Chicago Convocation 2015 Set for April 29

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Alumnae/alumni, supporters, and friends of Seabury-Western, Bexley Hall and Bexley Seabury will gather Wednesday, April 29 for Chicago Convocation 2015. The day represents an opportunity to continue our journey—as Christians and as a learning and leadership community.

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.

To help us plan hospitality, please RESERVE by April 15 with Event Coordinator Lynn Bowers—THANK YOU. For more information, contact VP Advancement and Church Relations Conrad Selnick.

10 AM–4 PM…Exhibit: Historic Prayer Books & Bibles, 1526–1903

We’ve arranged a rare opportunity to view a fascinating selection of prayer books, Bibles, and devotional volumes from the collection of Michael Morgan, church musician, psalm scholar, and author.

“The Whole Boke of Psalmes, Collected into English Metre…Very Mete to be Used by All Sorts of People…Laying Apart All Ungodly Songs and Ballades, which Tend Onely to the Nourishing of Vice and Corrupting of Youth”

–1562 First Complete Metrical Psalter in English


The exhibit spans nearly four centuries of church history and worship practices. Among the volumes that will be on display are the 1562 First Complete Metrical Psalter in English (quoted above), multiple examples of the 1611 Authorized “King James” Bible, and 1797 Book of Common Prayer with elocution instructions by Shakespearean actor David Garrick. Whether your interests are theological, liturgical, literary, or historical, you’re sure to appreciate this exciting exhibit.

2 PM and 3 PM…Two Engaging Workshops

Collector Michael Morgan will help us further appreciate the day’s exhibit in his workshop, “The Beauty of Holiness: Word and Worship in the English Church.” Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo will lead a lively discussion in a second workshop, “Speaking of Faith: Worship, Mission and Theological Education Today.”

4 PM…Keynote Address on 21st Century Technology for Sharing the Gospel

Gunn Scott Dec 2014Keynote speaker Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement, will present “From Sinai to Cupertino: Technology, Social Media, and Evangelism,” an investigation of how people of faith have always used advances in technology to communicate, study God’s word, and share the gospel.

Scott’s presentation will draw on his pre-ordination experience in the technology sphere, his years as a priest, preaching, teaching and offering pastoral care, and his current ministry with Forward Movement.

5:30 PM…Prayer and Fellowship

At 5:30 we will have Evensong in the nave of St. James Cathedral, which 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.

Following Evensong, we will return to St. James Commons for a closing reception.

We look forward to welcoming you on April 29.

Schedule RECAP

♦ Exhibit (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Selected Works from the Morgan Collection

♦ Workshop One (2 to 2:45 p.m.): “The Beauty of Holiness: Word and Worship in the English Church” led by Michael Morgan

♦ Workshop Two (3 to 3:45 p.m.): “Speaking of Faith: Worship, Mission and Theological Education Today” led by Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo

♦ Keynote Address (4 to 5 p.m.): “From Sinai to Cupertino: Technology, Social Media, and Evangelism” presented by Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement

♦ Evensong (5:30 p.m.): St. James Cathedral

♦ Reception at St. James Commons

GETTING To st. james commons at 65 East Huron…Parking & CTA options


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

♦ Millennium Centre Self Park, 
33 W. Ontario

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


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.

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