CALL Courses: Spring 2022

The Prophets

Kamilah Sharp

This course is a survey course of prophets in Ancient Israel and the texts of the prophets of the Hebrew Bible. Studying the language of the prophetic corpus, we will explore the historical, social, and political contexts of the writings and their meanings for the intended audience and readers today. By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  1. Define what it means to be called a prophet.
  2. Identify and understand who the former and pre-exilic prophets are, what they did in their various contexts, and how they functioned.
  3. Explain the focus of the messages of the prophets.
  4. Explore the relevance of the prophetic writings for the reader today.

Instructor: Kamilah Hall Sharp is a Ph.D. candidate in Biblical Interpretation-Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University; her scholarship focuses on the intersection of race, gender, and class with the biblical text and contemporary culture. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Florida A&M University, a Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary, and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University-Bloomington. Kamilah is a co-author of The Gathering, A Womanist Church: Origins, Stories, Sermons, and Litanies. She was ordained as a minister in the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) and currently serves as co-pastor of The Gathering, A Womanist Church in Dallas.

What We Believe: Theology in the Anglican Tradition

John Kater
It has become rather commonplace to suppose that Anglican Christians care mostly about liturgy and not very much about theology. That’s not true! Anglican traditions exhibit a rich and diverse history of theological reflection. Anglicans have always insisted that that how Christians think and talk about God makes a critical difference in what Christians believe. As the product of a living tradition, Anglican theology is in constant and evolving dialogue with the diverse contexts in which it takes shape. In this course we will explore our theological roots in the Anglican tradition and will engage the tradition from the perspectives we bring to the conversation as we explore some of the major figures in Anglican theology like Richard Hooker, F. D.Maurice and William Temple. We will wrestle together with how we approach creation, incarnation, the Church’s sacraments and some of the contemporary issues that have concerned Anglicans, both in our own setting and around the world. And we will explore together how and why theology matters.
Instructor: A native of Virginia, John Kater served as assistant minister and later as rector at Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and also taught for ten years as a visiting professor at Vassar College. From 1984 to 1990 he served as education officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Panama and priest-in-charge of Iglesia San Francisco de Asís in Panama City. He joined the faculty of CDSP in 1990. Since “official” retirement in 2007, he teaches at Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong in the spring term and at CDSP during the June low-residency.

Changing Church: Missional Practices and/for Beloved Community

Kyle Oliver
What does it mean to lead during a time of religious, sociocultural, and environmental upheaval? What can churches do differently to reflect and nurture gospel values and God’s dream of a just, reconciled, Spirit-filled world? This course will use the vision and concepts of Beloved Community to interrogate our approach to mission. Participants will articulate big-picture values and explore everyday leadership practices designed to help ensure that our growing and changing communities avoid reproducing past injustices and divisions, contributing instead to their repair and reconciliation.
Instructor: Kyle Oliver is chief product officer at Learning Forte, a team of education and change experts helping leaders and teachers embrace hybrid ministry with confidence. He is also a doctoral student in the Media and Social Change Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University, where his research focuses on participatory meaning-making practices in faith-adjacent settings with at-promise youth and their mentors.

The Anglican Bible: Scriptural Conversation & Formation

Donn Morgan
This course studies the ways the Bible has impacted Anglicanism as well as how the Bible has been interpreted and shaped by Anglicans from the English Reformation to the present day. It presupposes that a dialogue between community and text occurs in all scriptural communities of faith. Both the Bible and the church are powerful and reciprocal shaping agents in this dialogue. The course traces the history of the Bible and its roles in Anglicanism, focusing on issues and concerns central to identity and mission. Examining ways in which the Bible has influenced and shaped worship, music, polity, evangelism, and theology helps refine and sharpen a focus on the particular Anglican community-text dialogue.
Instructor: Donn Morgan is Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Always a student and teacher of the Bible, he also held administrative positions at CDSP (academic dean, president). He has been deeply involved in theological education in The Episcopal Church and the Graduate Theological Union, as well as teaching in Asia and England. His most recent books are Fighting with the Bible and Manifesto for Learning.

The Diaconal Hemeneutic

Roderick Dugliss

As we live into the fourth wave of the current renewal of the Sacred Order of Deacons in The Episcopal Church, we are gaining greater clarity about the distinctive nature of the “full and equal order,” and we are increasingly able and willing to invite the gift of prophetic servant leadership. At the heart of the deacon’s vocation and charism is a way of seeing the world and the church that informs prayer and action. Drawing on the concept and discipline of hermeneutics this online course will explore the components of a diaconal hermeneutic and how it shapes ministry and the deacon’s ordination charge, “to interpret to the church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.”

The course is suitable for the ongoing learning of deacons in ministry, persons aspiring to the diaconate or who are in formation. It will also be informative for members of congregational vocations committees and members of Commission on Ministry.

Instructor: Rod Dugliss is Dean of the School for Deacons in the Diocese of California.  He has served as a missionary in Japan and for many years had a career in the business world.  Rod holds a PhD in political science from Duke University.

Practical Preaching in the Digital Age

Catherine Caimano
This is a hands-on preaching and digital ministry course intended to introduce students to a practical method for delivering Good News in person, online, and both at the same time. This will NOT be manuscript preaching! We will practice a conversational, video-friendly, note-free sharing of Good News. Course activities will include learning the ‘Triangle’ preaching method, creating and uploading video sermons, giving feedback to others, and participating in forums. The goal will be growing in comfort and skill as practical preachers in the digital age.
Instructor: The Rev. Catherine Caimano (‘Fr. Cathie’) is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of North Carolina, ordained for over 20 years. In 2016, she started Free Range Priest, helping clergy and congregations reimagine ministry by bringing church to people in creative, sustainable and digital ways. Teaching Practical Preaching is very much part of the Free Range Priest mindset. Fr. Cathie has taught in the CALL program for over 4 years, and been a preaching mentor, coach and teacher for over 5 years.

Church History: Reformation Roots, Episcopal Church

Brad Peterson
Kings, Queens, Reformers and Immigrants: In this course we will explore the history of the Reformation that swept England in the 16th Century and of the Episcopal Church that emerged in North America among the English colonists and their neighbors. However, since neither the English Reformation nor the Episcopal Church developed in a vacuum, we will also take time to set the English Reformation in context among other reform movements and the Episcopal Church among the other immigrant churches of the Reformation that came to North America. Featured readings will also introduce the fascinating historical figures that made this history happen.
Instructor: Brad Peterson is a historian of Christianity with a special interest in the reformations and renewals of the Western church in the Early Modern Era. His doctoral research at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, focused on the vision of monastic life that survived among Protestants of the 16th Century. He has a growing interest in the history of the diaconate. He teaches for the Episcopal School for Deacons at Berkeley as well as for CALL. He has led workshops for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and various local churches. He contributed the article on Luther and monasticism in Luther – A Christian between Reforms and Modernity (1517-2017), a project of the Foundation for Religious Sciences John XXIII, Bologna, Italy. Brad also serves on the Commission on Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California and on the board of the Association of Episcopal Deacons. He identifies himself as a “vocational layman.”

New Testament Greek for Ministry

Bob Kramish
Have you ever wanted to understand the original meaning of a New Testament text without having to take an academic course in Greek? Using Greek exegetical tools to prepare for sermons and adult education classes in a user-friendly way (for both you and your audience) can enrich your preaching and teaching. This course will introduce you to the basic tools, such as dictionaries and interlinear bibles, as well as other online resources. You’ll learn the Greek alphabet, and enough about basic Greek grammar to enable you to discover some interesting features behind the meaning of the ancient text, and thus enhance your sermon preparation and scripture study.
Instructor: Bob Kramish has an M.A. in Biblical Languages, and has taught Greek and Hebrew to seminary students at several of the seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union. Bob is currently the registrar at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, as well as program manager for CALL. He lives in Oakland with his cats, Chloë and Slugger.