You have been instrumental in helping to provide a deeply grounded theological education for our students in these perilous times. Your steadfast support makes all the difference. Can we count on you for an end-of-year gift to help our students thrive in their studies and ministries?

The End of the Year Appeal Letter will arrive in your mailboxes during the first week in December. Please complete the form and return to Berkeley School of Theology with your year end gift. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Lori D. Spears at or 510.841.1905 x239. 

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!

We are encouraging congregations across the country to lift up Palestine and their pleas for justice in worship services on November 29, the First Sunday of Advent. You can offer a prayer or litany, share an Advent children's message, share this powerful Palestinian rendition of Little Drummer Boy or simply use these alternative lyrics for O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Below is information on a full tool kit of resources from artwork to sermon reflections and everything in between. The Alliance has long committed to the work of solidarity and joint struggle in Palestine; uplifting Palestine on Nov. 29 is a great way to continue to live out this commitment. Talk to your pastor or worship leader about participating in this powerful national action!

Responding to the Cry for Hope from Palestinian Christians, FOSNA is inviting Christian leaders across the U.S. to commit their congregations to "Preach Palestine" on November 29 by incorporating Palestine into their worship service. November 29 is the first Sunday in Advent, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. FOSNA has gathered resources for worship planners from a diversity of traditions and voices that lift liberation from Turtle Island to Palestine. Can you invite your congregation to be a part of our goal of 100 churches to "Preach Palestine" on November 29? 

You can review their materials and commit our congregation to “preach Palestine” at 

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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

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