Mobilizing the Congregation for Social Ministry

January 15, 2018 - March 5, 2018
Berkeley CA

CALL 2018 Online Courses

CALL’s online courses are offered throughout the year and are designed so that you can participate at your own pace and at your own time.

Each course is 7 weeks, each week a separate lesson. Continuing Education Units are offered at the rate of 2 CEUs per course. Students from across The Episcopal Church and beyond join experienced online instructors in creating a classroom environment of respect and mutual learning.

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Course fees:
$220 Standard Rate
$195 Partner Rate (Includes members of AED and students from our partner local formation dioceses. For the partner discount code, please contact your diocesan formation coordinator.)

For AED members, please contact the Rev. Dcn. Catherine Costas, Membership Director

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Mobilizing the Congregation for Social Ministry


The aim of this course is to facilitate the empowerment of social ministry in the congregation. Topics include leadership dynamics, working with volunteers, a consideration of our contemporary American society, discussion of social ministry as compassionate service and advocacy, a look at the history of social ministry in the Episcopal Church, and discussion of the underlying ethical, scriptural, theological and spiritual foundations of social ministry. In addition to online readings and videos, the main assignment for the course is an analysis of the participant’s congregation involving a study of the identity and history of the congregation, the social context and openness to diversity, the past and present social ministry of the congregation–all leading to suggestions for future development of social ministry. This work of analysis will require observation of the congregation and the surrounding neighborhood, reading of literature (websites, parish history, census data), and interviews with parishioners and neighbors.

January 15 – March 5, 2018

Instructor: Sr. Pamela Clare Magers

Sr. Pamela Clare, CSF, is a member of The Community of St. Francis, a religious order for women in the Episcopal Church. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Creation Spirituality. She has many years of experience in Hispanic Ministry and is on the faculty of The Episcopal School for Deacons in Berkeley, where she teaches Social Ministry. She is a certified massage therapist who works with poor and homeless people at various social service agencies in San Francisco.