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Faculty and Students Will Meet and Greet Attendees at General Convention in July

BERKELEY, Calif., June 20, 2012 –President and Dean W. Mark Richardson, faculty, staff and students of Church Divinity School of the Pacific will be active at the 2012 General Convention of The Episcopal Church next month in Indianapolis, Ind., holding educational meetings, hosting events and speaking with many of the 800 deputies and the nearly 6,500 expected attendees.

         CDSP will be at a corner booth, Number 315, on “seminary row” in the exhibit hall at the Indiana Convention Center from July 3 through July 10, with scheduled appearances and presentations by Richardson, faculty, staff, and students.

         On Tuesday, July 10, CDSP will host a reception for alumni/ae and friends at the Terrace View Café of the Indiana State Museum from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

         “Because CDSP students — on campus and online — come from around the world, the General Convention setting gives us a unique opportunity to connect with alums and friends, and to speak with a wide range of church leaders,” says Caitlin Curtin, Vice President for Advancement who is coordinating the Indianapolis presence.

         Joining Curtin and Dianne Smith, Director of Admissions, at the booth will be two CDSP students, Machelle Christiansen of San Diego, and Tyler Sampson of Chicago. They will preside over daily presentations, slide shows, videos, and “practical renewal” offered to booth visitors in the form of charging stations for convention guests’ mobile devices.

          Richardson will be at the CDSP booth from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and again on Sunday, July 8 to discuss new academic and scholarship programs and his vision for CDSP.

         The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, as chair of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, will offer insight and information about the Same­Gender Blessings project at a hospitality suite at the J.W. Marriott hotel from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 9. A light luncheon will be provided beginning at 12:30 p.m. Meyers, the Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics, assumes a new role at CDSP as Dean of Academic Affairs July 1.

         Dr. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, Associate Professor of Church History, returns from his sabbatical in Cuddesdon, England, to discuss the new M.A concentration in inter­religious studies and his visit to Poland to establish the first Episcopal Church in Krakow. He will be at the booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, July 9, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10.

         Some signed copies of the new book by Dr. Donn Morgan, Old Testament Professor, Manifesto for Learning, The Mission of the Church in Times of Change, also will be available at the CDSP booth as gifts to booth guests.

         Christiansen, a second-year M.Div. student from San Diego, will talk about her mission of military chaplaincy, and Sampson, a second-year M.A. student from Chicago, will talk about his master’s studies with the Graduate Theological Union and CDSP.

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