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CDSP Board Member Don White tells his family story about Twelve Years a Slave

Growing up in central Louisiana, the Rev. Dr. P. Donald White, Jr. felt he had a cousin whom he'd never met. His maternal aunt, Sue Eakin, a historian who taught at the Louisiana State University's Alexandria campus, was always talking about someone named Solomon Northup. Five decades later, thanks to the film "Twelve Years a Slave," which garnered Oscar wins on March 3rd for best supporting actress, best adapted screenplay and best picture, much of the country knows who Northup was. Still, relatively few who watched the show or saw the film know that White's aunt was the individual responsible for proving that Northup was a real person and that his story of being a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery had occurred. The Oscar-winning film was based on Northrup's autobiography, "Twelve Years a Slave."

"An important step toward building a strong, sustainable future."

At a two-day meeting that concluded Thursday, CDSP's Board of Trustees voted to lease Shires Hall, the office and classroom building on Ridge Road, and to rent two empty apartments in the student housing building on Virginia St., as the first step in renting all units in that building at market rates.

The board also decided to keep tuition at current rates for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Very Rev. Mark Richardon, president and dean of CDSP called the move, "an important step toward building a strong, sustainable future for CDSP."

February 6, 2014

Dear Friends:

In seminary life, we are called to gather communities of the finest minds and hearts in the church, study and pray together for a time, and then send those we have come to love back out into the world to continue their service to God. Usually, those we send out are our students, but not always.

Today it is my job to tell you that our own Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski will leave us at the end of this academic year to become associate professor of church history at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. All of you who know Dan can understand that I make this announcement with sadness, but also with hope for the opportunity that Dan, Jennifer and their family have been given.

Low-residence Master of Divinity, online Master of Theological Studies in 2014

BERKELEY—Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the only Episcopal Church seminary west of the Rocky Mountains, will offer the master of divinity (MDiv) in a low-residence format and the master of theological studies (MTS) and certificate of theological studies (CTS) online. The new programs will begin in the fall of 2014.

Students in the low-residence MDiv program will study online during the fall and spring semesters and visit Berkeley each January and June for intensive academic work and Christian formation programs. The low-residence MDiv can be completed in as few as four years or as many as six years. CDSP will also continue to offer both degrees and the certificate in their existing on-campus format.

O Dayspring

O Dayspring, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.

What strikes me about the O Antiphons is as christological praise hymns they name Christ with different metaphors of phenomena that impact us.

O Root of Jesse

O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign to the people;
before whom kings shall shut their mouths,
and whom the nations shall seek:
Come and deliver us, and do not delay.

In my childhood home, we celebrated Advent in fine form, hand-dipping Advent candles from paraffin and old crayons and gathering nightly for family liturgy. From Creation through the Holy Family, small symbols of our Christian story were gradually placed on a felt Jesse Tree. As I was quite convinced that this tree was mine, I took special care to learn each story well. Fundamentally, this tradition gave me my roots in faith and taught me reverence for scripture, for holy story, and for the actions we take stemming from it.

O Clavis David

O Key of David, and sceptre of the house of Israel,
who opens and no one can shut, who shuts and no one can open:
Come and bring the prisoners from the prison house,
who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.