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In Chicago Feb 22? Visit with Theologian Mark Chapman

An invitation from Bexley Seabury and St. James Cathedral, Chicago

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A Visit with Mark Chapman

Monday, February 22, 2016
9:30–11:00 a.m.
Kyle’s Place Gallery at St. James Commons
65 East Huron, Chicago

 

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The Primates2016 communiqué released by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on January 15, Walking Together in the Service of God in the World, has sparked conversation and consternation around the world. As some leaders of the Anglican Communion express their objections to The Episcopal Church (TEC) declaring itself as fully welcoming of all of God’s children on an equal basis, including LGBTQI individuals, others have expressed their support for TEC and its “everyone means everyone” stand.

JOIN US to consider and discuss the communiqué and its implications.

Please join us Monday morning, February 22 for a visit with theologian Mark Chapman. Mark will share his perspective on the Anglican Communion today, the import of the January 15 communiqué and his assessment of what it means for the future of the Communion.

Light refreshments will be served.

DRIVING? Parking is available at Impark Garage, 33 W. Ontario, for $9 for up to 18 hours when you have your parking ticket validated at the St. James Commons welcome desk.

Questions?
Dominic Barrington | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 312.787.7360
Suzann Holding | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773.380.6784

JOIN US: Online Open House March 8

Wondering what God is asking of you? Feel called to lead?

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Find out what Bexley Seabury offers you.
Online Open House, Tuesday, March 8,
6:30–7:30 p.m. CST

All are welcome

Learn about our historic commitment to serving the Gospel and what it’s like to
study at Bexley Seabury today, through our Online Open House. REGISTER NOW

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and be able to ask questions from the comfort of your couch or wherever you prefer
to connect via the Internet. You’ll hear multiple perspectives on the Bexley Seabury
experience, how our course design creates new possibilities, and ways we
create community.

WHAT WE’LL COVER:

    • Our tradition, vision and culture
    • Our “new possibilities” course design
    • Student perspectives
    • Q & A

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REGISTER NOW

We look forward to welcoming you Tuesday, March 8!

 

Bexley Seabury seeks to affirm all persons who are faithfully living out their vocations within our community—students, staff and faculty—without prejudice to any person regardless of race, color, gender, age, physical disability, height or weight, national and ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation/identity or gender identification.

Questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 773.380.7045

Faculty and Staff News

December 20, 2015 ♦

President Ferlo today announced several faculty and staff changes as Bexley Seabury prepares to consolidate and operate from one site, in Chicago, in Fall 2016.

The move will bring to Chicago Bexley Seabury’s Master of Divinity program, currently offered in partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, through a collabroation that began in 1999.

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Three to continue...one addition to staff.

All three faculty members now resident in Columbus will continue with Bexley Seabury as it forms a single-campus community, with some changes in responsibilities.

Beginning in May, Vice President and Academic Dean Tom Ferguson will transition to adjunct professor of Episcopal and Anglican History as he begins a new ministry, as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sandwich, Mass. Tom will participate in 2016 Bexley Seabury Commencement actitivies and in the celebration of what will have been a 17-year collaboration with Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

Associate Professor of Anglican Theology Jason Fout (Seabury ’01) will continue with Bexley Seabury with his current responsibilities.

Director of Field Education and Formation KyungJa (KJ) Oh (Seabury ’00) will continue with Bexley Seabury in her current staff and faculty positions, including her teaching responsibilities as lecturer in Practical Theology.

Briceno Jaime Dec 2015 300x300 WEBBeginning January 1, Jaime Briceño will join Bexley Seabury as Recruiter and Digital Missioner. A native Costa Rican, Briceño is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He will graduate from Catholic Theological Union this fall with a research MA in systematic theology. Briceño lives in Hyde Park with his wife and two daughters and is a member of St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, Ill.

 

Bexley Seabury to Operate from One Site in Chicago Beginning Fall 2016

Bexley Seabury Board Announces One Site, Multiple Advantages for Students

November 9, 2015

The Board of Directors of Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation (BSSF) today announced that beginning with the Fall 2016 term, the seminary will operate all programs—Anglican Studies, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and Lifelong Learning—from one site, in Chicago. The change, recommended to the Board by its Beyond Walls Task Force, was adopted by unanimous vote.

The move will bring to Chicago Bexley Seabury’s Master of Divinity program. Since 2004 the M.Div. degree has been offered in partnership with Trinity Bexley Seabury Beyond Walls Task Force October 2015 72dpifLutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio through a collaboration that began in 1999. The current agreement with Trinity runs through Spring Term 2016. Transition planning is under way in consultation with current M.Div. students, so that they can complete their studies on schedule.

“Consolidating Bexley Seabury’s operations in Chicago will bring new energy and focus to our work and, I am confident, will create still more choice and flexibility in course offerings while continuing to provide the kind of rich community life that has been one of the Columbus program’s greatest strengths,” said BSSF Board Chair W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia. “We are proud of, and grateful for what will have been a 17-year collaboration with Trinity Lutheran Seminary. This is a grace-filled and mission-faithful time,” Klusmeyer continued.

Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo spoke to the ecumenical significance of the partnership, and emphasized the seminary’s commitment to expanding and strengthening its ecumenical reach. “The Trinity–Bexley Seabury alliance demonstrated the deep wisdom of the ‘Called to Common Mission’ agreement, entered into by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church in 2000. Our partnership has shown how two faith traditions can each benefit when we live into the Gospel together,” Ferlo said. “We look forward to deepening these ecumenical ties—a hallmark of the Bexley Hall experience—in the richly diverse theological culture of Chicago.”

The seven-member Beyond Walls Task Force was commissioned by the Bexley Seabury Board of Directors under its 2015–2017 Strategic Plan “to challenge where we are and where we are heading” in fulfilling one of four key plan goals: to increase access to theological education.

Task Force members are: John E. Denson Jr., BSSF Board vice chair, Task Force chair and rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Indianapolis; Roger Lumpp, BSSF trustee associate andretired business integration consultant; Gary B. Manning, BSSF director and rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Wauwatosa, Wis.; Sandra Ferguson McPhee, BSSF director, attorney and trustee of the Church Pension Fund; Charlotte Reed, BSSF Board secretary and rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, Ohio; Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo, BSSF director and director, Office of Teaching and Learning, College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University; Daniel W. Shannon, BSSF director and retired dean, University of Chicago Graham School.

“I congratulate the members of our Task Force and applaud their enthusiasm and creativity. Our Board is deeply grateful for their work to date, and to come,” said Board Chair Klusmeyer.

2016 Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School

Lead Change...Make a Bigger Difference

 

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FOR LAY & ORDAINED LEADERS In ANY FAITH COMMUNITY

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Every faith community needs strong, motivated, and informed leadership. It’s true for local congregations, social service agencies, and judicatories, whether regional or national. The Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute, offered in collaboration with the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, gives church leaders new insights and new tools inspired by best practices from successful non-profit organizations.

Our 6th annual Institute begins June 20, 2016 and will fill quickly. APPLY NOW.

2 OPTIONS:
♦ 3-day Institute
♦ 5-day Institute Plus
APPLY ONLINE NOW

Participants will interact and collaborate with one another and with faculty from Bexley Seabury and the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management.

Through lectures, interactive exercises and dialogue, participants will:

  • Build skills for effective leadershipKellogg class June 2015 web
  • Gain a deeper understanding of complex cultural change
  • Learn strategies to make your faith community more vital

2016 Institute Topics:

  • Leadership Today
  • Leading and Following
  • Leadership in 5G: Leveraging Generational Differences in Your Organization
  • Stewarding Your Resources
  • The Art of Difficult Conversations
  • Branding Your Organization

APPLY NOW for 3-day Institute or 5-day Institute Plus

3-day Institute $1,450*
for lay and clergy leaders

Monday, June 20–Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Northwestern University
Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street

5-day Institute Plus: $1,620**
for Masters/DMin academic credit

Monday, June 20–Friday, June 24, 2016
3 days at Wieboldt Hall
2 days at Bexley Seabury


QUESTIONS? Please call or email the Rev. Canon Suzann Holding at 773-380-6784 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*with support from Bexley Seabury endowments
**offered for academic credit only


What Past Participants Say

The Bexley Seabury Kellogg Leadership Institute was a profoundly stimulating offering. The faculty were engaging leaders who brought years of experience to bear...I’m hoping to be able to attend again, since the program changes each year. —The Rev. David Hedges, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sycamore, Ill.

As religious institutions face rapid change and leaders strain to find perceptive and creative mentoring, Bexley Seabury’s Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School offers “water for parched throats,” to borrow from the psalmist...This seminar will make you want to drink more deeply. —Rev. Dr. Carol A. Tate, Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

New Church History Book by Academic Dean Tom Ferguson

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Bexley Seabury congratulates Academic Dean Tom Ferguson on the publication of The Episcopal Story: Birth and Rebirth, his account of the history of Christianity with a focus on the emergence of the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church. Volume 2 in the series Church′s Teachings for a Changing World, Ferguson′s book is intended to provoke new insights for seasoned church leaders while also offering a primer for individuals who may be new to, or outside the church. The book is scheduled to be in bookstores on October 10, 2015.

“Tom Ferguson is well known for his encyclopedic command of church history and excellent teaching skills. I can think of no one better suited to tell this story,” said Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo. “We’re delighted that anyone with an interest in the development of Christian thought and practice can, in effect, study with Tom through this book.”

The Church′s Teaching Series was initiated following World War II to provide adults with a basic understanding of the teachings of The Episcopal Church. Updated twice since, the series has become a mainstay on seminary, clergy, and church library bookshelves. Ferlo wrote Opening the Bible, volume 2 in the previous series, which remains in print. The current series will include nine books.

 

An Evening with John Danforth

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JOIN US Thursday, October 22, 2015 on Chicago′s Near North side for
AN EVENING WITH JOHN DANFORTH co-sponsored by St. Chrysostom′s Episcopal Church and Bexley Seabury.

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Episcopal priest and former Senator and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Danforth has written extensively on the negative use of religion to divide the country. In his second book on faith and politics, The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics, Danforth turns to positive strategies for people of faith. Danforth will share his views and take questions from participants in our next Faith in the City dialogue.

WHEN: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7–9 p.m.

WHERE: St. Chrysostom′s, 1424 North Dearborn, Chicago

WHAT: Presentation, Q&A session, and book signing; light refreshments

WHO: Anyone interested in the role of religion in the public square, how people of faith can make a difference, community engagment, and social justice

ADMISSION: No charge. A freewill offering ($10 suggested) will go to St. Chrysostom′s Outreach Fund which supports neighborhood, citywide, and global ministries.*


SO WE CAN PLAN HOSPITALITY, PLEASE RESERVE by October 19

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John Danforth is the author of two books on faith and politics. He graduated from Princeton University, Yale Divinity School, and Yale Law School. Danforth practiced law in New York City and St. Lous before serving Missouri as attorney general and U.S. Senator. He went on to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and as a special envoy to Sudan. He is a partner in the law firm of Dowd Bennett LLP and lives in St. Louis.

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BEXLEY SEABURY is an Episcopal center for learning and discipleship offering theological education in a generous spiritual and intellectual tradition. Our mission is to equip lay and clergy leaders for bold inquiry in service of the Gospel and active engagement in congregational and community life.

ST. CHRYSOSTOM’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH creates strong disciples who are energized by excellence in worship, education, music, fellowship and service. Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, we invite you, as you are, to hear the call of God in your life and to receive the blessings of God freely given.

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*NEIGHBORHOOD: Neighbors in Need hunger ministry and St. James Cathedral’s Summer in the City arts enrichment camp; CITYWIDE: Episcopal Charities and Community Services agencies; GLOBAL: St. Simeon’s Day School, Croix des Bouquets, Haiti and the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Mexico

Faith After #Ferguson

Because racial reconciliation cannot wait

Columbus Convocation 2015 | Wednesday, Sept. 23, 12:15–6:00 PM

 

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PLEASE JOIN US Wednesday, September 23 for a long-overdue community dialogue. We will gather as learners and disciples to consider the urgent need for individuals and communities to confront the sin of racism and begin the arduous work ahead to repent and reconcile.

We look forward to welcoming members of the Bexley Seabury, Bexley Hall and Seabury-Western communities, as well as leaders of neighboring churches, civic leaders, our partners in the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus, and colleagues and friends throughout the greater Columbus area.

All events will be held at St. Philip Episcopal Church, 166 Woodland Avenue, Columbus. Many thanks to the people of St. Philip’s for hosting this important conversation. 

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Faith After #Ferguson:
All We Have to Lose Are Our Chains

PART 1: Lunch & Conversation

Our day begins with time to welcome our alums, students, friends, and neighbors. Be our guest for lunch and enjoy informal conversation with Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo. Lunch will be provided through Freshbox, a Columbus-based employment readiness and advanced job skill training ministry of Lutheran Social Services of Southern Ohio.

PART 2:Awakening the WHITE Church

From the immediate aftermath of the police killing of Michael Brown through the past year of non-violent protest, community organizing, and political action, Episcopal Church leaders have been on the ground in Ferguson and greater St. Louis. Prominent among those leaders has been Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis. In his plenary address, "Faith After #Ferguson: All We Have to Lose Are Our Chains," Mike will share his experience helping the Cathedral community to respond faithfully to the killing of Michael Brown.

PART 3: OTHER VOICES, OTHER PERSPECTIVES

A roundtable of local community and church leaders will respond to Mike’s remarks, drawing on their experiences. Following the panelists’ responses, the roundtable moderator will lead an open dialogue.

PART 4: RECEPTION & CONTINUED CONVERSATION

The closing reception will be an opportunity to continue conversation and, with God’s help, explore ways to unite and act for justice.

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SUMMARY SCHEDULE

  • 12:15: Lunch & Conversation
  • 2:00 PM: Address by Mike Kinman, Dean, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis
  • 3:30 PM: Roundtable Discussion and Open Dialogue
  • 5:00 PM: "Newe Possibilities" Reception

Colleagues, neighbors, and friends are welcome.

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Lead Change

6th Annual Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School

FOR LAY AND CLERGY LEADERS

Kellogg classroom 22 061515 webCongregations...church organizations...judicatories. All need strong clergy and lay leaders to make a difference. Our sixth annual Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute will help leaders at all levels become more confident and more effective.

2 OPTIONS:
♦ 3-day Institute
♦ 5-day Institute Plus
APPLY ONLINE NOW

 

Participants will interact and collaborate with one another and with faculty from Bexley Seabury and the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University.

Through lectures, interactive exercises and dialogue, participants will:

  • Build skills for effective leadership
  • Gain a deeper understanding of complex cultural change
  • Learn strategies to make your faith community more vital

2016 Institute Topics:

  • Leadership Today
  • Leading and Following
  • Leadership in 5G: Leveraging Generational Differences in Your Organization
  • Stewarding Your Resources
  • The Art of Difficult Conversations
  • Branding Your Organization

APPLY NOW for 3-day Institute or 5-day Institute Plus

3-day Institute $1,450*
for lay and clergy leaders

Monday, June 20–Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Northwestern University
Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street

5-day Institute Plus: $1,620**
for Masters/DMin academic credit

Monday, June 20–Friday, June 24, 2016
3 days at Wieboldt Hall
2 days at Bexley Seabury


QUESTIONS? Please call or email the Rev. Canon Suzann Holding at 773-380-6784 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*with support from Bexley Seabury endowments
**offered for academic credit only


What Past Participants Say

The Bexley Seabury Kellogg Leadership Institute was a profoundly stimulating offering. The faculty were engaging leaders who brought years of experience to bear...I’m hoping to be able to attend again, since the program changes each year. —The Rev. David Hedges, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sycamore, Ill.

As religious institutions face rapid change and leaders strain to find perceptive and creative mentoring, Bexley Seabury’s Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School offers “water for parched throats,” to borrow from the psalmist...This seminar will make you want to drink more deeply. —Rev. Dr. Carol A. Tate, Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Faculty News—Ellen Wondra

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra and World Council of Churches commissioner colleagues begin work on Christian unity

CHICAGO, June 16, 2015—The Rev. Dr. Ellen K. Wondra, research professor of theology and ethics at Bexley Seabury, and her colleague commissioners on the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on Faith and Order today take up their charge to search for ways that participating churches can “call one another to visible unity” while responding to impediments to “Christian unity, justice and peace in today’s world.” Elected by the WCC Central Committee in 2014, Wondra is serving a seven-year term, through the 2021 WCC Assembly. The WCC Commission on Faith and Order, a global think tank of ecumenical theologians representing 33 countries, five continents, and many Christian traditions, will be in session June 16-23 at the Manastirea Caraiman near Busteni, Romania.

Wondra comes to the commission informed by her service on The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations, 2001–2006; her service on the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S.A. (ARCUSA), 1992–2010; her experience as co-coordinator of the ARCUSA project on authority, 1996–2008; and by decades of ecumenical dialogue and scholarship addressing the theology and practice of the office of clerical and lay authority.

“Ellen Wondra’s election to the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order is testimony to her leadership, her excellent scholarship, and her faithful service to the church,” said the Rev. Dr. Roger. A. Ferlo, president of Bexley Seabury. “It is entirely fitting that Ellen’s voice and views be made part of the global conversation on Christian unity.”

The Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting, a 1972 alumnus of Seabury-Western and former Bexley Seabury board member, served with Wondra on ARCUSA. He is the retired bishop of Iowa and is currently assisting bishop in Chicago. "It is difficult to overstate the importance of the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order and its contribution to the unity and mission of the Christian Church,” Bishop Epting said. “Ellen Wondra will represent The Episcopal Church, and indeed Western Christianity, well given her academic credentials and practical involvement in ecumenical dialogue over the last quarter of a century of amazing breakthroughs and promise for the future."

Wondra, a Chicago resident, holds an MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific and a PhD in Christian theology from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. She became professor at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary in 1989; was named professor of theology and ethics at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 2004; and served as Seabury-Western’s academic dean 2008–2014. After serving eight years as editor in chief, in 2013 the Anglican Theological Review (ATR) named Wondra editor emerita. Now she is serving ATR as interim editor while a search for a new editor in chief proceeds.

Bexley Seabury is an Episcopal center for learning and discipleship offering theological education in a generous spiritual and intellectual tradition. Our mission is to equip lay and clergy leaders for bold inquiry in service of the Gospel and active engagement in congregational and community life. Learn more at bexleyseabury.edu.

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Bexley Seabury in the News

In Chicago Feb 22? Visit with Theologian Mark Chapman

An invitation from Bexley Seabury and St. James Cathedral, Chicago

Navigating Between Tradition and Social Transformation: Reflections on Challenges in the Anglican Communion
A Visit with Mark Chapman

Monday, February 22, 2016
9:30–11:00 a.m.
Kyle’s Place Gallery at St. James Commons
65 East Huron, Chicago

 

> DOWNLOAD the flyer

The Primates2016 ... Read more

JOIN US: Online Open House March 8

Wondering what God is asking of you? Feel called to lead?

Bexley Seabury is a diverse and welcoming Episcopal community for learning and discipleship. We offer multiple study programs—for lay and ordained leaders and seekers—who want to deepen their faith and be more actively engaged in congregational and community life.

Find out ... Read more

Faculty and Staff News

December 20, 2015 ♦

President Ferlo today announced several faculty and staff changes as Bexley Seabury prepares to consolidate and operate from one site, in Chicago, in Fall 2016.

The move will bring to Chicago Bexley Seabury’s Master of Divinity program, currently offered in partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, ... Read more