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EPISCOPAL DIVINITY SCHOOL Contact: Nancy Davidge 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 01238 617.682.1502 www.eds.edu email@example.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Spring 2009 Weekend Courses at Episcopal Divinity School December 10, 2008, Cambridge, MA – Episcopal Divinity School offers people with an interest in religion and spirituality the opportunity to explore, discuss, and expand their knowledge of theology by enrolling in one of their spring weekend courses on a continuing education basis. “We try to provide a variety of weekend courses in the spring, suitable for matriculated students, as well as those who would like to try a seminary class for the first time, and those looking for a continuing education experience,” said The Rev. Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook, Academic Dean. Led by some of the top seminary educators in the nation, all EDS classes are taught at the graduate level. Flexible enough to fit any schedule, classes range from a couple of intensive weekends to the entire spring semester (January 26 – April 28). Courses Include: Bringing Change in the Church Ed Rodman February 6-7 and April 3-4, Friday, 4:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm Developing advocacy skills within church structures and learning how to best utilize religious institutions for social change is the focus of this course. Students will explore how to impact church systems as well as the relationship between church institutions and local contexts. Changing Racism: A Personal Approach to Anti-Oppression Work Bill Kondrath, Karen Montagno January 30-31 and March 6-7, Friday, 4:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Learning how to identify racism, sexism, and other forms of systematic oppression, at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, and cultural levels helps students understand how organizational structures (i.e. the church, universities, health care, organizations, etc.) can perpetuate „isms‟ even among well meaning individuals. Students will learn new approaches for changing prejudice and for working cooperatively to dismantle oppressive practices. No auditors. Evangelism for Liberation Elizabeth Magill February 20-21 and April 17-18, Friday, 4:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm How do we share the Good News of our faith in a 21st century context? Much of the U.S. population is unchurched: Should they hear our story? Why? In what ways? This course looks at how individuals and congregations can know their own story and share their story with the world around us; learn how we can be more intentional about communicating really Good News to neighbors who are longing. Ministry Development for Ministry Developers Fredrica Harris Thompsett and Elizabeth Magill April 26 to June 6, 2008, Hybrid course with six self-paced online segments, one per week, regular small group online discussions, and three web conferences meetings (April 29, May 20, and June 3, 8:00 pm EDT) Designed to provide ministry developers in the field the opportunity to collaborate with their peers across North America and to hone their skills in listening, seeing, and discerning with congregations as well as identifying and practicing group practices that lead to congregations knowing who they are, identifying the power they have, and imagining who they could be. Religion and the Media: The Ministry of Communication in Uncertain Times Nancy Davidge, Ian Douglas February 27-28 and March 13-14, Friday, 4:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Equipping religious leaders with practical media skills is the central goal of this hands- on, experiential course which includes guest presentations by both secular and religious media professionals. This practical course will help both religious leaders and media professionals to understand each other better in order to develop mutually productive and cooperative relationships. To see a complete list of spring courses and for fee information, visit the EDS website at www.eds.edu or request a catalogue at 617.682.1507. To register, contact Penny Kohn, registrar, at 617.682.1525 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Special pricing is available for Ministers- in-Vicinity - New England clergy, lay religious professionals, and graduates from an accredited theological school. For short-term housing, please contact Penny Smith at email@example.com or 617.682.1593 to reserve, as housing is limited. Episcopal Divinity School is a respected center of study and spiritual formation for lay and ordained leaders with a strong commitment to justice, compassion, and reconciliation. EDS, formed in 1974 with the merger of Philadelphia Divinity School (founded in 1857) and the Episcopal Theological School (founded in 1867), offers doctor of ministry and master‟s degrees, as well as certificates in theological studies. Located on an eight-acre campus just a few blocks from Harvard Yard, EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of eight eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion. ##### UNSUBSCRIBE INFORMATION: To unsubscribe from this Episcopal Divinity School subscription list, simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the word "unsubscribe." All unsubscribe requests are promptly processed.
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