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Summer 2014

Dear Friends:

June is a busy month at our Chicago site. Our D. Min. classes are in residence. And during the summer months, both in Chicago and Columbus, we are filling in details and putting final touches on preparations for the Fall. Thank you each for your prayers, contributions, and other support of the ministry of Bexley Seabury. These three verses from Proverbs describe some of the fruits of learning and gaining instruction.

Proverbs 1:1-3

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
For learning about wisdom and instruction,
   for understanding words of insight,
for gaining instruction in wise dealing,
   righteousness, justice, and equity.

In June Roger Ferlo and I visited Christ Church Cranbrook, in Bloomfield Hills just North of Detroit. Deitrich and Katy Knoer (Deitrich is a board member) hosted a delightful reception for about 50 people. On Sunday morning Roger preached, and gave a presentation based on Raphael’s painting of the Transfiguration. He and I are also planning visits to parishes in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee.

Also in June was our yearly Bexley Seabury - Kellogg Leadership Institute. The curriculum varies a bit each year. Our partner, the Kellogg School of Management (ranked #6 for business schools nationally by U.S. News and World Report) of Northwestern University, works with us to provide the most up-to-date insights into organizations and our culture. The participants come from all over the country, and many different contexts. See the end of this letter for a breakdown of the participants and sessions for June, 2014.

Our fiscal year closed June 30, so did our Annual Fund. We appreciate everyone who has invested in Bexley Seabury with a financial contribution this year. Our annual magazine will be mailed out soon. Among other things it will recognize, by name, everyone who donated to the 2014 Annual Fund. In September we will send out material for the 2015 Fund. However, it quietly started on July 1. You can - if you want to plan your charitable budget already, want to get a head start, or want to give even during these summer months – start contributing to the 2015 Annual Fund right away. Simply go to the Donate link, contact us by phone or mail or email, and of course you can always send in your contribution.

In our calendar of commemorations, Holy Woman, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints, there is a stretch of five days in July during which we remember seven women and one man. The 18th is dedicated to Macrina, the 4th century monastic, theologian, teacher, and member of an incredibly faithful, and theological, family. Adelaide Teague Case, a 20th century American and the first female Episcopal seminary professor, is remembered on the 19th. On the 20th four important American women are celebrated on the anniversary of the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, 1848: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Jenks Bloomer, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Ross Tubman. Albert John Luthuli, a leader in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, is commemorated on the 21st. Finally, the first witness to the Resurrection, Saint Mary Magdalene, has the 22nd devoted to her as a Major Feast of the Church.

The lections over those five days draw from all four Gospels. Reading through them as a group, the verbs central to each passage stand out: Reveal, learn, disclose, hear, listen, pay attention, give, ask/given, search/find, knock/opened, loves, believed, have peace, take courage. May we each - through the Holy Spirit - search, listen, pay attention, hear, learn, believe, have peace, take courage, love.

Please be in touch. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Conrad Selnick 
Vice President for Advancement and Church Relations


The June 16 – 18, 2014 Bexley Seabury - Kellogg Leadership Institute

  • 38 Participants
    • 2 Bexley Seabury staff plus Roger Ferlo
    • 3 of our D. Min. candidates
    • 2 college chaplains
    • 14 Rectors / Vicars
    • 1 Sr. Warden
    • 8 lay people
    • 1 Presbyterian
    • @ 17 “Baby Boomers”
    • @ 17 “Generation X”
    • @ 3 “Generation Y”
  • Numerous participants with scholarship aid from us
  • People coming from:
    • The Chicago city area     8
    • Illinois (other than the city of Chicago) 7
    • Florida
    • Wisconsin
    • Missouri
    • Kentucky
    • Indiana                 3
    • Wyoming
    • North Carolina  2
    • Ohio
    • Michigan
  • Courses:
    • Leadership Today
    • Leading & Following
    • Understanding how Branding works
    • Religion in a “FOMO” Culture (Fear Of Missing Out)
    • The changing Values of Generations
    • Mining for `Believers’ – Strategically
    • Major Gift Solicitation Strategies
    • Social Media Strategies