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Join us at CDSP on Saturday, March 14 for the third annual CDSP/Diocese of California Youth Ministry Day. This year, our theme is "Walking Among Stones of Fire:  Crisis, Inclusion and Healing with Youth and their Families."

The day will include presentations, workshops, and conversations dedicated to developing the skills to support young people and their families in the community of faith, particularly those on the autism spectrum and those struggling with emotional and spiritual crises of health and wholeness. Parents, youth ministers, clergy, teachers and anyone who works with or cares about young people are invited to take part.

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You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the middle of the stones of fire.--Ezekiel 28:14

The cost of $25 includes lunch. Register online.
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Diocese of California’s interns will live on CDSP’s campus, participate in community’s life

BERKELEY, December 18, 2014—Beginning in August, up to eight interns with the Diocese of California’s Episcopal Service Corps program will live on the campus of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) and participate in the life of the seminary.

Living on the seminary’s campus will provide richer educational and social opportunities for the interns and immerse them in the life of a Christian community dedicated to study, prayer and fellowship, said leaders of the diocese and seminary. The seminary will benefit from the diverse perspectives and experiences of the interns who will be working at churches and non-profit organizations in the Bay Area while living on campus.

“This partnership is an excellent example of vitality practices we seek to employ in the Diocese of California,” the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California said. “This partnership demonstrates collaboration between CDSP and the Diocese of California, offers chances for embeddedness in a variety of communities for interns, and the Bay Area is teaming with diversity — to which the interns have continually contributed with their presence.”

“We are looking forward to inviting the Episcopal Service Corps interns into the rhythms of our daily life,” said the Rev. Dr. W. Mark Richardson, dean and president of CDSP. “CDSP trains students to respond to the challenges of contemporary society with the Good News of Jesus Christ. The work these interns will do will help them to develop their own particular insights about those challenges. That can’t help but enrich the conversation on our campus and deepen the experience of seminarians and interns alike.”

The diocese’s intern program offers young adults a chance to explore their faith while working for justice and living with other interns in a Christian community. The interns gain real life experience by working 32 hours each week, engage in communal theological reflection and consider together the work they may want to pursue when the internship ends.

Tom Poynor, the program’s director, said, “I am excited about this opportunity to strengthen the work we do in forming leaders, both lay and ordained, for the larger church. The cooperation with CDSP creates a stronger locus for our commitment to intentional Christian community while immersing interns in vibrant traditional and cutting-edge theological conversation.” 


The Episcopal Diocese of California serves a diverse community of faith encompassing the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Approximately 27,000 people form 80 congregations in six counties. More information about the Diocese of California can be found at If you’d like more information about this topic or to schedule and interview with Joseph Peters-Mathews, please call him at 415.869.7820 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, educates students in an ecumenical and interreligious context to develop leaders who can proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world through traditional and emerging ministries. Learn more at


Want to make change in your community? Visit CDSP from January 18-23 for Organizing for Congregational Renewal, a course about mission, sustainable leadership, and forming collaborative relationships for action. The course, open for academic credit or continuing education, is taught by a team of experienced Industrial Areas Foundation community organizers and will also include a theological reflection section led by Professor Bradley BurroughsLearn more and register online.

The next session of CALL, CDSP's online continuing education program, begins on January 26. Register now for courses in lifelong formation, the diaconate, theology and ethics in the Anglican tradition, Ezra and Nehemiah, and ritual care in times of transition. New this session:  a course on the documents prepared by the Task Force on the Study of Marriage for the Episcopal Church's 2015 General Convention.

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Thank you to all our donors and friends for making #CDSPGivingTuesday a success and raising $10,000 for #GivingTuesday Scholarships! Did you miss out on the fun? Not to worry, you can still contribute right here.


This year on December 1, CDSP is participating in a campaign called Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday invites us to dedicate ourselves to giving back and to celebrate generosity. We're asking students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other friends of CDSP to use their own personal social media accounts with the hashtag #CDSPGivingTuesday to spread the word about what we do here at CDSP, and all the great things our donations support.

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Arizona priest-lawyer-educator succeeds Carol Anne Brown

The Board of Trustees of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific elected the Rev. Canon Richard N. Morrison, canon for ecumenical and community relations in the Diocese of Arizona, as its new chair at a meeting last month.

Morrison, a lawyer whose practice focuses on water and environmental law, succeeds Carol Anne Brown, who led the board since May 2013.

"Richard is a bi-vocational priest, a lawyer, a teacher and an environmentalist," said the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, president and dean of CDSP. "His life and ministry exemplify one of the primary lessons we teach our students: that Christian leaders must be prepared to work toward the reign of God both within the church and the wider community.

"CDSP has been blessed by a succession of excellent board chairs. I give thanks for Carol Ann Brown's whose leadership just ended, and look forward to working closely with Richard."

Morrison chairs the board of the Morrison Institute of Public Policy at Arizona State University, where he teaches water resources management. He has also served on the boards of the Claremont School of Theology and the former Seabury-Western Seminary.