February 2015 | In This Issue
From President Ferlo: Breaking the Silence
Seeking MDiv Candidates
Making the Bible Resonate Today
Enroll Now: Spring Classes in Chicago and Columbus
Study With Us This Summer
Ready to Take Your Leadership Skills to a New Level?
Join Us for Spring Convocation in Chicago
Is 2015 Your Year?
Giving Thanks
Community News
Update Your Email Address
Breaking the Silence
President Ferlo on Lenten Discipline

It's no surprise that we think of Lent as a time to cultivate some silence. Like other Protestants, Episcopalians can be a noisy lot, what with all our preaching, hymn-singing, coffee hours, and all-too-public controversies. But like other Catholics, we also prize a bit of silence, even though moments of ritual quiet in our typical Sunday liturgies tend to get cut short, either by presiders used to filling the air with talk, or congregations who start fidgeting because they suspect someone forgot their lines. For all our good intentions, we tend to be ill at ease with silence, perhaps because we tend to be ill at ease with the possibility that God might speak to us in ways that our ears wouldn't normally want to hear.


Read the entire reflection

Seeking MDiv Candidates
Help us connect with the next generation of priests

Do you know someone who is considering a call to the priesthood ... entering the discernment process ... or actively considering options for seminary? Bexley Seabury is seeking current and future candidates for our residential MDiv. program in Columbus.

Offered in partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary, our MDiv. program combines in-depth academic studies in a close-knit ecumenical community with bold inquiry and nuanced spiritual and pastoral formation.

To refer a potential student or for more information, contact Tom Ferguson, Bexley Seabury VP of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean.  
Making the Bible Resonate Today

New dates coming soon   

"Strategies for Teaching the Bible" led by John Dally, is designed for lay and ordained leaders whose ministry includes sharing Bible stories, formally or informally, and anyone who would simply like to better understand scripture.

Compact schedule and multiple registration options 

Students may take the entire course -- for academic credit, CEUs, or audit/enrichment -- or "graze" through one or more 90-min. drop-in sessions. A group audit discount will be offered to encourage parish teams to participate.


Look for new dates coming soon, and talk with John Dally to learn more. 
Spring Weekends are for Learning in Chicago
and Columbus

Enroll now for CEU or personal enrichment


Looking for an opportunity to enrich your engagement with the church community? Two Bexley Seabury courses are still open for students seeking to learn for enrichment (no credit/audit) or for CEU credits. Both courses meet onsite on three Fri-Sat weekends with continued learning online between sessions. 

CHICAGO: Global Anglicanism...register by Feb. 24  

Meets Feb. 27-28, April 10-11, May 1-2 

Through the Anglican tradition of thoughtful theological reflection and dialogue,Ellen Wondra will help students explore how baptismal living informs the response of individuals and the church to contemporary issues. 

Learn more and register  





COLUMBUS: Anglican Liturgy & Music: Theology and Practice...register by March 10 

Meets Mar. 13-14, Apr. 24-25, May 15-16  
 Milner Seifert and Victor Conrado will lead an examination of contemporary principles and practices of worship in the Episcopal Church and explore ways to celebrate community diversity. 

Learn more and register

Study With Us This Summer

Three week-long June intensives in Chicago


Bexley Seabury courses are always open to any student for academic credit, continuing education units or personal enrichment (no credit/audit). Spend a week with us and refresh your approach to living the Gospel.

Congregations in the 21st Century 

June 1-5 -- for clergy, vestry, membership and stewardship teams

Author, parish priest and assistant professor at Luther Seminary, Dwight Zscheile explores key challenges in congregational development including: analyzing congregational type and life-cycle; understanding a congregation's ethos and context; developing leadership styles for effective ministry; and discovering possibilities for redevelopment.


Choosing the Kingdom: Missional Preaching for the Household of God John Dally  

June 8-12 -- for lay and ordained preachers 

John Dally will explore the origins of "missional preaching" in the "sending" and "preaching" in the New Testament, and its mandate for 21st century Christians. How do we preach the kingdom of God in 2015? What needs to change, in us and in our listeners, in order for the kingdom of God to be proclaimed and received?  Learn more and register
Community Organizing for Missional Living 

June 15-19 -- for lay and ordained church leaders, social justice teams, and community-minded business leaders

This course introduces the fundamentals of community organizing to develop leadership skills and the strengthen the impact of any church or secular organization. Presenters are leaders from the Industrial Area Foundation, a nonprofit agency that facilitates collaborative work among faith- and community-based organizations. Learn more and register

Ready to Take Your Leadership Skills  

to a New Level?

Three-day Leadership Institute in Chicago, starting June 15


Find out how nonprofit best practices can benefit you, your team and your congregation, business, or community organization. Register now for our fifth annual Leadership Institute meeting June 15-17 in Chicago, jointly presented by faculty of Bexley Seabury and the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Topics include:

  • Leading Change
  • Leadership and Organizational Communications
  • Team Building
  •  Conflict Resolution and Negotiation  

Join Us for Spring Convocation in Chicago

Wednesday, April 29 at St. James Commons


Seabury-Western, Bexley Hall, and Bexley Seabury alumnae/alumni, faculty, and friends are invited to celebrate our journey, as Christians and as a learning community, at 2015 Spring Convocation on April 29. All events will take place at St. James Commons, 65 East Huron, the campus of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and St. James Cathedral in Chicago's Cathedral District.   



10:00 a.m. -- Exhibit Opens 

A rare opportunity to view historic prayer books and Bibles from the collection of  

Michael Morgan, including the 1661 Jeremy Taylor draft* of the Book of Common  

Prayer, which offered the Beatitudes rather than the Decalogue as part of the office  

of Holy Communion.    


Columbia Theological Seminary photo 

Shown here with President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, Michael Morgan will share with us selected volumes from his inspiriting collection of scriptural, devotional and liturgical texts. 


2:00 p.m. -- Workshop 1 

Michael Morgan will help us further appreciate the exhibit in his workshop, The Beauty of Holiness: Word and Worship in the English Church.   



Roger Ferlo

 3:00 p.m. -- Workshop 2        

Join us for a lively discussion: Speaking of Faith: Prayer Books, Worship and Mission, and Theological Education Today led by Roger Ferlo, president of Bexley Seabury.  


Scott Gunn

4:00 p.m. -- Keynote Address       

From Sinai to Cupertino: Technology, Social Media and Evangelism will be presented by Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement. Scott's presentation draw on his pre-ordination experience in the technology sphere, his years preaching, teaching and offering pastoral care as a parish priest, and his current ministry with Forward Movement. 


5:30 p.m.       Evensong at St. James Cathedral


6:00 p.m.       Reception


RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW...send an email to Event Coordinator Lynn Bowers.


*Previously mischaracterized. We apologize for the error.

Is 2015 or 2016 Your Year?
Are you (or is a priest you know) ready to begin a DMin?
Is there a superior-quality DMin program that doesn't up-end the rest of your life?

In fact, there are two. Both are Bexley Seabury programs and both combine independent study, online work with student colleagues and faculty, and intensive coursework during summer residencies in Chicago.  
Mark Strong receiving the DMin hood from Ellen Wondra, then Academic Dean, as President Roger Ferlo presents the DMin. in Congregational Development diploma
Our flexible, low-residence DMin in Congregational Development program is among the finest available. First, the program stands apart for the quality of the Bexley Seabury faculty, all learned and experienced practitioners. Second, the program is known for the contextual approach and bold inquiry that underlies

the curriculum. In addition, we have structured the program to flex with students' professional responsibilities, and we work hard to accommodate individual needs, including those associated with transferring between programs.    


Program requirements include a congregational study, thesis and oral defense, and a minimum of three years. Apply by April 1 to start this June. Learn more and apply online

Sue Carter with President Ferlo after receiving her DMin in Preaching in Howell, Mich.
Our ecumenical program leverages the wisdom of multiple faith traditions while respecting the realities of students' ongoing responsibilities. Courses are taught by premier faculty from the six member seminaries (including Bexley Seabury faculty) that are part of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. A three-week residency each summer for 3 years anchors continued learning through independent projects and faculty-student collaborations. The program is widely recognized for the richness of the experience and by the achievements of its graduates. Apply through 2015 for early acceptance for study beginning June 2016. Learn more and apply online  
Giving Thanks
Honor a mentor or colleague with a gift to the Annual Fund


Looking for a way to show your appreciation for a mentor who helped you think through a sensitive matter? Want to thank a colleague for encouraging you to make an important change? Consider making a gift to the Bexley Seabury Annual Fund in that person's name. Every gift matters and will be recognized.  


Contribute online or mail your gift to:

Conrad Selnick, VP Advancement and Church Relations, Bexley Seabury, 8765 West Higgins Road, Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60631.  


Community News

Students & Alumni 

Don Hill photos above, left and below.
At right, Bexley Seabury students the Rev. Whitney Smith and the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill at their ordination to the transitional diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis in late January.

Below, Bishop Cate Waynick of the Diocese of Indianapolis, a member of the Bexley Seabury Board of Directors, presents a Bible to Whitney Smith.


Bexley Seabury VP for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean Tom
Ferguson preaching at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis at the ordinations of Whitney Smith, Nancy Woodworth-Hill, Mary Bargiel (Bexley Hall 2010), and Steven Balke, Jr., a student at VTS.

Bexley Seabury DMin student Jeffrey Thornberg has accepted a new call as 
Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, N.C.  He has been serving as Vicar at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, where John Denson, Jr., a member of the Bexley Seabury Board of Directors, is Rector. Jeffrey's final day at St Paul's is Sunday, March 8. 
Congratulations to Wendell Gibbs (Seabury-Western 1987), who celebrated his15th anniversary as Bishop of Michigan
on Feb. 5. 

H. Peter Kang (Bexley Seabury 2014) will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Feb. 27 at the Diocese of Louisiana's 178th Diocesan Convention at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. He serves as Assisting Minister for St. Stephen's and Prison Ministry at Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish in St. Francisville, La. 


Two years ago, the Anglican Theological Review named Ellen K. Wondra, Bexley  Seabury research professor of theology and ethics, Editor Emerita on her retirement from Editor. Now, Ellen will serve as ATR Interim Editor while the search for a new Editor in Chief proceeds. Ellen served as Editor-in-Chief from 2006 through 2013. President Ferlo continues as president of the ATR Board of Trustees.

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