EPISCOPAL DIVINITY SCHOOL Contact: Nancy Davidge
99 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 01238 617.682.1502
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).
Bringing Change in the Church
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
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
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
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.
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