Is the Lord Among Us or Not?
President Ferlo preaches at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland
"So let me ask...in this day and age, when power and authority, whether of priest or politician, are sharply questioned, in a time in our own country when the mistrust of power runs deep, and when the abuse of power-whether in Russia, Ukraine, North Korea, the Middle East, or as close to home as Ferguson, Missouri-when the abuse of power is all too evident and visible-visible in ways it has never been before-where is true leadership to be found? Is the Lord is among us or not?"
Wondra Appointed to Ecumenical Commission
Research professor to serve on World Council of Churches panel
The Rev. Dr. Ellen K. Wondra, research professor of theology and ethics at the Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary Federation, has been elected to the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order for a term that will last until 2022.
The Standing Commission on Faith and Order, described by the World Council of Churches as "a community of ecumenical leaders and theologians who for more than a century have laboured for the visible unity of Christ's Church through concentrated theological dialogue," comprises nearly 50 theologians and consultants and meets for one week every two years. Wondra's first meeting will be in June 2015.
Learning from London Is Sold Out
Professor Fout's travel course now enrolling for 2016
Since 1990, the Diocese of London in the Church of England has grown by 50%. Over the same decade that the Episcopal Church lost 24%, London grew by 17%. Since 2000, London's giving has increased by 50%.
Fout with (l) Elizabeth McKenzie, children's worker and the Rev. Jane Hodges, team vicar, at St. Nicholas Church on the Aberfeldy Estate in the Parish of Poplar in East London.
What can the Episcopal Church learn from London? With support from a Conant Grant and the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church, Professor Jason Fout has been exploring the many facets of the mission and evangelism taking place in the Diocese of London and the best practices of its seasoned practitioners.
In January 2015, he will lead a study course that is now sold out and accepting reservations for 2016. In February, Fout will present some of his research at the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes conference. He is also working on a companion volume for the course that will be published by Forward Movement and suitable for leaders in parishes, dioceses, evangelism committees, and other church bodies.
Questions about Learning from London? Please talk with Professor Fout via email.
January 2015 at Bexley Seabury
Weeklong intensives in Chicago
Development and Theology
January 12-16, 2015
Milner Seifert and Elise Feyerherm offer an introduction to the principles and practices of Anglican worship with particular focus on the Episcopal Church.
Anglican Theology and Ethics
January 5-9, 2015
Ellen Wondra teaches a course on the breadth and variety of theologies and ethics in the world-wide Anglican Communion as well as "classic" Anglican theologians and moral theologians.
January 12-16, 2015
Emlyn Ott of 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.
Diversity & Context
Weeklong Intensive: Jan 19-23
Eric Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute will help students increase their intercultural competency for congregational development in a diverse changing world.
Non-profit Management and Community Development:
January 5-9, 2015
Suzi Holding and Jody Kretzmann will explore how asset-based community development and greater neighborhood involvement can breathe new life into congregations at a time when many are struggling with shrinking budgets and exploding social needs in their communities.
2015 Leadership Institute Announced
Save the dates for annual Kellogg School training
Our fifth annual Leadership Institute, a three-day program with the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will take place June 15-17, 2015. This popular summer course is tailored to meet the distinctive needs of clergy and lay leaders. Save the date and look for more information coming in the fall.
"The Seabury-Kellogg Leadership Institute was a profoundly stimulating offering. The faculty were engaging leaders who brought years of experience to bear, and it was clear that they were also passionate about sharing their knowledge with church leaders because they have personal commitments to serve Christ and his Church. The chance to meet new colleagues enriched the experience further. I'm hoping to be able to attend again, since the program changes each year."
The Rev. David Hedges (Seabury '05)
Seminarian Groups visit Columbus Campus
Episcopal Relief & Development network, leadership conference
More than 30 seminarians from across the Episcopal Church visited Bexley Seabury's Columbus campus on September 21-22 for the Episcopal Relief & Development Seminarians' Network and the Seminarian Leadership Conference.
Guests joined Bexley Seabury students and faculty for compline on the lawn on September 21
"It was a delight to host these two important networks, not only to learn from them, but to continue to share the good news of this ecumenical community of formation with the broader Episcopal Church," said the Rev. Tom Ferguson, vice president for academic affairs and dean of Bexley Hall.
The Leader as Potter: Shaping Congregational Culture
This 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.
New dates coming soon
Participants will meet for four 3-hour sessions at Salt Creek Pottery in Elmhurst, Illinois. 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.
Look for new dates coming soon, and talk with the Rev. Canon Suzi Holding at 773-380-6784 or via email to learn more.
2015 Annual Fund Fall Campaign
A message from the advancement office
This month we are sending out the letter for the Fall Campaign of our 2015 Annual Fund. The general theme this year is "Supporting Bold Inquiry in the Service of the Gospel." That idea is taken from the Bexley Seabury mission statement. Your support and partnership enable us to give emerging and current leaders of the Church sound, faithful theological educations and well grounded formation.
In September the Federation was represented at these, as well as other, places around the church: the consecration of the Rev. Alan Gates as bishop of Massachusetts; the annual convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, and Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio.
--The Rev. Conrad T. Selnick
Vice President, Advancement and Church Relations
The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Lee (Seabury '05) recently joined the Diocese of North Carolina's diocesan leadership team as regional canon for the Charlotte and Sandhills convocations.
Edgar Glenn Davis, a friend of Bexley Hall and graduate of Kenyon College, died in August in his hometown of Indianapolis. Read the entire obituary.
The Rev. Dr. Henry H. Hoover died Sunday, August 3, at his home in Roseville, Minnesota. Read the entire obituary.
The Rev. Richard J. Lintner (Seabury '53) died on September 15. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1953 at Christ Church in Charlevoix, Michigan. Upon retirement he was named vicar emeritus of St. Andrew's and honorary canon of St. Paul's Cathedral in Des Moines, Iowa. Read the entire obituary and a recent story on Richard's years of service as a priest.
The Rev. Joseph A. Howell (Seabury '54) died on August 31. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1954 and served parishes in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Western Springs and Wilmette. He was a trustee of Seabury-Western from 1971 until 1984. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 4, at 11:30 am, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids. Read the entire obituary online.
Professor John Dally continues, for the seventh year, leading writing workshops for residents of Bonaventure House, a halfway house in Chicago for people living with HIV-AIDS who are on a journey out of homelessness and addiction. Their monologues, poetry, and play scenes will be presented on World AIDS Day, December 1, in a cabaret-style fundraising performance.
Will write a volume on church history, scheduled for 2015 publication, for Church Publishing Incorporated's new series, "Church's Teachings for a Changing World."
Preached at St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church in Chicago on September 14 as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of its day school and its founder, Mary Ellen Christy.
Spoke on "the ecosystem of theological education" at Bexley Seabury's Columbus Convocation on September 24.
With Tom Ferguson and Conrad Selnick, attended the consecration of Bexley Seabury board member Alan M. Gates as bishop of Massachusetts.
Has been named associate editor of the Anglican Theological Review.
Will publish "Fully Alive: The glory of God and the human creature in Karl Barth, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and theological exegesis of Scripture" with T&T Clark in March 2015.
Has been named to the planning commission in the City of Bexley, Ohio.
Completed his first century (100 mile) bike ride to raise funds for Pelotonia, which funds research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Reviewed "Celebrating the Rites of Initiation: A Practical Ceremonial Guide for Clergy and Other Liturgical Minsters" by James F. Turrell in the spring 2014 issue of the Anglican Theological Review.