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BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 7, 2011—The study of theology resumes in earnest this week at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, as students from 20 states and five countries converge on the Berkeley campus for the new fall semester. The fall session of online courses also begins this week.
The students were greeted Tuesday by a new dean of students, the Rev. L. Ann Hallisey, and by the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, Ph.D., president and dean of CDSP who was installed in October 2010.
The fall term also features the return to teaching of Professor of Old Testament Donn Morgan, Ph.D., CDSP's president and dean from 1995-2010.
In addition to their geographic diversity, the students at CDSP range in age from 20-somethings to retirees. The women and men are a mix of lay, clergy and those aspiring to be priests.
“One thing they all have in common is a commitment to our combination of scholarship, reflection and worship, rooted in the Anglican tradition,” Richardson said. “It is exciting to participate in the mentoring of the next generation of lay and clergy leadership for the Episcopal Church.”
Some of the CDSP students this fall are pursuing masters or doctoral degrees, others are studying to earn certificates in Anglican or theological studies. This fall’s students include an increasing number who will be learning online, either as part of a degree program or in CDSP's continuing education program, the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL), which serves online students from nearly every state in the U.S.