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SachsWhat Would You Have Done?   

Leadership in Episcopal History      

Bill SachsPut on your thinking caps and join Chabraja Fellow Bill Sachs in January 2012 for this five-day, intensive course that examines events and leadership styles that have shaped the Episcopal Church.

This course, Episcopal Church History, Polity and Canon Law, fulfills the canonical requirement for the study of canon law, but it also will provide intriguing food for thought for those not on an ordination track.

Using the Socratic method, twice a day students will be presented with important church events and issues dating from 1740 to 2003. They will then discuss and debate how the understanding of faith and faith communities shaped the outcome.

Learn more here. Online registration opens November 7.

MoveSeabury Moving to the
Lutheran Center


We're on the move! In December, Seabury will relocate to space at the Lutheran Center, the headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Chicago.


"Our new quarters, just a few minutes from O'Hare Airport, will not only make it easier for us to attract top-quality faculty and students, but will make tangible our commitment to ecumenical collaboration like that exemplified by our partners at Bexley Hall," said Interim Dean and President Robert Bottoms in announcing the move.


Read the press release here. To learn more about our move, read this letter from Vice President and COO Elizabeth Jameson. Plus, save the date of January 6 for a leavetaking of our Evanston campus and an open house in our new space.  


PresidentBexley and Seabury Open  

Joint President Search


The boards of Seabury Western Seminary and Bexley Hall have appointed a joint search committee to seek a single president for both institutions. Suggestions of names and applications are due November 11.


"The president we seek will have an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to manage change and think creatively," said the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Wright, chair of Seabury's board of trustees and co-chair of the search committee. "We invite applications from non-traditional applicants as well as people with experience in academic theology."

View the position profile, including a committee roster, here, and view a statement about the Bexley Hall Seabury Western partnership here.

Bottoms1Robert Bottoms Accepts New Role    

Senior Chabraja Fellow, Director of Leadership Studies        

Robert BottomsWe are delighted to announce that Robert Bottoms, who is currently interim joint president of Seabury and Bexley Hall, has agreed to become Seabury's senior Chabraja fellow and director of leadership studies when his successor as joint president is named.

Look for more information soon about the 2012 leadership courses and programs Bottoms will develop at Seabury.

TangoIt Takes Two
Lessons in Leadership
Ian TwissAs anyone who watches or dances the tango knows, it takes more than an experienced leader to make an impression on the dance floor.  It also takes a confident, if not passionate, follower who is not afraid to give a little push back.

That was one of the lessons offered to church leaders this past summer during a one-week leadership program offered by Seabury in partnership with the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University.

"Who knew that Kellogg had a business school professor who would offer a tango lesson as a leadership teaching tool?" commented the Rev. Ian Reed Twiss, rector of Holy Faith Church, a combined Lutheran and Episcopal congregation in Saline, Michigan. "And who knew how much could be learned from such a joyful and kinesthetic method?"

Read the entire story here.
AwakeningCome Shout For Joy!

January 6-7  

Brian McLarenThis Epiphany, join Bishop Jeff Lee and eminent authors Brian McLaren and Chabraja Fellow Diana Butler Bass for The Great Awakening, an event where we will light fires, issue permission slips, and leave behind our fears about the future of the church.

This Friday evening and Saturday morning program, to be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, will include worship planned by Dent Davidson, energetic presentations, and time to think, pray, discuss, reflect, and get on with the business of shouting our joy.

Look for more information soon, and be sure to save the date: Epiphany 2012. Sponsored by the Diocese of Chicago and Seabury. 

JanuaryJanuary Courses Announced
Registration Opens November 7


January 2012 courses at Seabury include:


What Would You Have Done:  Leadership During Pivotal Moments in Episcopal History

with Bill Sachs  


Making Mission Possible in Tough Times:  Nonprofit Management and Community Development

with Bob Bottoms, Susan Harlow, and John Kretzmann


Praying Shapes Believing, with Bishop Frank Griswold
co-taught by Donna Ialongo 


Anglican Liturgy and Music:  The Ways We Worship

with Therese DeLiso and Milner Seifert  

Registration opens November 7.  

ATLASFree Journal Access for Alums


Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Seabury alums can gain free access to the ATLAS database, an online collection of major religion and theology journals selected by leading religion scholars and theologians. To use ATLAS, please request a username and password from Susan Quigley via email or by calling 847-328-9300. 

AlumNewsAlum News Needed


Alums:  We want to hear from you when you change calls, when you have big news to share, or when you simply want to keep your classmates and peers updated on your life and work. Please send alumni news to Ron Fox, and check out the latest updates on our website


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