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This fall, CDSP debuts a new online bookstore through Amazon. Visit the bookstore online to see books for Fall 2014 CDSP courses.

CDSP has a new Moodle site for students and faculty.

The Rev. Dr. W. Mark Richardson, dean and president of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, announced today that the Rev. Andrew Hybl (CAS '12) will join Church Divinity School of the Pacific on June 23 as director of recruitment and admissions.

"We are delighted to welcome Andrew back to Holy Hill," said Richardson. "As a recent graduate of both CDSP and Pacific School of Religion, he will offer prospective students a fresh and vital perspective on the value of preparing for ministry in the ecumenical and interfaith environment of the Graduate Theological Union."

"I am honored to serve at CDSP as director of recruitment and admissions. As a former student, I have a deep appreciation for the many ways in which faculty and staff played a vital role in my formation as priest. From experience, I know that CDSP and the Graduate Theological Union are on the cutting edge of theological education. I look forward to helping prospective students discover what a transformative experience CDSP provides."

After a distinguished career in industry, education and the Episcopal Church, Dianne Audrick Smith, Church Divinity School of the Pacific's director of enrollment services, has announced that she will retire effective July 3.

"Dianne's professionalism, commitment to diversity and extensive network in the church have been a great benefit to CDSP," said the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, dean and president of CDSP. "We are grateful to her for her loyal service and for the bright, committed students she has helped bring to CDSP."

Smith, who has worked at CDSP since January 2011, also has extensive experience in corporate sales and marketing, fund and business development, and education. She is secretary of the Union of Black Episcopalians and has held many leadership roles in the Diocese of California and St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Oakland, California.

May 23, 2014

E toku whanau I roto I te ingoa o te Karaiti. Greetings to us all as we gather in the name of our Creator God.

Let me first acknowledge with deep respect the land upon which this sacred institution stands and the ancestors who originally kept dutiful watch. Let me also acknowledge with equally deep respect and gratitude those currently entrusted the stewardship of our beloved CDSP, the Bishops, the Trustees and the Dean and President. I have more to say to some of you in just a little while!

I bring warm greetings from so many of your sisters and brothers from the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, particularly those who have enjoyed association with CDSP in past years. All have asked that I convey their very fondest love and best wishes especially to the graduating class!

Dr. Jenny Te Paa-Daniel, Anglican Communion leader and Maori lay woman, to give commencement address

Berkeley, CA, May 14, 2014—Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), a seminary of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Graduate Theological Union, will hold its 120th commencement on Friday, May 23.

The ceremony will take place in the St. Margaret's Courtyard on CDSP's campus at 2451 Ridge Road in Berkeley, California and is open to the public. The event will be streamed live over the Internet at beginning at 10:30 am Pacific.

Dr. Jenny Te Paa-Daniel, an Anglican Communion leader and former principal of Te Rau Kahikatea, a constituent of the College of St. John the Evangelist in Auckland, will give the commencement address and receive a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.

At the Crossroads: Interpreting the Sacred at the GTU

May 8, 2014

President Potterveld, Chairman Leach, Dean Holder, Dean Kook, Presidents and Deans of the Consortial Schools.

Dear colleagues, family and friends, distinguished graduates, and graduating student speaker, Dr. Courtney Bruntz: it is an honor and privilege to share this time with you and I congratulate you for your achievements.

Welcome especially to former graduates, friends and family! We are so grateful for your support and encouragement of these our graduates during their time here. Scholarship and learning is a communal effort, and it shows in your support of these accomplished graduates.