CDSP News

Gray-Reeves MaryChurch Divinity School of the Pacific is celebrating the establishment of the St. Margaret's Visiting Professorship of Women in Ministry with speakers, a book talk, Eucharist and a festive dinner on November 6, 2:30 to 9 p. m. at the seminary in Berkeley.

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of the Diocese of El Camino Real will preach at the Eucharist and Jenny Te Paa Daniel, one of the editors of "Anglican Women on Church and Mission" will lead a discussion of the book with co-editors Kwok Pui-lan and Judith Berling.

Te Paa Daniel, the New Zealand-born educator and advocate who was the first indigenous laywoman to be appointed to lead an Anglican theological college, is the inaugural St. Margaret's visiting professor.

BloyHouse CDSP 092714webChurch Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) and Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, announced today that they have established a new partnership.

Beginning in 2015, Bloy House students will be able to earn a master of divinity degree at CDSP while completing much of their study at Bloy House. Following their first year, students will study online at CDSP and over the course of thirteen months will visit campus in Berkeley for one or two weeks in January and two weeks in June while continuing their course work at Bloy House.

"We are delighted at the prospect of welcoming Bloy House students to CDSP next year," said the Very Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson, CDSP's dean and president. "This new partnership celebrates our shared history and demonstrates CDSP's commitment to working with dioceses that want to provide high-quality, flexible local ministry training."

Laurel Johnston mdThe Rev. Dr. W. Mark Richardson, dean and president of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, announced today that the Rev. Laurel Johnston (MDiv '06) will join Church Divinity School of the Pacific on October 1, as director of alumni affairs and major gifts officer.

"Welcoming Laurel home is a great joy for all of us at CDSP," said Richardson. "Her gifts in encouraging stewardship and forming networks will be a great complement to our strong new advancement effort, and her commitment to CDSP's distinctive approach to preparing students for ministry will make her a great addition to our team."

"I'm delighted to return to CDSP in this role," said Johnston. "As a seminarian, I experienced CDSP as a rich environment to explore and expand my sense of call. It was there I forged deep bonds of friendships in Christ and I look forward to supporting and strengthening the web of relationships that have grown out of the giftedness of this community—gifts that continue to bless the wider church."

The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is seeking a Director of Extended Learning who will also have a half-time faculty appointment in practical theology. The Director of Extended Learning will build upon the strengths of the established Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL) and expand its offerings in exciting ways, such as creating new programs of rigorous theological education for those serving in lay or ordained ministry and working with dioceses that are developing alternative paths for preparing congregational leaders. In the accredited academic programs, this person will share in teaching some area of practical theology—public ministry, evangelism, missiology, youth and young adult ministry, pastoral care, homiletics, or congregational studies. Additionally, this position will include offering electives in the person's area of academic interest, which will involve teaching in the ecumenical and interreligious setting of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at the M.Div., D.Min., and Ph.D. levels.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific has been awarded a grant of $500,000 by the Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation, a family foundation based in Berkeley, California. The funds will support CDSP's upgrading of information technology, human resources, accounting, student services, financial aid and registration systems.

"This extraordinarily generous grant makes it possible for CDSP to develop and implement systems that will make our life together more efficient, affordable, and consistent with the practices of 21st century institutions," said the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, CDSP's dean and president. "These new systems will permit us to participate in the Graduate Theological Union and the wider church in more sustainable ways."

William B. Smullin was a communications pioneer who introduced commercial radio, television and cable television to Southern Oregon and Northern California. He established the foundation, which supports higher education, health education and the Episcopal Church in Northern California and Southern Oregon, in 1990.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific/Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

This Old Testament faculty position, housed at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and shared by Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, will address the evolving curricular needs of both schools while having primary administrative and advising responsibilities at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. The successful candidate will teach foundational and elective courses at both the M.Div. and Ph.D. levels in the ecumenical and interreligious Graduate Theological Union, and enable students to draw from the wisdom of their particular traditions and articulate the distinctiveness of those traditions.

We seek a scholar in early career who bridges the line between the academy and the church, and an engaging, dynamic teacher who can draw students into the task of relating biblical texts to Christian life and ministry in the world. We seek candidates who employ hermeneutical methodologies that draw out the relation of sacred texts to living questions found in contemporary contexts, such as postcolonial, feminist, and secular post-Enlightenment understandings.

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary/Church Divinity School of the Pacific

This faculty position in the area of social ethics, housed at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and shared by Church Divinity School of the Pacific, will address evolving curricular needs of both schools while having primary administrative and advising responsibilities at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. The successful candidate will teach foundational and elective courses that include students from both schools, as well from other schools and centers of the ecumenical and interreligious Graduate Theological Union (GTU), and enable students to draw from the wisdom and distinctiveness of their own traditions, with particular attention to Anglican/Episcopal and Lutheran emphases. In addition, there is the possibility of teaching in the PhD program of the Graduate Theological Union, contingent on time restrictions and invitation of the Core Doctoral Faculty.