CALL Online Spring 2019

Course fees:
$230 Standard Rate
$205 Partner Rate (Includes members of AED and students from our partner local formation dioceses. For more information on this rate, please contact your diocesan local formation coordinator)

Please note that we are using a new registration system for CALL and we will no longer be able to accept registrations without credit card payment.
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For AED members, please note that we are using a new system for registration. Register with the Standard Rate and we will confirm your membership with the Rev. Dcn. Catherine Costas, Membership Director. Once we have confirmed your membership, we will refund the discount amount to your credit card. Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This course explores the beginning and spread of Christianity through the works of Jesus’ apostles. We will study the purpose of the Acts of the Apostles, the founding personalities in early Christianity, their sermons, the missionary dynamism of the time, the social and theological themes addressed, and their relevance for the life and mission of the Church today.

March 25 - May 20, 2019

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.


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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.

March 25 - May 20, 2019

Instructor: Dr. Elaine Ramshaw

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.


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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.

March 25 - May 20, 2019

Instructor: The Rev. Kyle Oliver

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 and


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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.

March 25 - May 20, 2019

Instructor: Dr. Rod Dugliss

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.



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.

March 25 - May 20, 2019

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.




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.

March 25 - May 20, 2019

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.



If you wander into almost any Episcopal church and pull a Prayer Book out of the pew rack, you might notice a band of dark-edged pages between pages 300 and 400. Baptism and Eucharist are the center and most used part of the Prayer Book, but it is so much more—even the parts that are seemingly never used. This course will explore the ECUSA 1979 Book of Common Prayer as a model for spiritual life, as a theological source, and as a container for corporate memory. As we survey, we’ll also get a sense of its breadth as a liturgical source for personal and parish life.

Course projects will blend the historical/liturgical learning about the Prayer Book and its development with application in the life of your worshiping community.

March 25 - May 20, 2019

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Walter Knowles

The Rev. Dr. Walter Knowles lives in Seattle, WA and studies, writes and teaches in the intersection of the arts (particularly music), history, and liturgy. He earned his Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA in 2009. Please see his web site at