In This Issue
Worth the Wait: The Triumph of Hope on Robben Island
The Big Class with Bishop Michael Curry
Learn the Book of Common Prayer Online
Apply Now for DMin Study
Last Call for January Courses
Spring Courses Begin in February
A Pilgrimage to Sarum
Apply to the 2014 Leadership Institute
Seeking Director of Lifelong Learning and DMin
Alumni News
Worth the Wait
From the President:  The triumph of hope on Robben Island


Robben Island, the bleakly beautiful island off the coast from Cape Town, is now a national museum and a World Heritage Site. It was once a leper colony, and then for decades housed the prison where Nelson Mandela and scores of other political activists were brutally imprisoned. Tour boats now shuttle regularly between the island and the Cape Town waterfront. Once you get to the island, you climb aboard a bus, led by an elderly guide who is likely to be a former prisoner.


The most important stop, of course, is the tiny cell where Mandela was kept in isolation for decades. But what I remember most from my first visit in 1999, just two years after the prison was decommissioned and opened to the public, is a limestone quarry, a high white cliff blinding you even in the winter sun. During the years of apartheid, this was where Mandela and many of his companions were put to meaningless work, chiseling away at the cliff to no real purpose, permanently damaging eyes and lungs. With the dust and the wind and the glare, it is a relief to get back on the bus and head back toward the sea. But as the bus turns from the quarry toward the main road, you will notice a small pyramid of stones, carefully piled at the crossing. It is an odd sight, jarring. It looks like a burial mound. But it is in fact a marker of new life. After the prison had been closed and apartheid ended, there was a reunion of former prisoners at this site. They erected this cairn of remembrance as a signpost on the road to freedom.

The Big Class with Bishop Michael Curry
Partnership with ChurchNext, January 27-February 3

Early next year, anyone with Internet access and a computer or tablet can get free instruction on how to become a crazy Christian.


From January 27 through February 3, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, will teach The Big Class, a program of ChurchNext. Bexley Seabury is a partner in the project, together with Church Publishing Inc., the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and Forward Movement.


The course will expand on Bishop Curry's book titled Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus. The book is based on "We Need Some Crazy Christians," a widely acclaimed sermon the bishop preached at the Episcopal Church's General Convention in 2012.


Bishop Curry will moderate the course and answer online questions during the week of The Big Class. Participants can take the course anytime during the week at No special software is required.


Learn more. Free registration for The Big Class begins January 6 at

Learn the Book of Common Prayer Online
Spring 2014 from Bexley Seabury and ChurchNext
Bexley Seabury and ChurchNext are pleased to announce a new partnership to produce an eight-session online training class on the Book of Common Prayer. The course, which will debut in the spring of 2014, will be taught by Bexley Seabury faculty and will be available to congregations via ChurchNext subscription or to individuals for $10/session.

"This won't be a death march through the Book of Common Prayer's table of contents," said President Roger Ferlo. "People who take this class, which will draw from many disciplines, will come away knowing why the Prayer Book is shaped the way it is and how to use it as a source for prayer. Over eight sessions, we will explore the centrality of baptism and the ministry of all believers in shaping our Episcopal life in response to God's mission of justice, mercy and reconciliation in the world."
Watch for more details coming in 2014.
Apply Now to Begin DMin Study in June
Programs in congregational development, preaching
Bexley Seabury's doctor of ministry programs 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.

Last Call 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. Register by December 19 to earn academic credit and three business days in advance of the course for 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. 



Spring Courses Begin in February
Weekend intensives, semester-long courses

Anglican Liturgy and Music: Theology and Practice

February 14-15, March 28-29, May 2-3

This course with Milner Seifert and the Rev. Victor Conrado will cover contemporary liturgical and sacramental theology and practice and will include a practicum.


Anglican Theology and Ethics

February 21-22, March 21-22 and April 25-26

In this course with the Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra, students will focus on the breadth and variety of theologies and ethics in the worldwide Anglican

Communion as well as "classic" Anglican theologians and moral theologians.


Death of the Beautiful Young Man

February 7-8, March 7-8 and April 4-5

In this course, the Rev. Dr. John Dally will include art historical, anthropological, theological and philosophical perspectives in dialogue with painting, sculpture, music and film. Participants will become thoughtful critics of the iconography of Jesus' death.



Anglican Theology & Ethics

Spring semester, Tuesdays and Thursdays

With the Rev. Dr. Jason Fout, students will learn about the distinctive history of Anglican theology and its dynamic, diverse contemporary practice. The focus will be on engaging primary texts in their historical context, as well as making sense of such texts for today's church.


Global Anglicanism

February 28-March 1, April 4-5, May 9-10

The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer leads students in an exploration of contemporary issues through an Anglican tradition of thoughtful theological reflection, dialogue, and examination of courses of action that reflect baptismal living and are applicable to daily lives and decisions.


Life Among Buildings: Urbanism, City Planning and the Church

Spring semester, Mondays and Wednesdays

The Rev. Dr. Jason Fout introduces students to the basic ideas behind urban planning, particularly through the 'New Urbanism', in order to think about order, community, sustainability and livability in the built environments we inhabit: cities and neighborhoods, suburbs, and towns.


null Liturgics 2

February 14-15, March 14-15, April 25-26

The Rev. Dr. Elise Feyerherm returns to Bexley Seabury to teach an introduction to the history and development of worship, including the Eucharist, daily prayer, baptism, and other sacramental rites.


Current Bexley Seabury MDiv students can also register for an Anglican Formation course and field education seminar.


Learn more about Bexley Seabury's Spring 2014 courses. All classes offer graduate credit and are also available, at significantly reduced rates, for continuing education or simply for the love of learning.
A Pilgrimage to Sarum
August 31-September 5, 2014
Salisbury Cathedral  (photo credit:  Bernard Gagnon)
Join President Ferlo and the Rev. Gwynne Wright, member of the Bexley Seabury Federation Board, for a pilgrimage to the heartland of our Anglican heritage. Explore the sacred ruins of Old Sarum, the magnificence of Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals, and the humble beauty of Bemerton parish church, where the poet George Herbert shaped the Anglican cure of souls for generations to come.

The pilgrimage will include opportunities to study George Herbert with Ferlo and the founder of the George Herbert in Bremerton Group and conversation with the bishop of Salisbury, the Rt. Rev. Nicolas Holtam, whose vision for pastoral care and social justice transformed St. Martin in the Fields in London and now marks the life and ministry of this thriving community.

Learn more, download a brochure, or talk with Ron Fox in the president's office at 773.380.6781 or via email to reserve a spot. 
Apply to the 2014 Leadership Institute
Study with the Kellogg School June 16-20

Applications are now being accepted for the next session of o
ur popular Bexley Seabury Leadership 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. Learn more and apply online. Questions? Talk with Susan Harlow.
New this year:  Through the generosity of the Shoemaker Fund and the bishop of Chicago, the Bexley Hall Seabury Western Seminary Federation can offer up to ten places in this summer's Leadership Institute with full scholarship to successful applicants from the Diocese of Chicago. Learn more.


"This Kellogg-Seabury leadership week continues to be one of the most impactful andformative learning experiences for my current ministry on bishop's staff.  Learning about the latest in communications, development, and organizational health from some of the brightest and gifted practitioners  in their fields alongside some of the most gifted leaders in the Episcopal Church has strengthened my capacity to serve the congregations of the Diocese of Chicago. 


--The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
Director of Networking, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
Seeking Director of Lifelong Learning and DMin
Help pioneer the future of 21st century theological education

Bexley Seabury is seeking candidates to fill a new position:  Director of Lifelong Learning and the Doctor of Ministry. This person will be a skilled leader and administrator for our lifelong theological education programs, which include the DMin in Congregational Studies and the ACTS DMin in Preaching, as well as non-degree programs in continuing education for lay and clergy leaders.


Qualified candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to theological education in a post-Christian, ecumenical, pluralist, multi-racial context and be familiar with contemporary congregational life. Demonstrated experience in academic and/or ecclesial administration, creative thinking and leading collaboratively is required. Strong oral and written communications skills are a must, as well as expertise in administrative computer applications and easy familiarity with current and emerging social media.


Read the full position description.


Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are strongly encouraged to apply. Please submit applications and nominations to:


Br. Ronald Fox, BSG
Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation 
8765 W. Higgins Rd. Suite 650  
Chicago, IL 60631  
[email protected]

Alumni News

In January, Dr. Brad Carter (M.T.S., 1988) will join the faculty of the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, as an associate professor of strategy and policy. He was most recently an associate professor of military history with the Army's Command and General Staff College. Brad received  his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas in 2004. 


News to share with your fellow Bexley and Seabury alums? Email Debbie Frantz at Bexley or Ron Fox at Seabury. 

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