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Thank You from BST!

Thank you to all of you who responded to our fiscal year end fundraising appeal. Your generous support of BST not only allows us to continue creating communities of Christian hope, justice, and reconciliation, but has also provided the springboard for us to be on track for a banner year of enrollment for new students!

Cultivate Spirituality & Justice With BST's Masters in Community Leadership

BST’s Masters in Community Leadership (MCL) is a professional degree program designed to prepare men and women for church and community service in ordained and non-ordained capacities. Courses are taught on-site and online and the whole program can be completed in as little as two years. Classes will include core introductory courses, specialized concentrations based on student interests, and two-semesters of internships in varied ministry settings. Click here to learn more about our MCL program.

BST Well Represented at ABCUSA Biennial Mission Summit

American Baptist Churches USA held their biennial missions gathering online during the last week of June and Berkeley School of Theology was well represented by staff, alumni, and board members. Given the online nature of the gathering things were a little different but BST still hosted a virtual booth with opportunities for people to drop in and talk with various staff members about BST programs.

BST alum Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri was one of the main organizers of the whole summit and did a remarkable job bringing together so many people and organizations. Other BST contributions included trustee Rev. Doug Avilesbernal leading a session, alums Rev. Lauren Ng and Rev. Katie Choy-Wong each leading discussions, and faculty member Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins leading a session as well.

President Jim Brenneman and Dean LeAnn Flesher hosted a spontaneous virtual alumni event during the Summit which was attended by fifteen to twenty alums for part or all of the gathering. It was exciting to see familiar faces, share some of the exciting things happening at BST, and catch up on news of fellow alums. One idea among others shared by the alums in attendance included the recommendation for BST to consider additional efforts to reach out to the Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Dean Flesher will work with several of those attending to create a steering committee to bring focus and leadership to this recommendation.

BST Student Michelle Armster Honored with Bring the Peace award

Current Berkeley School of Theology D.Min student Michelle Armster has been honored by the Mennonite Church USA with their Bring The Peace award. Michelle has worked with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. for close to 20 years and has served as the executive director for MCC, Central States region, since 2013. Her work has focused on conflict transformation and restorative justice, with her serving as a mediator, facilitator and teacher. Michelle has served as a pastor, an adjunct instructor at Bethel College and is a contributing author of “Colorizing Restorative Justice.” She is one of the first Bring The Peace award winners and BST could not be more proud of the work she has done and the legacy of peace she is building.

BST Job Board

Are you looking to hire for your church, school, or other organization? Consider a BST alum/student and post your listing on our job postings page! Email a copy of the job description with all relevant job and contact info to info@bst.edu and we’ll add it to our job postings!

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