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MoneyMaking Money Make a Difference    

Doing Mission in Hard Times       

Robert BottomsMoney matters, and people want their money to make a difference. This course in nonprofit management and community development will explore how mission-focused fundraising and greater neighborhood involvement can Susan Harlow_crpbreathe new life into congregations at a time when many are struggling with shoe-string budgets and the exploding social needs of their communities.

In addition to Seabury's Susan Harlow and Bob Bottoms, faculty includes John Kretzmann, co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. Kretzmann has worked to develop community-oriented public policy at the national, state and local levels.

This course will be held online from January 2-February 17 with a five-day intensive on site at Seabury the week of January 23-27 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Register online here by December 15.


SachsDeveloping Leaders at Seabury     

Chabraja Fellow Bill Sachs       

Bill SachsWhat is the most difficult and divisive issue facing congregations today? No, the answer is not sex and sexual orientation. Ineffective leadership is the most pressing problem, and although it is not sexy, all church leaders, ordained and lay alike, need to take heed.

"Ineffective leadership is probably the bedrock issue we are facing today," said Chabraja Fellow Bill Sachs, who in January 2012 will teach a five-day, intensive course that examines events and leadership styles that have shaped the Episcopal Church. "Leadership is consensus on who we are, where we are going, and how we are going to get there. When a conflict arises in a congregation, a question of leadership is usually at its core."

Read more here.

GreatAwakeningThe Great Awakening
Epiphany 2012:  A Different Road Home


Brian McLarenIf you have ever heard people talk about "the church of the future" and wondered what this church would look like, sound like, feel like, join us for an inspiring event grounded in rousing worship, and highlighted by presentations by some of the brightest lights in the contemporary church.

Come celebrate with Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee and eminent authors Brian McLaren and Diana Butler Bass as they light fires, issue permission slips and dismiss fears about the church's future.  

This is not a spectator sport! With worship planned by renowned liturgist Dent Davidson, the program will include energetic presentations, a special Eucharist and time to think, pray, discuss, and get on with the business of shouting our joy.  


Download a flyer here and register here.

When:  Friday, January 6, 7 to 9:30 pm. The party continues th
e morning of January, 7 from 9 am to 12:30 pm.

WhereCrowne Plaza Hotel OHare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, Illinois. The conference rate is $89/night; book by December 20.

Cost:  $25 per person or $100 for a group of 5 people until December 30; $35 per person after that date. Register online here.

Questions? Please call us at 800-232-6028. 

JanuaryRegister Now for January Courses
Deadline is December 15


January 2012 courses at Seabury include:


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

Register online here.  


Anglican Liturgy and Music:  The Ways We Worship

with Therese DeLiso and Milner Seifert

Register online here.   


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

with Bill Sachs  

Register online here.  


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

with Bob Bottoms, Susan Harlow, and John Kretzmann

Register online here


Questions? Contact Registrar Peggy Pearson via email or at 847-328-9300.  

 LeavetakingSay Goodbye, Then Hello
Leavetaking, Open House on January 6 

It is nearly time for us to bid farewell to Seabury's campus in Evanston. On January 6, please join us both to say goodbye to our old campus and to bless our new space:


Friday, January 6, 3 pm

Holy Eucharist in the Charles Palmerston Anderson Chapel

 of St. John the Divine on the Seabury Evanston Campus


The Rev. Elizabeth Butler Jameson '97, preaching

The Rev. Gywnne Wright '04, presiding


Friday, January 6, 4:30-6:30 pm

Open House at the new Seabury

5:30 pm Blessing of the Chapel and Offices

8765 W. Higgins Road, Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60631


After the Open House, join us for The Great Awakening


GriswoldBishop Griswold on the Desert Time
From the Duke Divinity Faith & Leadership Blog 

Bishop Griswold _smallBishop Frank Griswold, who is teaching Praying Shapes Believing this January at Seabury, talked recently with the Faith & Leadership blog at Duke about the future of the Episcopal Church:

"To use an image from the Old Testament, maybe this is the desert time," Griswold said. "The desert was a period of purification and self-knowledge in order that they were prepared to enter the promised land."

Read the interview here


 AddressChange of Address
Moving Day is December 20 

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. After December 20, find us here:

8765 W. Higgins Rd
Chicago, IL 60631
direct:  773-380-6783
office: 773-380-6780
toll-free: 800-275-8235 


Learn more about our move in this letter from Vice President and COO Elizabeth Jameson, and read the press release here. 

PreachingElevate Your Sermons
January 31 is DMin in Preaching Deadline 


Preachers face fierce competition on Sunday mornings from newspapers, talk shows, sporting events, and the desire to just laze around the house drinking coffee.


Consistently good preaching can trump all of that while, at the same time, invigorating a congregation and helping you grow in unforeseen ways. Seabury's Doctor of Ministry in Preaching can help you elevate your sermons through the ecumenical preaching program offered by seven seminaries in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.


The deadline for 2012 applications is January 31. Visit the program's website to learn more, and read about its graduates. Questions? Talk with Susan Harlow via email or at 800-275-8235.  


AlumNewsAlum News


The Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting ('72) has been named assisting bishop in the Diocese of Chicago, and the Rev. Canon Andrew Dietsche ('87) has been elected bishop of New York. Check out the latest alum news updates on our website, and please send alum news to Ron Fox


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