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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."

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."

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.