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KelloggapplySeabury's Kellogg School Institute
June 18-22:  Apply Today and Save


"I was really taken with the quality of instruction. ...The professors from Kellogg could have hit a single, but they were swinging for the fences. When I got home I began to explode with ideas. I hope Seabury will continue to offer programs like this."
--the Rev. Darrel Proffitt, rector of Church of the Holy Apostles in Katy, Texas

on  Seabury's 2011 Kellogg School Summer Institute


Apply now for Seabury's innovative one-week leadership institute in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Rates increase after April 16, and the program is limited to 45 participants.

This custom educational program, taught by professors at the Kellogg School, is tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders and includes lectures, case examples, interactive exercises and classroom dialog.

Learn more about the Kellogg School Summer Institute 2012, read about last year's program, and apply online.

Questions? Talk with Susan Harlow via email or at 773-380-7042.  
FerloFerlo to Head Seabury Bexley Federation

New President Begins July 1


On March 27, the leaders of Seabury and Bexley Hall announced that the boards of the two seminaries have unanimously voted to federate and to elect the Rev. Roger Albert Ferlo, Ph.D., D.D., as the Federation's first president.

"Last fall, when we embarked on the search that led us to Roger, we asked ourselves what kind of leaders the Episcopal Church needs for the 21st century," they wrote. "Roger embodies our ideal, and we are eager for him to lead the formation of our next generation of students."

Read the letter from the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Wright and the Rt. Rev. W. Mitchie Klusmeyer and the Episcopal News Service story.
thanksThanks to Jameson and Miliotto 

The Federation of Seabury and Bexley Hall has made it possible for the two seminaries to combine their administrative operations. As a result, the position of chief operating officer at Seabury has been eliminated. The Rev. Elizabeth Jameson '97 finished her ministry at the seminary on April 15. Elizabeth

will take a short sabbatical while she discerns her next call.


At the same time, Director of Finance and Administration Mark Miliotto has been named director of finance ministry for the Diocese of Michigan, where he and his wife, Seabury alum the Rev. Beth Taylor '10, now live. Mark's final day at Seabury was April 12.


We are grateful to both Elizabeth and Mark for their years of faithful service to Seabury. We wish them well in their future ministry and rejoice that they will remain part of the Seabury family.

forgivenessMarjorie Thompson on Forgiveness
April 27 and 28 in Kenilworth, Illinois

In the early 1700s, Alexander Pope wrote "To err is human; to forgive, divine." Yet we continue to struggle with what it means to forgive and to be forgiven. The subject of forgiveness is often complicated and ensnared in misunderstanding. In Marjorie Thompson's upcoming two-day workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the nature and practice of forgiveness and learn how to cut through some of the confusion surrounding it.

Thompson is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA. She received her B.A. in religious studies from Swarthmore College and her M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary. She has served as adjunct faculty for several seminaries, including McCormick, Auburn, Wesley, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. For many years she directed the foundational program for Stillpoint (Programs in Spiritual Direction and Contemplative Prayer) in Nashville.   


 Learn more and register

DMinApply By May 1 for DMin
Congregational Development Program Begins in July 

If you're ready to energize your congregation and sharpen your leadership skills, consider the Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development program offered by Seabury and Church Divinity School of the Pacific.


The program, which combines our seminaries' strengths, gives you an unparalleled opportunity to develop exceptional leadership skills and a deeper theological grounding for innovative and effective congregational development. More importantly, it can renew your calling and transform your ministry while studying at home with only two weeks a year in residence--Berkeley in January and Chicago in June. 


"I loved the fact that the program focused on 'working clergy,' and was aimed at teaching us what is necessary and immediately applicable in a parish or ministry setting," said Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce, one of our DMin alums. "The years also built on one another, so that the foundation was firm under our feet as we began writing the thesis proposal and ultimately the thesis itself."


Apply by May 1 to begin in June. Questions? Talk with Susan Harlow via email or at 773-380-7042. Learn more about Susan. 

commencementCommencement 2012:  May 12
Bishop Griswold to Preach; Bishop Lee to Celebrate

Bishop Griswold _smallBishop Frank Griswold, former presiding bishop and former bishop of Chicago, will preach at Seabury's 2012 commencement Saturday, May 12 at 10:30 am. Bishop Jeff Lee, bishop of Chicago and a Seabury trustee, will preside.

The doctor of divinity honoris causa will be awarded to Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce, bishop suffragan of Los Angeles and Bishop Andrew M.L. Dietsche, bishop coadjutor of New York.

Seabury's Interim President Robert Bottoms and the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Wright, board chair, will present DMin in congregational development degrees and diplomas of Anglican studies to graduating students. A luncheon reception will follow.

On Friday, May 11, Seabury will also host:

4:30 pm:
Panel discussion with DMin in congregational development graduates Paul Nahirney, president of Nahirney and Associates; Tom Thoeni, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Plant City, FL; and John Palarine, rector of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, FL.

6 pm:
Evensong followed by a reception 

The Evensong and Commencement Eucharist will be held in the chapel of the ELCA at 8765 W. Higgins Road in Chicago. The reception will be at Seabury, located on the sixth floor of the building. To RSVP, please call Ron Fox via email at 773-380-6781.

awakeningThe Great Awakening Continues  

Lighting Fires and Issuing Permission Slips

"What do you need permission to do to make real the love and mercy of God and Christ?"  Last Epiphany, Bishop Jeff Lee asked that question at The Great Awakening in Chicago and asked people to write their own permission slips.

Permission Slip
Permission Slips at The Great Awakening

Today, the permission slips go in the mail back to their authors. Check out Seabury's new blog for a sample of what people wrote, and stay tuned during the Easter season for reflections from Bishop Lee, Diana Butler Bass, Brian McLaren, Tripp Hudgins and Roger Ferlo.

atheistTo Tebow or Not to Tebow? 

May 4-5:  Religion and Sports, Darwin Day

John DallyJoin Professor John Dally on May 4 and 5 for the final two open sessions of Understanding the Atheist Critique of the Church, a Seabury spring course.

May 4, 7-8:30 pm:
To Tebow or Not to Tebow: Religion and Sports

May 5, 11-12:30 pm:
It's Darwin Day: Party Down!

Read more and register.
congregationsCongregations in the 21st Century
June 4-8:  Register Online Now 
Susan Harlow_crpThe definition of religious congregations is shifting and expanding as new models emerge for communal worship. The focus has grown from what takes place within physical houses of worship--Here's the church, here's the steeple--to include the wealth of possibilities offered by online communities and by groups of people who gather outside of the traditional church. Can new kinds of congregations serve people who currently aren't being served?

This one-week course, taught by the Rev. Dr. Susan Harlow, Seabury's director of congregational development, will examine religious congregations from theological, historical, sociological and economic perspectives. Included in the discussions will be emerging and fresh ministries that are popping up on the religious landscape and an exploration of what God is calling the church to be and do in today's world.


Learn more and register online. Questions? Talk with Susan Harlow via email or at 773-380-7042. 

organizingCommunity Organizing in June
Acclaimed IAF Training June 10-16 in Chicago 
The ability to organize and motivate is important to effective ministry; it is crucial when addressing social injustice. Come to this 5-day version of the Industrial Area Foundation's acclaimed national leadership training and learn how to use community organizing as a powerful approach to living out one's faith in the world.

Tom Lenz, the principal instructor for the course, is lead organizer for United Power for Action and Justice, a citizen organizing project that brings together churches, synagogues, mosques, health centers, and non-profit associations in Chicago and suburban Cook County to work for the common good on issues of shared concern.

"Community organizing provides the ability to bring people together to work for social justice," Lenz said. "This course provides people with a framework for thinking about public life, for thinking about how to be effective in the nonpartisan political world. It deals with concepts of how do you build power? How do you use power? How do you run effective meetings? How do you think strategically? It's just a wealth of insights for very practical implementation."


Learn more and register online. Questions? Talk with Susan Harlow via email or at 773-380-7042. 

GCGeneral Convention Seminary Night
Tuesday, July 10

On July 10 at 7 pm, join Bexley Hall and Seabury in Indianapolis at the General Convention of The Episcopal Church to meet our new president, Roger Ferlo, and learn about our new federation.  


Register now for good conversation, a large selection of hot and cold appetizers, and cold drinks. Questions? Please talk with Lynn Bowers via email or at 773-380-6786. 

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