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ON CAMPUS & ON THE WEB Dec. 1: Practice Session for 2017 GOEs

JOIN US in Hyde Park/Woodlawn or PARTICIPATE ONLINE
Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:15 PM Central Time

Are you preparing for the Episcopal Church’s 2017 General Ordination Exams (GOEs)? Would you like a practice session, with some test-taking strategies and tips for taking the exams? JOIN US!

Bexley Seabury Professor Jason Fout will lead a GOE prep session at 7:15 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, Dec. 1. Participants will analyze questions, develop a strategy, and spend some time responding to actual questions from past GOEs. There are three ways to join in:

  • ON CAMPUS: 1407 East 60th Street, Chicago, 2nd floor of Chicago Theological Seminary
  • ONLINE via WebEx—This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a WebEx invitation
  • ONLINE via Facebook Live

TIPS & RESOURCES

> Download Professor Fout’s PREPARATION TIPS


MORE GOE PREP COMING SOON...

Stay tuned for details about an ONLINE ORIENTATION session with Duncan Ely, executive director of the General Board of Examining Chaplains (which body creates and assesses the GOEs). Ely will be joining us in early December (date/time to come) to provide an overview of the exams, some history and context, and to respond to your questions.

Both broadcasts—the Dec. 1 Practice Session with Jason Fout and early Dec. Orientation with Duncan Ely—will be recorded and available for later viewing or downloading

All are welcome—please share this opportunity with classmates and colleagues, wherever they may be studying.

Scholarship Opportunity for Diocese of Chicago Leaders

Up to 10 Shoemaker Scholarships to be awarded for 7th annual Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute, June 19–21, 2017 in Chicago

 

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Now in its seventh year, the well-regarded Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School program attracts clergy and lay leaders from across the country, from all denominations. Especially during these times of rapid change and institutional challenges, it is especially valuable for congregational leadership to gather with experts and colleagues in a faith-filled environment to sharpen leadership skills and deepen understandings of current culture and ministry context.

Scholarships Open to Diocese of Chicago Lay and Ordained Leaders

Through the generosity of the Shoemaker Fund and the Bishop of Chicago, the Bexley Seabury will offer up to 10 places in this summer’s Leadership Institute with substantial scholarships to successful applicants from the Diocese of Chicago. Scheduled for Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 21 at the Wieboldt Center on Northwestern’s Chicago campus, this year’s institute features nationally and internationally known Kellogg School faculty. Sessions will include:

  • leading with vision and purpose;
  • leading change;
  • creativity and innovation;
  • team building;
  • conflict resolution; and
  • leadership communication.

Applications for the Institute are now being accepted and will be approved on a first come first serve basis. Places are limited so plan to apply soon. APPLY ONLINE

Approved applicants from the Diocese of Chicago will be eligible for consideration for scholarship funding as a Shoemaker Fellow. Shoemaker Fellows will be named by April 1, 2017. The cost for successful Shoemaker Fellows applicants is a non- refundable $250.00 deposit, the balance of the program cost is funded by the scholarship.

For more information about the Bexley Seabury leadership Institute at the Kellogg School please, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

October 11 Online Open House

Visit us ONLINE, Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 6:30–7:30 p.m. 

AE History 091716 webBexley Seabury will host an ONLINE OPEN HOUSE for prospective students at 6:30 pm CST on Tuesday, October 11. The one-hour webinar will include:

  • Presentations by leadership and faculty members
  • Student perspectives on what Bexley Seabury offers lay and ordained leaders
  • The advantages of our low-residency format and ecumenical environment in Chicago’s Hyde Park/Woodlawn district
  • An overview of our newly enriched, low-residency MDiv program
  • Information about other degree, diploma, and lifelong learning programs
  • Questions & answers

Register today
Log-on from anywhere on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6:30 CST

 

QUESTIONS? Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone him at 773.380.7045.

Green Light for Bexley Seabury Enhanced Master of Divinity Program

CHICAGO, September 27, 2016—Bexley Seabury, one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church, today received authorization from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to offer an enhanced, low-residency Master of Divinity (MDiv.) program at its new Hyde Park/Woodlawn campus beginning with the January 2017 term. Bexley Seabury previously offered a residential MDiv. program in Columbus, Ohio. Like the seminary’s Doctor of Ministry and Diploma inAnglican Studies programs, the Bexley Seabury MDiv. is already accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Bexley Seabury’s shift to a low-residency MDiv. makes it possible for students to pursue seminary without having to relocate, leave their jobs, or disrupt ministerial and other responsibilities. Most of the seminary’s courses are hybridsthat combine face-to-face sessions—scheduled for three weekends over three months or for one-week intensives in January or June—with ongoing online learning. Through the seminary’s relationship with Chicago Theological Seminary, students also have the option to take many courses entirely online.

One distinctive enhancement to the Bexley Seabury MDiv. is the expansion of field education from a one- or two-semester program to a highly contextual five-semester internship. Communities of Learning and Formation, established in and with the MDiv. candidate’s local parish, provide a new model for collaborative teaching, learning, and formation in the field.

“We understand our new Master of Divinity program as a whole new way of living out our shared ministry as the priesthood of the baptized,” said Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo. “We will be partnering with dioceses to shape the spiritual formation process for their ordination candidates, and also include local leaders as active participants. I am thrilled to put this new program into motion.”

Bexley Seabury’s enhanced Master of Divinity program also includes a module of courses previously reserved only for doctoral candidates. These include courses that draw on family systems theory and asset-based community development strategies as well as a signature course in community organizing for people of faith, a mainstay for Doctor of Ministry studies at Bexley Seabury since 1999.

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. Learn more about our degree, diploma and lifelong learning programs at bexleyseabury.edu.

Embodying the Word...Watering the Faith

Celebrating the call to serve God’s beloved

Sermon given at Orientation Eucharist, August 31, 2016 
by Therese DeLisio, Academic Dean
Lessons: Isaiah 55:6-12; Psalm 104:32-35; John 10:25b-30
 

water reflection 000000821494SmallGood morning, and welcome to Bexley Seabury Seminary in Hyde Park. We are delighted to be with you for this first time together at Christ’s table in our new home on this new campus.

We’re here because each of us—and all of us—have been called to be here in this place, at this time, as individuals and as a seminary community. We have heard, in our own ways and contexts, the voice of the Shepherd. And the word we have heard was “Come.” And we have said “yes,” with a willingness to embark on a new adventure together.

With every new adventure that we willingly accept there is an element of excitement and joyful anticipation, but also, perhaps, a bit of anxiety. It’s natural to wonder whether and how our work here together will be fruitful for ourselves, for the church, and for all of God’s beloved.

I find in today’s readings, though, a welcome word of reassurance, of encouragement, of promise, and a comforting word of hope.

From the mouth of Jesus in John’s Gospel, we hear this:

My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.
No one will snatch them out of my hand.

And through the lips of the prophet Isaiah—who was speaking to a people in exile, preparing them to embark on an adventure that would lead them back to the homeland of their ancestors—we hear God saying this to them, and also to us:

For as the rain and snow come down from heaven,
and do not return until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

In the lives of saints Aidan and Cuthbert, whose feasts we celebrate today, we can see the fulfillment of this promise that God’s word will not go out and return empty. History gives us evidence of a generous showering of life-giving and sustaining grace that took place in their lives and ministries.

Aidan was born in Ireland. As a young man he traveled far from home, across the sea, to the Scottish island of Iona to get his theological education. There he became a monk. Ultimately, though, he was called to go, to lead, and to preach in a place he most likely never expected to find himself—in Northumbria on the rugged east coast of northern England. Christianity had come to England centuries before, but by the 7th century Christianity was waning. People had been returning to their own gods in what was considered “mission territory.”

As bishop of Northumbria, Aidan established a cathedral monastery on the rocky island of Lindesfarne. But he did not stay on that island. Aidan traveled all around Northumbria. And this is how he went about converting and re-converting the people: He walked and walked and walked. He talked and talked and talked with whomever he met. He listened deeply to the stories of their lives. He spoke with them in words and images they could understand. He preached the Gospel also by his acts of charity. He housed, fed, and educated orphans. He bought the freedom of those enslaved. His monastery became a great center of learning. Although a bishop, Aidan was truly one who literally walked humbly with his God. And as a consequence, the Gospel was not only heard, but seen in action; churches in Northumbria were planted; and the Body of Christ in Northumbria flowered.

Today we also commemorate Cuthbert. He grew up near Lindesfarne in an abbey that had been founded by Aiden. When Cuthbert was a boy, he had a dream that Aidan was being carried away by angels to heaven. Later he found out that the dream had occurred on the very day that Aidan had died. Cuthbert was so impressed by the life and ministry of Aidan—and with his action-contemplation model of spirituality—that he, too, became a monk and, eventually, a strong leader. He served as Prior of two teaching abbeys before becoming a bishop who made his home in Lindesfarne. At a time of great religious and political conflict, he was a reconciling force who came to be known as “healer of the breach” between Roman and Celtic factions of the church in England.

Aidan and Cuthbert were like holy rain for the people. They established churches, cared for the poor, listened to people, responded to their needs with compassion. They spread the good news of God’s love with their words and deeds. They embodied the Word that watered the faith of the people of Northumbria, that grew the plant and that produced the seed, that allowed the sower to sow, the farmer to harvest, the miller to make the flour that the bakers used to create the bread, so that those hungry for food and for peace could be nourished and flourish.

Today we stand together at Christ’s table on this new day in this new place, because of the saints in our own lives who, like Aidan and Cuthbert, took the time to give living witness to the Word. Through them the Word went forth and has not come back empty. Our saints have walked with us, talked with us, listened to our stories, and told us theirs. They have perhaps nudged or urged us to come to Bexley Seabury Seminary to learn, to grow, and to prepare to lead and to serve others more effectively. Perhaps the faces of your saints are now coming to your mind. See them. Give thanks for them. They have been the snow and rain that has watered your faith.

Now the Word has called you to take a next step in your faith journey. The Bexley Seabury community, past and present, rejoices in your “yes.” In fact, I dare to say that creation itself rejoices in your “yes.”

Listen now again to God’s promise to you through the prophet Isaiah:

For you shall go out in joy
and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall burst into song,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

I can hear the trees clapping already. Can you?

FREE COURSE: Bridging the Political Divide with Parker Palmer

Register free, take online anytime September 5–19, 2016

 

♦ August 22, 2016 ♦

bridge between towers webNever before has U.S. political “discourse” been so divisive, so harmful to the common good. Bexley Seabury urges everyone concerned about our nation and the world to participate in “Bridging the Political Divide,” a free online ChurchNext course led by Parker J. Palmer, teacher, author, activist, and an outspoken advocate on faith and democracy issues. The course, a series of video lectures and discussions, can be taken anytime September 5–19.

Throughout the free course, participants are encouraged to ponder and discuss what it means to live faithfully in a society racked by political division. “We the people have made America great,” says Palmer, “and re-discovering our potential in light of the present political climate may be our greatest challenge and reward.”


Throughout the free course, participants are encouraged to ponder and discuss what it means to live faithfully in a society racked by political division.


The course will take an average learner about 45 minutes to complete. Registration is free and open to anyone who has access to an internet connection. Visit the ChurchNext website for more information about the course or for resources for congregations and other groups.

Bexley Seabury is proud to be one of five sponsors for this course, intended to spur thought, conversation, and action to ease current political tensions as one step toward unifying our society. Other sponsors are the Center for Courage & Renewal, the Episcopal Church, Forward Movement and Living Compass.

 

 

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
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 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

 

 

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ON CAMPUS & ON THE WEB Dec. 1: Practice Session for 2017 GOEs

JOIN US in Hyde Park/Woodlawn or PARTICIPATE ONLINE
Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:15 PM Central Time

Are you preparing for the Episcopal Church’s 2017 General Ordination Exams (GOEs)? Would you like a practice session, with some test-taking strategies and tips for taking the exams? JOIN US!

Bexley Seabury Professor Jason Fout will ... Read more

Scholarship Opportunity for Diocese of Chicago Leaders

Up to 10 Shoemaker Scholarships to be awarded for 7th annual Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute, June 19–21, 2017 in Chicago

 

 

Now in its seventh year, the well-regarded Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School program attracts clergy and lay leaders from across the country, ... Read more

October 11 Online Open House

Visit us ONLINE, Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 6:30–7:30 p.m. 

Bexley Seabury will host an ONLINE OPEN HOUSE for prospective students at 6:30 pm CST on Tuesday, October 11. The one-hour webinar will include:

  • Presentations by leadership and faculty members
  • Student perspectives on what Bexley Seabury offers lay and ordained leaders
  • The advantages of our ... Read more