Greetings from the Division of Institutional Advancement at Berkeley School of Theology (BST)! It is indeed a pleasure to share some of the great things that are happening at the seminary. We have successfully kicked off another academic year in the midst of the global pandemic. The seminary has adopted the theme “BST, All Things New” which projects the perspective that we are not conducting the business of theological education as usual. The four academic tracks are creative church and community, spirituality and resilience, justice and reconciliation and border-crossing. These tracks are being warmly embraced by faculty and students. Furthermore, we have been blessed with federal CARES Act funding to assist during the pandemic.

As we continue to embrace and embark upon funding opportunities for the seminary, we have deemed the month of November as the Berkeley School of Theology Bequest Giving Challenge. During the month of November, we are asking you to consider including the seminary in your will or trust. A bequest gift is one of the easiest ways for you to make a planned gift. There are many ways to bequeath a gift to BST to include a specific amount, a percentage or an undivided percentage of a particular asset. Providing bequeathed gifts to BST helps to ensure a strong financial future for the seminary.

If you have already included Berkeley School of Theology in your will or trust, please consider documenting the gift with the seminary. Also, if you have questions regarding a bequest gift with BST, please contact Lori D. Spears at or 510.841.1905 x239. Your gift will make a difference in the life of the seminary as well as the life of a student. Give today!

Today is the day– Friday, November 6, Berkeley School of Theology will host a Zoom Meet and Greet from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for students to meet one another as well as faculty and administration. There will be no lectures or sermons! Only socializing. Come and get acquainted or re-acquainted with your BST community!

We hope to see you there!

Are you interested in a representative from BST preaching or presenting at your church?

REV. Dr. James Brenneman, President
Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears, VP of Institutional Advancement
Rev. Dr. LeAnn Flesher, VP of Academics & Professor
Rev. Sam Fielder, Executive Assistant to the President

Contact us at 510-841-1905 ext 239 or email us at

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