CALL Online Fall 2018


This course examines the four canonical Gospels to see what each of these four portraits of Jesus tells us. It explores the literary and theological relationships between the Gospels, and the primary themes each one presents. Students will learn some methods of interpretation and explore the significance of the teachings of Jesus in our very different and various circumstances today.

September 17 - November 5, 2018

Instructor: Dr. Peter Ajer

Peter Claver Ajer holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Graduate Theological Union, with an allied field in Political Science (Peace and Conflict Studies). Dr. Ajer has taught as guest lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at University of California, Berkeley, and in New Testament at Holy Names University. He has been visiting lecturer at University of the Pacific, adjunct faculty at Saint Mary’s College of California and is currently part of the adjunct faculty in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at University of San Francisco. He is the author of The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.


This course will help students examine their own personal and corporate spiritual and liturgical practices and the ways in which they are connected to the life, ministry and teaching of Jesus. Students will also study and develop new Christian spiritual practices for use in future ministry. Coursework will include creating a digital media project, keeping a spiritual journal, and a final writing assignment. 

September 17 - November 5, 2018

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Robert Leopold

The Rev. Dr. Robert K. Leopold has served in many, varied contexts. At a resource-sized parish with an endowment he was integral in building one of the largest young adult groups in the Episcopal Church. In the gritty south side neighborhoods of Chattanooga, he and a team started Southside Abbey: a non-traditional church in the Episcopal tradition. He has served internationally in the Anglican Church of Canada, in Ottawa’s Chinatown. In addition, he has taught classes at Sewanee's School of Theology on missional ministry and the changing Church. As a Fellow with Episcopal Church Foundation, he has travelled around the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada in search of missional expressions, serving as coach, cheerleader, storyteller, and convener. He currently lives in Vermont, where he serves as interim rector while he finishes a Master’s Degree in Storytelling.

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This course represents an Introduction to Christian Systematic Theology through the loci of select, significant doctrines. The term “theology” derives from two Greek terms – theos (meaning God) and logos (meaning speech or reason). Thus, Systematic Theology is nothing more than talking about God in a systematic (ordered or methodical) manner. The course will consider different ways that Christians have talked about God, and God’s relationship to the world, by focusing on the topics of creation, “the fall” and original sin, Incarnation (the work of God in the human life of Jesus Christ), redemption (God’s work of salvation), Christology (a theology of Jesus Christ), Eschatology (teachings about last things), and Ecclesiology (teachings about the church).

September 17 - November 5, 2018

Instructor: The Rev. Kathryn L. Reinhard, Ph.D.

Kathryn L. Reinhard is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University and a lecturer in Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. She was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in September of 2008. Kathryn received her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Fordham University in 2015. Her research interests are directly tied to her ecclesial identity – a member of a church communion that in recent years has been rife with conflict. Her dissertation considers the problem of how to negotiate diversities in identity and practice within the unity of ecclesial relationship in both ecumenical and intra-church contexts of ecclesial division and conflict. This work offers a constructive Pneumatology aimed at addressing ecclesial issues of today by drawing on the resources of Continental philosophies of recognition (found in thinkers like G.W.F. Hegel, Judith Butler, Charles Taylor, and Paul Ricoeur), Augustinian Pneumatology, and the Pneumatology and Ecclesiology of Eberhard Jüngel.


This course draws on a rich history of discourse as we strive to engage with our faith, living it out in an imperfect world and Church. Whether we are struggling to justify sacramental liturgy and church hierarchy in the face of Puritan attack, or determining church policy on inclusion of women and LGBT people, Anglicans have drawn on a wide array of ethical approaches ranging from teleological virtue ethics to relational theory (both pre-feminist and contemporary). Ethical dilemmas continue to challenge lay and ordained leaders across the wide diversity of our church—frequently in our own parishes, where each of us engages our faith to face the challenges that surround us. In this course we'll explore how thinkers as diverse as Plato (ancient Greece) and Marcella Althaus Reid (contemporary social justice and post-colonial liberation theorist) have helped people of faith make hard choices and live faithfully with the results. We'll spend some time conversing with history (ancient Greece, Bible, Reformation), then dive into some of our "best" Anglican dilemmas both old and new.

September 17- November 5, 2018

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger has been an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Northern California since 2006, and completed his PhD in Ethics and Social Theory at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has been teaching in Anglican studies and Ethics for the past four years and teaches concurrently at CDSP and Iliff School of Theology's Anglican Studies program in Denver, CO. He is husband to Jane, and papa to their three children.


Morgan Donn

September 17 - November 5, 2018

This course studies the ways the Bible has been received and has functioned in Anglicanism from the English Reformation to the present day. A dialogue between community and text that occurs in all scriptural communities of faith is a major focus. Both the Bible and the church are powerful shaping agents in this dialogue. The course traces the history of the Bible’s roles in Anglicanism, focusing on issues and concerns central to identity and mission. Examining ways in which the Bible has influenced and shaped worship and music, polity, evangelism, and theology will help refine and sharpen a focus on the Anglican community-text dialogue.

Instructor: Dr. Donn Morgan

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.


Rooted in prayer and best practices, the tools you'll receive in this class will re-invigorate your spirituality and bring you closer to being the preacher you hope to be.

In this class you will:

• receive expert guidance from your instructors
• discover new insights about the Scripture and your preaching
• learn preaching strategies you'll be able to apply this week and every week
• experience your sermon prep as respite
• enjoy the camaraderie of colleagues during coaching sessions and on our private Facebook page
• learn how to finish your sermon by Friday!

September 17 - November 5, 2018

Instructors: The Rev. Cathie Caimano

Cathie Caimano ('Father Cathie') is an Episcopal priest who has served parishes in New York City, Durham, NC, and Wichita, KS, as well as on the staff of Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry while he was Bishop of North Carolina. She has offered over 800 sermons and considers preaching to be central to her ministry. Today she is a Free Range Priest who explores 21st century ministry within and beyond the congregation, including at Backstory Preaching.


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This course is for deacons, deacons in formation, and those wishing to be better grounded in a sound understanding of The Sacred Order of Deacons including especially, members of local discernment committees and members of Commissions on Ministry.

The course will consider the history of the Order of Deacons—what is helpful and what is not; the ecclesiology of orders, the distinctive experience of the diaconate in The Episcopal Church, how and why deacons engage in ministry and leadership, and finally, a brief look at the diaconate seen ecumenically.

Among other things, the course is specifically designed to meet the formation goals implicit in the Title III formation area, “Diakonia and the diaconate.”

September 17 - November 5, 2018

Instructor: Dr. Rod Dugliss

Rod Dugliss served as a missionary in Japan, worked as a college professor, and for many years had a career in the business world. Rod is a passionate advocate of the deacon's role as prophet in bringing about the kingdom of God, and he currently serves as Dean of the School for Deacons in Berkeley, California.