Continuing Education


On Campus Events

October 22

Join us at CDSP on October 22 for a day of theological reflection, discussion and worship as we explore the church’s response to the crisis of climate change. Speakerswill include former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is the current St. Margaret’s Visiting Professor of Women in Ministry; Bishop Marc Andrus of California, CDSP President and Dean W. Mark Richardson, and Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, professor of theological and social ethics at CDSP and Pacific Lutheran Seminary of California Lutheran University.

Learn more and register online.

November 3

As Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Fr. Fernández teaches such courses as Church, Mission and Cultures; Hispanic Theology Seminar; Hispanic Religious Expressions; and Mestizo Spirituality and Art. He specializes in Latino theology, Mexican and Southwestern history, social justice and inculturation and the celebration of the sacraments in multicultural contexts.

Join us for Eucharist at 5:45 in All Saints Chapel
and dinner following the service

Cost: The Colloquium is free and open to the community.
Community Dinner is $12. Please RSVP for dinner to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


November 12

Have you wondered if your congregation is using the best new tools available to reach out to the community? Does your ministry need better ways to communicate? How can you create a community online that reflects your “in real life” church world?

On November 12, leaders from the E-Formation Learning Community at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, Virginia Theological Seminary, will visit CDSP to answer these and other questions at a day-long workshop for lay leaders, parish administrators and communicators, clergy, and seminarians interested in social media and digital technology in ministry. In addition to plenary and consultation time, the day will include workshops on:

  • Church Website (Re)Design
  • Using Online Spiritual Resources
  • Basic Social Media: Facebook and Twitter for Congregations and Individuals
  • E-vangelism 101: Online Newsletters and Digital Advertising
  • Faith in Motion: Web Video and Digital Storytelling
  • Using Specialized Community Outreach and Communication Tools

Date: Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $25, including lunch

Register online now, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Co-sponsored by CDSP, the Diocese of California, and Province VIII

January 15 - 20, 2017

Taught by a team of experienced Industrial Areas Foundation community organizers, this class will cover conceptual studies and practical skillbuilding in how to engage the public mission of the church in the world.

Learn practices for living as Church in the World, with special attention on:

  • Mission,
  • Sustainable leadership,
  • Strategic thinking and acting,
  • Forming collaborative relationships for missional action.

Taught using presentations, discussions, role-play, readings, and class participation.

Open to GTU students for academic credit (contact the CDSP Registrar to enroll) and to clergy and laity for continuing education credits.

Anna Eng is Lead Organizer for the Bay Area IAF Communities

Anna and the other organizer instructors provide leadership training to clergy and lay leaders from all faith traditions and help them to build strong, sustainable organizations capable of educating and engaging members around their own missions and around issues affecting their families and communities.

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, Dean of Academic Affairs and Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics, will be the assisting faculty member for this course.

Course Fee: $500 (for CEU credits)

Registration fee includes lunch Monday - Friday.


March 18, 2017

Join us on campus for the fifth annual CDSP Youth Ministry Symposium with keynote speaker Leslie A. Choplin, D.Ed.Min., co-author of "These Are Our Bodies:  Talking Faith and Sexuality at Church and at Home," a new curriculum from Church Publishing.

Choplin received her doctor of educational ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary and spent a decade as a director of Christian education, sexual misconduct prevention trainer, facilitator, and speaker in Episcopal congregations across the United States. She currently serves in the Ph.D. program at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.

The Youth Ministry Symposium is co-sponsored by the Diocese of California, Diocese of Northern California, and Province VIII.