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Want to make change in your community? Visit CDSP from January 18-23 for Organizing for Congregational Renewal, a course about mission, sustainable leadership, and forming collaborative relationships for action. The course, open for academic credit or continuing education, is taught by a team of experienced Industrial Areas Foundation community organizers and will also include a theological reflection section led by Professor Bradley BurroughsLearn more and register online.

The next session of CALL, CDSP's online continuing education program, begins on January 26. Register now for courses in lifelong formation, the diaconate, theology and ethics in the Anglican tradition, Ezra and Nehemiah, and ritual care in times of transition. New this session:  a course on the documents prepared by the Task Force on the Study of Marriage for the Episcopal Church's 2015 General Convention.

Learn more and register online.

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This year on December 1, CDSP is participating in a campaign called Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday invites us to dedicate ourselves to giving back and to celebrate generosity. We're asking students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other friends of CDSP to use their own personal social media accounts with the hashtag #CDSPGivingTuesday to spread the word about what we do here at CDSP, and all the great things our donations support.

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Arizona priest-lawyer-educator succeeds Carol Anne Brown

The Board of Trustees of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific elected the Rev. Canon Richard N. Morrison, canon for ecumenical and community relations in the Diocese of Arizona, as its new chair at a meeting last month.

Morrison, a lawyer whose practice focuses on water and environmental law, succeeds Carol Anne Brown, who led the board since May 2013.

"Richard is a bi-vocational priest, a lawyer, a teacher and an environmentalist," said the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, president and dean of CDSP. "His life and ministry exemplify one of the primary lessons we teach our students: that Christian leaders must be prepared to work toward the reign of God both within the church and the wider community.

"CDSP has been blessed by a succession of excellent board chairs. I give thanks for Carol Ann Brown's whose leadership just ended, and look forward to working closely with Richard."

Morrison chairs the board of the Morrison Institute of Public Policy at Arizona State University, where he teaches water resources management. He has also served on the boards of the Claremont School of Theology and the former Seabury-Western Seminary.

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Church 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."