The Ecosystem of Theological Education
President Ferlo at the Columbus Convocation
President Roger Ferlo: The Ecosystem of Theological Education
In September at the Columbus Convocation, President Ferlo discussed the ecosystem of theological education in the Episcopal Church. "It feels to me like climate change," he says. "There is deep denial and an increasing number of facts on the ground."
Apply Now to Begin DMin Study in June 2015
Programs in preaching, congregational development
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.
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 in June
Apply online to attend 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. Learn more and apply online.
"As religious institutions face rapid change and leaders strain to find perceptive and creative mentoring, Bexley-Seabury's Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School offers "water for parched throats," to borrow from the psalmist. What new word is there about the give-and-take of effective collegial leadership? Where better to hear it than from experienced business professors and leaders who care about best practices for religious institutions and agencies? This seminar will make you want to drink more deeply.
Reverend Dr. Carol A. Tate
Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Strategies for Teaching the Bible
On three weekends in the spring, Professor John Dally will teach "Strategies for Teaching the Bible" at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. Designed for both lay and ordained teachers as well as anyone who would simply like to learn more about the bible, the course will present six strategies for teaching the biblical story in ways that lead to personal and communal transformation.
Professor John Dally in Indianapolis
The course is open to students for academic credit, continuing education or enrichment, and group discounts are available. Learn more and download a flyer.
Bexley Seabury Alum to Edit Episcopal Caf�
The Rev. Jon White '12 to lead popular church blog
White, right, with Bexley Dean Tom Ferguson and the Rev. Adrienne Clements '13
The Rev. Jon M. White (Bexley '12), rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, in Beckley, West Virginia will become the new editor of Episcopal Caf� on November 25. He succeeds Jim Naughton, who founded the blog in 2007.
White, 47, was ordained in the Diocese of Oregon. He is a native of Indianapolis and an alumnus of Portland State University. White served seven years in the U. S. Navy's Submarine Service and later in the Coast Guard Reserve. Prior to ordination he worked as an engineer in the high tech industry. He has lived in Australia, England and Zimbabwe.
"As a long time reader of the Caf�, I am excited about this new adventure," said White. "The Caf� opened up the church to me when I was just beginning my Episcopal adventure and I am hopeful and eager that we will continue to provide ways for people to learn about and engage with their church."
A New Kind of Seminary for a Renewed Church
President Ferlo on Bexley Seabury's annual fund
In September, President Ferlo wrote to Bexley Seabury's alumni and friends:
"Bexley Seabury is gaining steady recognition as a new kind of seminary for a renewed kind of church, aflame for God's mission in the world, and committed to the training of resilient, impassioned lay and Christian leaders. We are grateful to the hundreds of supporters--to alumni, parishes, bishops, dioceses, current students and friends--who share this vision of a seminary beyond walls. We cannot do what we do without you.
"Please support us this year, with your prayers, and with your contribution to our Annual Fund. Join us in championing bold inquiry in the Gospel's service. If you have given in the past, please know how grateful we are, and hopeful that you might be even more generous this year. And if you are considering becoming a first-time giver, know that you will be joining a dedicated group of alumni and friends of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western--of this ground-breaking new Bexley Seabury Federation--who care deeply about the next generation of church leaders and the future of the Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Debra Bennett (Bexley '09) was installed as the ninth rector of Church of Our Saviour in Akron, Ohio by Bishop William Persell on October 18.
Shawn Dickerson '14 will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by Bishop Mark Hollingsworth on November 7 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland.
The Rev. M.E. Eccles (Seabury '07) will be installed by Bishop Jeff Lee of Chicago as the sixth rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Des Plaines, Illinois on November 13.
The Rev. Luke Fodor (Bexley '11) was installed as the 14th rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jamestown, New York by Bishop William Franklin on October 18.
The Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer (Seabury '03) has published her first book, "Many Paths: Reflections on a Christian Journey," and is a compilation of her Sunday sermons at St. John's Episcopal Church in Chicago.
The Rev. William E. Lusk (Seabury BD '56), died in Minneapolis in June. He served churches in in the Diocese of West Missouri during his long career, in which he also served on Diocesan Council for 30 years and was a three-time deputy to General Convention. Read the obituary.
President Roger Ferlo
was the keynote speaker at the parish weekend of St. John's Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Florida. His topic was "Opening the Bible."