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Collaborative Seminar: Police & Community, Reducing Violence Together

San Francisco Theological Seminary

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Monday, May 29, 2017 at 11:30 PM (PST)

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Policing, Violence and Activism Seminar Tuition Mar 2, 2017 $150.00 $4.74

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Our online collaborative seminars are a unique combination of academic coursework, on the ground activism, and cohort based dialogue. You will begin by learning from content consultants: leading experts and innovators in relevant fields. From there, you begin to explore those ideas in your own context to seek to bring about positive change. At the end of each seminar, you will reconvene with the content consultants to evaluate and explore the change you saw in your community. They, and a cohort of like minded leaders, will help you foster justice, peace and thriving community in your context. Plus, to make the seminars available to leaders around the world, we offer all of them in an interactive online format.


Part 1:Academic Seminars

Part 2:Community Project

Part 3:Collaborative Cohort

Two 1-1/2 hour online seminars with content consultants, all of whom are leading scholars and community leaders. These initial seminars will consist of a discussion of literature and history related to the course by leading innovators. Apply your learning! Disperse into community for individual social change projects. To support your work during this time, you will take part in two to four online cohort discussions facilitated by personnel from the Center. Gather back online with the content consultants to present and discuss your projects. Consultants will help you dive deep into what worked well, what could be better, and the feedback you received from others.



MARCH 2, 2017 -APRIL 24, 2017

Policing, Violence and Activism

Explore peacemaking and violence, particularly between communities of color and police, in an innovative format that brings knowledge and experience together in new ways to find new solutions to a pervasive social challenge. In this collaborative seminar, community leaders and members of law enforcement will learn from each other and a group of guiding content consultants, made up of a global leader in conflict negotiation, a historian of conflict, a retired police captain and a community leader and activist. This seminar is meant to foster real dialogue that brings about real change in cities across the country.

Content Curators and Facilitators

Rev. Byron Bland – Associate Director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation and the King Institute of Stanford University. Byron has negotiated conflict at the highest level, in some of the most difficult circumstances, including Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel and Palestine.

Reggie Lyles – Retired Police Captain for Novato, California. Reggie spent his career in law enforcement, reshaping policies in community policing and hate crimes, and developing a youth mentor program.

Dr. Christopher Ocker – Professor of Church History at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union. Chris specializes in the history of conflict, particularly as it relates to religion.

Rev. Floyd Thompkins – Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry. Floyd has spent years as a chaplain, pastor and community leader, starting transformational programs in local communities.

Who should take this collaborative?

Any pastor, police officer or community leader who is active in building bridges between the police and communities of color.

Learning Objectives

To establish a cohort of leaders who are interested in furthering peace and justice between communities and the police

To deepen the questions that shape the dialogue between leaders and the police, hopefully uncovering root causes of tension

To expose the participants to the pioneers of some of the more successful approaches to community change

To have the members of the cohort support, challenge and clarify each other’s efforts toward peace and justice in their context



A two-hour online discussion of literature, history and pertinent issues around peace and conflict negotiation with Facilitators, which will address individual seminar participant issues in their communities.

Two to four cohort feedback discussions of community issues undertaken by seminar participants, facilitated by Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry.

A two-hour online meeting for feedback from the Facilitators about the community work that that was done by seminar participants, with suggested areas for improvement.

Delivery Mode


Participants device/computer should have the minimum:

  • Most recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Opera
  • Internet connection with 500+ Kbps

Pricing Details

$150, but FREE for communuty activists and members of law enforcement. Email for a discount code.

No refunds after February 15.


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Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Monday, May 29, 2017 at 11:30 PM (PST)

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San Francisco Theological Seminary


San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), the only Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seminary in the West, reinvents education for ministry through unparalleled innovation, rigorous scholarship, and a tradition of commitment to spiritual formation and social justice in the Christian faith.

We are a welcoming multicultural community assembled from throughout the world. Our curriculum combines classroom learning with immersion in practical ministry, preparing students to bridge theological, cultural and political divides. Any student who exhibits a commitment to critical theological inquiry is welcome. Here you will refine your unique gifts and cultivate ministry expertise for your ongoing participation in God’s New Creation.

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