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CALL Courses: Spring 2021

The Anglican Bible: Scriptural Conversation and Formation

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.

Changing Church: Mission, Leadership, & Beloved Community

What does it mean to lead during a time of religious, sociocultural, and environmental upheaval? What can churches do differently to better reflect and nurture gospel values and God’s dream of a just, reconciled, Spirit-filled world? This course in missional leadership will ask these and related questions. We will explore concepts and experience practices of congregational development, evangelism and outreach, and equity and racial reconciliation. The course is structured, in part, according to the broad themes of the Episcopal Church’s curriculum Becoming Beloved Community… Where You Are. It will require instructor and participants alike to bring open minds and brave hearts as we attempt to tell the truth about the history and present of Christ’s church as we each claim our roles in shaping its future.

Instructor: The Rev. Kyle Matthew Oliver (@kmoliver) is an Episcopal priest, media producer, and doctoral student in the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before he began his dissertation research on learner-centered media making in faith and faith-adjacent settings, he served as Digital Missioner in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (now Lifelong Learning) at Virginia Theological Seminary. While at VTS, he developed the e-Formation Learning Community and conducted a nationwide study of digital literacy instruction in theological education. He has contributed to the journal Teaching Theology and Religion; the websites Faith & Leadership, Building Faith, ECF Vital Practices, and Faith Formation Learning Exchange; the books The Study of MinistryTeaching Religion Using Technology in Higher Education, and The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation; and the podcasts Media and Social ChangeEaster People, and The Specialist. He lives in San Francisco and blogs at kyleoliver.net and prayr.cc

The Diaconal Hermeneutic: The Deacon's Eyes and Ears

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: Roderick 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.

Introduction to Pastoral Care

Illness is a crisis that isolates us, scares us and makes us very vulnerable. How can we care for one another in Christian community when illness strikes? In this course we’ll share experiences of care (or lack of care) during sickness. We will discuss a pastoral caregiver’s role in direct care and in coaching congregational care. This will give us the opportunity to explore some of the basics of pastoral care: how to listen, how to pray with someone in crisis or offer them ritual care, how to relate to children, how to live with not being able to “fix” everything.

Instructor: Elaine Ramshaw taught pastoral care full-time for sixteen years at three different seminaries, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and CDSP. She returned home to Connecticut in 2001, where she teaches for seminaries online, provides spiritual direction for Yale Divinity School students, and is a manager at an art cinema. A Lutheran laywoman and godmother of two, she is the author of Ritual and Pastoral Care and The Godparent Book.

Practical Preaching in the Digital Age

This course is about how to rethink the basics of reflecting the Gospel into others’ lives. Students will gain practical skills – and a specific method – to build sermons that work from both the pulpit and the smartphone. They will also be led through the ways that Digital Ministry has impacted traditional liturgy, and how we respond homiletically to the changing world with the unchanging love of God.

Instructor: The Rev. Catherine Caimano (‘Fr. Cathie’) is celebrating her 20th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. She graduated from the General Theological Seminary in 1999, and served parishes in New York City, Durham, NC, and Wichita, KS, before joining the staff of Bp. Michael Curry when he served as the Bishop of North Carolina. Since 2016, Fr. Cathie has been a Free Range Priest – helping clergy and congregations navigate the 21st century church and world, reimagining sustainable part-time ministry and creative online ministry. She is a teacher, coach, and consultant to clergy, congregations, dioceses and denominations

Theology of the Cross

This course examines the complex phenomenon of the cross in Christian theological language, particularly around issues of salvation, justice, and discipleship. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will construct a theological proposal that answers: Is the Cross Redeemable? That is, does one need the cross for a succinct and sufficient theological language? Is it possible to speak Christian without the cross? The tension in the readings and lectures will walk the precarious line of answering these difficult questions.

Instructor: Dr. Stephan Quarles holds a PhD in Systematic and Philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Ca. He specializes in the intersections of 20th century philosophy with systematic theology, particularly the cross and apophatic theology. He lives in Central Illinois with his wife and child. 

What We Believe: Anglican Theology

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: Dr. John Kater studied at Columbia University, the General Theological Seminary and McGill University in Montreal. He has served as a parish priest in the US as well as the Education Officer in Panama. In 1990 he joined the faculty of CDSP as Professor of Ministry Development and was the director of CALL for its first ten years. Officially retired, John continues to teach at CDSP in the fall semester as Professor Emeritus. Each spring he serves as Visiting Professor at Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong.