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March 2014

Dear Friends:

I am into my second month as a part of Bexley Seabury. It is clear to me how faithful, energetic, creative, and effectual the board, faculty, and staff of the Federation are.

One of my first things to do is prepare for our Spring Campaign. As you will read below, we were very pleased with the response to the Fall Campaign. We know many of you prefer to make contributions this time of year. Look for the Spring material. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers and in your personal stewardship. We remember in our chapel prayers everyone who is part of Bexley Seabury as a student, supporter, or both.

In January Roger Ferlo and I travelled to the Diocese of Ohio, to their Winter Convocation over a quite wintery weekend. Over 200 people attended. Roger twice gave a presentation on how scholars figure out the earliest texts of the Bible, a talk entitled “Wrestling with the Logos (or, It’s all Greek to me)”. Almost 100 people, lay and clergy, attended, requiring extra chairs.

On Sunday, Roger preached at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. A board member, the Rev. Alan Gates, is rector. I was invited to Christ Episcopal Church in Oberlin. An alumnus of both Bexley (M.Div, `85) and Seabury (D.Min., `02), the Rev. Brian Wilbert is rector. They presented me with their annual contribution, a check for $1,000. Here is an e-mail Brian sent me later:

It was my/our pleasure to host you, Conrad!  I'm assuming by this note that you were able to get home with some dispatch from the weekend.

Bexley Seabury's participation in the Winter Convocation and your visit to Christ Church were wonderful examples of good things to come! (And indeed which are here!)

With appreciation
Brian

We are excited about hosting two events coming over the next ten months or so: To the Anglican Heartland – A Pilgrimage to Sarum will be August 31 to September 5, 2014. Learning from London: Mission and Evangelism in the 21st Century, will be January 17 – 24, 2015. More details are on the website, in our monthly email newsletter, or available in printed brochures.

In the Federation this winter:

  • Over 200 “seats” have been filled in classes so far this academic year, also known as our Total Head Count.
  • Our Fall Giving Campaign has been remarkably successful. From July through December, 2013, we received $281,093.00. During the same period in 2012, we took in $164,473. THANK YOU!
  • Our net tuition receipts so far this year are running over 6.5% ahead of projections, or about $10,000 to the good.

Again, we will be beginning our Spring Campaign soon. If you have not already contributed, please participate.


Conrad Selnick
Vice President for Advancement and Church Relations