2015 January Intersession

Use of the Body in Ministry
The Rev. Dr. John Conger
"When something has to be communicated from the innermost soul as happens particularly in relationship between men and women, then it is done by gestures, touch, by the light of the eyes, perhaps by a louder sound, perhaps even by music, but never by language. The barrier is insurmountable." George Groddeck

We all know about body language, that we speak in gestures as well as words. We want to be grounded in our beliefs, but we may not be grounded in our bodies. This class teaches students how to be fully grounded and present here and now with congregants, both when preaching and when meeting them at the door or in the hospital. This class will teach you how to ground a secure sense of yourself in such a way that your preaching and pastoral skills will be more satisfying and secure. Dr. Conger has taught this method for many years in graduate schools of psychology, has written several books about it, and as an Episcopal priest wants to share the freedom and security of this learning with others preparing for ministry. Intended audience: M.Div. students, clergy. Class includes lecture, discussion, exercises, and working in dyads. A brief reflection paper completed after the course is required.

January 12-16, 2015 1:30 - 5:30pm
Tucson Common Room
CDSP Campus

Course Fee: $250
CEUs: 2


Organizing for Public Ministry
Offered in collaboration with the Industrial Areas Foundation in Northern California
January 18-23, 2015 at CDSP
CEU Rate: $500

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. Registration fee includes lunch Monday - Friday.

Go to the Easton Hall website or contact Easton Hall (510-204-0702) for information about accommodations on the CDSP campus during the program.

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.

Dr. Bradley Burroughs, Assistant Professor of Ethics at CDSP, will be the assisting faculty member for this course.