This course will explore lament as a literary form and process (in the Psalms especially) and as a context where disappointment, grief, anger, and a host of other feelings are expressed because of hardship, loss, and change. This process and context provide opportunities where leadership may be exercised in a variety of settings (e.g., pastoral, liturgical, educational, business, political, and religious [judicatory], etc.). The working premise of our study together is that contemporary church leaders can more effectively pursue and fulfill their ministries through a deeper knowledge of lament.
This is a course for those who have been angry—at themselves, at the world, at God. It is a course for those who have been sad and sorrowful, impatient and anxious, wanting to praise God...but with some strings or stipulations, or actually praising God, but with some unfinished business... This course will look at lament in its contemporary and biblical contexts, relating this to the process of complaining and asking God for resolution. Opportunities for positive and life-changing ministry and leadership through this honest and heartfelt approach to the challenges and promises of living in a variety of different settings (pastoral, liturgical, political, etc.) will be highlighted.
Donn Morgan recently retired as Professor of Old Testament at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Director of CALL. Always a teacher of the Bible, he has also held other administration positions at CDSP (academic dean, president). He has been deeply involved in theological education in The Episcopal Church and the Graduate Theological Union, as well as teaching in Asia and England. His most recent books are Fighting with the Bible and Manifesto for Learning.
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As we live into the fourth wave of the current renewal of the Sacred Order of Deacons in The Episcopal Church, we are gaining greater clarity about the distinctive nature of the “full and equal order,” and we are increasingly able and willing to invite the gift of prophetic servant leadership. At the heart of the deacon’s vocation and charism is a way of seeing the world and the church that informs prayer and action. Drawing on the concept and discipline of hermeneutics this online course will explore the components of a diaconal hermeneutic and how it shapes ministry and the deacon’s ordination charge, “to interpret to the church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.”
The course is suitable for the ongoing learning of deacons in ministry, persons aspiring to the diaconate or who are in formation. It will also be informative for members of congregational vocations committees and members of Commission on Ministry.
Roderick Dugliss is Dean of the School for Deacons in the Diocese of California. He has served as a missionary in Japan and for many years had a career in the business world. Rod holds a PhD in political science from Duke University.
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