CALL Online Winter 2019


This course will cover the history of Christian Spirituality in the British Isles prior to the Protestant Reformation, including Celtic spirituality, Romano-British Christianity, Anglo-Saxon spirituality, and medieval English mysticism. Students will practice and reflect upon the spiritual disciplines described and prescribed in primary texts (The Cloud of Unknowing, Walter Hilton’s Scale of Perfection, Julian of Norwich’s Showings, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of English People, Aelred of Rievaulx’s Spiritual Friendship, Celtic prayers and more) in order to better understand the texts in light of their experiences and their experiences in light of the texts. Their reflections will focus on the following two questions: How does the text inform my experience of the spiritual practice? And how does my experience of the spiritual practice inform and deepen my reading of the text?

January 21 - March 11, 2019

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Daniel London

The Rev. Daniel London, PhD, is the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA. He has taught courses on Christian Spirituality, the Gospel of John, World Religions and Christian Social and Environmental Ethics at CDSP, GTU, and the Episcopal School for Deacons. He has presented papers at academic conferences across the country and his work has been published in Anglican Theological Review, Journal of Comparative Theology, Compass: A Review of Topical Theology and Dilatato Corde. His forthcoming book on the Gospel of John will be published by Fortress Press.


This course will examine the liturgical principles underlying the planning process for Episcopal Church worship, with a specific emphasis on the history, theology, and use of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. By the end of this course, students will be able to exhibit general knowledge and proficiency in the liturgical practices of the Episcopal Church, and understand and apply principles of liturgical planning for leadership in the Episcopal Church.

January 21 - March 11, 2019

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Melissa Hartley

Melissa Hartley is the Associate University Chaplain at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she coordinates worship for All Saints' Chapel and teaches in the Doctor of Ministry and Non-Degree Theological Studies programs at the School of Theology. Melissa is an Episcopal priest from the Diocese of Atlanta and has served parishes in Georgia, New York, and New Jersey. She holds the following degrees: B.A., University of the South; M.Div., S.T.M., General Theological Seminary; Ph.D. (Liturgical Studies), Drew University.


Proceeding canonically, The Pentateuch is a survey course in which students examine the first five books of the canon of the ancient Israelites; the Hebrew Bible. Students will attend to the patriarchs, the earliest covenants, the exodus traditions, laws, codes and ritual of the agrarian society represented in the biblical world of the Torah. Students will explore a) the socio-historical context out of which the biblical text most probably emerged, b) select methods and tools of biblical scholarship, and c) the engagement of modern users with the biblical text.

January 21 - March 11, 2019

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.

Borgeson 2013

Diaconal ministry has at its heart connecting Christian scripture and tradition with the needs, hopes and concerns of the world. Using a framework of five key images, students will strengthen awareness of the sacred in the Church and the wider community, invigorate their practice of diakonia, and gain confidence in engaging others to do the same.
While a variety of short readings will be required, the emphasis in the discussion forums will be on sharing and reflecting on weekly activities which actively engage students with their communities.
For those using the learning competency framework from the Association of Episcopal Deacons or the Anglican Church of Canada, work in this course will focus on the area of diakonia and diaconate, but also reinforce learning in the area of practical training and experience.

This course is appropriate for those preparing to be deacons, for deacons seeking a refresher, and others concerned with better understanding and extending the Church’s diakonia. 

January 21 - March 11, 2019

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Josephine Borgeson

Deacon Phina Borgeson brings to her work with CALL more than forty years experience teaching, facilitating, and mentoring in ministry education and formation. She thrives on encouraging deacons, those preparing to be deacons, and other members of the baptized to make connections among their daily lives, cultural and civic contexts, and faith traditions. She lives in Sonoma County, California, where her community ministry focus is on policy and practices for just and resilient food systems.


The course introduces the New Testament (NT) from a historical, literary, social and theological perspective. It focuses on the distinct nature of each document, the authorship, the times in which they were written, the key themes and issues the authors addressed, and the theological teachings they offered. Due attention is given to the social contexts and historical events that impacted the formation of the texts. Various methods such as historical criticism, literary criticism, social science criticism, and contextual approaches will be used in interpreting the NT texts.

January 21 - March 11, 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.


This course will explore the history of Christianity by focusing on snapshots of it in different times and places, by attending to its diversity over time, by encountering contrasting historical figures in its history, by asking what “salvation” meant and what “mission” consisted of in each of these times and places, and by pondering how these historical forms of Christianity may inform our faith and praxis today.

Over the seven weeks you will get to know the early Jesus movement, Constantine’s imperial church, missionaries among Germanic “barbarians,” the culture-dominating Christianity of the Middle Ages with its mysticism and monasticism, the marriage of church and state in Henrician and Elizabethan England, the political tensions within Christianity during industrialization, the hot and cold wars from 1800 to today, and whether this history is our “heritage” or just so much “baggage.”

This course is suitable as an introduction or a refresher from a distinct line of inquiry. In addition to the basic reading, reflecting and writing, suggestions for further personal reading, on-line viewing, and travel will be recommended.

January 21 - March 11, 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.