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2017 Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School

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Lead Change in Your Ministry Setting

3-day and 5-day Institutes for Lay & Ordained Leaders

Kellogg classroom 22 061515 webEvery 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 7th annual Institute begins June 19, 2017 and will fill quickly. APPLY NOW.

2 OPTIONS:
♦ 3-day Institute
♦ 5-day Institute Plus
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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 2015 small groups 1 web
  • Gain a deeper understanding of complex cultural change
  • Learn strategies to make your faith community more vital

Recent 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 19–Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Northwestern University
Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street

5-day Institute Plus: $1,770**
for Masters/DMin academic credit

Monday, June 19–Friday, June 23, 2017
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.

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

Bexley Seabury Moves in Motion

Consolidated campus opens July 25

July 1, 2016

CTS 6 Entrance off Parking webCTS2 31 Reception on 2 2 webThe consolidation of Bexley Seabury’s two sites, announced last November, is underway. By July 25, all of the seminary will be under one roof at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago’s historic and vibrant Hyde Park/Woodlawn neighborhood.

NEW ADDRESS EFFECTIVE JULY 25:
1407 East 60th Street, Chicago IL 60637-2902
773.380.6780 • 800.275.8235

CTS2 26 Classroom 1 webCTS 33 LearningCommons 1 webToday is the final day at our Columbus site, at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. We continue to celebrate and give thanks for our 17 years of shared worship and ministry with the Trinity Lutheran community. You can read Bexley Seabury’s letter of farewell here, read by President Ferlo at the 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 21.

CTS 44 Chapel on 1 1 webOur Chicago staff and faculty will remain at the Higgins Road site for most of July. Beginning Monday, July 25, Bexley Seabury staff and faculty will be situated on the second floor of Chicago Theological Seminary’s beautiful facility on East 60th Street (at Dorchester). For most staff and faculty, phone numbers will remain the same.

The entire campus is environmentally responsible, accessible to persons with differing needs, and well-equipped for both community building and distance learning.

Fall term beings August 31

Our faculty have an exciting fall term planned for new and continuing students. Most fall courses are offered in a hybrid format with three weekend classroom sessions approximately one month apart linked by online learning.

Registration is open now through August 19. As always, courses are open to all, and most can be taken for academic credit or continuing education credit or for enrichment (audit/no credit). We encourage you to explore upcoming course options.

Scott Stoner Joins Faculty

June 13, 2016

Stoner Scott 300x300 WEB 061016The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner has joined the Bexley Seabury faculty as affiliate professor of practical theology. In addition to course development and teaching, Stoner will contribute to student formation programs and community building. Founding President and Executive Director of the Samaritan Foundation for Church and Family Wellness, Stoner is the creator of Living Compass, a faith-based wellness ministry serving individuals, families, and congregations. He is former rector of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Milwaukee, Wis., (2001–2008), and a seasoned pastoral counselor and family therapist.

“We are thrilled to welcome Scott Stoner to Bexley Seabury,” said President Roger Ferlo. “Dr. Stoner’s understanding of the church as the original wellness center and his grasp of the spiritual and pastoral skills needed to lead the church in today’s culture align perfectly with our mission to equip leaders for the church we are becoming.”

“My ministry and that of Bexley Seabury are entirely congruent,” Stoner said. “Bexley Seabury exemplifies the strength-based, adaptive leadership that comes from wholeness—the ideal model for emerging leaders who are facing the challenge of finding new ways of being church. I’m delighted to return to Bexley Seabury at such a dynamic time in its long history, at the cutting edge of theological education.”

A Bexley Seabury alum (MDiv Seabury-Western ’81), Stoner earned a DMin in Pastoral Psychotherapy (’85) at Chicago Theological Seminary, where Bexley Seabury will consolidate in July. Stoner also earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Family Systems Thinking at Family Therapy Training Institute (’08), Milwaukee. He is author of “Your Living Compass: Living Well in Thought, Word, and Deed” (Morehouse/Church Publishing, 2014) and primary author of Advent and Lenten devotionals published annually by Living Compass. Stoner introduced his “Words of Wellness” email column (http://www.livingcompass.org/wwow.html) in 2008; it now reaches 5,000 people each week.

Forming Leaders for a Re-Forming Church

May 9, 2016

172 Chicago Convocation 2016 042816 1Among the offerings at Bexley Seabury’s "Telling It Fresh" Chicago Convocation 2016 on April 28 was the workshop "Forming Leaders for a Re-Forming Church," presented by President Roger Ferlo.

The session was both retrospective and prospective. Ferlo reviewed how The Episcopal Church has facilitated the formation of congregational leaders over a period of nearly 200 years, from its push into the Ohio Valley and open prairies to the west, to its recent contraction in our increasingly multicultural and secular postmodern society.

As outlined by the slide presentation, the workshop:

  • Traced the seminary’s heritage back to the ministries of founders Philander Chase and Henry Whipple, both frontier bishops who pushed the envelope;
  • Considered today’s sobering religious landscape and recent trends in seminary education; and
  • Offered an overview of a new approach to formation that Bexley Seabury will roll out as it consolidates its operation and teaching of all programs in Chicago’s historic Hyde Park/Woodlawn district, on the campus of Chicago Theological Seminary, beginning July 2016.

New location effective July 2016—no change in phone numbers
Bexley Seabury
1407 East 60th Street
Chicago IL 60637-2902
800-275-8235 | 773-380-7041

 

 

April 13, 2016 Lecture on Christian-Muslim Relations in Pakistan

Titus Presler to Share “A Perspective from Pakistan”
7 p.m. Wed., April 13, 2016 at All Saints, New Albany

Presler Titus March 2016 The Rev. Canon Dr. Titus Presler will give the 12th Annual Lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Dialogue sponsored by the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus. The event is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Wed., April 13, 2016 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 5101 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio, 43054. The topic will be “Challenges and Opportunities in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Perspective from Pakistan.”

The lecture is free and open to the public, no reservation necessary.

Presler has wide experience in theological education and cross-cultural mission in the Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion. He has served as president of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas; academic dean of General Theological Seminary in New York City; and principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan. Presler specializes in the interaction of gospel and cultures, Christian-Muslim relations, and Christianity in Africa and south Asia. He has taught at Episcopal Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He chaired the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on World Mission and served as a consultant to the Anglican Indaba Project devoted to dialogue across differing views on human sexuality.

Presler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, a Master of Divinity degree from General Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology degree from Boston University. He is the author of Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference” (Morehouse Publishing) and Transfigured Night: Mission and Culture in Zimbabwe’s Vigil Movement(University of South Africa Press). Among his recent writings are “Why Has Pakistan Become So Intolerant?” in The Daily Beast and “Witness, Advocacy, and Union: Anglicanism’s 20th-Century Contribution to Minority Christianity in South Asia” in the forthcoming “Oxford History of Anglicanism.” He blogs at TitusOnMission.wordpress.com.

Raised in a missionary family in India, Presler and his wife, the Rev. Canon Jane Butterfield, were missionaries of the Episcopal Church in Zimbabwe in the 1980s.

The Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus is a collaborative effort of Bexley Seabury, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Pontifical College Josephinum, and Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

For information about the Consortium or the lecture series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 740-362-3443. For information about the location for the April 13 lecture, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 614-855-8267.

Telling It Fresh April 28

Chicago Convocation 2016 showcases new perspectives

March 9, 2016 ♦

CHICAGO CONVOCATION 2016Twice a year, each spring and fall, Bexley Seabury gathers alums, students, faculty and supporters in prayer, study and fellowship. We meet next on Thursday, April 28, 2016 starting at 2 p.m.

All events will take place on the St. James Commons campus at 65 East Huron (700 North, one block west of Michigan Avenue), Chicago, home to the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and St. James Cathedral. Scroll down for a schedule recap and information on parking and travel by CTA.


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TWO WORKSHOPS

2 P.M.—Forming Leaders for a Re-forming Church

Observations and insights from Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo on challenges and opportunities for emerging church leaders and all who are helping them to prepare for ministry.

3 P.M.—Authority and Power: Things Seen and Unseen

Two of the more provocative theologians of our time, Bexley Seabury Professor Ellen Wondra and University of Chicago Professor David Tracy, look at how authority and power operate tacitly, informally and symbolically. This dialogue will be moderated by Bexley Seabury Associate Professor and Acting Academic Dean Jason Fout.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

4 P.M.—Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus’ Parables

Levine Amy-Jill webProfessor Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences is a self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” who is known for her dedication to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist and homophobic theologies. In her keynote address, Professor Levine will shine light on how parables were heard in the first century, how misunderstandings of Jesus’ Jewish culture create misinterpretations of the parables, and how imagining their original meaning provides new, provocative and challenging messages applicable for today.

FESTAL EVENSONG

5:30 P.M.—Join us for Festal Evensong in the nave of St. James Cathedral, offered in thanksgiving for Ellen Wondra and her scholarship, pedagogy, leadership and service to the church on the occasion of her retirement as Bexley Seabury Research Professor of Theology and Ethics.

St. James Cathedral was restored in 1985 to bring back the English Arts and Crafts stenciled interiors introduced in 1888-1889. The Cathedral also features notable windows from the Victorian and later periods. Virtual tour here

RECEPTION immediately following at St. James Commons, 65 East Huron, Chicago


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We look forward to welcoming you on April 28.

 

Schedule recap

♦ 2 P.M. Roger Ferlo workshop
♦ 3 P.M. Ellen Wondra and David Tracy in dialogue, moderated by Jason Fout
♦ 4 P.M. Amy-Jill Levine keynote address
♦ 5:30 P.M. Festal Evensong in thanksgiving for Ellen Wondra
♦ RECEPTION immediately following Festal Evensong

GETTING THERE

St. James Commons, 65 East Huron, Chicago

PARKING
The Diocese of Chicago offers parking validation for two nearby lots:

♦ Millennium Centre Self Park, 
33 W. Ontario
 (
312.274.0411)—
$9.00

♦ Rush-Ohio-Wabash (ROW) Self Park
, 50 E. Ohio (312.986.3390)—$14.00 for up to 8 hours

CTA OPTIONS
St. James Commons is close the El and multiple bus routes.

♦ EL: Take the Red Line to the Chicago Avenue station. Walk 2 blocks south on State Street and 1 1/2 blocks east on Huron.

♦ BUS: Routes with stops on Michigan Avenue, Chicago Avenue, State Street or Clark are all good options.

♦ Consider planning your CTA trip at transitchicago.com

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 ordained leaders for bold inquiry in service of the Gospel and active engagement in congregational and community life. In July 2016, Bexley Seabury will consolidate from its current two sites, in Chicago and Columbus, to a unified campus within the eco-friendly Chicago Theological Seminary campus at 1407 East 60th Street, Chicago, Ill., 60637. Bexley Seabury will be the sixth (sole Episcopal) seminary in the ecumenically and theologically diverse Hyde Park/Woodlawn area. Learn more at bexleyseabury.edu and follow us on Twitter @bexleyseabury and
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Bexley Seabury Welcomes Therese DeLisio as New Academic Dean

March 7, 2016

Bexley Seabury, one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church, today announced that Therese DeLisio, PhD, will join its faculty in July as Associate Professor of Theology and Liturgy and Academic Dean. DeLisio is currently Associate Dean of DeLisio Therese 030715 smAcademic Affairs at her alma mater, Union Theological Seminary, New York City. She is a systematic theologian, liturgical scholar, theological educator and an attorney. For seven years, beginning in 2006, DeLisio taught theology, worship, and interreligious women’s studies at Chicago-area seminaries and universities. That period included teaching at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, with which Bexley Hall federated as Bexley Seabury in 2013. DeLisio will assume her new responsibilities at Bexley Seabury as it consolidates from two sites, in Chicago and Columbus, to one campus at 1407 East 60th Street, Chicago, Ill., 60637. Until DeLisio arrives in July, Bexley Seabury’s Associate Professor of Anglican Theology Jason Fout will serve as acting dean.

“All of us at Bexley Seabury are delighted that Therese DeLisio will soon be on board to help us move more deeply into our mission as a single-campus community dedicated to making theological education more accessible, more flexible and more ecumenically diverse,” said Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo. “Dr. DeLisio’s scholarship, teaching, ministry in the community, and her imaginative approach to learning technologies and formats are all well-aligned with Bexley Seabury’s values and our path going forward,” Ferlo said.

“I am thrilled,” DeLisio said, “to be rejoining Bexley Seabury in this new position as the seminary begins a promising new chapter in its long history at its new home in Hyde Park. I am excited about the new partnerships, innovations in academic programming, and expanded learning opportunities that this move will help to make possible. I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues, both old and new, to help imagine and to implement new and fruitful approaches to theological education, ministerial formation, and lifelong learning.”

Born in Brooklyn, New York, DeLisio earned degrees at three nearby institutions: M.Div. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and Worship degrees at Union Theological Seminary; a J.D. at St. John’s University School of Law in Jamaica, New York; and a B.A. in Psychology at Brooklyn’s St. Francis College. Her scholarly research and writing examine the theological, ethical, and liturgical implications of the contemporary “turn to the cosmos” for sacramental theology, liturgical practice, and creation care from an eco-feminist perspective. She is the author of “Stretching the Sacramental Imagination: A Trinitarian Proposal for a Cosmologically Conscious Age” (Fortress Press, forthcoming) and has written articles and reviews published in Anglican Theological Review, Union Seminary Quarterly Review and other journals.

Bexley Seabury to Consolidate at Chicago Theological Seminary

February 26, 2016 ♦

Bexley Seabury, one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church, today announced that effective July 2016 it will operate from a single site at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 East 60th Street, Chicago, Ill., 60637, becoming the sixth seminary* in the ecumenically and theologically diverse Hyde Park/Woodlawn area. As of the fall 2016 term, Bexley Seabury will offer its Doctor of Ministry degree and Anglican Studies and Lifelong Learning programs from the eco-friendly, state-of-the-art CTS facility, which is accessible for individuals with differing needs, and has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Pending accrediting and state licensing approvals, Bexley Seabury also plans to offer its Master of Divinity degree from the CTS campus. Bexley Seabury’s consolidation in a single location at CTS will give both Bexley Seabury and CTS students increased access to innovative online and hybrid courses, and will open the door to the two seminaries collaborating on new course offerings and other initiatives.

Bexley Seabury’s move to Hyde Park/Woodlawn will make it easier for its students to take advantage of long-standing cross-registration privileges for courses offered by member schools in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), of which Bexley Seabury and CTS are founding members.** Notably, Bexley Seabury students will also enjoy greater access to Chicago Theological Seminary courses as well as the academic programming offered by its four theological centers: The Center for the Study of Black Faith and Life; The LGBTQ Studies Center; The Center for Jewish, Christian & Islamic Studies; and The Center for the Study of Korean Christianity.

Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), affiliated with the United Church of Christ, serves many different Christian and non-Christian faith communities by preparing persons to be the next generation of religious leadership. Founded in 1855, CTS promotes a progressive, forward-looking philosophy and is at the forefront of religious scholarship; interreligious, race and gender dialogue; and transformative leadership. CTS graduates, students, faculty and staff have been advocates for social justice and mercy since the days of the Underground Railroad. The CTS student body represents more than 40 different faith traditions, perspectives and denominations. CTS is one of the few seminaries in the country fully accredited to offer its Master of Divinity degree both in the classroom and 100% online.

“Bexley Seabury and Chicago Theological Seminary have been training church leaders in the Midwest since the mid-1800s, and in association in metropolitan Chicago, through ACTS, since 1984,” noted Board of Directors Chair W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia. “Both seminaries share a commitment to interfaith experience as a key component for the formation of lay leaders, deacons and priests to better equip them to lead change in the church and in the world. Clearly, this is where Bexley Seabury is called to be for the next phase of its service to the church,” Klusmeyer said.

“Our consolidation at CTS and our newly defined association, including use of CTS’ proven online teaching technologies, will make an Episcopal theological education more accessible to students both throughout the Midwest and nationally, and help us live more fully into Bexley Seabury’s established commitment to formation in an ecumenical setting,” said Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo. “We look forward to contributing to the rich mix of belief traditions and world perspectives that enrich CTS and the surrounding communities,” Ferlo said.

“Like Bexley Seabury, Chicago Theological Seminary has educated future leaders for a multitude of ministries for more than 160 years, always in dialogue with other faith communities,” said CTS President Alice Hunt. “Our commitment to building an inclusive and diverse community is reflected in our faculty, and in our curriculum. We are delighted at the many learning opportunities and experiences that will come from this multi-faceted association with Bexley Seabury,” Hunt said.

Recruiting and scholarship support

While preparing to consolidate, including the relocation of faculty members currently in Columbus, Bexley Seabury is in conversation with a growing number of candidates toward their beginning studies this fall. “Recruiting is in full swing for Bexley Seabury’s Doctor of Ministry degree and our Anglican Studies and Lifelong Learning programs,” President Ferlo affirmed, “and by the fall we hope to expand our efforts to include our Master of Divinity program.”

Fall 2016 is also the target for introducing a new Bexley Seabury program for tuition and expense support and post-graduate mentoring. Endorsed in principle by the Board of Directors earlier this month, the Bexley Seabury Scholars Program is designed to empower nontraditional candidates for advanced theological study. The program will focus on candidates from underrepresented populations and under-resourced communities, and candidates emerging from or interested in serving in nontraditional ministry settings. Work is under way to develop a diocesan-based recruitment strategy in collaboration with bishops and commissions on ministry, selection protocols and an application process. Until the new program is launched, Bexley Seabury continues to offer needs-based scholarships to lay and ordained students.

Expanded resources, new housing options

Bexley Seabury students, faculty and staff will maintain full access to the United Library at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, as well access to all other ACTS member school libraries. The move will also give Bexley Seabury students full access to the CTS Learning Commons, a collection of more than 45,000 volumes that is strong in classical theological subject areas and offers substantial resources in African-American religion and spirituality, women’s studies, gay and lesbian studies, and Jewish-Christian studies.

Beginning September, Bexley Seabury students will have new housing options for January/June residency periods and while taking hybrid intensives throughout the year. Students will be able to book stays at Catholic Theological Union or Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago student-housing facilities, each approximately one mile from Bexley Seabury’s new location.

 

*Hyde Park/Woodlawn is currently home to four ACTS member schools—Catholic Theological Union (affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church); Chicago Theological Seminary (United Church of Christ); Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America); and McCormick Theological Seminary (Presbyterian Church USA)—plus the University of Chicago Divinity School (interreligious).

**The Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) includes Bexley Seabury, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Theological Seminary, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, McCormick Theological Seminary, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Mundelein Seminary, Northern Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

 

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.

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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.

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 activities 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 in his current position.

Director of Field Education and Formation KyungJa (KJ) Oh (Seabury ’00) will continue with Bexley Seabury in her current staff position and on the faculty 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 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 a close what will have been a 17-year partnership between Bexley Seabury and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2004 the Bexley Seabury M.Div. degree has been offered in conjunction with Trinity Bexley Seabury Beyond Walls Task Force October 2015 72dpif through a collaboration that began in 1999. A formal celebration of the long association is being planned for May in Columbus, in addition to Bexley Seabury’s participation in commencement at Trinity on May 21 when it will award 2016 M.Div. degrees. Transition planning is under way in consultation with continuing 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.

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Lead Change in Your Ministry Setting

3-day and 5-day Institutes for Lay & Ordained Leaders

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 ... Read more

Bexley Seabury Moves in Motion

Consolidated campus opens July 25

July 1, 2016

The consolidation of Bexley Seabury’s two sites, announced last November, is underway. By July 25, all of the seminary will be under one roof at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago’s historic and vibrant Hyde Park/Woodlawn neighborhood.

NEW ADDRESS EFFECTIVE JULY 25:
1407 East ... Read more

Scott Stoner Joins Faculty

June 13, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner has joined the Bexley Seabury faculty as affiliate professor of practical theology. In addition to course development and teaching, Stoner will contribute to student formation programs and community building. Founding President and Executive Director of the Samaritan Foundation for Church and Family Wellness, ... Read more