In This Issue
From the President: These Are Not Easy Times for Bridge Builders
Congratulations Class of 2014 MDiv Graduates
Dean Downey Receives DMin in Preaching
New Director of Field Education and Formation
Learn Online with Bexley Seabury and ChurchNext
May Board of Directors Meeting
New Board Members
Apply to the 2014 Leadership Institute
The Leader as Potter
Fall 2014 at Bexley Seabury
Learning from London
National Worship Conference 2014
SCP Annual Conference
Alumni News
From the President  
President Ferlo's sermon at the Berea College baccalaureate
photo credit:  Berea College
On May 4, President Ferlo gave the baccalaureate sermon at Berea College in Berea Kentucky:

"Back in Cincinnati on Thursday, when I was standing on the terrace of the Freedom Museum, staring at that lovely bridge, our tour guide said something that has stayed with me. Gesturing toward Mr. Roebling's graceful and solid achievement, she told us proudly: 'No enslaved person ever crossed that bridge.' That would not have been the case if it had been opened just a few years earlier than it did, because the Roebling bridge didn't open until 1867, by which time every person of African descent in Ohio or Kentucky was free to cross any bridge they wanted to--legally free anyway, and if only for a time. Formerly enslaved people and their descendants would have to endure 100 years of Jim Crow before the freedom to cross would really be the case. And that would only be the case thanks to the bravery and determination of those who marched for freedom across many another American bridge, including that bloody bridge in Selma.


"'No enslaved person ever crossed this bridge.' I wonder what John Fee would have made of that statement. This is my first time in Berea, so I haven't had the time or chance to research whether he had any comment to make in 1867 when that bridge opened between Cincinnati and Covington. It was about that same year that he and his colleagues returned to this place in the heart of the Appalachian hills, and courageously reopened this college. They were determined to relight the beacon of free inquiry in a nation torn asunder by violence and prejudice and oppression-God bless them for it. They put their lives and livelihoods on the line, fiercely determined that the blood shed in that great civil slaughter would not have been shed in vain.


"Class of 2014, the beacon those founders lit is now yours to carry. You have been shaped by an institution whose founders made no peace with oppression, a place of light and learning where the building of bridges is not just a task for structural engineers like John Roebling, but the task of everyone in this room. Bridging the differences separating religion and race and economic class has been and continues to be this college's sacred vocation. And a rare vocation it is, especially in these violent and polarized days. And now that vocation is yours.


"You will not have it easy. These are not easy times for bridge-builders."


Read the entire sermon and watch it online.

Class of 2014 MDiv graduates
Congratulations to all!

On May 24, Bexley Hall held its commencement with Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus. Congratulations to our 2014 MDiv graduates:  (l-r above) Juan F Perez Correa, Benjamin Garren, Christopher Beasley, Nikki Seger, Peter Kang and Shawn Dickerson.
Dean John Downey receives DMin in preaching
President Ferlo visits Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie

President Ferlo presents the DMin in preaching and Seabury cross to Dean John Downey at an Evensong at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie, Pennsylvania as Verger Bob Guerrein looks on.
The Rev. John P. Downey, dean of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie, Pennsylvania, received a DMin in preaching earlier this month. His thesis was entitled  Restore the Ruins? Cathedral Preaching on the Other Side of Christendom.


"Many preachers today find themselves preaching on the other side of Christendom as the received institutions, understandings, and patterns of Christianity and the Church are challenged, declining, and even dying," Downey writes about his dissertation. "As one who preaches in a small cathedral in a Rust Belt city, I am intrigued by the unanticipated vitality currently found in the cathedrals of the Church of England. Does this have any significance for the cathedrals of the Episcopal Church, including the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Erie, Pennsylvania? And if so, what are the implications for preaching?"

Oh Joins Bexley Seabury 
Seabury alumna will be director of field education and formation
Bexley Seabury Federation President Roger Ferlo announced on May 12 that the Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh, a Seabury MDiv alumna ('00) and current DMin student, will become the Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation's director of field education and formation. Oh is currently rector of The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Walnut Hills, Ohio in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

"KJ bring brings a depth of wisdom and hands-on practical experience that will immeasurably strengthen our MDiv program," said Ferlo.

Oh will join the staff on July 1 and be based at Bexley Hall in Columbus, located on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Read more.
Learn Online with ChurchNext
Book of Common Prayer series and Father Albert Cutie


Book of Common Prayer Online Learning Series

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


The first three segments are available now at ChurchNext:



An American Prayer Book, A Global Prayer Book with Tom Ferguson






The Spirituality of the Book of Common Prayer with Karl Ruttan






English Origins of the Book of Common Prayer with John Dally






"Living A Spirit-Filled Life" with Father Albert Cutie

This Pentecost, Bexley Seabury is partnering with ChurchNext to offer an online class, "Living A Spirit-Filled Life," with Father Albert Cutie, New York Times bestselling author, talk show host, and Episcopal priest in Southeast Florida. Students can begin registering today to take the course for free anytime between June 8 - 15.


The course will expand on Fr. Cutie's books and sermons that focus on how we bring God into our everyday lives and follows the tremendous success of Bishop Michael Curry's January class, "How to Be a Crazy Christian" for which 3,000 students from 30 countries registered.


Learn more online. 

New Academic Leadership
May 2014 Board of Directors meeting

The Bexley Seabury Federation's board of directors met on May 15 and 16 in Chicago.


At the meeting, the board approved a new academic leadership. Beginning July 1, the Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson, will be the Federation's vice president for academic affairs and dean of Bexley Hall. Ferguson has been dean of Bexley since 2011. The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra, who has been academic dean at Seabury since 2009, will become research professor of theology and ethics.


In his new position, Ferguson will be responsible for academic affairs and faculty at the Federation's programs in both Columbus and Chicago. Wondra will return to research and teaching, most immediately with a weekend intensive course in global Anglicanism during the spring semester in 2015.


"I am grateful to Ellen and Tom for their joint service during the federation's formation, and I am delighted that Ellen can now complete several writing projects and return to full-time teaching." said Federation President Roger Ferlo. "I look forward to working closely with Tom in his new position as we continue to expand our seminary 'beyond walls.'"


The board thanked ten outgoing members: Eleanor Chabraja, the Rev. Canon Carlson Gerdau, Mr. James H. Hawk, Katharine R. Koeze, the Rev. Wendy Lane , the Rev. Eugene Y. Lowe, Jr., Mr. Roger Lumpp, the Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price, the Rev. Jeffrey Queen and the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Wright, welcomed six new members (see profiles below), and elected its officers for 2014-2015. 


The Rt. Rev. Mike Klusmeyer will continue as president, while the Rev. John Denson (Seabury DMin 2009) will be vice chair, replacing the Rev. Alan Gates who was elected bishop of Massachusetts on April 5. The Rev. Charlotte Reed (Seabury '97) will serve as secretary and Michael Galvin will be treasurer.


Read more.
New Board Members Elected

At its meeting on May 15-16, the Bexley Seabury Federation board of directors elected six new members to terms of three years:


Judy Bross

Judy C. Bross is the former director of agency services for Episcopal Charities and Community Services. Prior to joining Episcopal Charities, she was head of the USA Education Charitable Trust. She is a parishioner of St. Chrysostom's in Chicago. Read more. 



Kitty Cole

Kitty Cole is a community organizer whose work life was devoted to housing issues. She joined the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois as a Presbyterian because she was determined to be part of Lake County United, a non-profit, non-partisan organization of civic institutions doing justice. Read more.  


Ashley Maentz

Ashley Maentz, an interior designer, is an active member of the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, Illinois communities and, in recent years, served as an alderman. She is a member of Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois and St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California. Read more. 



Sandra McPhee

Sandra F. McPhee has practiced law for 38 years in the Chicago area. She has her own practice specializing in estate planning and residential real estate transactions. A graduate of Smith College, Sandra also holds a JD from Boston University School of Law. She is a lifelong Episcopalian and attends St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Evanston, her childhood parish. Read more.  


Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo

Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo came to the University of Cincinnati in August 2013 as assistant director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning. Her work involves professional development for faculty in the areas of eLearning resources, course design, digital portfolios and online and hybrid course instruction. Read more.  



Bruce Smith

The Rev. Bruce Smith retired in January 2014 from active parish ministry after more than 12 years as associate rector of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Columbus. He is currently priest-in-charge of Trinity Episcopal Church in McArthur, Ohio, an ecumenical ministry with McArthur Presbyterian Church. Read more.  


2014 Leadership Institute Filling Up
Register now for June program with Kellogg School
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 June 16-18, 2014 session is filling up, but some spaces still remain. Apply online.

This year's program includes seminars titled Leadership Today, Branding Your Congregation, Understanding Changing Generations, Social Media Strategy, Major Gift Strategies and Donor Relations, and Leading and Following, with discussion regarding the opportunities and challenges of context and culture. Learn more and apply online. Questions? Talk with Suzann Holding.   

KyungJa (KJ) Oh (Seabury '00), rector of Church of the Advent in Cincinnati, Ohio:

"I was just blown away by it. The entire course was brilliant, with top-notch, engaged faculty; the cross-disciplinary approach was stunning."


The Leader as Potter: Shaping Congregational Culture
Coming soon in October

This fall course will offer participants the opportunity to engage in a hands-on pottery workshop, and use that experience to reflect on leadership principles regarding congregational culture.

Participants will meet for four 3-hour sessions in a Chicagoland potter's studio. Three sessions will involve directly working with clay and periodic reflection and one will be a facilitated conversation to integrate and connect the dots between congregational leadership and the art of the potter.

Contact Suzann Holding to learn more.
Fall 2014 at Bexley Seabury
Weekend intensives, semester-long courses

September 19-20, October 24-25, November 14-15

Tom Ferguson offers an introduction to and overview of history and development of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, with particular attention given to Anglicanism as a diverse, globalized communion.


Anglican Spirituality and Ethos

September 26-27, October 31-November 1, December 5-6 

Roger Ferlo will introduce students to Anglican spirituality and the Anglican ethos in theology, liturgy, music, poetry and the visual arts. Students will consider baptismal and Eucharistic theology for spiritual life; the roots of Anglican Christianity in the Benedictine tradition; Anglican social witness and the life of prayer; and new expressions of Anglican community.  


Atheism 101

October 10-11, November 7-8, December 12-13
The premise of this course with John Dally is that Christians in general and seminary-trained leaders in particular ought to know why people who have heard the gospel and understand it choose not to be a part of the Christian community.  



Anglican Liturgy and Music: Development and Theology

Fall semester weekly course 

This course with Jason Fout is an introduction to the principles and practices of Anglican worship with particular focus on the Episcopal Church. The course will cover the nature of worship and the history of its evolution; and the theology and use of music in worship. 



Episcopal Canon Law and Polity

August 25 - December 13  

This online-only course 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. 


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


Download a flyer or learn more on our website. All classes offer graduate credit and are also available, at significantly reduced rates, for continuing education or simply for the love of learning. Registration for Fall 2014 opens in early May.
Learning from London:  A Travel Course
Study with Professor Jason Fout in London, 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%. Now the diocese has pledged to start or renew 100 worshipping communities by 2020.
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.

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.
Society of Catholic Priests Annual Conference
October 8-11 in Toronto, Canada

The Society of Catholic Priests in North America will host its Sixth Annual Provincial Conference October 8 - 11 in Toronto, Canada.

The focus of this year's gathering is  "Catholic Ministry in the 21st Century Anglican Tradition." Speakers include Dean Tom Ferguson who will present a session on Structuring for Catholic Ministry--From the Parish to the Churchwide Office. Learn more.
Community News
The Rev. Melanie R. Barbarito (Bexley '96) is pastoral associate at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas, where she has been serving since August 2009. She writes that she has, "the small distinction, but distinction nonetheless, of being the first woman priest to be canonically resident in the Diocese of Fort Worth."

The Rev. M.E. Eccles (Seabury '07), who serves as a Bexley Seabury director, has been named rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Des Plaines. She has served as priest-in-charge there since 2013.

The Rev. Luke Fodor (Bexley '11) starts a call on June 1 as rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jamestown, New York. He has been curate at St. John's in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

The Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Schmitt (Bexley '78) writes to say, "My first position was as associate pastor of Christ Lutheran in Rochester, New York. I was ordained by the Rt. Rev. Alexander Stewart at Christ Church and had hands laid on me by Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodist, UCC, Roman Catholic and maybe others. We had an ecumenical outreach of a storefront and a food cupboard. Later at the Episcopal Church of the Reconciliation in Webster, Massachusetts, we hosted Shared Blessings Kitchen at our facility, where Roman Catholics, UCC, and we Episcopalians took turns feeding. Much later I served as interim pastor for Trinity Lutheran Shreveport, and pastor for First Lutheran Shreveport (both ELCA) and in retirement I worship at Lakeview United Methodist Church. Also am a long time participant in the great ecumenical prison ministry of KAIROS."

The Rev. Bridget K. Tierney (Seabury '03), is now on staff at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans as the director of Advent House, a ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work designed for spiritual support and growth for the Diocese of Louisiana and neighboring areas.

In Memoriam
The Rev. Warren H. Deane
The Rev. Warren H. Deane, a Bexley alumnus, died on May 7 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Deane was ordained to the priesthood in 1956 and served as rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Honeoye Falls, New York from 1962 until 1974. He was a Rossiter Scholar at Bexley Hall in 1986 and 1991. A celebration of his life was held on May 23 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH. 

He is survived by his wife, Jeannine, six children, and fourteen grandchildren. Read his obituary.


The Rev. William McLean  

The Rev. William McLean (Seabury '61) died on May 23 in Sarasota, Florida after a long illness. After being ordained in 1961, he served congregations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. "Father McLean was best known in the Dioceses of Chicago and Southwest Florida for his work with alcoholics and programs on stewardship education," his obituary reads. "Nearly 100 parishes and missions benefited from his innovative retreats having to do with Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve-Step program and designs for creative stewardship programs at the parish and missionary levels." Read his obituary
A memorial service was held on Tuesday at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key. An additional memorial service and interment will take place at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington, Illinois at a later date. 
Professor Jason Fout has been awarded a Conant Grant for his Learning from London project, which will include a January 2015 travel course, a book with Forward Movement, and a workshop for the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP). Learn more about Conant Grants.

Debbie Frantz concluded her service as office manager at Bexley Hall in May. In June, she and Ken Ranos, a 2014 graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary who serves as the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, will be married.

We welcome Shirla Langknecht as the new office manager at Bexley Hall. She previously served as executive assistant to Trinity Lutheran Seminary President Mark R. Ramseth, who retired in 2013, as well as interim president Thomas E. Ludwig and current president Rick Barger. 


News to share with your fellow Bexley and Seabury alums? Email Shirla Langknecht in Columbus or Ron Fox in Chicago. 

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