Courses in partnership with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership

Below you'll find courses that we share in partnership with the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP).  There are no videoconferences with these courses. 

Those in formation for Holy Orders should register via ECMN BY DECEMBER 15, 2021 at this link: Formands Only: Register HERE


All others are welcome to register for these courses, along with all the other offerings by CALL. Tuition for these courses is $230. Register directly with CALL here. If you'd like to take one of these courses and the tuition is a barrier to your participation, please reach out to formation@episcopalmn.org.


2022.01A: Intro to New Testament | January 17 - March 7, 2022

New Testament Interpretation

The New Testament stands as the key resource for preaching, theology, and spiritual formation, growth, and encouragement in the Christian tradition. This course will give students a foundational background in the process of faithful interpretation of New Testament texts for ministry and service in congregations. We will explore the historical and cultural context of these texts in order to better understand their message for us, but we will also focus on their literary aspects—understanding both what the author is trying to say but also how he is saying it. Through this approach, students will gain not only knowledge about the texts and their content but also skills in interpreting those texts as congregational leaders, mentors, and counselors who can help those they serve to become faithful and perceptive readers of New Testament texts as both historical documents and spiritual resources for the church today.

Required readings:

  1. A Critical Edition of the New Testament (such as the HarperCollins or Oxford Study Bible)
  2. Boring, Eugene M. An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox, 2012.

Instructor: Dr. Peter Ajer, Lecturer in New Testament, Church Divinity School of the Pacific



2022.01B: Church History: Wisdom for Mission Today | January 17 - March 7, 2022

Church History: Wisdom for Mission TodayThis course will explore the history of Christianity by focusing on snapshots of it in different times and places, by attending to its diversity over time, by encountering contrasting historical figures in its history, by asking what “salvation” meant and what “mission” consisted of in each of these times and places, and by pondering how  these historical forms of Christianity may inform our faith and praxis today.

Over the seven weeks we will get to know the early Jesus movement, Constantine’s imperial church, missionaries among Germanic “barbarians,” the culture-dominating Christianity of the Middle Ages with its mysticism and monasticism, the marriage of church and state in Henrician and Elizabethan England, the political tensions within Christianity during industrialization, the hot and cold wars from 1800 to today, and whether this history is our “heritage” or just so much “baggage.”

This course is suitable as an introduction or a refresher from a distinct line of questioning.  In addition to the basic coursework’s reading, reflecting and writing, a discussion program for local formation groups will be available, as well as suggestions for further personal reading, on-line viewing and travel.

  • Justo L. González.  Church History: An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.
  • David Chidester.  Christianity: A Global History. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2000.
  • David Hein and Gardiner H. Shattuck, Jr.  The Episcopalians. Westport, CT:  Praeger Publishers, 2004.

Instructor: Bradley Peterson, D. Phil


2022.03A/D: Diaconal Hermeneutic | March 21 - May 16, 2022

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As we live into the successive waves of the current renewal of the Sacred Order of Deacons in The Episcopal Church we are gaining greater clarity about the distinctive nature of the “full and equal order,” and increasingly able and willing to invite the gift of prophetic servant leadership. At the heart of the deacon’s vocation and charism is a way of seeing the world and the church that informs prayer and action. Drawing on the concept and discipline of hermeneutics this online course will explore the components of a diaconal hermeneutic and how it shapes ministry and the deacon’s ordination charge, “to interpret to the church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.”

For this first offering of the course, readings will be excerpts from a variety of sources, provided by the instructor.

The course is suitable for the ongoing learning of deacons in ministry, persons aspiring to the diaconate or who are in formation. It will also be informative for members of congregational vocations committees and members of Commission on Ministry.

Readings:

  • Walter Brueggeman, The Prophetic Imagination and The Hopeful Imagination
  • Excerpts posted online from N.T. Wright, Heschel, and Merton
Instructor: Dr. Rod Dugliss


2022.03A/P: What We Believe: Anglican Theology | March 21 - May 16, 2022


What We Believe: Theology in the Anglican Tradition
It has become rather commonplace to suppose that Anglican Christians care mostly about liturgy and not very much about theology. While there are some good reasons for that characterization, it’s not historically accurate. Anglican traditions exhibit a rich and diverse history of theological reflection. One of the contributions of that history has been the insistence that how Christians think and talk about God makes a critical difference in what Christians believe. In that regard, Anglicans have consistently turned to the communal nature of theological reflection, or the importance of conversation in how we “do” theology. As the product of a living tradition, Anglican theology is in constant and evolving dialogue with the diverse contexts in which it takes shape. In this course we will explore our theological roots in the Anglican tradition and will engage the tradition from the perspectives we bring to the conversation as we explore some of the major doctrines in Christian theology.

Online Instructor: The Rev. Dr. John Kater studied at Columbia University, the General Theological Seminary and McGill University in Montreal.  He has served as a parish priest in the US as well as the Education Officer in Panama.  In 1990 he joined the faculty of CDSP as Professor of Ministry Development and was the director of CALL for its first ten years.  Officially retired, John continues to teach at CDSP in the fall semester as Professor Emeritus.  Each spring he serves as Visiting Professor at Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong.

Readings: Posted online by the instructor.



2022.03B: Changing Church | March 21 - May 16, 2022

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What does it mean to lead during a time of religious, sociocultural, and environmental upheaval? What can churches do differently to reflect and nurture gospel values and God’s dream of a just, reconciled, Spirit-filled world? This course will use the vision and concepts of Beloved Community to interrogate our approach to mission. Participants will articulate a set of big-picture values and everyday leadership practices designed to help ensure that our growing and changing communities avoid reproducing past injustices and divisions, contributing instead to their repair and reconciliation.

Instructor: The Rev. Kyle Oliver | View his website