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Welcome to PCTS

PCTS is a uniquely interdisciplinary theological society that hosts a two-day Meeting twice a year in Berkeley, California for the purpose of engaging in critical exchange over a variety of topics. Papers are posted on this website and are read before each Meeting.

Spring Meeting 2014

April 25-26, 2014

Catholic Theology in the 21st Century

Tucson Room at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley, California


Friday, Apr 25

1:30-2pm - Arrival and Registration

2-5 pm - Paper Session - Eternity

5-7 pm - Business Meeting, Social Time, Dinner

7-8:30 pm - Public Lecture, Thomas Massaro (JST) & Michael Sweeney (DSPT)


Saturday, Apr 26

9–9:30 am - Continental Breakfast

9:30 am-noon - Paper Session


You may register in advance or at the meeting.

Spring Meeting Description and Papers

Fall Meeting 2013

Nov 1-2, 2013

Changing Culture and 21st Century Theology

Tucson Room at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley, California


Friday, Nov 1

1:30-2pm - Arrival and Registration

2-5 pm - Discussion Session

5-7 pm - Business Meeting, Social Time, Dinner

7-8:30 pm - Public Lecture, Philip Clayton, "Transforming Christian Theology"


Saturday, Nov 2

9–9:30 am - Continental Breakfast

9:30 am-noon - Discussion Session



Fall Meeting Description and Papers


Please Note: To better reflect the actual distribution of expenses and to pro-rate costs fairly for those who do not fully attend both meetings a year, PCTS voted in April 2013 to change its fee structure as follows:

Member Dues (Academic Year)
  • Full Membership, $45.00
  • Student Membership, $22.50
Registration for Both Days of Meeting (Fri & Sat, happy hour, and dinner)
  • Registration Fee, member, $25.00
  • Registration Fee, non-member, $35.00
Registration for Only One Day of Meeting
  • Friday meeting, $25.00 (includes happy hour and dinner)
  • Friday with no dinner, $15.00 (includes happy hour)
  • Saturday meeting, $15.00 (includes Sat coffee and breakfast)
Reduced fee or waiver is available for student workers and others for whom cost imposes a hardship.

For additional information, visit our membership page. Registration and/or dues may be paid at the meeting. Members may also invite guests to discussion sessions at no charge. The Public Lecture is always free and open to all.

Spring Meeting 2013

April 5-6, 2013

Eternity and Eternal Life

Classroom B at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley, California

NOTE: DIFFERENT ROOM FOR THE SPRING 2013 MEETING


Friday, Apr 5

1:30-2pm - Arrival and Registration

2-5 pm - Paper Session - Eternity

5-7 pm - Business Meeting, Dinner (Cost = $25)

7-8:30 pm - Public Lecture, Sharon Burch


Saturday, Apr 6

9–9:30 am - Continental Breakfast

9:30 am-noon - Paper Session - Eternal Life



Spring Meeting Description and Papers


Collaborative Activities

PCTS members Norm Gottwald, Jack Elliott, and Herman Waetjen have collaborated on the formation of The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice, which has published its first book Liberating Biblical Study: Scholarship, Art, and Action in Honor of the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice.