Upcoming Events

Connecting and inspiring leaders for lasting change


Our Shifts Happen series feature discussions from ministry leaders in each of our three major initiatives. As culture and spirituality shift, communities of faith must learn to be increasingly agile. These conversations will equip faith leaders and communities to respond with wisdom, creativity and compassion. These lectures are free, but space is limited, so register today!

MARCH 20, 2017

Interconnectivity: Where Do We Go from Here?

Exploring the intersectional connections of peace, justice, LGBTQ issues and environmentalism with the gospel and the witness of the church.

Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr, (Pioneer for LGBTQ inclusion in the Presbyterian Church) Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith (Author of 7 books and pioneering inter-city pastor and civil rights icon) and Annanda Barclay ( Co-Moderator for More Light Presbyterian).

Two revolutionary pastors, prophetic and priestly components of the modern church will be in conversation with a recently ordained millennial Presbyterian woman minister.

Join us from 7-8:30pm at First Presbyterian Palo Alto (1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto, CA 94301) or watch the live stream at innovation.sfts.edu.

APRIL 24, 2017

Restoring Justice: Creative Leadership in Addressing Policing

Black Lives Matter and police departments working together to build community and stand up for justice.

The Rev. Byron Bland, (SFTS Distinguished Alumni and Former Associate Director of Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation) Dr. Christopher Ocker (Professor Church History SFTS).

Pastors, activists and police will discuss and suggest ways to witness, work and engage the conversation around making policing better for everyone —addressing notions of community building and restorative justice.

Join us from 7-8:30pm at Grace Tabernacle (1221 Oakdale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124) or watch the live stream at innovation.sfts.edu.


FEBRUARY 27, 2017

The Growing Edge: Teaching and Preaching the Bible Past, Present, Future

Rev. Dr. Herman Waetjen (SFTS Emeritus Professor) , Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes (2016 winner of the Christian Retailing Christian Living: Spiritual Growth Award Winner for Gifts of the Darkwood), Rev. Dr. Yolanda Norton (Old Testament Professor SFTS).

These three biblical scholars discussed the convergence of scholarship, contemporary politics, social theory and emerging spirituality in proclaiming the Word in a diverse and post-modern environment, which includes groups that keep religion at a distance—the “nones,” the “dones” and the “suspicious.”

The discussion took place at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church.

All of our Shifts Happen Lectures are endorsed by the following Presbyterian (U.S.A.) synods:

Synod of the Rocky Mountains


You can hear Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry and award winning preacher, speak at the following events:

Marin Interfaith Council’s Prayer Breakfast

May 3, 2017 at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA at 8am

Pride Kick-off Celebration

June 21, 2017 at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco with Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr at 6pm


Join our Inclusion and Interconnectivity Seminar!

Starting on May 3

This online seminar, led by LGBTQ pioneers, will equip you to foster greater inclusivity in your congregation.

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