At the invitation of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal seminary at Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union, the Bay Area Organizing Committee (BAOC) led a week-long January intercession class in 'Organizing for Congregational Renewal.' Thirty-one seminarians, local clergy and lay leaders from Christian and Jewish congregations participated, experiencing an intensive training in broad-based organizing.
According to Professor of Ministry Development Rev. Dr. Susanna Singer, the class was such a success they would like to repeat and expand it next year. "The mix of seminary students and organizing practitioners, the mix of denominations and faiths, the challenge of encountering fresh ways to see and articulate and act upon the call to be agents of transformation in the world â€“ all these things combined to make this intensive course a success. In the words of a student, it was "one of the most eye-opening and practical things during my whole time in seminary."