From the President
The Rev. Roger Albert Ferlo, Ph.D., D.D. became president of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western Theological Seminary on July 1. In his first newsletter article, President Ferlo writes: Changing to Respond to the Needs of Mission
"What do we want to change in order to respond to the needs of mission? How will the world be better because we are willing to address these challenges together?
"As I move into my new role as president of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western Seminaries, writing pieces for this e-newsletter, and visiting congregations, dioceses and Episcopal church leaders throughout the Midwest and beyond in the coming months, these are the key questions I will ask myself, my new colleagues, and all of you--alumni, supporters and friends of the seminary enterprise. As we live into the 'reboot' of our two historic institutions, what do we want to change to respond to these new needs of mission, especially to the erosion of basic Christian knowledge? How will the world be better because we are willing to make common cause as a newly joined Bexley-Seabury community, for the sake of the Gospel?"
Read the entire article on the Seabury website or the Bexley Hall website and learn more about President Ferlo and his call to serve Bexley and Seabury.
| The Draw of Bexley Hall|Students describe why Bexley was the perfect fit
During his junior year at Susquehanna University, Russ Crouthamel piled into a minivan with three other students and visited four Lutheran seminaries, driving from central Pennsylvania to Minnesota and back during his spring break.
Crouthamel had no way of knowing that an Episcopal seminary named Bexley Hall would play a crucial role in his decision to go to Trinity Lutheran. He describes it this way: "It was a long, long road trip. By luck of the scheduling, we pulled into Trinity Lutheran Seminary on Thursday afternoon. So one of my first experiences of Trinity was the Bexley Hall Common Meal, which is prepared and served by Bexley Hall students and faculty every Thursday night for everyone at both Trinity and Bexley."
Read the entire article online or download a .pdf of the Spring 2012 Bexley Cross magazine.
|Welcome to Bexley!|
Seven new students begin academic year
Wednesday was the first day of the fall term at Bexley Hall. We welcome new students (l-r): Sarah Brock, Peter Kang, Juan Perez, Christopher Beasley, A.J. Stack, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore and Robert Hill. Not pictured: Peter Pond.
|General Convention 2012|Bexley, Seabury alums and friends gather in Indianapolis
|Bexley alum Nancy Bryan '03 and Seabury Director of Continuing Education Ruth Frey at General Convention 2012|
During the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in July, alums and friends of Bexley and Seabury gathered for an afternoon of fun sponsored by the Diocese of Indianapolis and for a gathering held on "Seminary Night." See the photos on the Seabury Facebook page.
Bexley and Trinity Days 2012
Theologian James Cone on September 27
Join us on September 25-27 for Bexley and Trinity days, our annual community gathering and continuing education series.
September 25: Tuesday evening provides an opportunity to get to know each other, gather for evening worship and talk with Roger Ferlo, president of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western Theological Seminary, and Tom Ferguson, dean of Bexley Hall.
September 26: Embracing the Other: An Interactive Conference and Retreat
Join Christopher D. Hofer, rector of the Church of St. Jude in Wantagh, New York, for a day of workshop sessions, worship and free time. The day concludes with a festive dinner and a presentation by President Roger Ferlo. Learn more and register online for the retreat and dinner.
September 27: Trinity Days
Professor James H. Cone, the founder of black liberation theology, will deliver two lectures for Trinity Day: "A Reflection on the Writing of The Cross and the Lynching Tree" and "'Let Justice Roll': A Reflection on the Life and Ministry of Martin Luther King Jr."
Professor Cone is the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. He is the author of Black Theology & Black Power, A Black Theology of Liberation, God of the Oppressed, and Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare?. His most recent book is titled The Cross and the Lynching Tree; it received the 2012 Nautilus Silver Award in Religion/Spirituality-Western Traditions.
Learn more and register online for the James Cone lectures.
|Claiming the Episcopal Future |Practical Leadership Skills for Ministry, September 27-29
The Anglican tradition and the Episcopal Church have much to offer the 21st century, but to realize the future that is within our grasp, laypeople and clergy must be effective leaders, sound administrators, and inspiring teachers.
Join us at Christ Episcopal Church
in Ponte Vedra, Florida from September 27-29 for this innovative conference where we will sharpen the skills we need to lead the Episcopal Church in today's world. Learn more
about this event that will feature presenters Diana Butler Bass
, Bob Bottoms
, William Sachs
and Roger Ferlo
. The cost is $100/person or $75/person for two or more people from the same congregation.
Praying Shapes Believing
Back by popular demand in October
Laypeople and clergy are invited to join Bishop Frank Griswold at Seabury to explore Anglican spirituality and the rhythm of our worship. Praying Shapes Believing will include reading and reflection with a community of students led by Bishop Griswold, former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Dr. Donna Ialongo.
The course, open to anyone, draws on Griswold's book, Praying Our Days, and may be taken for academic credit, CEU's or for enrichment. Learn more.
Dates: Online work from September 4 through December 11 and three intensive weekends: October 12-13, November 9-10, and December 7-8 (Friday afternoon-Saturday afternoon).
Register by September 4 for academic credit or CEUs and by October 5 for enrichment. Register online.
Questions? Please email Peggy Pearson.
What Would You Have Done?
Episcopal Church History, Polity and Canon Law
Put on your thinking caps and join Chabraja Fellow Bill Sachs for this weekend intensive course at Seabury in which students will use the Socratic method to examine 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. Learn more.
Dates: Online work from September 4 through December 11 and three intensive weekends: September 21-22, November 2-3, November 30-December 1 (Friday afternoon-Saturday afternoon).
Register by September 4 for academic credit or by September 14 for enrichment. Register online.
Questions? Please email Peggy Pearson.
Birth of an Empire
The Lukan Advent and Christmas in Chicago or Cleveland
Join Professor John Dally for an experiential workshop in Chicago or Cleveland that will introduce clergy, musicians and laypeople to Advent and Christmas in Lectionary Year C. What is constant, and what is particular to this year? How do the themes in Luke's Gospel speak to our parishes, our local communities, our nation and the world?
Participants will gain a deeper theological understanding of the shape of the Lukan Advent/Christmas season that will help inform choices for preaching, music, liturgy and adult education and enrich the entire congregation's celebration of the birth of the Christ. Learn more.
Cleveland: Friday, October 19, 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday, October 20, 9 am to 2:30 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. Please plan to participate on both days. Register online.
Chicago: Friday, October 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday, October 27, 9 am to 2:30 pm at Seabury. Please plan to participate on both days. Register online.
Fee: $40 per person. Lunch on Saturday is available for $10.
Questions? Please email Ruth Frey.
|Tracking Down the Holy Ghost|An evening with Bishop Griswold on November 9
Flannery O'Connor described the task of a serious writer as "tracking down the Holy Ghost." During this evening at Seabury with Bishop Frank Griswold, we will consider how it also describes the life of a serious seeker or person of faith. Together we will explore some of the classical ways and practices by which we can attune our hearts and minds to engage in this pursuit and draw on the wisdom and experience of some of the men and women who have gone ahead of us.
Date: Friday, November 9, 7 to 8:30 pm
While there is no fee for the program, registration is required. Register online. Questions? Please email Ruth Frey.
Listen to Bishop Griswold reflect on helping people "access the mystery in their own lives:"
For the Healing of Nations: An Advent Retreat
Clergy, spouses and partners, and lay church professionals in the Diocese of Indianapolis are invited to explore Christ's incarnation through music, art, and prayer and the lens of the seven "O Antiphons" with the Rev. Dr. Elise Feyerherm.
Dr. Feyerherm is director of Anglican formation & assistant professor of church history and christian spirituality at Bexley Hall Seminary and director for Ecumenical Relations of the Advent Project Seminar in the North American Academy of Liturgy.
This three-day retreat will be held December 9-12, 2012 at Waycross Camp & Conference Center in Morgantown, Indiana. Learn more.
Do you have news to share with your fellow Bexley and Seabury alums? Email Debbie Franz at Bexley or Ron Fox at Seabury.