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O Lord: December 18

O Adonai, and leader of the house of Israel
Who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

Burning bushes are dangerous.

The State of Racism Webinar at CDSP

News alerts from the New York Times arrive in my email, sometimes several times a day, depending on what is going on in the world. Last Friday, November 15, during the Episcopal Church's State of Racism webinar, one of these alerts was about charges being filed against Theodore Paul Wafer in Detroit for shooting Renisha McBride in the face as she knocked on his door, looking for help. McBride, the victim, is Black. Wafer, the accused, is White. This is the quote that caught my attention: "Asked if race was an issue, the Wayne County prosecutor, Kym L. Worthy, at a news conference Friday morning, said, "Race is not relevant."

Forum explores 21st century opportunities in second half of life

Active seniors offer much to our congregations. How can our ministries best foster their gifts and skills? On December 5 at 7:30 pm, join Professor Bill Sadler at CDSP to discuss ministry with people in the "third age." Sadler is professor of sociology and business at Holy Names University in Oakland. The evening will include a panel with Sadler, CDSP Professor Emeritus John Kater, and faculty from the Pacific School of Religion including Dr. Horace Griffin, Dr. Boyung Lee and acting PSR President, the Rev. Dr. Stephen L. Sterner.

"A new life stage (third age) emerged in the 20th century as life expectancy increased with a 30-year life bonus," says Sadler. "We are challenged to tap our creative potential and redesign our lives to sustain second growth--to experience personal fulfillment and to make a difference in our world."

CDSP hosts live webcast

On November 15 from 11 am-1 pm, CDSP and the Diocese of California will host at CDSP a live webcast of a 90 minute forum on the state of racism in America. The event, which will originate at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, is sponsored by the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi. PBS commentator Ray Suarez will moderate the event, which will include a keynote by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (CDSP MDiv '94, DD '01) and two panel discussions. Learn more.

The first panel, titled Racism in America today - why does it persist?, will include:

Since 2008, CDSP has hosted an annual colloquium of the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM). This year's colloquium takes place on November 14 at 7:30 pm in the Tucson Common Room. Professor David Holeton, professor of liturgics on the Hussite Theological Faculty at Charles University in Prague, will speak on "An Agenda for Prayer Book Revision." Bishop Mary Gray Reeves of the Diocese of El Camino Real will give a response to the lecture and members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Watch the colloquium live online by clicking here.

Distinguished CDSP professor will read, host discussion

Berkeley, CA (Church Divinity School of the Pacific)-- On Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm, Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, California, will present "Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite," a reading and discussion with Professor Louis Weil, who is the James F. Hodges and Harold and Rita Haynes Professor Emeritus of Liturgics. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum, which takes its name from Weil's newest book, will include a reading by Weil, comments by the Rev. Philip Brochard, rector of All Souls Episcopal Church in Berkeley, and the Rev. Michael Hiller, a San Francisco-based blogger, and a discussion.

Holy Doubt

What an honor to be here. I love the color demonstrated in the faculty and the trustees' gowns, and I love the bright eyes and enthusiasm of the graduating class. I also love the joy and the enthusiasm of all of you here. That reading we just heard from Matthew, I think it's really fitting because, look at this: "The apostles were gathered together, and they went to the place Jesus had directed." Now, for many of us, people of faith, isn't that just what we have done? We have gone to the place where we've been directed. You have been led to be faculty and trustees. You have been led to be students and to be ready to take the next step. And, as I read this very last part of Matthew's Gospel, when you get to the part about "Go, therefore," I always think of the trumpets and the sound, the music and all the drama of being missioned.