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An examination of the interface between biblical literature and film, especially movies, documentaries, and educational material, with reception theory as the methodological framework.

Dates: Thursdays, 9:40am-12:30pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: González
Credits: 3
Course ID: OTXX-2XXX
CRN: SP/18-OTXX-2XXX-1
Enrollment max: No limit

This course will examine the Anglican Communion in terms of postcoloniality and power, focused on the establishment of "national churches" as a colonial exercise, the tensions and contradictions of missionary establishments in different contexts, the effect of decolonization struggles on individual national churches, developing an international polity, efforts towards contextualization in liturgy and theology, postdenominational Christianity in global context, and the tensions and relationships between "global south" and "global north" Anglicanism around issues of cultural integrity and imperialism, sexuality, gender roles, and Biblical hermeneutics.

Dates: Mondays, 12:40-3:30pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: Snow
Credits: 3
Course ID: HSRS-2XXX
CRN: SP/18-HSRS-2XXX-1

Introduction to the history of the Church, from the fifteenth century through the twentieth. The focus will be on the western (Latin) Church. The course will focus on primary sources attached to key events, with lectures and class discussions. The course will be evaluated though short papers on the primary sources (4 papers of 2-­4 pages each) and a final examination. The course is intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students.

Dates: Thursdays, 9:40-12:30pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: Stafford
Credits: 3
Course ID: HSST-1115
CRN: SP/18-HSST-1115-1

Introduction to the history of the Church, from the fifteenth century through the twentieth. The focus will be on the western (Latin) Church. The course will focus on primary sources attached to key events, with lectures and online class discussions. The course is intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students.

Dates:  N/A - Online
Location:  CDSP
Room:  N/A
Instructor: TBD
Credits:  3
Course ID:  HSST-8115
CRN:  SP/18-­HSST-8115-­1

Supervised ministry in approved placements, for students in the residential program. Weekly class sessions. Format: Lecture, discussion, and small groups. Assignments: a learning covenant, weekly reflection papers, timely completion of evaluation forms. CDSP students in first year of field education. Pass/Fail only. Students must have made arrangements for an approved placement. [PIN required; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..]

Dates: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: McCall
Credits: 3
Course ID: FE-2181
CRN: SP/18-FE-2181-1

This course introduces students to the study of liturgy and its practice in worshipping communities. We will examine the nature of ritual; dimensions of Christian liturgy, including symbol, space, time, and texts; and the historical development of Christian liturgy, with particular attention to the development of Anglican worship. Intended for students (MDiv, MA, MTS) who are preparing for ordination and/or liturgical leadership. Evaluation includes participation based upon assigned readings and written assignments. [25 max enrollment]

Dates: Tuesdays, 2:10pm - 5:00pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: Meyers
Credits: 3
Course ID: LSHS-1100
CRN: SP/18-LSHS-1100-1
Enrollment max: 25

This course will examine selected ministry issues from an Anglican perspective, focusing on leadership for mission, discipleship, and evangelism. Readings, lectures, discussion, and guest speakers. Evaluation: class participation, short reflection paper, and major group project. Audience: Limited to final-year CDSP Mdiv, CAS and MTS students. Pass/Fail only. [PIN required; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Auditors with faculty permission.]

Dates: Thursdays, 2:10-5:00pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: Singer and McCall
Credits: 3
Course ID: FTRS-2283
CRN: SP/18-FTRS-2283-1

This course is a practicum for MDiv students preparing for holy orders in Anglicanism which will allow them to experience the process of preparation, performance and reflection on liturgical presiding at the rites of Eucharist, Initiation, Marriage, Anointing, Reconciliation and Funerals. Evaluation will be based on each student's participation in classroom liturgies in roles of assisting, presiding and peer evaluation, including presiding at a recorded eucharistic liturgy.

Dates: Wednesdays, 9:40-11:00am
Location: CDSP
Room: Chapel
Instructor: TBD
Credits: 1
Course ID: LSFT-2115
CRN: SP/18-LSFT-2115-1

Faith in a pluralistic, postmodern culture cannot simply be absorbed from one’s community; it must be constructed. Influenced by insights of developmental psychology, ethnography and sociology, this course prepares students to prepare programming and shape formation experiences rooted in an understanding of the context in which individuals live and worship. Assignments include an opening paper in which students explore their theology and teaching philosophy, a reflective ethnographic paper on an unfamiliar community of faith, a 20-minute teaching presentation and a final paper reflecting on the opening paper in light of the experiences of the semester.

[PIN code required; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Auditors with faculty permission]

Dates: Thursdays, 9:40am-12:30pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: Singer
Credits: 3
Course ID: ED-1225
CRN: SP/18-ED-1225-1
Enrollment max: 15

Faith in a pluralistic, postmodern culture cannot simply be absorbed from one’s community; it must be constructed. Influenced by insights of developmental psychology, ethnography and sociology, this course prepares students to prepare programming and shape formation experiences rooted in an understanding of the context in which individuals live and worship. Assignments include an opening paper in which students explore their theology and teaching philosophy, a reflective ethnographic paper on an unfamiliar community of faith, a 20-minute teaching presentation and a final paper reflecting on the opening paper in light of the experiences of the semester. This course is the online version of ED 1225.

[15 max enrollment; PIN code required; auditors excluded; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Dates: N/A (Online)
Location: CDSP
Room: N/A
Instructor: Singer
Course ID: ED-8110
CRN: SP/18-ED-8110-1

This course examines the book of Isaiah from the central Jewish and Christian frames of hope and peace. These major foci, hope and peace, present the opportunity to interrogate the total scope of the book of Isaiah as well as its constituent parts. Hope and peace will also assist in reading the book in the midst of contemporary challenges such globalization, war, terrorism, national security, ethnic identity and boundaries. Participants will spend time reflecting on theological appropriations of the book of Isaiah in the context of the book itself and various present day social settings. Participants will be assessed based upon discussions, written assignment, presentations, and project development. This course fulfills the Prophets requirement for PLTS students. Course offered jointly by PLTS and CDSP.

Dates: Mondays, 2:10-5:00pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: González
Credits: 3
Course ID: OT-4422
CRN: SP/18-OT-4422-1
Enrollment max: No limit

The preparation and offering of choral literature and other liturgical music provides participants with a broader understanding and appreciation of the history and practice of church music. Schola Cantorum sings regularly for CDSP Community Eucharist on Thursday evenings at 5:45pm and a pre-service rehearsal at 5:25pm. [Pass/Fail only.]

Dates: Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm & 5:30-6:45pm
Location: CDSP
Room: Chapel
Instructor: Emblom
Credits: 1
Course ID: RA-1715
CRN: SP/18-RA-1715-1

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. [PIN required; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..]

Dates: Tuesdays, 2:10-5:00pm
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: MacDougall
Credits: 3
Course ID: ST-2488
CRN: SP/18-ST-2488-1

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. [PIN required; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..]

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

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
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: Emblom
Credits: 3
Course ID: RA-1710
CRN: IN/18-RA-1710-1

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
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: McCall
Credits: 0
Course ID: FE-XXXX
CRN: IN/18-FE-XXXX-­1
Enrollment max: No limit

Description TBA

Dates: Mon-Fri, January 8-12
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: Thornell
Credits: 1.5
Course ID: PS-1026
CRN: IN/18-PS-1026-1
Enrollment max: No limit

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
Location:  CDSP
Room:  TBD
Instructor:  MacDougall
Credits:  3
Course ID:  FT-1239
CRN:  IN/18-FT-1239-­1
Enrollment max:  60

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
Location: CDSP
Room: TBD
Instructor: McCall
Credits: 0
Course ID: FE-2190
CRN: IN/18-FE-2190-­1
Enrollment max: No limit