This course is designed to provide clergy and laity with insights and practical tools to inform and support congregational leadership and to expand the capacity for mission-inspired ministry. The course integrates a theology of mission, family and organizational systems theory, and leadership development models to create a toolkit for understanding and guiding faith communities, particularly those at transition points. During the seven-week course, we will begin with practices for discovering the unique identity of a congregation within its specific context and exploring the implications for congregational health and vitality. With congregational identity and vitality as the foundation, we will spend three weeks with tools for clarifying congregational culture, behaviors, patterns, and relationships. The final two classes address congregational change – what it means and what it takes to lead congregations into new ways of joining in God’s mission.
March 27- May 5, 2017
Instructor: Caroline McCall
Caroline McCall has a Masters in Theological Studies from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Her thesis, Developing Vital Congregations: Insights from Virtue Ethics, explores the links between virtue ethics and congregational development and proposes a formational view of congregational vitality. Caroline also has a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and English Literature from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She is Director of Field Education and Lecturer in Congregational Studies at CDSP and Director of Center for Church Vitality.
This course addresses difficult and challenging and enduring (on the front pages of every newspaper!) issues raised by the book of Job through a careful reading of the biblical text as well as selected secondary interpretations and responses (some old, some new). The dialogue that comprises the majority of the biblical text of Job will hopefully be mirrored in online class interaction.
March 27 - May 5, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Donn Morgan
Donn Morgan is Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Always a student and teacher of the Bible, he also held administrative 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.
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.
March 27 - May 5, 2017
Instructor: Dr. Rod Dugliss
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.
Anglican worship is a broad and varied tradition of relationship to God. Using the 1979 Book of Common Prayer as our primary reference, we will be experiencing and exploring this way of prayer in our own worship life. You’ll be introduced to some of the theological and historical thinking which has grounded Anglicans in our thinking about this community gathered to worship God and sent out to do God’s work in the world.
March 27 - May 15, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Walter Knowles
The Rev. Dr. Walter Knowles lives in Seattle, WA and studies, writes and teaches in the intersection of the arts (particularly music), history, and liturgy. He earned his Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA in 2009. Please see his web site at www.liturgicalstudies.org.
It has become rather commonplace to suppose that Anglican Christians care mostly about liturgy and not very much about theology. That's not true! Anglican traditions exhibit a rich and diverse history of theological reflection. Anglicans have always insisted that that how Christians think and talk about God makes a critical difference in what Christians believe. As the product of a living tradition, Anglican theology is in constant and evolving dialogue with the diverse contexts in which it takes shape. In this course we will explore our theological roots in the Anglican tradition and will engage the tradition from the perspectives we bring to the conversation as we explore some of the major figures in Anglican theology like Richard Hooker, F. D.Maurice and William Temple. We will wrestle together with how we approach creation, incarnation, the Church's sacraments and some of the contemporary issues that have concerned Anglicans, both in our own setting and around the world. And we will explore together how and why theology matters.
March 27 - May 15, 2017
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. John Kater
Dr. Kater studied at Columbia University, the General Theological Seminary and McGill University in Montreal. He has served as a parish priest in the US as well as the Education Officer in Panama. In 1990 he joined the faculty of CDSP as Professor of Ministry Development and was the director of CALL for its first ten years. Officially retired, John continues to teach at CDSP in the fall semester as Professor Emeritus. Each spring he serves as Visiting Professor at Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong.