all around us. However, instead of surrendering to these negative emotions, we can forge a better way.  During our summer session, we will delve deeper into the tangled roots of our crises of faith and democracy in the hope that remembering our past can be a profoundly healing practice.  We invite you to join us for a summer of reading, learning, imagining, and building a better future together. 

After our day together on June 8, join us online for the remainder of the summer for ongoing learning and conversation.  

Schedule (6/8/24)



Jermaine J. Marshall is a historical theologian who teaches courses in African American religious history, church history, and theological studies as Assistant Professor of Church History & African American Religious Experience at the Interdenominational Theological Center. He is also Pastor of Davis Chapel CME Church in Richmond, CA; Presiding Elder of the Oakland District for CME Church; and Secretary of General Conference & General Connectional Board for the CME Church. 

Kathryn Gin Lum is Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Stanford University, in collaboration with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford. She is also Professor, by courtesy, of History in affiliation with American Studies and Asian American Studies. Her teaching and research focus on the lived ramifications of religious beliefs; she specializes in the history of religion and race in America.

David P. Gushee (PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New York) is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, and Chair of Christian Social Ethics at Vrije Universiteit (“Free University”) Amsterdam, and Senior Research Fellow, International Baptist Theological Study Centre. Gushee is the elected Past-President of both the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics, signaling his role as one of America’s leading Christian ethicists. 


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