New CDSP Continuing Ed Courses Include ‘Get to the Good News,’ ‘Praying the Old Testament’

Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Posted Dec 6, 2022

CALL@CDSP Winter 2023 Course Spotlights

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 at your own time.

Each course is 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 2023 session runs January 23 through March 13. Registration for each of the following courses is now open at https://cdsp.edu/call/online/call-winter-2023/

Get to the Good News with Rev. Cathie Caimano

”Preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” With apologies to Karl Barth, in today’s church and world you should have your phone in the other hand! This course is for experienced preachers who are ready to ditch the manuscript – and the academic style of preaching from the 20th century – and get straight to the Good News for today’s listeners. Using the Triangle Preaching Process (Scripture, situation, self), preachers will learn how to:

  • Engage a media savvy (and theology-starved) congregation.
  • Craft sermons that work from the pulpit and social media.
  • Sum up their main point in 60-seconds – and leave listeners powerfully impacted by the love of God.
  • Quit the bad preaching habits they’ve carried over from last century!

The goal of this course is to inject new life and more Good News into your preaching process and delivery.

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Praying the Old Testament with Dr. Donn Morgan

This course studies the book of Psalms, focusing on its use of the Old Testament (OT) in prayer. The Psalms are heavily dependent upon oral and literary sources of the OT for lament and complaint, praise and thanksgiving, trust, meditation, wisdom, celebration, and much more. We will study the Psalms as prayer, seeing the OT experienced and interpreted in the context of worship and liturgy. Among topics to be explored are: (1) relationships between God and people presupposed by the Psalms and OT; (2) particular parts of the OT used in the Psalms; (3) experiences and social roles psalmists bring to their prayer and use of the OT; (4) communal needs met by the prayers and OT of the Psalms; and, finally, (5) the continuing scriptural shape and voice of the Psalms in both Old and New Testaments. Primary work for this course involves close reading and exegesis of psalms and related OT texts, with a special concern for contemporary pertinence and application.

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Church Divinity School of the Pacific is a graduate theological seminary of the Episcopal Church and a founding member of the ecumenical Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Responding to the challenges of contemporary society with the good news of Jesus Christ, CDSP is rooted in Anglican identity and tradition and provides quality theological education that integrates scholarship, reflection, worship, spirituality, and the practice of ministry.


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