In This Issue
What Shall We Become?
Kellogg Summer Institute Save the Date
Bexley Day Video
Apply Now for DMin Study
Register Now for January Courses in Chicago and Columbus
Celebrating with Seminary of the Southwest
Robert Capon: In Memoriam
Bexley Seabury Accredited
What Shall We Become?
Faculty, alums contribute to new volume on church structure



Thanks to  a resolution passed unanimously at the 2012 General Convention of The Episcopal Church, church structure is a hot topic these days. A new volume on the subject includes essays by:

  • Bexley Dean Tom Ferguson:  "Restructuring Theological Education: Back to the Future" 
  • The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Perry (DMin '98):  "Up From the Grave"
  • The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, an alum of the 2013 Kellogg Summer Institute:  "Structural Change in the Diocese of Chicago"
  • The Rev. Dwight Zscheile, a Bexley Seabury adjunct faculty member:  "From Establishment to Innovation:  Rethinking Structure in a New Apostolic Age"

Learn more and order the book online. What Shall We Become? will be available for Kindle and for iBooks on October 1. 

Save the Date:  2014 Kellogg Summer Institute
June 16-20

Mark your calendar now for the next session of o
ur popular Kellogg Summer Institute, a three-day program with the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University tailored to meet the distinctive needs of lay and clergy leaders.

The 2014 Institute will include seminars titled Leadership Today, Branding Your Congregation, Understanding Changing Generations, Social Media Strategy, Major Gift Strategies and Donor Relations, Leading and Following, and Communicating Vision and Values. 
Watch for more details and application materials coming soon, and talk with Susan Harlow to learn more.
photo credit: 
The Very Rev. Brian Baker

"The Kellogg program was transformational for me. It opened a window to a new world of resources to understand the daily work of ministry and to engage the dynamic world our church lives in.  Understanding networks, learning new ways to think about negotiation in daily work, analyzing failure for growth, and the dynamics of "following" for leaders were just a few of the topics that renewed and energized my work with congregational leaders and church colleagues.  I'll definitely be back!"


--The Rev. Emily Mellott
rector, Calvary Episcopal Church, Lombard, Illinois
Ferguson on Sergius of Radonezh
Bexley Day sermon

Bexley Day Sermon 2013
At Bexley Day on September 25, Bexley Dean Tom Ferguson, who has lived and studied in Moscow, preached on Sergius of Radonezh, Abbot of Holy Trinity Moscow (1392).
Apply Now to Begin DMin Study in June
Programs in congregational development, preaching
Bexley Seabury's doctor of ministry programs in congregational development and preaching prepare leaders for vital, dynamic, diverse communities of faith. Our flexible programs allow students to work independently and online with colleagues and enjoy intensive studies in Chicago for just a few weeks a year.

Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development

Our low-residence doctor of ministry students have an unparalleled opportunity to learn, stretch, challenge themselves and others, and emerge at the end of three years with exceptional skills in leadership and deeper theological grounding for innovative and effective congregational ministry. A new cohort of students begins the program each June; the priority admission deadline is January 15. Learn more and apply online. 


Doctor of Ministry in Preaching

This ecumenical program, which includes intensive summer residencies and work in your home congregation during the year, is designed to help you become the preacher God is calling you to be. The Bexley Seabury Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program is offered in collaboration with six other Chicago-area seminaries as the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) DMin in Preaching Program. Apply by January 31 for admission in June. Learn more and apply online.

Register Now for January Courses
Weeklong intensive courses in Columbus and Chicago

In January, join us in Columbus or Chicago for intensive courses in congregational development and Anglican studies. All classes are open for academic credit or lifelong learning:




Diversity and Context: January 6-10

This course with the Rev. Eric H.F. Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute is designed to increase participants' intercultural competency in a diverse, changing world. Students will gain a deeper understanding of communication styles and perception of power and their consequences for congregational vitality and stewardship. Learn more and register online. 

Congregational Systems:  January 13-17

The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott, assistant professor of ministry and pastoral leadership at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, teaches an introduction to systems and organizational theory in relation to congregations and other church groups. Students will explore issues in organizational and ministry development as well as strategies for systemic change. Learn more and register online.


Making Mission Possible in Tough Times:  January 20-24

This course, co-taught by Professor Susan Harlow and community policy expert John Kretzmann, will explore how mission-focused fundraising and greater neighborhood involvement can breathe new life into congregational mission and outreach at a time when many are struggling with shoe-string budgets and exploding social needs in their communities. Learn more and register online. 


Current DMin students can also register for the January 2014 thesis proposal workshop and research and writing seminar.




Anglican Spirituality and Ethos:  January 20-24

Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo and the Rev. Dr. Elise Feyerherm offer an orientation to spiritual practices, with attention to principles that guide their use for personal formation and cultivation of communities. Learn more and register online.  



Celebrating with Seminary of the Southwest
President Ferlo attends installation of President Kittredge  
photo credit:  Kris Krieg for Seminary of the Southwest 

President Ferlo visited Austin on September 13 for the installation of Cynthia Briggs Kittredge as the eighth dean and president of Seminary of the Southwest


President Kittredge, who is also professor of New Testament, has been on that seminary's faculty since 1999 and has served as academic dean since 2010. She was named in March to succeed the Very Rev. Douglas Travis, who concluded his service in May.

Robert Capon, priest and food writer
Seabury alum, prolific writer, dies at age 87 

The Rev. Robert Capon (BD 1949, STD 1966), a food writer and theologian, died on September 5 in Greenport, NY at age 87. He is survived by his wife, Valerie, eight children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A New York Times obituary recalled that, "In books like The Third Peacock: The Goodness of God and the Badness of the World (1971) and Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law and the Outrage of Grace (1996), Mr. Capon (pronounced KAY-pun) dismissed most forms of conspicuous religious piety, construed the Gospels as a radical manifesto for freedom, and for better or worse championed what he called 'the astonishing oddness of the world.'"
Bexley Seabury Accredited
Association of Theological Schools approves federation

On September 6, President Ferlo received news that the Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary Federation is accredited through 2015 by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada to offer the degrees of Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.

ATS is perhaps the single most important arbiter of the rigorousness of our educational offerings, the soundness of our formation programs and the stability of our institution," said Ferlo. "I couldn't be happier to have their approval."


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