Course Catalog

Liturgics is a lecture/discussion course in sacramental theology with special attention to sacraments and sacramental rites as acts of the church. Primary focus will be on the rites of Christian Initiation and eucharist, with a secondary focus on ordination, confession, anointing the sick, marriage, and burial. Particular attention will be given to the Anglican tradition and the rites of the Episcopal Church. Evaluation is based on weekly online assignments and major written assignments; 10-­‐12 hours per week of reading and online work is required. Intended for MDiv and MA/MTS students and those enrolled for the Certificate in Anglican Studies.

This course will look at church architecture as a "text" for understanding Christian liturgy, particularly as place relates to historical development, ritual practice and theological interpretation. It will include a survey of historical developments in Eastern and Western Christian traditions, analysis of a variety of theologies regarding sacred space, and then practical issues on church building, renovation, contemporary expressions of culture, theology and theories. The primary elements of evaluation will be class participation and preparation, a case study presentation, and a short final paper. The class will be geared toward advanced MDiv/MA students who want to supplement their historical, liturgical and pastoral studies with greater knowledge of architecture and theology of sacrality, as well as appropriate for PhD students needing an overview of architectural history and theology.  

This course examines history and contemporary practices of migration, travel and pilgrimage across theological and religious diversity. We will look at a variety of case studies from across the globe, and from various time periods to explore the religious, theological, cultural, ethnographic and environmental angles of movement across territories. The aspect of environmental degradation and climate change will be especially highlighted and we will explore what theologies and practices for moving across diverse territories and through sacred regions and places might look like in a changing climatic future.

This course has two components: 1) The 5-day course serves as an introduction to the Cross-cultural and Spanish Immersion program and provides participants the opportunity for experiential learning among the eight urban congregations of the New City Parish. We model the style of teaching and learning typical of our urban settings in which there is heavy emphasis on experience and reflection. 2) The 2-week Cross-Cultural & Spanish Language Immersion provides participants the opportunity to begin or continue the process of learning Spanish and Latin American culture, along with experiencing the reality of Latino and African descent families who live in Los Angeles. Participants share in a variety of multicultural experiences with our families, churches and community, learn about the work of urban nonprofits, study and reflect on relevant Bible themes, and train in the Spanish language in small groups with professional teachers from CETLALIC, Cuernavaca, Mexico ( The program is a continuation of the 5 day Ministry in the City course.

The instructors follow the methodology of the Comunidades de Base of South and Central America: SEE the reality, REFLECT on how Scripture speaks to that reality, and ACT as a result of what has been learned. The contents of the diverse activities support the work of the participants as pastors and activists. This is a unique program in Los Angeles, supporting and using the methodology of "popular education" of Paulo Frierie in teaching Spanish to those for whom it is not a native tongue. There will be a 3-5-page paper, due within two months.

Open only to CDSP students--a course offered in Texas by Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest (SSW). Students will spend up to three weeks observing,
participating in, and considering the church in mission along the Texas/Mexico border and in various Spanish-speaking contexts throughout Texas. Experiential learning occurs with trips to the Texas/Mexico border and in Hispanic and Latino/a congregations throughout Texas. Students learn about the history, culture and contemporary realities of Hispanics and Latino/a congregations to gain skills in intercultural dialogue and ministry that they can transpose to other cultural
settings. CDSP students must both 1)register for this course through CDSP, for Audit (this course will count as an Intersession course and fulfill
the MDiv Multicultural requirement); and 2)register with SSW for their course, M 1310 Mission in a Latino/a Context. Tuition ($1664) is
paid to SSW.

Using lectures, readings, discussions, movies, and music, this course will focus on the growth of global Christianity from the 16th century through the present through the lens of Christian mission history, wrestling with the meaning and purposes of "conversion," relationships with non-Christian religions and non-European cultures, indigenizing movements, denominational competition, secularism and pluralism, humanitarian missions, and the transformation of Christianity into a "global south" faith in the 20th and 21st century. Is Christianity at heart a permanently missionary faith, and if so, what does that mean for Christians today? What does it mean to be a missionary, and what has it meant in different historical and cultural contexts? How are the relationships between historically missionary cultures and their "daughter church" cultures to be nurtured in the context of global inequalities in power and resources? The course is intended for MDiv/MA/MTS students but doctoral students are welcome with additional projects; evaluation will be through short projects, exams, and a final research paper.

This course focuses on developing skills, tools, and theoretical/reflective capacity for community organizing around multiple issues within a ministry context, and is taught by a team of experienced trainers from IAF (the nation's oldest network of faith-based and community organizations) with additional theological reflection and context provided by CDSP professor.  Format will include lectures, discussion, role-play, small group work, and reading.  For those taking the course for academic credit, additional reading and writing, including pre-reading and a pre-course paper as well as a final paper, will be required. The course is open to all members of the seminary community and will also include local non-credit participants from community organizing projects.

This classroom course is intended for degree-seeking seminarians and ordained clergy for CEU credit. Parish leadership and management are critical skills for clergy, but most clergy do not come to ordination from business leadership positions. Yet, these skills are necessary for proper direction of staff, vestry, and volunteers. This course will include canonical requirements, clergy leadership, parish roles and responsibilities, accountability, clarity of lexicon, parish monies, how to read church financial statements, understanding audits, parish policies and procedures, internal control, and ... what to ask when interviewing for a position. The course is taught by James Jordan, author of "Financial Management for Episcopal Parishes" (Morehouse Press). Evaluation will be based 30% on class participation and 70% on essays.

Exegetical and theological study of Paul's letters as expressions of an early Christian contextual theology. Location of each letter inthe whole Pauline corpus. Survey of theological themes with emphasis on their contemporary relevance.

Exegetical and theological study of Paul's letters as expressions of an early Christian contextual theology. Location of each letter in the whole Pauline corpus. Survey of theological themes with emphasis on their contemporary relevance. Audio podcasts. Discussion forums/assignments/research paper.