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Loving God and Neighbor: Inclusion in Creating Community

San Francisco Theological Seminary

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

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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

Loving God and Neighbor: Inclusion in Creating Community

The Biblical text and inspiration for this seminar is Mark 12:28-34 which is often called the Great Commandment text.   A parallel text is found in Luke 10:25-28. In both situations, the question posed to Jesus is what is the most important commandment to which he responds "to love God, neighbor and yourself."  So, as people of faith we are called to love God with all of our being and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  We take Jesus at his word and honor this primary teaching as the foundation for becoming an inclusive community. 
The structure for this interactive online seminar is informed and inspired by this Great Commandment text with its call to create inclusive community.  The first three content sessions are:
1.  Love of God:  Biblical and Theological Imperatives for Inclusion
2.  Love of Neighbor:  Ethical and Social Justice Imperatives for Inclusion
3.  Love of Self:  Pastoral and Self Care Imperatives for Inclusion
The fourth session is the Community Project: Moving Forward in Your Context wherein each participant designs and implements a grassroots project focused upon inclusion in a context of one's own choosing.  The project might be about LGBT inclusion or another commitment.  Seminar faculty will serve as guides to accompany each participant with their community project.


Content Curators and Facilitators


Rev. Dr. Janie Spahr – Pioneer for LGBTQ inclusion in the Presbyterian Church


Brandan Robertson – contemplative activist, commentator, and spiritual teacher. More at


Rev. Dr. Bear Ride – Director of the Ride Family Foundation, interfaith and queer activist and an ordained Presbyterian Minister


Anannda Barclay – Co-Moderator of the More Light Presbyterian Church


Dr. Michael Adee – Educator, human rights activist, Director of the Global Faith and Justice Project


Rev. Scott Clark – Chaplain for San Francisco Theological Seminary, Lawyer and counsel to Jane Spahr during her trial


Who should take this collaborative?


This course is designed for anyone who wants to work on inclusion in any religious community setting. Special attention will be paid to the Presbyterian experience. Each participant will benefit in direct ways from the wisdom and experience of others in the community concerning starting and sustaining healthy change.


Learning Objectives


  • To establish a cohort of people who are leaders of faith communities that are interested in advancing issues of inclusion in their specific communities
  • To explore the literature, both theoretical and practical, concerning the issues and challenges of engaging, changing and challenging a community in ways that end in a healthy and inclusive community for all
  • 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 at least one effort that is attempted during the scope of the evaluation


Format and Schedule


The seminar will be made up of four online sessions, as follows.


  • May 10 – Love of God: Biblical and Theological Imperatives for Inclusion with Brandan Robertson
  • May 17 – Love of Neighbor: Ethical and Social Justice Imperatives for Inclusion with Michael Adee
  • May 24 – Love of Self: Pastoral and Self Care Imperatives for Inclusion with Annanda Barclay
  • May 31 – Community Project: Moving Forward in Your Context

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  or 3 Payments of $50.  Must be paid in full by May 10

If you wish to make payments, please select PAY OFFLINE at check out.

No refunds after May 9.


Have questions about Loving God and Neighbor: Inclusion in Creating Community? Contact San Francisco Theological Seminary


Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

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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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