October 3, 2014
CDSPâ€™s mission is about preparing students to meet â€śthe challenges of contemporary society with the good news of Jesus Christ.â€ť We provide formative community life and academic preparation in Berkeley, diverse cultural experience in the Bay Area, and for some, like Julia, Anne, and Reed, pictured below, opportunities internationally. These experiences have prepared them for new contexts of ministry wherever they may be.
I hope that you will continue to support them by making a gift to the annual fund today. Here are brief sketches of their experiences:
Julia McKeon, M.Div., 3rd year, joined other seminarians and newly ordained clergy at Canterbury Cathedral in England as a Canterbury Scholar. She met and learned with Anglicans from across the globe, which enriched her understanding of the diversity within worldwide Anglicanism, and efforts to foster its unity.
Anne Clarke, M.Div., M.A., 4th year, participated in Panama Project, launched by CDSP in 1986. She lived among the people of Panama and gained understanding of the countryâ€™s social, economic and political life, including its complex relationship with the USA. The Panama Project offers a grassroots experience in pastoral ministry and is invaluable to students interested in learning more about Central American language, life and culture.
Reed Loy, M.Div., 3rd year, traveled to Hong Kong to be part of the worship and community life of the Anglican province of Hong Kong. With Ming Hua Theological College as home base, he travelled throughout the province and to mainland China. Thanks to the abundant hospitality of his hosts, he had many opportunities to preach, teach, develop relationships and gain perspective on the inculturation of Christianity in this particular context.
With your generous donations, we will continue to prepare seminarians like Julia, Anne and Reed for the many contexts in which the church meets the world. We depend on your gift to CDSP every year to embody the church that is to come--donate online today. Thank you for your continuing support and prayers.
Yours in Christ,
The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, PhD
President and Dean
P.S. CDSP students are leading the #GivingTuesday opportunity on December 2, to support our scholarships. More information in November.