In This Issue
President Ferlo's Inaugural Address
Inauguration in Indy
Anglican Studies at Bexley Seabury
New Board Meets in Columbus
New Jobs for Bexley Grads
Summer Intensives Underway
England Travel Course Meets Archbishop of Canterbury
Restoring the Biblical Imagination
President Ferlo's Inaugural Address


"Nothing is ever complete when we engage our scriptural imaginations. Our motto should be what John Keats said about poetry, what he called negative capability--when a person is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.  


"My favorite image for this is in the Gospel of Mark:  that unassimilated detail of Jesus' betrayal when a man flees and the soldiers grab his robe and he flees naked. No other Gospel talks about it. No one explains. What was that about? And for me that opens up the Biblical imagination."


Watch President Ferlo's keynote lecture at our inaugural event:

Restoring the Biblical Imagination 
Restoring the Biblical Imagination


Inauguration in Indy
Workshops, worship, celebration at CTU
Professor Jason Fout introduces Scriptural Reasoning and our guest presenters: Omar Shaukat, Sarah Snyder and Joshua Stanton.


Our inaugural weekend at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis included workshops, worship, and a celebration. Learn more and see photos online.


Anglican Studies at Bexley Seabury
Program offers flexibility, courses in Chicago and Columbus

Across the Episcopal Church, lay leaders, clergy and aspirants to ordained ministry are seeking new kinds of training to lead a new kind of church. The new Bexley Seabury Federation Program in Anglican Studies offers a wide range of options for leaders from all walks of life. Join us in Columbus, Chicago or online and choose from a variety of intensive and semester-long courses. Financial aid is available. Learn more.


This fall, join us for new courses in Columbus and Chicago:


Pastoral Offices

This fall in Columbus, Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo will teach a weekend intensive course on the pastoral offices. "We will pay close attention to issues of inculturation and social context as we assess the effectiveness of the Prayer Book offices and related rites in a post-modern culture," he writes. Learn more and register online. 


Dates:  September 6-7, October 4-5, November 14-15 in Columbus and online work



Anglican and Episcopal History

This course with Bexley Dean Tom Ferguson covers the history and development of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, with particular attention given to Anglicanism as a diverse, globalized communion. Learn more and register online.


Dates:  September 20-21, October 25-26, December 6-7 in Columbus and online work 



Canon Law

This online-only course with Seabury Academic Dean Ellen Wondra covers the basics of the canon law and polity of The Episcopal Church. This is a not-for-credit course that meets ordination requirements in The Episcopal Church. Learn more and register online.


Dates:  September 1-December 1


John Dally Strategies for Teaching the Bible

Post-seminary, it can be hard to translate the history and content of the Bible into knowledge that parishioners can use and share easily with others. This course with Professor John Dally will present six strategies for teaching the canonical story in ways that lead to personal and communal transformation. Learn more and register online. 


Dates:  September 27-28, November 1-2, December 6-7 in Chicago



New Federation Board Meets in Columbus
Strategic plan approved, officers elected


Bishop Mike Klusmeyer, Bexley Seabury board of directors chair, with the Rev. Dr. George A. Hill III 
The new Bexley Seabury board of directors met in late May to begin charting a course for the new federation. Thirty-five members attended the meeting in Columbus at which the board approved a three-year strategic plan, a 2013-2014 operating budget, and the granting of degrees to eleven 2013 graduates.


As its first order of business, the board elected officers including the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of West Virginia, as chair; the Rev. Alan Gates of the Diocese of Ohio as vice-chair; the Rev. Gwynne Wright of the Diocese of Chicago as secretary; and Roger Lumpp of the Diocese of Chicago as treasurer.


"The boards of Seabury Western and Bexley Hall Seminary came together with high spirits and great excitement and enthusiasm for providing formation for the church of the 21st century and beyond," said Klusmeyer. "The Holy Spirit was present, and it was hopeful and joyous to move forward into a new call from God."


Read more. 


Bexley Graduates Begin New Ministries

Bexley faculty with the Class of 2013
seated (l-r):  Faculty members Jason Fout, Elise Feyerherm, Roger Ferlo, Tom Ferguson

standing (l-r): Chadwick Slater (Diocese of West Virginia), Joyce Keeshin (Diocese of Southern Ohio), Adrienne Clements (Anglican Church of Canada), Rose Ann Lonsway (Diocese of Southern Ohio), Sarah Brock (Diocese of Southern Ohio), Elizabeth Frank (Diocese of Ohio), Robert Saik (Diocese of Southern Ohio)

Congratulations to Bexley's 2013 graduates, who are all moving on to new ministries:

  • Chadwick Slater will serve as priest-in-charge of Christ Church, Bluefield, West Virginia
  • Joyce Keeshin will serve a two-year residency as canon at St. James Episcopal Church Westwood in Cincinnati
  • Adrienne Clements will be curate at St. Timothy's Anglican Church in Agincourt, Ontario
  • Rose Ann Lonsway will serve a two-year residency as curate at St Peter's Church in Delaware, Ohio
  • Sarah Brock will be an intern at the monastery of the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, MA, through a program offered by the Episcopal Service Corps 
  • Elizabeth Frank will be deacon-in-charge and, in time, priest-in-charge of New Life Episcopal Church in Uniontown, Ohio
  • Robert Saik is continuing to discern his call. He is a candidate in a search process in the Diocese of Arizona and also has an opportunity to join a congregation in the Cincinnati area.

Congregations in the 21st Century

DMin program offers summer intensive courses in Chicago

Bexley Seabury DMin students at a week-long intensive course in Chicago

Each June, Doctor of Ministry students gather at Seabury for week-long intensive courses in congregational development, leadership, and community organizing. Last week, Professor Susan Harlow taught the program's core course, Congregations in the 21st Century:


"Our 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?" she asked.


Learn more about Bexley Seabury's DMin in congregational development and apply online by February 15 for priority admission.


England Travel Course Meets New Archbishop

Welby at Trinity College Cambridge

On June 2, the members of the England Travel Course, led by Professor Jason Fout, visited Trinity College Cambridge for Evensong and met the Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
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