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commencementCommencement 2012
 On Saturday, May 12, Seabury awarded eight Diplomas of Anglican Studies, three Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development Degrees, and one Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, at its 154th commencement held in the chapel of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America headquarters in Chicago.

Former Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Frank Tracy Griswold III and current adjunct faculty member of Seabury, preached at the ceremony. The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago and a Seabury trustee, presided.

Congratulations, graduates! Learn more.
communityorganizing Top Notch Training
June 11-15:  Community Organizing at Seabury

Seabury's community organizing course always gets high marks from students in the seminary's DMin in Congregational Development track. Stephen Applegate, rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Granville, Ohio, says the reason is simple.


"This is one of the best courses in the entire sequence," said Applegate. "It is particularly valuable, in part, because of its practical application in congregational development and parish ministry. It is a very clear reminder that individual meetings are at the heart of what we do." Read the entire story.  


Learn more about this summer's community organizing course, scheduled for June 11-15, and register now.  

kelloggSeabury's Kellogg School Institute
June 18-22:  A Few Spaces Remain

"It was a great program. There was some really creative looking at the role of the church in the changing world. How do you market in the age of Facebook? How do you encourage people to give who would rather give their three dollars to Starbucks? It was so radically different from what we are usually offered."

--the Rev. Sarah Fisher, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Chicago and Woman's Board scholarship recipient
Friday, May 18 is the final application deadline for Seabury's innovative one-week leadership institute in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 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. 

awakeningThe Great Awakening Continues  

Blog Posts from Lee, Butler Bass, McLaren and Hudgins

"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.

Check out Seabury's new blog with posts responding to the permission slips from:

Bishop Jeff Lee:  "'Fear not.' Sound familiar? And yet the church spends a lot of time-an increasing amount of time?-being afraid of the future."

Diana Butler Bass:  "Granting permission in advance is an act of respect and trust that God's spirit moves throughout the whole of our community, and that creativity and imagination may, can, and will break through in any parish."

Brian McLarenBrian McLaren:  "Wherever you are and whoever you are...you do indeed have permission to help lead in the emerging church. In fact, you very possibly are doing so already and don't even know it yet!"

Tripp Hudgins:  "So, my encouragement to all of us is to keep singing and have hope. Do not be afraid. We're actually quite good at this."

generalconvention Join Us on July 10
General Convention Seminary Night 

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. 

congregationsCongregations in the 21st Century
June 4-8:  Register Online Now 

The definitio
Susan Harlow_crpn of religious congregations is shifting and expanding as new models emerge for communal worship. 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 by May 28. Questions? Talk with Susan Harlow via email or at 773-380-7042. 

FerloFerlo Begins July 1

New Federation President Will Serve Bexley and Seabury 


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.

Read the letter from the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Wright and the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer and the Episcopal News Service story.

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