Shires Hall as seen from Parson Hall


CDSP offers sabbatical opportunities for clergy and lay leaders, with the availability of on-campus housing (and meals during the academic year), consultations with faculty, opportunities to audit courses, daily chapel, and one of the best theological libraries in the country.

Whether you have a week or an entire semester, both clergy and lay leaders from around the country and the world have found that CDSP is an excellent location for spending a sabbatical.

The GTU library is an excellent resource for laity, clergy or academics who wish to build on a new ministry or explore an entirely new field. While it is open to the public, a library card is required for borrowing privileges (current rates are $40 for 3 months, $80 for 6 months). 

Sabbatical guests may audit a CDSP course for a reasonable fee. For more information, please visit the page on Auditing Courses.

CDSP faculty can also be available for individual conversations or consultations, with enough advanced notice.

Chapel can be an ideal time to practice sabbath. During the academic year, CDSP has daily chapel services, including Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist, and Evening Prayer; a full schedule is available here. Guests are most welcome at any or all liturgies.

CDSP’s Easton Hall Conference Center has a wide range of rooms to accommodate your lodging needs while you stay with us. Please see the Easton Hall page for more information.

For longer stays, CDSP owns two apartment buildings, in which units may be rented, subject to availability. Note that priority for apartment residences is given to CDSP students and those who will be year-long residents. If interested in renting an apartment unit, please contact Melville Hayes-Martin for more information and to request a housing application. 

There is no shortage of good food near campus all year to satisfy any diet. Monterey Market and the renowned Berkeley Bowl are two local grocers that offer high quality local produce and other groceries at reasonable prices, and Andronico's, Safeway, and a year-round farmer's market are within walking distance of campus. Eateries of all sizes and styles line the streets throughout Berkeley as well. 

CDSP also shares a dining hall with Pacific School of Religion across the street, and a meal card good for 25 meals can be purchased for $185.00. More information about the dining hall can be found here.

Costs vary, depending on length of stay and study plan. To learn more about auditing courses or sabbatical study, contact Elly Rhee.

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