Upcoming Continuing Ed Courses Include Navigating Conflict, Intro to BCP, NT Parables

Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Posted Aug 1, 2023

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 Fall 2023 session runs September 11 through October 30. Registration for each of the following courses is now open at cdsp.edu/call/online/call-courses-fall-2023/

Navigating Conflict: Speaking the Truth in Love with Rev. Alex Leach

Reconciliation is the mission of the Church; and reconciliation is not the absence of conflict but rather the navigation of it. When approached with skill and grounded in Christ’s love, conflict is a healthy process through which we fully encounter our neighbor, learn about ourselves, and develop unity amid difference. In this course, you will learn concrete skills and tools that help keep conflict healthy and safe. You will also explore the spiritual practices which form the bedrock of this work. Over the seven weeks, you will be asked to read, listen, reflect, and practice skills.

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Introduction to the Book of Common Prayer with Rev. Dr. Melissa Hartley

This course will offer an introduction to the Book of Common Prayer, looking at its historical roots in the Church of England and following its development in the American prayer books. The primary focus will be on the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and its use today. Since much of the theology of the Episcopal Church is contained within its worship, this course will examine how the 1979 prayer book is different from previous editions and why these changes are so significant. Emphasis will be given to the rites of initiation and the eucharist.

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The New Testament Parables with Rev. Laurent Lokitakatshi-Odjango

The course explores the parables of Jesus in their historical, cultural, and literary contexts. A close study of specific parables will determine the embedded theological themes, ethical lessons, codifications for social reconstruction, and the significance of the parabolic discourse for the Church and society today. As we engage the New Testament parables and the different secondary readings, look forward to developing a shared appreciation of the richness and multivocality of the Word of God that will and enriching your understandings of parables for various ministries and discipleship.

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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.