Friday, September 26, 2014


Here is the syllabus for our latest CLP(CRE) class
Presbytery of San Francisco Education Center Class
September 26-27, 2014

Instructors: Charie Reid,, 925 937-3032
Susan Hunn,, 925 938-3362

This course is open to CRE (CLP) candidates as well as others interested in educational ministry in the church.

Course Description
This course explores Christian education and spiritual formation in both formal and informal settings. It explores the role of Christian nurture in building up disciples, in a Presbyterian and Reformed context. It offers opportunity for broad program planning to address educational and formation needs, especially of adults; a review of selected resources; and experiences in prayerful approaches with Scripture that participants can then use in their congregational setting.

Required Reading
Prior to class: The chapter on lesson planning in Basic Skills for Church Teachers, 2005 edition, Donald Griggs, available on at minimum cost.
After class: Spring 2013 issue of Lifelong Faith (, Innovations in Faith Formation. Read online.

Suggested Reading; Resources for Your Library
Rabbi Jesus, Learning from the Master Teacher, Stephen Jones (
Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development, James Fowler ( introduces the development theories of Erickson, Piaget and Kohlberg.

Pre-course Assignment DUE on Friday evening
Prepare a 15-minute presentation of a “class” your have led (or would lead) in your specific area of ministry, to illustrate your own skill set. Share also where that 15-minute segment fits in the overall plan or program of the church’s ministry of education and nurture.

Final Assignment DUE October 15.
From Spring or Winter 2013 issues of Lifelong Faith (, pick at least three articles to read. (Part 1) Prepare written critique or comments on each. (Part 2) Choose one of these and write a more detailed description of how you would apply this in your own ministry, including a plan of action and rationale. Minimum of 1 page for each part (1 & 2).

Course Requirements:
  • Attendance at both class sessions.
  • Completion of all required readings and assignments.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

2014 Multicultural Institute Registration

2014 West Coast Multicultural Institute - REGISTRATION
September 14-17, 2014 at San Francisco Theological Seminary
Limited to 40 full-time registrants
(because of the nature of our work together all attendees must attend the opening session on Sunday night
from 7-9pm when we will covenant with other to use the Respectful Communications Guidelines)
Registration closes August 14 or when we reach capacity whichever comes first.
PRICE INCLUDES: 3 nights double occupancy housing | 8 meals
    $200 (double occupancy)/ $300 (single occupancy)
    Commuter $120 (meals only)
    SFTS Student Fee Waived (No housing or meals included)
    Limited scholarships are available upon request. Generally scholarships are limited to half the cost for a double room.
  • Please contact Susan Hunn ( ) about scholarships and more information
    CANCELLATION POLICY: Refund minus $50 administrative fee is available if cancellation is received no later than September 1, 2014. No refund is available after September 1, 2014.
    Name:                                                                                    Date:
    Telephone (home):                                                                (mobile):
    Email address:
  • Church/ Organization Name:
    How did you hear about the institute?:
    Preferred Roommate:                                        Single room needed:
    Couples attending together should register separately, giving each other as preferred roommates. We can only accommodate a limited number of singles in rooms. If you need a single room it is an additional $100.
    Please let us know of any special needs. In order to keep our cost down we may not be able to meet the needs of special diets and will let you know before we complete your registration.
Regular Registration: $200
Commuter Registration: $120
Single Room Request: +$100
SFTS Student: No cost and does not include any meals or housing
Donation to the Scholarship Fund: $
(Your registration will not be complete until full payment is received)

Susanna Baird Hall is a two-story building featuring 28 double-occupancy rooms (2 twin beds) with shared dormitory style men’s/women’s bathrooms (with private showers stalls) located on each floor.  Our meals will be prepared in the Hall's kitchen by professional cooks who are members of our local churches. This allows us to help support our members in their work while keeping our meal cost down. Though our time together will be very full you could come early on Sunday or spend Wednesday afternoon enjoying the many miles of hiking trails or strolling in beautiful town of San Anselmo, CA.

Please mail completed registration attention:“2014 MCI” to 
Calvary Presbyterian Church 1940 Virginia St, Berkeley CA 94709
Make checks payable to: Presbytery of SF (2014 MCI)

Schedule for the Multicultural Institute  September 14-17, 2014
Registration 3 - 6pm
* Dinner 6:00pm
Opening session (And Open House)  7 – 9pm

* Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30am
Session 9:00am
Worship with SFTS community 12:00pm (Eric Law Preaching)
* Lunch 12:45 -1:45pm
Session 2:00pm
* Dinner 5:30 - 6:30pm

Session 7:00 - 9:00pm

* Breakfast 7:30-8:30am
Session 9:00am
* Lunch 12 – 1:00
Session 1:30pm
* Dinner 5:30 – 6:30pm
Session 7:00-9:00pm

* Breakfast 7:30-8:30
Session 9:00am
Closing worship 11:00-noon

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An Introduction to our Multicultural Institute facilitator. The Rev. Dr. Eric Law

In our time together Eric Law will give us tools to know and understand each other as to take these new tools into the practice of missional ministry in our Churches.

2014 Multicultural Institute

Presenting the West Coast’s 
SEPTEMBER 14–17, 2014 
San Francisco Theological Seminary 
Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Eric Law

 Limited scholarships available / Registration limited to 40 participants
COST: Shared Room = $200 / Single Room (limited availablility) = $300 / Commuter = $120 

SUNDAY 3 – 9pm (3pm Registration, 6pm Dinner) 
MONDAY & TUESDAY 7:30am – 9pm  
WEDNESDAY 7:30am – noon

Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Eric Law is the author of many books, including 
The Wolf Shall Dwell with The Lamb and Holy Currencies 
and is Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Institute. 
Eric will lead a process to equip participants with the tools for 
building authentic relationships across cultures 
and help build sustainable missional ministries in their churches.

For more information contact Karl Shadley at

Presbyterian Multicultural Network Presbyterian Mission Agency PCUSA Office of Multicultural – Congregational Support 
Presbytery of San Francisco – Education Center 
Calvary Presbyterian Church – Berkeley

Monday, May 5, 2014

NEW TESTAMENT Introduction

Presbytery of San Francisco Education Center Class

A 10 Hour class in NEW TESTAMENT

May 30-31, 2014
Take you understanding of the Bible to new heights. 
A class for teachers, preachers, church leaders.

Course Description:  This is a “how to” course on reading and understanding the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) of the Bible in their original historical, social and cultural contexts—the Greco-Roman Mediterranean world of the first two centuries of the Common Era. Attention is given to the form and content of these writings and the various methods employed by experts today in their interpretation.

The Teacher will be the Rev. John (Jack) Elliott Professor Emeritus, University of San Francisco D.Th., Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany Jack is known internationally for his research on 1 Peter and as a leading proponent of the social-scientific study of the Bible. For over 34 years Jack taught undergraduates Bible at the University of San Francisco. He has also taught at Concordia Seminary, the Graduate Theological Union, Notre Dame University,  Boston College and at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He had published many books including the 1000 page commentary on 1 Peter in the Anchor Bible Series. Jack is now lecturing widely in the U.S. and abroad. Jack and his wife Linde live in Oakland and as a Luthern clergyman has been active for over forty years in ministry in the Bay Area.

Required Readings:
Bible, The Holy. RSV or NEW RSV Oxford Annotated Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, latest edition.
Duling, Dennis C. The New Testament. 4th Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2003.
Malina, Bruce J. The New Testament World. Insights from Cultural Anthropology, 3d ed. Louisville:WestminsterJohn Knox, 2001.
Recommended Reading:
Malina, B. J. and R. L, Rohrbaugh. Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels. 2 ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003.
Pre-course Assignment:
Read Duling book before class. As you read the texts (above), record what are—for you—10 key insights that illumine, deepen, or challenge your knowledge and understanding of the New Testament.

In addition, list 5 questions that remain for you—for further study or to be answered in class. This assignment will be collected on Friday evening.

Course Requirements:
1. Attendance at all class sessions.
2. Completion of all readings and pre-course assignment.
3. A final assignment DUE: June 13, 2014. Demonstrating your skill in the exegetical method discussed in class,prepare a 4-5 page exegesis report of ONE of the following passages: Mark 1:1-8; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 4:16-30; Acts 10:34-43; Philippians 2:1-11.
In order to receive a passing grade for the class, ALL work must be completed and turned in no later than June 30, 2014.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Old Testament Class - April 25 & 26, 2014

We will be hosting our Old Testament Class April 25 and 26. This class is taught by Carol Miles. This course introduces participants to the content of the Old Testament and to the task of interpreting the Old Testament for contemporary Christian congregations. This is a wonderful class for Elders, Deacons, Christian Educator and anyone who whats to understand this wonderful Book of ours better. 

You can sign up for this class or any other of our dozen classes at: or 510-435-4264

Rev. Dr. Carol Antablin Miles

M.Div., Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary 
MA, Univeristy of Southern California,
BA, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Miles has served in ministry to youth, university students, and young adults for three decades. An abiding interest in theological education led Dr. Miles to teaching positions in the Southwest and the Midwest first, as Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX, and subsequently as Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, in St. Paul, MN. She served as the Executive Director and Pastor to Westminster House at Berkeley and Presently is teaching Preaching at the Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley

Education Center Leadership Classes
Presbytery of San Francisco – April 25-26, 2014
Instructor: Carol Miles 925) 817-9396

Course Description:
This course introduces participants to the content of the Old Testament and to the task of interpreting the Old Testament for contemporary Christian congregations. Questions of the Old Testament’s abiding authority for the church are addressed, and attention is given to the way its major literary forms (narrative, law, prophecy, psalm, wisdom saying) uniquely bear witness to the gospel of God.

Required Texts:
The Bible – NRSV Study Bible (Harper Collins or Oxford)
Jeff S. Anderson, The Old Testament: Its Story and History (available as an e-book on, or in paperback from amazon), 2011
Ellen F. Davis, Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament, Cowley Publications, 2001

Recommended Resources:
Bruce C. Birch, Walter Brueggeman, Terence E. Fretheim, and David L. Petersen, eds., A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd ed., Abingdon Press, 2005
Walter Brueggeman and Walter C. Kaiser, eds., The New Interpreter’s Bible Old Testament Survey, Abingdon Press, 2006

Course Requirements:

  1. Attendance at both class sessions.
  2. Completion of all required readings.
  3. A final assignment TBA. DUE: May 15, 2014.

In order to receive a passing grade for the class, ALL work must be completed and turned in no later than May 28, 2014.

Pre-Course Assignment:

Prior to the first class session, please read the two required texts (Anderson and Davis) and come prepared to discuss what you consider to be the problems and possibilities of teaching and preaching the Old Testament in your current congregation.

Reformed Theology and History I & II - Syllabus

Reformed Theology and History - Syllabus
 The Rev. Gregory Anderson Love, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology San Francisco Theological Seminary Minister of Word and Sacrament (PCUSA)

 Required Text 1. Emil Brunner, Our Faith.  (153 very easy pages)
 Strongly Recommended but not required 1. Shirley Guthrie, Christian Doctrine: Revised Edition (Westminster John Knox Press). (399 pages)
Recommended Texts 1. The Presbyterian Book of Confessions: Study Edition.
2. Daniel Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: 2nd Edition (Eerdmans Publishing Co.).
3. Christopher Elwood, Calvin for Armchair Theologians.

Prior to the Friday, February 28 Class the student will . . .
Read the Following: Emil Brunner, Our Faith, Chs. 1-7, (pp. 1-33).
(Not Required) Shirley Guthrie, Christian Doctrine: Revised Edition, Chs. 1-9 (pp. 3-191).
Answer this question: Theological Method: In a two-page, double-spaced essay, answer this question: Out of the four sources for Christian theology—Scripture; the Christian tradition; reason (and philosophy); and contemporary human experience (including the sciences), which two are most important for you as you do theology, and why?

Prior to Friday, March 28 Class the student will...
Read the Following: Emil Brunner, Our Faith, Chs. 8-35, (pp. 34-153).
(Not Required) Shirley Guthrie, Christian Doctrine: Revised Edition, Chs. 10-19 (pp. 192-399).
Answer one of the following two questions: Human Sin: In a three-page, double-spaced essay, answer this question: What is the core trait of human sin? And do we have the ability to leave evil and return to the good under our own capacities, or not, and why?

The Saving Work of Christ: The Christian faith claims that Jesus saves us from sin, suffering and death. How does Jesus save us?

After the last Class the student will...
Write a Statement of Faith: Submit your own Statement of Faith (one-page maximum).
* * * * ~ The Human Condition: all-good and All-fallen into Sin ~ The Person of Christ.

Basic Outline 
Friday, February 28: ~ Reformed History in the context of Western Church History ~ Distinctive Reformed Doctrinal Emphases ~ The Task of Theology: Faith Seeking Understanding ~ Theological Method
Saturday, March 1: ~ General Revelation and Special Revelation ~ The Authority of Scripture ~ The Trinity ~ The Attributes of God ~ The Doctrine of Election (predestination) ~ Creation ~ Providence and Evil Friday,

Friday and Saturday, March 28-28 : ~ The Saving Work of Christ. ~ The Person and Saving Work of the Holy Spirit ~ Justification by Grace through Faith Alone; Baptism. ~ Sanctification in Love. ~ Eschatology; the Lord’s Supper. ~ Vocation in Hope, and the Church.

Course Objectives ~ The student will learn the history of the Reformed Tradition, and see its place within church history in the West. ~ The student will learn the basic doctrines of the Christian faith from the angle of the Reformed Tradition, and be able to identify particular emphases of the Reformed faith. ~ The student will write her or his Statement of Faith. Course Standards Requirements: ~ attendance at all four class sessions. ~ do the required reading. ~ turn in all written assignments. Evaluation of Student Achievement The following assignments will be graded (on a pass/fail basis): ~ 2-page paper on theological method. ~ 3-page paper on human sin or Christ’s saving work. ~ 1-page Statement of Faith.