“Death hath ten thousand several doors for us to take our exit.” So wrote the 17th century Shakespearean actor John Webster. Our own experiences tell us the truth of this adage. Whether by COVID, horrible accident, murderous rampage, old age, or say, a crucifixion, death has many doors.

But, so also, life. Life, too, “hath ten thousand several doors for us” to make our entrance. The hymn writer sings of life’s several entrances in the natural world: “In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter, there’s a spring that waits to be.”

The resurrection of Jesus, as described in the gospel of John, chapter 20, generated several doors to new faith and life for the followers of Jesus.

What a remarkable lineup for this year's Easter in Jerusalem Holy Saturday worship service. Not only will this year’s service connect us to Palestine with words from two powerful Palestinian Christian preacher/activists, Nora Carmi and Jean Zaru, but it includes a homily by Bishop William Barber II, one of the most prophetic voices in America today. Plus, we will participate in a ceremony lead by Rev. Naim Ateek.

The service will begin Holy Saturday (April 3) at 9am PT, 12pm ET, 7pm Palestine time. Please look forward to gathering as a community of care, to uplift one another toward a liberated world.

Help Berkeley School of Theology raise our social profile!

We’re looking to increase our profile on social media and we need your help. If you haven’t already, please like and follow our pages on Facebook (@bstberkeley), Instagram (@bstberkeley), Twitter (@bstberkeley), and LinkedIn (@bstberkeley). 

Then, and this is the MOST IMPORTANT THING…when you see posts by BST on these platforms, please like them. This helps to activate the all-knowing algorithm and puts our posts (and by extension our school) in front of more eyeballs. If you are so inclined, you can share a post, but don’t feel obligated to do that, since no one likes a social feed full of ads. However, just taking 2 seconds to like the BST posts makes a huge difference and we’d really appreciate your help in getting our name out there!


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REV. Dr. James Brenneman, President
Rev. Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher, VP of Academics & Professor
Rev. Sam Fielder, Executive Assistant to the President

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