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2010 Annual Gathering Report of William McKinney, President of Pacific School of Religion

by William McKinney

     This is my final report to the United Church of Christ as president of Pacific School of Religion. On June 30, 2010, after 14 years in office, I will retire from PSR. It has been my great privilege to serve this feisty little seminary, and I will deeply miss the many friends who have been partners in this wonderful venture!

     Our fall semester got underway with the painful decision by the PSR faculty, executive committee of the board of trustees, and the administration that our PANA Institute (the Institute for Leadership Development and Study of Pacific and Asian North American Religion) would be put on hiatus for a year.

     We celebrated the life and achievements of Delwin Brown, who died September 12. Del was dean emeritus at PSR who served the seminary in that capacity from 2002 to 2005. Although his tenure was brief, his leadership helped PSR shape an innovative new curriculum for its Master of Divinity program and a strategic plan that placed progressive Christian leadership development at its center.

     We welcomed two new faculty members this year, Rossitza Schroeder and Horace Griffin. Rossitza, whose PhD in art history is from the University of Maryland, follows the ground-breaking path of the late Doug Adams in teaching courses on art and religion. Horace (PhD in religion and personality, Vanderbilt University), follows the quarter-century leadership of Lynn Rhodes in becoming associate professor of field education and leadership development.

     PSR’s 109th Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference was held on campus in January. At the center of the three days of workshops and lectures was the theme “Spiritual but not Religious: Chasing the Divine.” The speakers rejected the notion that religion and spirituality are polar opposites and found that each needs the other to be truly healthy. The Earl Lectures as a whole was also a vital reminder to me of the wonderful synergy that springs forth when you bring together groups of very interesting people and give them opportunities to engage one another.

     During the academic year, we continued to blend our “secular” services together among the seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. We are now sharing dining, personnel, business and finance, and IT services, seeking not only to save money in these troubled times but also to re-imagine how each of these services can best be performed. We have been pleased and excited by the results, which I’m sure my successor will build upon.

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