How do we give an account of why we are engaged in mission and what we are learning from community ministry? “Practicing Theology,” which will be particularly valuable to deacons and those involved in hands-on ministry, will help students explore a variety of methods for theological reflection that make connections between the church’s traditions and current ministry.
Phina Borgeson is an experienced ministry developer and educator who currently teaches at the School for Deacons in Berkeley, California, serves on the committee on lifelong learning of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, and works with those preparing to be deacons on California’s North Coast. In the past she helped to develop the approach to vital small congregations known as Total Ministry, and she has served the church in ministries of education and communication. Her current interests and activities focus on food security, food system policy, and science and theology. She is a graduate (M.Div.) of CDSP and an Episcopal deacon.
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Thirty-five years after the Book of Common Prayer made Baptism a more central part of our identity and ministry, how has it changed our leadership, ministry and mission? What should we consider when fostering good ministry development? In this course, students will consider the baptizing community; spiritual practices and discernment; theological reflection and education from cradle to grave; and differences between pastoral leadership and ministry development.
Participants should have a working knowledge of the Book of Common Prayer 1979, an ability to recognize gifts in others, a willingness to identify at least one valued partner in ministry, and time to share with colleagues in the virtual classroom.
Ordained for 24 years as a deacon, Susanne served until recently as Executive Director of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. She began her work in ministry development in 1988, was a co-designer of the watershed "Living the Covenant" Consultation in 1999, and has served on the Primates' task force for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion (TEAC), as well as the Episcopal Church task force, "Proclaiming Education for All."
This lively, informative and practical course helps clergy, staff, vestries, and volunteers acquire skills to ensure sound financial management of parishes and protection of church assets. Students will study leadership, roles and responsibilities, a common lexicon about money, how to read church financial statements, fraud, processes and procedures involving money and taxes and will receive templates, process flows, and current documents from many sources that are useful in every day work.
James Jordan is a CPA who has performed over 200 audits on churches. Prior to his retirement from IBM, he was the founder of the Learning Center of Excellence, a global think tank on adult learning, and was the founder and worldwide practice leader of the IBM Leadership and Management Development consulting practice for IBM Global Services. He is certified in structured curriculum and course design through Vanderbilt University and has an Executive MBA from Emory University in Atlanta. James has published a book, "Financial Management for Episcopal Parishes", released by Morehouse Publishing, Inc.
The sacrament of Eucharist engages our bodies, our minds and our emotions in a holy opening to God's grace. But what does the Eucharist mean for us the rest of the week? How does this sacrament change us and draw us into new action in the world? In this course, clergy, Eucharistic ministers and lay people will explore the Eucharist using practical theology, deepen their own sacramental theology and prepare to lead Christian formation programs about the experience and meaning of Eucharist.
Rev. Kirsten Snow Spalding is a deacon in the Episcopal Church. Based in Berkeley, California, she is living in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the academic year 2013-14 with her husband and two teen-aged sons. Kirsten is writing a book of theological reflections on the presence of God with God’s people as they create community in post-war (post-genocide) Bosnia. She is working as a group facilitator and policy advisor for a group of Bosnian academics and young activists in Tuzla who share an emancipatory vision for their country.
How did those who collected and shaped the literature of ancient Israel and the early Church into the Bible intend for us to read it? How did they expect us to use it as instructions for the living out of our faith? How can we, like them, interpret the Bible as constantly pertinent? How might we continue to learn from and use the Bible in similar ways today? This course explores these questions, looking at pertinent and illustrative biblical texts as well as interpreters who commend this way of understanding scripture today.
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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