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Pathways

for baptismal living

Life-long, life-wide & life-deep learning for ALL the baptized

You don’t have to enroll in a degree program to enrich your faith.

As part of Bexley Seabury’s seminary-beyond-walls philosophy, we’ve launched Pathways to educate, form, and catalyze the Body of Christ to blaze new pathways for prophetic and pastoral service in response to God’s call.

While there is a logic and sequence to the courses and programs available, our courses, workshops, events, and activities are designed so you can choose the combination and order that best suit your interests and needs.

Personal
Enrichment

Sometimes you long for deeper instruction than your adult formation classes can provide. But a full seminary program isn’t right for you. Pathways makes seminary-created education and spiritual formation accessible to anyone with a desire to go deeper in their knowledge and faith.

Licensure &
Church-Wide Imperatives

These courses are designed to meet General Convention directives as well as licensure requirements defined by the Canons of the Episcopal Church. Those seeing licensure need to gain approval from their Bishop to ensure that licensure will be conferred.

Communities
of Practice

 Designed to support leaders in particular ministry roles, these host-facilitated Zoom-based gatherings enable guest to interact with guest presenters and engage in sustained, critical conversation about faith, leadership, and issues relevant to their roles.

Ministry Preparation, Licensure, & Church-Wide Imperatives

Ministry and Licensure Preparation:

Each of these courses are available for personal enrichment and ministerial preparation.  They also meet the requirement of the Canons of the Episcopal Church for licensing or recertification. Those who are interested in obtaining a license should contact their Bishop (or the Bishop’s designee) to gain approval BEFORE taking a course to ensure that licensure will be conferred upon completion. Bexley Seabury Seminary does not have authority to confer this license. Depending on your context, your Bishop may ask you to complete some supplementary material or course prerequisites.

Church-Wide Imperatives Defined by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church

At WinterTalk 2022, the Office of Indigenous Ministries premiered Native Voices: Speaking to the Church and the World,This powerful, 37 minute video introduces the Doctrine of Discovery and its impact on all of us, Indigenous People and non-native people. Please share this with your communities.

Personal Enrichment

Discerning My Path to Faithful Living

A four-month, cohort-based discernment process to help you find your path for being part of God’s Mission.

Listen for God’s voice with others as you come to know yourself better and live more faithfully day-to-day.
The next cohorts will be September 11 – December 17, 2022.

Fundamentals of Our Faith (series)

Six grounding courses in the faith that can be taken separately or in a series

Developed in response to A Christian Life of Faith: Signs and Thresholds along The Way

Pathways for Living Your Faith in the World and within the Church

Deepen your faith and hone your skills

    Pathways for Living Your Faith as a Deacon

    Gaining skills to support prophetic ministries and leadership to meet the world’s needs

    Communities of Practice

       with  Conversations on The Partner’s Path
    1st Monday, 8:00-9:00pm ET

    Spouses of Episcopal clergy gather for for connection, spiritual nourishment, and gifts discernment
    through heart-to-heart topical engagements with our host and guest
    as we explore the challenge and the gift of being a clergy person’s partner.

    October 3, 2022 (7:00pm CST) – Conversations on The Partner’s Path with Amy Sugeno — In our time together, we will briefly discuss how tending to our relationship with nature can positively impact our spiritual wellness as well as our mental, physical, and emotional health. You will learn about a variety of ways to add nature into your daily life, whether at home on your porch or in your garden or out in wilder natural spaces. There will be a particular emphasis on simple mindfulness practices which integrate nature. No experience with mindfulness is necessary, and you do not have to be a “nature lover” or have any knowledge of the outdoors to enjoy this presentation.   

    Register here!

     November 7, 2022 (7:00pm CST) – Conversations on The Partner’s Path with Heather Melton — Have you ever heard of the United Thank Offering (UTO)? If you have, you might know of our efforts to raise money and award grants, but what you might not know, is that we are also tasked with supporting individuals, congregations and dioceses to practice gratitude. Studies show that people who routinely practice gratitude experience a range of benefits from lower blood pressure to better sleep. But gratitude isn’t just about writing thank you notes for gifts or saying thank you when someone helps you, it is a personal discipline of paying attention and responding to events in our daily lives. Please join us on Monday, November 7th as we explore together the importance of practicing gratitude and some ways to include it in your daily life. We’ll talk about ways to incorporate gratitude into your personal, family or community life and even try out some different techniques and practices. We’ll also talk about some tools that can help infuse your Thanksgiving celebration with gratitude practices to center the celebration on the gifts of the people gathered together and the gifts of creation. Everyone who registers will receive a “swag” bag of UTO materials and giveaways in the mail, including items specifically for kids and some for Thanksgiving. If you want to learn more about UTO prior to our gathering or want materials for November, including a 30 day gratitude journal and activities for kids, visit: www.unitedthankoffering.org/November 

    Register here!

     December 5, 2022 (7:00pm CST) –Conversations on The Partner’s Path with Awa Jangha — This workshop will highlight the practice of Visio Divina as a means of self-care.  Images (whether engaged with in person, within a photograph, or a work of art) can provide the space for reflection, contemplation, dialogue, and life application when processed as a metaphor.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and engage in Visio Divina, a practice utilized within spiritual direction, and discuss ways in which this practice can be utilized as a tool for wellness.

    Register here!

    Click the image above for the recording of the most recent program;
    Look through our archive of video programs on Vimeo here.

    Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus
    2nd Monday, 8:00-9:00pm ET

    Inspired by the story of Cleopas and another disciple who came to recognize Jesus in their midst, these web conversations feature deacons sharing stories from their ministries in hope of recogning Jesus present as well as inspiring, supporting and renewing diaconal ministries.

    JOIN Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus 

     Click the He Qi image “The Road to Emmaus” (used with permission) above for the recording of the most recent program;
    Look through our archive of video programs from February 2021 to present on Vimeo here 
    as well as recordings from April 2015 through February 2021 on YouTube here,

     

    Sharing Stories of Baptismal Living

    This gathering highlights the contributions of lay leaders and provides opportunities to explore the extraordinary ways ordinary people have answered God’s call. Our hope is to offer inspiration and support to all who seek to live lives reflective of their baptismal promises.

    Look through our archive of video programs on Vimeo here.