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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."

Church Publishing Incorporated and Church Divinity School of the Pacific are pleased to announce the establishment of the Weil Series in Liturgics, honoring Louis Weil and the study, practice, and theology of liturgy. Dr. Weil's upcoming new title is the initial volume in the series:

Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite

Louis Weil ISBN: 9781596272439 $18.00 Paper 6 x 9 160 pgs

Available April, 2013 from Seabury Books

In his latest work, written expressly for seminarians, diocesan staff, priests, and worship committees, Louis Weil, the premier Anglican liturgical theologian, asks his readers to carefully consider the "sense" and logic of ritual action within a generous and expansive understanding of sacramental theology.

Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8

The nard oil that Mary used to anoint Jesus' body came from the spikenard plant in India. The oil was placed in an alabaster box then transported by caravan across the long flat desert to the markets of Jerusalem.

One pound of nard oil cost 300 denari, the equivalent of nearly one year's wages for a common laborer.

Spikenard is still costly – a pound now runs about $480. There are many corners of this globe today where that would be one year's wages. So it is not an unreasonable question Judas asks:

Psalm 118:1-2,19-29
Luke 19:28-40

A MAJOR CHALLENGE of Lent is this: how should we wait? Our culture demands that everything happen instantly. Lent requires a different kind of clock, one synchronized to Kairos, or God's time; open to the working of the Spirit.

In the dramatic emotional swings of Holy Week we find ourselves in a kind of twilight zone, both knowing what awaits our Lord and not wanting to know what will happen, of wanting to fast forward from Palm Sunday to Easter morning. If only we could avoid the pain of betrayal and the horror of the crucifixion, the agonizing sense of loss felt by the followers and friends of Jesus.

Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 32
2 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 15:1-2, 11b-32

MODERN CHRISTIANS can see the ending coming from a mile away. Of course, the Prodigal Son will be met on the road once more by his forgiving father. They'll have a big "welcome home" party. And the older, more responsible son will refuse to join in, preferring to remain outside, stewing with resentment. We already know the message: it's never too late to repent. God's forgiveness is extravagant. We might even play the game of "Which Son Am I?" to try to find new paths into this parable. But ultimately, though we may feel a twinge of pity for the older son, we are more or less "set" with what this story has to teach us.

Then why are we still so ashamed? If we know the lesson this parable imparts, why don't we believe it? So many people I know carry guilt and sadness with them, year after year, for an offense, trait, or desire they deem unforgivable. I still can get pangs of remorse for being gay, twenty-five years after coming out—despite a loving husband and a changing culture. We behave as if Divine Love is conditional, and that God opts out under certain circumstances.

Exodus 3:1-15

The Lord said, "I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt....So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt." But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" And God said, "I will be with you." (Exodus 3:7-12)

Lent is another time in our lives as Christians in which we focus on preparation for Jesus' death and resurrection, and our own shortcomings and, perhaps even our strength. God helps us prepare for the next step in our lives, the next set of challenges. God provided tools of the spirit and companions and prayer partners to assist in the journey. We recognize our limitations, but are called to trust in God again and move forward.

"Who am I Lord?" to have seen what I have seen and yet to be given such awesome responsibility.