CALL Online Spring 2018


This course is intended to be an introduction to the polity and governance of The Episcopal Church, emphasizing both historical development and current issues and concerns. By the end of the course, each student will have an overview of the development ecclesiology of The Episcopal Church and an understanding of the Constitution and Canons. Demonstrated competency in the Constitution and Canons is one of the canonical requirements for those seeking ordination as deacon or priest in The Episcopal Church. We will also look at major issues coming before the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in the summer of 2018.

April 9 - May 28, 2018

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson received his PhD in the History of Christianity from the Graduate Theological Union in 2002. He has taught online courses for CALL since they started having online courses, and has taught adjunct in Anglican Studies and Church History at the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Wartburg School of Theology in Dubuque, Iowa. He served for several years as Academic Dean at at Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, one of the seminaries of the Episcopal Church, where he taught Episcopal/Anglican history and theology. From 2001-2011 he served first as Assistant Ecumenical Officer and then as Ecumenical Officer for the Presiding Bishop. As his alter ego, Crusty Old Dean, he blogs at, and while his alter ego often has some very specific thoughts and ideas, this course is focused on the history, and development of the Constitution and Canons, and issues facing the 2018 General Convention, without commentary.



This course explores John’s Gospel by examining its contexts, purpose, view of Jesus’ identity and works, theological message and contemporary relevance. A comparison of the Fourth Gospel with the Synoptic Gospels will reveal the distinctiveness of John. The Interpretation of selected passages will help identify ways in which the revelation imparted in the life of Jesus, interpreted for the Johannine community, speaks to our situations today.

April 9 - May 28, 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.


Borgeson 2013

How do we give an account of why we are engaged in mission and what we are learning from community ministry? This course explores disciplined reflection as a way of making connections between current ministry beyond the gathered church and the church’s traditions, and emphasizes the importance of communicating our insights to our congregations.

Participants will practice a variety of methods, discovering as they go which work best for their learning and thinking styles. We will explore three main types of reflections as well as strategies for sparking them and habits for sustaining reflective practice. Assignments will stress thinking, writing, and conversation on the course boards, not heavy reading. While particularly valuable to deacons in their role as interpreters, the course is open to all members of the baptized engaged in leading missional activity and community ministry.

April 9 - May 28, 2018

Instructor: Rev. Josephine (Phina) Borgeson

Josephine Borgeson serves in the Russian River Deanery of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Her community work centers on food system ministries and related environmental concerns, including interfaith networking and consulting. Within the church she continues her pre-retirement involvement in ministry development and education, mentoring new deacons and teaching those preparing to be deacons.  Phina was ordained in 1974, and worked in the dioceses of Nevada and Los Angeles before moving to Sonoma County and working with the Redwood Cluster. She was president of the North American Association for the Diaconate from 1987-1991, and is a member of the Association of Episcopal Deacons task force on Vocational Development and Lifelong Learning. She holds an A.B. in biology and an M.Div. from CDSP.



A deep dive into the prophetic texts of the Old Testament.

April 9 - May 28, 2018

Instructor: Dr. Kimberly Russaw

Dr. Russaw’s research lies at the intersection of narrative criticism, ideological criticism, and feminist criticism, focusing especially on women in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.

Dr. Russaw has presented her academic work at national and local conferences, published scholarly articles and essays such as “Wisdom in the Garden: The Woman of Genesis 3 and Alice Walker’s Sophia” (2015), “Zipporah and Circumcision as a Form of Preparation: Cutting Away at the Comfort Zone” (Spring 2003/Fall 2004), and “Obadiah” in The Wisdom Bible Commentary Series (forthcoming). A sought after lecturer, Russaw writes on the Bible and popular culture in online spaces such as OnScripture, Huffington Post Religion, and The African American Lectionary. Dr. Russaw’s book, Daughters in the Hebrew Bible (forthcoming Fortress Press) employs the tools of narrative criticism, feminist criticism, and social scientific theory to examine how biblical daughters navigate systems of power.

Named one of “Six Black Women at the Center of Gravity in Theological Education” by, Russaw is an ordained clergywoman in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and holds membership in many professional organizations including the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.



This course is designed to integrate the concept and theology of mission with the challenges of congregational life and the call for creative participation in contexts that are undergoing deep and radical change. It will provide a framework for understanding organizational and family systems as they affect congregations, and offer tools to prepare people for adaptive change and leadership in the local and global neighbourhoods where God is at work.

Using an action/reflection process students will complete and discuss readings and undertake and reflect on an activity each week. Building on weekly assignments students will integrate their learnings into the form of a congregational case study.

April 9 - May 28, 2018

Instructor: Rev. Maylanne Maybee

Deacon Maybee's experience is in education, social ministry, ecumenism, liturgy, and church administration. She recently retired as principal of the Centre for Christian Studies, a national school based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for deacons and diaconal ministers in the Anglican and United Churches of Canada. She has worked for the Anglican Church of Canada in the areas of peace, justice, and ecology, served in inner city communities and parishes in Toronto, coordinated a cross-Canada network of faith-based practitioners of urban ministry, and taught religious education in private schools. This year she is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her ordination to the diaconate.




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.

April 9 - May 28, 2018

Instructor: Dr. Bradley Peterson

Brad Peterson, PhD, teaches history of Christianity and theology at the Episcopal School for Deacons in Berkeley, California. His doctoral degree is from the Graduate Theological Union, where his research focused on continuing monastic life among Protestants in 16th Century Europe. He holds a master of arts in Christian education. He also serves on the commission on ministry of the Diocese of California and on the board of directors of the Association for Episcopal Deacons.



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.

April 9 -  May 28, 2018

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. John Kater

Dr. 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.

Registration for this course is now closed.