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Same-sex relationships deserve " blessing of the church and recognition of the state"


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Berkeley, CA (Church Divinity School of the Pacific), June 26, 2013--The Very Rev. Mark Richardson, dean and president of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church, released the following statement on today's U. S. Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and the state of California's constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage:

"As Episcopalians, we believe that same-sex couples who make a sacred commitment to love and be faithful to one another model the self-giving love of Jesus. These relationships deserve both the blessing of the church and the recognition of the state. We are heartened, therefore, that U. S. Supreme Court has opened the door for same-sex marriage to return to California.

Berkeley Episcopal, Lutheran Seminaries Appoint Joint Faculty

Beginning July 1, Steed V. Davidson and Bradley B. Burroughs will hold joint appointments on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) and Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California. Davidson already serves as a professor at PLTS, while Burroughs is new to both seminaries.

Burroughs most recently taught courses in contemporary theology at Duke Divinity School's Course of Study for Ordained Ministry in Durham, North Carolina, where he also served as a writing tutor, both at the divinity school and at the university. He earned a Ph.D from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2012. He holds an M.Div from Duke and a B.A. from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Former dean and president, dean of academic affairs finish long tenures

June 18, 2013, Berkeley, Calif.—Dr. Donn F. Morgan and the Rev. Dr. Linda L. Clader are retiring from Church Divinity School of the Pacific on June 30, the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, CDSP dean and president, announced today.

Within the CDSP community and beyond, both Morgan and Clader are widely respected as inspiring, engaging and provocative teachers, as well as effective administrators.

"In both Linda Clader and Donn Morgan, what comes across so clearly through their gifts of teaching and administration alike is their love for CDSP, and their sense of its unique ministry in the world of theological education," said Richardson. "They have given their wonderful gifts and talents to the school, as excellent preachers in the chapel, as caring and thoughtful advisors, as classroom teachers, outside lecturers, and contributors in print to their fields, all with a sustained love for theological education in the Episcopal Church and more especially for CDSP. We will truly miss them."

Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, will hold its 119th commencement on Friday, May 24. Sister Simone Campbell will give the commencement address and receive a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa. The ceremony is open by invitation only and will be streamed live over the Internet at beginning at 10:30 am Pacific.

Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby, an attorney and a poet. Last summer, Campbell led a group of sisters, known as the Nuns on the Bus, on a nine-state trip to call attention to proposed federal financial cuts to programs that serve the poor.

"At CDSP, ecumenical collaboration is our lifeblood," said Dean and President Mark Richardson. "Our entire community is eager to welcome Sr. Simone and learn from her extraordinary witness for justice and wisdom about the church's social justice teaching."

Church Publishing Incorporated and Church Divinity School of the Pacific are pleased to announce the establishment of the Weil Series in Liturgics, honoring Louis Weil and the study, practice, and theology of liturgy. Dr. Weil's upcoming new title is the initial volume in the series:

Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite

Louis Weil ISBN: 9781596272439 $18.00 Paper 6 x 9 160 pgs

Available April, 2013 from Seabury Books

In his latest work, written expressly for seminarians, diocesan staff, priests, and worship committees, Louis Weil, the premier Anglican liturgical theologian, asks his readers to carefully consider the "sense" and logic of ritual action within a generous and expansive understanding of sacramental theology.

Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8

The nard oil that Mary used to anoint Jesus' body came from the spikenard plant in India. The oil was placed in an alabaster box then transported by caravan across the long flat desert to the markets of Jerusalem.

One pound of nard oil cost 300 denari, the equivalent of nearly one year's wages for a common laborer.

Spikenard is still costly – a pound now runs about $480. There are many corners of this globe today where that would be one year's wages. So it is not an unreasonable question Judas asks:

Psalm 118:1-2,19-29
Luke 19:28-40

A MAJOR CHALLENGE of Lent is this: how should we wait? Our culture demands that everything happen instantly. Lent requires a different kind of clock, one synchronized to Kairos, or God's time; open to the working of the Spirit.

In the dramatic emotional swings of Holy Week we find ourselves in a kind of twilight zone, both knowing what awaits our Lord and not wanting to know what will happen, of wanting to fast forward from Palm Sunday to Easter morning. If only we could avoid the pain of betrayal and the horror of the crucifixion, the agonizing sense of loss felt by the followers and friends of Jesus.