Upcoming Continuing Ed courses include God & Climate Change, Pastoral Care with Marginalized Communities

Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Posted Nov 29, 2023

Winter 2024 CALL Instructors

Looking to deepen your faith, grow your knowledge, or add to your ministry toolkit? CALL@CDSP has short online courses for you! 

The Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership at Church Divinity School of the Pacific offers affordable online learning opportunities throughout the year. Each class is designed so that you can participate at your own pace and on your own time. 

CALL courses are seven weeks, each week a separate lesson. Continuing Education Units are offered at the rate of 2 CEUs per course. Students from across the Episcopal Church and beyond join experienced online instructors in creating a classroom environment of respect and mutual learning. Courses are open to anyone, lay or ordained, of any denomination or none. 

The Winter 2024 session runs January 22 through March 11. The standard course rate is $245, with a discounted rate of $215 available for students from our partner local formation dioceses and members of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. Registration for each of the following courses is now open at cdsp.edu/call/online/call-winter-2024/ 

God & Climate Change: A Biblical Perspective with Dr. Donn Morgan  

This course explores the question “Where is God in Climate Change?” from a biblical perspective. In virtually every form of media Climate Change is seen as an ever-present explanation for many natural disasters and crises, as well as an illustration of human failure, the result of our abuse of the earth’s environment. At the same time, Climate Change also provides a mandate for change of personal and governmental ecological stewardship, for saving the planet and humankind. We will explore basic biblical themes, stories, and teachings pertinent to the way we view God, the earth and the whole created order, and our relationship to them. Hopefully the Bible and its theological teachings can provide helpful perspectives for understanding and living faithfully with the challenges witnessed to and contained in Climate Change. 

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Pastoral Care with Marginalized Communities with Rev. Dr. Sarah Price  

This course focuses on practical and theological foundations for engaging authentically and meaningfully with communities where life experiences, identities, and/or demographic characteristics reveal a social divide that can preclude others (and ourselves) from recognizing their full humanity. Readings and other course content integrate literature from social science, practical theology, and personal narratives of experience. Participants will engage with readings, mini-lectures, case studies and ethnographic narratives and discuss methods and approaches for collaborative, partnered ministry when engaging with marginalized communities.  Individual reflections and participation in a group book project are essential components of this course.  

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Celtic Spirituality and English Mysticism with Rev. Daniel London  

This course will cover the history of Christian Spirituality in the British Isles prior to the Protestant Reformation, including Celtic spirituality, Romano-British Christianity, Anglo-Saxon spirituality, and medieval English mysticism. Students will practice and reflect upon the spiritual disciplines described and prescribed in primary texts in order to better understand the texts in light of their experiences and their experiences in light of the texts. Students will gain a broad knowledge of the various theologies and spiritualties that formed and eventually produced the distinctive flavor of Anglicanism and its many offshoots.

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About Church Divinity School of the Pacific 

CDSP forms leaders called to find new ways to create Christian communities and share God’s love. Through our partnership with Trinity Church Wall Street and an ongoing dialog with bishops and grassroots leaders, we have focused our degree programs on Christian mission, discipleship, and evangelism and on core leadership skills of contextual awareness, critical reflection, and public conversation; established a popular hybrid program for students balancing family obligations or professional responsibilities; and established partnerships that allow us to create distance learning curricula for individual dioceses.