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From the President

Taking the Risk of Reinvention 


On April 26 and 27, faculty, staff, board members, alumni and friends of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western seminaries will gather at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis to inaugurate the new Bexley Hall Seabury Western Seminary Federation.  We will be doing so at a time when seminary education in the Episcopal Church, as in all the mainstream denominations, is under tremendous stress.


The burden of student debt and an uncertain job outlook, the growing need for bi-vocational clergy, a steadily diminishing allegiance to denominational identity: all these hurdles have forced us radically to re-examine our mission and our future.  The biggest hurdle for our seminaries is in fact to recognize how dramatically our circumstances have changed, and to respond to these changes creatively rather than to react in panic, or what's worse, in denial.  What gives me joy in my new work as president of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western is the willingness of those who will gather with me in Indianapolis to re-imagine these two old (and in many ways too old-fashioned) institutions, and to take the risk of reinvention.


Read the entire article and learn more about the April 26 and 27 events below.

Restoring the Biblical Imagination
April 26 in Indianapolis

The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a grant to support Restoring the Biblical Imagination, a Bexley Seabury Federation public event at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) in Indianapolis on Friday, April 26. 
Please join the faculty, alums and board of the Federation for a day of exploring how sacred texts can help us foster understanding and create communities:

1:30-2:15 pm  President Ferlo's Address: Restoring the Biblical Imagination

2:30-4 pm  A Muslim, a Jew and a Christian Walk into a Cafe:  Building Relationships through Scriptural Study 



Sarah Snyder, Cambridge Interfaith Programme 

Joshua Stanton, Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College

Homayra Ziad, Trinity College 

Learn more about the presenters.


This participatory workshop will introduce attendees to the process of Scriptural Reasoning, which brings together Christians, Jews and Muslims to study and discuss each other's holy texts. 

Learn more about the workshop.


4:30-5:45 pm The Bible for Nones:  Sights and Sounds of Scripture



John Addison Dally, Seabury

Shaun Whitehead, St. Lawrence University

Frank Yamada, McCormick Seminary

Learn more about the presenters.


This workshop will immerse participants in images and sound that make scripture appeal to the heart as well as the mind. Come learn new ways to begin conversations about the Bible with the growing number of Americans who do not identify with any religion. 

Learn more about the workshop.


6:00-6:30 pm  Panel Discussion


6:30 pm  Dinner Reception (tickets $25 each)


Restoring the Biblical Imagination is free and open to all (dinner reception is $25). Participants can earn up to four hours toward continuing education credits.

Learn more and register online. Information about travel to Indianapolis and lodging is also available online.

The Bexley Seabury Federation is grateful to the Christian Theological Seminary for its generous support of this event.

The Installation of President Ferlo
April 27 Festival Eucharist; Dean Markham to Preach
President Ferlo
The Board of Trustees of the Federation of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western Theological Seminary invites you to the inauguration of the federation and the installation of the Rev. Dr. Roger Albert Ferlo, Ph.D. as its first president. President Ferlo's installation will take place at a festival Eucharist on Saturday, April 27 at 10 am at the chapel of Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Travel and lodging information is available on Seabury's website, and maps and directions are available on CTU's website.

Dean Markham
The Very Rev. Ian Markham, Ph.D. will preach at the installation service. Dean Markham is dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, a position he has held since 2007. He has also served as dean and professor of theology and ethics at Hartford Seminary and as visiting professor of globilization, ethics and Islam at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Exeter, and is the author and editor of many books, including Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong. 
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