In This Issue
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is: From the President
Holding Joins Bexley Seabury on April 1
Board Expresses Gratitude to Harlow
New Online Applications Now Available
Apply to the 2014 Leadership Institute
Learning from London
A Pilgrimage to Sarum
Death of the Beautiful Young Man Open Sessions
Learn the Book of Common Prayer Online
National Worship Conference 2014
Alumni News
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is
President Ferlo on the mixed blessing of endowments


For ten years I had the privilege of leading an historic endowed congregation in Lower Manhattan. Of course, it is difficult to imagine a parish functioning in expensive lower Manhattan without an endowment. There are five Episcopal parishes below 14th Street, all five of which exist in the shadow of the great Megillah of endowed parishes, Trinity Wall Street. In fact, my parish--St. Luke in the Fields--owed its very survival to Trinity. For a hundred years it had functioned as a Trinity chapel in the West Village, in effect a wholly owned subsidiary of the Wall Street parish. In 1976, in the midst of a real estate meltdown (Trinity is a major landowner downtown), Trinity decided to shed its "chapels." They gave the newly constituted vestry of St Luke's title to an entire city block (including three rows of Federal townhouses suitable for market rate rental) and a million dollars. By the time I was called as rector 18 years later, shrewd investments had tripled the dollar amount, the rentals were grossing $700,000 a year, the school was flourishing, and the parish one of the most active and innovative in the city.


But endowments are a mixed blessing, at the mercy of stock market volatility and the hard-to-resist temptation to increase the yearly draw beyond the usual 5% to hide a deficit (a practice that in the past our own seminaries understood only too well).

Suzi Holding Joins Bexley Seabury on April 1
New DMin, lifelong learning director has business, church smarts
Holding with her children, Mallory and Michael


A couple of years ago, in the middle of a meeting, the Rev. Canon Suzann Holding had a vision that put her on a journey from the idyllic weather of San Diego back to a city that has been known this winter as Chi-beria, where she will become the Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation's director of lifelong learning and the doctor of ministry program on April 1.


"I saw an old stone ruin with crumbling bricks," says Holding, "and I knew my heart wasn't in repairing that wall. I wanted to go beyond the old, broken walls that too often keep the church in and hold us back."


It's not surprising that Holding, who received her MDiv from Seabury in 1999, was intrigued when she learned about the opportunity to return to her alma mater, which now describes itself as a "seminary beyond walls."

Board Expresses Gratitude to Harlow 
DMin director ends service with sabbatical beginning March 1


At its meeting in February, the Bexley Seabury board passed a resolution of gratitude for the ministry of the Rev. M. Susan Harlow, who will conclude her time at Bexley Seabury with a sabbatical beginning March 1:


I saw the throng, so deeply separate, fed at one only board -

The devout people, moved, intent, elate, and the devoted Lord.

~ Alice Meynell


"The Bexley Hall - Seabury Western Federation Board of Directors expresses its deepest gratitude to God for the faithful service of the Reverend Dr. Susan Harlow in the development and administration of Seabury's Doctor of Ministry Programs.


"The throng so deeply separate... The Rev. Susan Harlow, having commenced her service to this institution in a time of extraordinary change and unsettledness, surrounded by a throng of deeply separate views, did manifest a calm and steady hand in the midst of transition.  In this half decade she advanced the mission of the school by reviving and redesigning the D.Min. in Congregational Development, teaching key courses, and acting as advisor and supporter for all D.Min. students.


Read the entire resolution.

New Online Applications Now Available
Apply for 2014 admission to DMin, MDiv, Anglican Studies

Through our partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary, students can now apply to Bexley Seabury's MDiv, DMin and Anglican Studies programs online. Find application links on our website.

Apply by April 1 to begin the DMin in congregational development in June. Our MDiv and Anglican Studies programs offer rolling admissions; to learn more, please talk with Dean Tom Ferguson via email or at 614-231-3095. For questions about housing, financial aid, or campus visits, please be in touch with our admissions staff, which is shared with Trinity Lutheran.
2014 Leadership Institute in June
Spots still remain in Kellogg School program
The next session of our popular Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute is filling up, but some spaces still remain. The Leadership Institute, a three-day program with the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, is 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 Roger Ferlo.



"The Kellogg faculty's instruction in marketing and fundraising has been particularly helpful to me. I didn't learn those skills in seminary, so I really needed this kind of practical training at this point in my life and ministry. What I've learned at the Leadership Institute has helped me think about new and innovative ways that Episcopal Service Corps can grow and expand, and about ways I can help Episcopal Service Corps programs around the church implement practical strategies for their own recruitment.


--The Rev. Amity Carrubba
Executive Director, Episcopal Service Corps 
Learning from London
Professor Jason Fout teaches travel course in January 2015
In the Church of England's Diocese of London, average weekly attendance has increased by 48% since 2000 and giving has grown by 50%. What are they doing right, and what can Episcopalians learn from it? 
From January 17-24, 2015, Dr. Jason Fout will lead an in-depth introduction to the mission and evangelism taking place in the Diocese of London. Students will learn best practices from seasoned practitioners and come away energized to tell a different story about the possibilities present to the church in America.


MDiv and DMin students can take this course for academic credit, and other church leaders can participate for lifelong learning and enrichment. 


Details about the course, including schedule, cost, and answers to frequently asked questions, are now available online. Questions? Please talk with Professor Fout via email.

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 moredownload a brochure, or visit MTS Travel online to reserve a spot.
Death of the Beautiful Young Man
Sessions in Chicago available for lifelong learning

Professor John Dally's spring class, Death of the Beautiful Young Man, includes sessions at Seabury that are open to the public for $10 each. Sign up for one or more as your schedule allows:  register online.


March 7, 7-8:30 pm

The Beautiful Young Man as Hero: The Slayer of the Bull


March 8, 11 am-12:30 pm 

The Beautiful Young Man as Soldier: The Ultimate Sacrifice


April 4, 7-8:30 pm

Strange Fruit: The Cross and the Lynching Tree


April 5, 11 am-12:30 pm

What You See Is What You Get: Rethinking Images of Redemption


Learn more about each session and register online.

Learn the Book of Common Prayer Online
Eight-part video series will debut in June

Bexley Seabury and ChurchNext are teaming up to present an eight-part series on the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer that will be easily available to anyone with a computer, tablet or smartphone and an Internet connection.


Led by President Roger Ferlo, the series will be available by the end of June at Each of the eight classes will take the average learner about 45 minutes to complete.


"I am delighted to be involved in our first partnership with a seminary and our first offering of academic level content," said the Rev. Chris Yaw, founder of ChurchNext, which promotes Christian formation through online classes with leading thinkers and practitioners. 


"This series is perfect for Christian education classes, but people can also participate on their own time and at their own pace because all of the presentations will be available for viewing online at any time," he said. 


Learn more.

National Worship Conference 2014
July 20-23, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta
From July 20-23, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada will host the 2014 National Worship Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This year's theme is "Weaving Strands - Liturgy for Living."
The conference will include presenters and participants from across North America, including Bexley Seabury President Roger Ferlo. Learn more and register online before June 15 for the early bird rate, and check out student and group discounts.
Alumni News

In December, La Igelsia Detroit was awarded a $100,000 from The Episcopal Church's budget as part of a new initiative for Mission Enterprise Zones and New Church StartsDeacon Juan Perez, a Bexley student, is actively working in this new mission to reach the Diocese of Michigan's growing Hispanic population.


Jessica Nelson (Seabury MTS '09) has been appointed director of the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy, a national event sponsored by the Diocese of Mississippi. She also had a choral setting of the 23rd Psalm for women's voices published by Paraclete Press. Jessica recently passed the Colleague Examination given by the American Guild of Organists. She continues her work as organist/choirmaster at All Saints' Tupelo and as an adjunct music professor at the University of North Alabama.


In Memoriam

The Rev. Cora Booth (Bexley '96) died on January 14 in Asheville, NC, following a long illness. Cora served as rector of Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County in the Diocese of Rochester from 1998 until 2003. She is survived by her spouse, Mark; son, Samuel; mother, Francisca and sisters, Anne and Alice. A Requiem Eucharist was held at St. James' Church in Watkins Glen, NY. Read the obituary.
The Rev. Siobhán Patterson (Seabury '06) died on February 4. She served in the Dioceses of Virginia and West Virginia and is survived by her parents, Robert and Joan Patterson, and siblings Brendan, Brian, Brighid, Eireann, Maire Grace and Sean Patterson. Former Seabury preaching professor David Schlafer preached at her funeral, held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in College Park, MD. Read the obituary and the sermon.
The Rev. Thomas Tracy Pittenger (Seabury '79) died January 5 in Stuart, FL. He had served as rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Stuart from 1991 until his retirement in 2009. He served churches in the Dioceses of Central Florida, Florida, and Southeast Florida. Bishop Don A. Wimberly officiated at the funeral in the Pittenger Center at St. Mary's in Stuart. Read the obituary.

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

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