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Living at CDSP

Worship

The CDSP community worships at All Saints Chapel when classes are in session. During the fall and spring semesters, services include:

Tuesdays
8:30 am Community Eucharist
5:30 pm Evening Prayer with music

Wednesdays
8:30 am Holy Eucharist
5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Thursdays
8:30 am Morning Prayer
5:45 pm Community Eucharist, followed by 7:00 pm Community Dinner in Denniston Commons

CDSP uses Rite I, Rite II, Enriching Our Worship and occasionally liturgies from elsewhere in the Anglican Communion. Additionally, we also have multilingual services and other worship opportunities throughout the year.

Community Nights

Community Night is a time when the entire CDSP community – commuting and residential students, families, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors – gathers once a week in Denniston Commons following an evening (5:45 p.m.) Eucharist in All Saints Chapel for fellowship, dinner and an occasional program or visiting speaker.

The evening Eucharist and Community Nights occur on Thursdays in the months when school is in session.

These signature events capture the spirit and diversity and community of CDSP. Alumni, faculty and student have led discussions or programs at Community Nights, which are often followed by a community “staff meeting” at La Val’s pizza restaurant around the corner on Euclid Avenue.

The Community Nights begin after chapel, allowing time for Forums and ‘See CDSP’ events. Community Nights occur every Thursday during the academic year – Fall/Spring term as well as during January and June Intersession courses. There are no Community Nights on the 4th Thursday In October, November, December or March because of Reading Week, Thanksgiving, Christmas break and Spring break).

A catered community dinner is served in Denniston Commons following the Eucharist.

The GTU Community

Because CDSP is located in the center of ‘Holy Hill,’ home to six of the nine member seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union, members of the CDSP community are able to attend the wide range of special events, lectures, exhibits and public forums scheduled at the various schools and affiliated centers, which express the richness and diversity of this unique ecumenical and inter-religious community.

Browse the GTU events calendar to explore the many events, exhibits and lectures available to CDSP students and faculty.

Neighborhood

CDSP is part of multiple neighborhoods, whose members and institutions enrich the experience of living, studying and worshiping.

  • The “Holy Hill” neighborhood, consisting of partner schools and centers of the Graduate Theological Union, sharing faculty, meals, events, a library and open spaces.
  • The Euclid Avenue neighborhood, providing a commercial block with places to gather, shop, eat and linger.
  • The North Berkeley neighborhood, with its own unique shops and restaurants along Shattuck Avenue, the meandering streets of the Berkeley Hills and the Berkeley Rose Garden.
  • The University of California/Berkeley neighborhood, one block south, with entertainment, recreation, libraries and parks within the sprawling campus.
  • Downtown Berkeley, also within walking distance, offering the amenities, shops, services and government offices of a city of more than 100,000 people, flavored by unique and eclectic traditions.
  • Berkeley is part of the East Bay, whose population center is nearby Oakland, but whose communities stretch from the Sacramento Delta to San Jose.
  • Across the bay, the Golden Gate and the city of San Francisco are always in view – fogbank permitting – beckoning East Bay residents to travel across the Bay Bridge or take public transportation (bus, BART, or ferry) to the renowned international city and all of its treasures.

CDSP students, as part of the GTU, have some privileges at the University of California, Berkeley:

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Student Employment

CDSP depends on the dedicated work of its students, and is pleased to be able to offer on-campus employment opportunities for students that allows them to contribute to the CDSP community and work in an environment that appreciates a student’s need to balance academic work and employment.

Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross Mission Society serves as the missionary “hands” of the seminary, raising both funds and awareness, while engaging in direct community outreach.

Charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay area and across the country received 2017 Celtic Cross Mission grants. Last year almost $28,000 was awarded for projects filling baby boxes at a rural a hospital, urban reforesting, supporting chaplaincy for first responders, youth programs, new seating for homeless ministry, production of a documentary on mission work in Haiti, new lighting for music program, feeding ministries, and educational materials regarding special needs children.

A team of students reviews the grant applications, research needs, and presents recommendations to the seminary community. In addition, during the last year, three emergency grants were provided in response to immediate need. After Hurricanes Harvey and Maria grants were made through Episcopal Relief and Development and UNICEF to assist the victims. Locally, funds were provided to assist families following the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties where 8400 structures burned and 43 people lost their lives.

Much of the focus of Celtic Cross in the fall is on raising funds, primarily through parking cars on Cal football game days – turning the parking lot into baby blankets, clean air, teaching supplies, food for hungry bellies, and more. Parking cars becomes mission evangelism, as students share stories of the projects with those who use the lot, connecting them with the Good News they are helping to support. Celtic Cross also is the recipient of community night offerings to support the annual grant process.

All members of the CDSP community, including faculty, staff, students, spouses, and partners, are members of the Celtic Cross Mission Society. 

Applications for 2020 mission grants will open in March 2020. Grant awards will be announced in May. For more information, contact the Society at CelticCross@cdsp.edu.

Ingrid Jacobson serves as the Celtic Cross Missioner for 2019-20.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Two types of housing are offered to students at CDSP: Single dormitory-style rooms and one- to four-bedroom apartments.

Parsons Hall on the CDSP campus offers single rooms with basic furniture in a dormitory-style building, with shared bathrooms, coin laundry and kitchenette facilities.

Unfurnished apartments with one- to four-bedrooms are available in Nichols Hall, a CDSP-owned apartment building, one block from the CDSP campus at 1700 Le Roy Avenue.

Some housing in both Parsons and Nichols is available for non-CDSP students.

Meals

CDSP features GTU Consortial Dining in d’Autremont Dining Hall, located on the Pacific School of Religion campus, just south of the CDSP campus. The dining hall is open Monday – Friday. It is closed on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

CDSP offers two meal plans, an unlimited plan and a 25-meal plan. Walk-in pricing is also available.

Campus Safety

Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) highly values the individual and collective security of its students, faculty, and staff. This is so not only because it cares about individual safety, but also because safety is a pre-requisite for the creation of an academic community devoted to research, learning and teaching.

In addition, the Congress and Department of Education have established many requirements for campus crime policies and reporting. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), codified at 20 U.S.C. 1092(f) as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 require that CDSP disclose policy information and crime statistics as part of a campus security report published annually.

A copy of the complete 2019 CDSP Clery Act Report is available for download.

The Berkeley Police Department has an interactive map of where recent crimes have been committed.