Upcoming Events

Connecting and inspiring leaders for lasting change


Our Shifts Happen lectures 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!

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 will discuss 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.”

Join us from 7-8:30pm at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (49 Know Drive, Lafayette, CA 94549) or watch live stream at innovation.sfts.edu.

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.

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:

First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo

February 26, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo at 10am

Marin Interfaith Council’s Gather Together – Sing Together

February 28, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael at 5:30pm

Pride Kick-off Celebration

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


Join our Police and Community: Reducing Violence TogetherWorkshop!

Starting on March 2

This online workshop seeks to bring community activists and police officers into dialogue to work toward peace and justice.

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