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[ENS] Teaching: CALL at Berkeley seminary / Catalyst: The Diaconate

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Date Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:58:59 -0400

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Daybook -- Today is Tuesday, September 26, 2006. The Church calendar remembers Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester (1555-1626)

* Today in Scripture: Daily Office meditation * Today in Prayer: Anglican Cycle of Prayer: * Today in History: On this day in 1786, the Diocese of Delaware completed a three-year process to become an independent diocese. - - -

Tuesday Teaching: CALL at Berkeley seminary announces new online courses

[Source: Church Divinity School of the Pacific] The Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL) at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California, announces new fall/winter online courses for clergy and lay persons.

Leading the way in online education, CALL was established at CDSP for the strengthening and development of spiritual depth, leadership, ministry, and mission of the Church.

"Thanks to the Internet, we're now your local seminary.wherever you live," said David T. Gortner, director of CALL. "Accessibility is the key. It's exciting to see the increase in students from around the country, and even internationally, enrolling in our online courses."

Now in its 11th year of offering online education, Gortner credits CALL's success to its dialogue with dioceses to "understand their needs, and design courses specifically to meet those needs" and having timely and relevant courses, as well as the "intentional variety of voices" providing perspectives on religious traditions such as Islam, Anglicanism, and Asian pastoral care.

Highlights of this year's courses include:

October 9 - November 26, 2006

* God of Our Mothers: Face to Face with Powerful Women of the Old Testament, by M.R. Ritley.

January 22 - March 11, 2007

* Resources for an Effective Music Ministry, incorporating sound files as part of the curriculum, by John March.

February 26 - April 22, 2007

* Islam for Christians, by Michael Duffett.

March 12 - May 6, 2007

* Blues Clues for Liturgy with Young People, by Jane Alice Gober.

"Another exciting trend in online learning is the opportunity to study a new book with the author as your teacher," Gortner said. "Author Duane Bidwell, with his new work as the textbook, will teach a course this spring reflecting the book's title 'Short-Term Spiritual Guidance.'"

Bidwell is the director of the Pastoral Care and Training Center of Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.

Gortner also cites CALL's advisory board as being instrumental in making decisions that contribute to the growth of CALL's online learning program, as well as the Center's special events and programs.

Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori was an active member of the CALL board.

To request a course catalog, or register for CALL classes and events, visit the website:, or 1-800-353-CDSP/1-510-204-0720.

Founded in 1893, Church Divinity School of the Pacific's mission is to provide the highest quality Christian theological education in an environment of scholarship, reflection and worship, rooted in the Anglican tradition. CDSP is a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical and interfaith consortium based in Berkeley, California.

For more information on CDSP, visit:

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Diocesan Digest

ALBANY: William Howard Love consecrated bishop coadjutor

EASTERN MICHIGAN: Steven Todd Ousley consecrated bishop coadjutor

PENNSYLVANIA: Diocesan Standing Committee hires lawyer

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Allan E. Smith dies at 83

Lorenzo Martinez joins ERD as vice president for External Affairs

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Catalyst: "The Diaconate: A Full and Equal Order" from The Continuum International Publishing Group, by James Monroe Barnett, 253 pages, paperback, $19.95

[Source: The Continuum International Publishing Group] This book is a highly readable, comprehensive study that has established itself as the definitive work on the diaconate. Drawing upon original sources, the book provides valuable insights into the development of the office of the deacon in the early church and situates it within the context of the church's total ministry. Barnett contends that a radical change in the nature and understanding of the church's ministry took place in the fourth century. A ministry that had included the whole people of God in a horizontal, organic structure gave way to one that was clerical and hierarchical. This change, among other factors, eventually transformed the diaconate into an inconsequential, transitional office on the way to the priesthood. Responding to the present-day revival of the diaconate in the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, and other churches, Barnett calls for a restoration of the office to its original place as full and equal order, thus recreating the great symbol of the servant ministry that Christ gave to all the church.

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