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CALL at Berkeley seminary announces new online courses



[Episcopal News Service]  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.

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