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This course is the second in a two-course sequence that introduces students to the core topics and methods of Christian systematic theology. Although special emphasis is placed on the Anglican tradition, students encounter the central theologians and theological perspectives necessary for an adequate foundation in Christian theology. In this final course, the theological topics considered are: church, sacraments, Christianity and interreligious relations, eschatology, theological method, and hermeneutics. The course is taught primarily as a seminar, with the instructor presenting material that is then discussed in depth by the class in order to elucidate the salient terms, debates, and themes of the topic at hand. Writing assignments consisting of reading response papers on class readings and short essays, also based on class readings, are the central requirements.

Dates: N/A (Online)
Location: CDSP
Room: N/A
Instructor: MacDougall
Credits: 3
Course ID: ST-8288
CRN: SP/18-ST-8288-1

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Introduction to the music of the Episcopal Church, to prepare students both to exercise musical leadership in Episcopal liturgy and to develop guiding philosophies for the implementation of music in parish life. Lecture/discussion. Reflection papers, chanting and a final/paper defining a personal philosophy of liturgical music.

Dates: Mon-Fri, January 8-12
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:30-5:30pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: Emblom
Credits: 3
Course ID: RA-1710
CRN: IN/18-RA-1710-1

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This intensive seminar course will use methodologies of Christian ethics and interaction with local climate justice activists to examine: 1) the climate crisis as a moral matter in relationship to various forms of structural injustice including injustice grounded in race/ethnicity, class, and colonialism, and 2) pathways for addressing the climate crisis with hope. Special attention will be given to global-local connections and perspectives from marginalized communities. Methodological resources include liberation ethics, Earth ethics, post-colonial perspectives, eco-feminist perspectives, and eco-hermeneutics. The course involves reading, writing, engagement with community groups, collaborative knowledge building, and discussion. The informing undercurrent of the course is the quest for hope and moral-spiritual agency in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Doctoral students are invited to upgrade this to a doctoral course.

Dates: Mon-Fri, January 8-19
Time: 1:30-5:30pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: Moe-Lobeda
Credits: 3
Course ID: CERS-4450
CRN: IN/18-CERS-4450-1

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This is a seminar course, providing students in the CDSP Low-Residence MDiv program with tools to support their continued experiential learning in the second semester of field placement. As a seminar, the course will involve reading, lectures, discussion, and student papers and presentations. This class will focus on congregational, group, and team dynamics, mechanisms for leading diverse groups in participatory processes, and the development of goals and plans for the second semester placement experience.

Dates: Mon-Fri, January 15-19
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: McCall
Credits: 0
Course ID: FE-2191
CRN: IN/18-FE-2191-­1
Enrollment max: No limit

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This is an introductory course in practices of care for ministry in communities of faith. In various ways over the full stretch of this course (including both Week One in 2018 and Week Two in 2019), we will look at (1) aspects of human emotional/relational/spiritual need (2) as that is shaped by cultural values and societal power dynamics, and ask (3) how our theology listens to, critiques and revisions human need, cultural values and societal dynamics and (4) where that all leads us in terms of practices of care. In Week One we will focus more on individuals’ need for care, especially in crises and everyday change involving loss. In Week Two we will think more in terms of systemic understandings of congregations and families and cross-cultural perspectives, and how these insights can inform our patterns of care. Throughout we will maintain the emphasis on the communal and cultural context for our caring, raise the justice questions, and ask what hope and meaning faith provides. Format for Week One: lecture/discussion, student presentations of care-receivers’ stories, conversations to practice/model listening. Assignments include pre-course reading and an interview with a care-receiver; class presentation, and a post-course reflection paper.

Dates: Mon-Fri, January 8-12
Time: 1:30-5:30pm [note: this class was previously scheduled in the morning]
Location: CDSP
Room: Classroom A
Instructor: Ramshaw
Credits: 1.5
Course ID: PS-1026
CRN: IN/18-PS-1026-1
Enrollment max: No limit

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This course has two components: 1) The 5-day course serves as an introduction to the Cross-cultural and Spanish Immersion program and provides participants the opportunity for experiential learning among the eight urban congregations of the New City Parish. We model the style of teaching and learning typical of our urban settings in which there is heavy emphasis on experience and reflection. 2) The 2-week Cross-Cultural & Spanish Language Immersion provides participants the opportunity to begin or continue the process of learning Spanish and Latin American culture, along with experiencing the reality of Latino and African descent families who live in Los Angeles. Participants share in a variety of multicultural experiences with our families, churches and community, learn about the work of urban nonprofits, study and reflect on relevant Bible themes, and train in the Spanish language in small groups with professional teachers from CETLALIC, Cuernavaca, Mexico (www.cetlalic.org.mx). The program is a continuation of the 5 day Ministry in the City course.

The instructors follow the methodology of the Comunidades de Base of South and Central America: SEE the reality, REFLECT on how Scripture speaks to that reality, and ACT as a result of what has been learned. The contents of the diverse activities support the work of the participants as pastors and activists. This is a unique program in Los Angeles, supporting and using the methodology of "popular education" of Paulo Frierie in teaching Spanish to those for whom it is not a native tongue. There will be a 3-5-page paper, due within two months.

Cost:

CDSP Students: In addition to the CDSP tuition, there is an extra $490 program fee, directly payable to New City Parish (due 12/1). In order to complete enrollment in the program, students must register through CDSP and submit their program fee to New City Parish.

Non-CDSP Students: In addition to the tuition which is due at your own institution, there is an extra $980 program fee, directly payable to New City Parish directly (due 12/1). In order to complete enrollment in the program, students must register through CDSP and submit their program fee to New City Parish.

Dates: January 4-20
Location: New City Parish Metropolitan Ministry & Training Center & CETLALIC, 1009 N Market Street, Inglewood, CA 90302
Instructors: Lobdell and Eklund
Credits: 1.5
Course ID: FTRS-2495
CRN: IN/18-FTRS-2495-1
Enrollment max: no limit

This course focuses on developing skills, tools, and theoretical/reflective capacity for community organizing around multiple issues within a ministry context, and is taught by a team of experienced trainers from IAF (the nation's oldest network of faith-based and community organizations) with additional theological reflection and context provided by a CDSP professor.  Format will include lectures, discussion, role-play, small group work, and reading.  For those taking the course for academic credit, additional reading and writing, including pre-reading and a pre-course paper as well as a final paper, will be required. The course is open to all members of the seminary community and will also include local non-credit participants from community organizing projects.

Dates:  Sun-Fri, January 14-19
Time: 3:00-7:30pm (Sunday only); 8:00am-12:30pm, 1:30-5:30pm (M-F)
Location:  CDSP
Room:  TBD
Instructor:  MacDougall
Credits:  3
Course ID:  FT-1239
CRN:  IN/18-FT-1239-­1
Enrollment max:  60

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This is a seminar course, designed to prepare students in the CDSP Low-Residence MDiv program for field education site placements. As a seminar, the course will involve reading, reflection, discussion, and student presentations. This class will help students articulate their learning and ministry goals for field education, develop a plan for entering into a congregational system as a seminarian, and provide a set of tools and models that will serve as the framework for reflection assignments during the placement itself.

Dates: Mon-Fri, January 8-12
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm [note: this class was previously scheduled in the afternoon]
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: McCall
Credits: 0
Course ID: FE-2190
CRN: IN/18-FE-2190-­1
Enrollment max: No limit

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