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What an honor to be here. I love the color demonstrated in the faculty and the trustees' gowns, and I love the bright eyes and enthusiasm of the graduating class. I also love the joy and the enthusiasm of all of you here. That reading we just heard from Matthew, I think it's really fitting because, look at this: "The apostles were gathered together, and they went to the place Jesus had directed." Now, for many of us, people of faith, isn't that just what we have done? We have gone to the place where we've been directed. You have been led to be faculty and trustees. You have been led to be students and to be ready to take the next step. And, as I read this very last part of Matthew's Gospel, when you get to the part about "Go, therefore," I always think of the trumpets and the sound, the music and all the drama of being missioned.

M. Div. Student Monica Whitaker Reflects

Third-year M.Div. student Monica Whitaker joined the Rev. Dr. Fran Toy ('84, '96), Professor Emeritus John Kater and more than 300 leaders in the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Consultation and 40th Anniversary Celebration (EAM@40) held in Burlingame, CA, June 20-24. The event, which included workshops, presentations and worship, celebrated the diversity of Asiamerican ministries throughout the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion in North America and Asia.

Toy, one of the Asiamerican pioneers who worked with EAM founder the Rev. Winston Wyman Ching, encouraged Whitaker to attend EAM@40.

"The Patron Saint to the Navajo of the San Juan"

In June, third-year M.Div. student Cathlena Plummer presented a paper, "The Patron Saint to the Navajo of the San Juan," at the Tri-History Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The conference, co-sponsored by the Episcopal Women's History Project (EWHP), the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC) and the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists (NEHA), is held annually. Plummer's paper discussed Fr. Harold Baxter Liebler, an Episcopal priest who lived and worked among the Navajo from 1943 until his death in 1982.

Read the paper, and watch a video of the presentation.

Same-sex relationships deserve " blessing of the church and recognition of the state"


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Berkeley, CA (Church Divinity School of the Pacific), June 26, 2013--The Very Rev. Mark Richardson, dean and president of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church, released the following statement on today's U. S. Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and the state of California's constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage:

"As Episcopalians, we believe that same-sex couples who make a sacred commitment to love and be faithful to one another model the self-giving love of Jesus. These relationships deserve both the blessing of the church and the recognition of the state. We are heartened, therefore, that U. S. Supreme Court has opened the door for same-sex marriage to return to California.

Berkeley Episcopal, Lutheran Seminaries Appoint Joint Faculty

Beginning July 1, Steed V. Davidson and Bradley B. Burroughs will hold joint appointments on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) and Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California. Davidson already serves as a professor at PLTS, while Burroughs is new to both seminaries.

Burroughs most recently taught courses in contemporary theology at Duke Divinity School's Course of Study for Ordained Ministry in Durham, North Carolina, where he also served as a writing tutor, both at the divinity school and at the university. He earned a Ph.D from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2012. He holds an M.Div from Duke and a B.A. from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Former dean and president, dean of academic affairs finish long tenures

June 18, 2013, Berkeley, Calif.—Dr. Donn F. Morgan and the Rev. Dr. Linda L. Clader are retiring from Church Divinity School of the Pacific on June 30, the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, CDSP dean and president, announced today.

Within the CDSP community and beyond, both Morgan and Clader are widely respected as inspiring, engaging and provocative teachers, as well as effective administrators.

"In both Linda Clader and Donn Morgan, what comes across so clearly through their gifts of teaching and administration alike is their love for CDSP, and their sense of its unique ministry in the world of theological education," said Richardson. "They have given their wonderful gifts and talents to the school, as excellent preachers in the chapel, as caring and thoughtful advisors, as classroom teachers, outside lecturers, and contributors in print to their fields, all with a sustained love for theological education in the Episcopal Church and more especially for CDSP. We will truly miss them."

Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, will hold its 119th commencement on Friday, May 24. Sister Simone Campbell will give the commencement address and receive a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa. The ceremony is open by invitation only and will be streamed live over the Internet at beginning at 10:30 am Pacific.

Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby, an attorney and a poet. Last summer, Campbell led a group of sisters, known as the Nuns on the Bus, on a nine-state trip to call attention to proposed federal financial cuts to programs that serve the poor.

"At CDSP, ecumenical collaboration is our lifeblood," said Dean and President Mark Richardson. "Our entire community is eager to welcome Sr. Simone and learn from her extraordinary witness for justice and wisdom about the church's social justice teaching."