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“[The pandemic] is an opportunity to focus on areas of enduring value, to recommit ourselves to very human needs and practices, to recommit to each other,” says Visiting Professor of Old Testament Rev. Jon L. Berquist. (Photo by Larry Pickard)
Expert in Old Testament speaks to drawing on the past to live into the future

Rev. Jon L. Berquist, a visiting professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary, addresses worship and pastoral care in a time of pandemic, how faith communities can look to the past to handle the future, and the ways churches can strive to meet the needs of the communities within which they exist.

“My students, especially in my ritual studies course, came up with some very innovative ways to acknowledge rites of passage,” says Visiting Professor of Liturgical Studies Marcia McFee, shown here at the 2020 virtual commencement of the U of R Graduate School of Theology. (Photo by Effie Lyskawa)
Liturgical studies expert speaks to making meaning in chaotic times

Marcia McFee, a visiting professor of liturgical studies and the Ford Chair for Congregational Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), addresses the importance of ritualizing and making meaning in a time of pandemic and social upheaval, drawing on the past as we innovate into the future.

“Imagine a kind of ‘cloud of witnesses’ among this amazing line-up of faculty with whom SFTS students connect,” says Marcia McFee (top right).
Thinking the faith, changing the world: Faculty discuss ethos of SFTS

Alumni and friends had a chance to participate in a faculty-hosted virtual mini-retreat to discuss the stated values and identity of the seminary.

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