January 2016 | In This Issue
President Ferlo on Our Anglican Ethos
Back in Session
In Chicago Jan. 21-23?
Connect with Us Online
TIme to Go to the Next Level?
Words of Appreciation
LAST CHANCE for EES Grants
Have News to Share?
On and Off Campus
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President Ferlo on Our Anglican Ethos
Responding to news from the Primates' meeting

During Martin Luther King week I will be in Columbus teaching an intensive course in Anglican Ethos and Spirituality. I always look forward to teaching this course. Our readings are rich, running the gamut from Cranmer and Hooker to Hannah More and Jeremy Taylor, from William Stringfellow to Lakshman Wickremasinghe to Stephanie Spellers. If this course goes as it has before, the conversations will be provocative and ecumenical (especially with the several Lutherans enrolled), the worship varied and globally inflected, the attention to art and music both challenging and rewarding.
 
But given the news from the Primates' meeting in Canterbury, officially released on January 15, a
The primates gathered for Evensong at Primates 2016. [Primates2016 image]
course with the phrase "Anglican ethos" in its title may seem distressingly ironic. The assembled primates of the Anglican Communion, convened for conversations in Canterbury by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, voted by a two-thirds majority to suspend the Episcopal Church for three years from any voting privileges on both ecumenical and intrachurch bodies. This was, of course, a reaction to the General Convention's vote last summer to authorize the blessing of same-sex unions.
 
In the past 24 hours, several of my seminary colleagues have already issued thoughtful and cogent reflections on these developments, correcting the early press accounts that seemed to imply that the Episcopal Church had been placed under some kind of medieval interdict. The primates do not have that kind of power, and neither does the Archbishop of Canterbury. I especially urge you to hear Presiding Bishop Curry's eirenic response to what must have been a painful experience for him, and Dean Andrew McGowan's brilliant analysis of what these measures mean for us as Episcopalians, and what they do not.

Read the entire reflection  
Back in Session 
A glimpse of J-term goings on in Columbus and Chicago  

 
   
In Chicago Jan. 21-23? JOIN US for Trinity Institute 2016 Webinar
Sacred conversations on race relations

Thursday evening, Jan. 21 through Saturday, Jan. 23, Trinity Institute 2016, "Listen for a Change" will gather clergy and lay leaders throughout the church in a series of sacred conversations for racial justice
TO RESERVE and for more information contact Judith.Roberts@elca.org (773-380-2835)

Bexley Seabury and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America  invite you to participate with us, via webcast here, at 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago (Augsburg Room, 1st floor).

Participate as your schedule allows
"Listen for a Change" includes Thursday evening's opening worship and a keynote address from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry followed by two full days of talks, panels, reflection groups, and networking. Conversations will be led by presentations from action-oriented theologicans and thought leaders, including Nicholas Kristof, Anna Deveare Smith and Amilie Townes. More information about the schedule is available online -- and when you reserve for the webcast, you'll receive confirmation of viewing times at 8765 W. Higgins Road.
 

There is no charge for the webcast and ALL ARE WELCOME -- please reserve by email or phone: Judith.Roberts@ecla.org (773-380-2835).
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Time to Go to the Next Level? 
Perhaps 2016 is the year for you -- or someone you know -- to begin a DMin 

Bexley Seabury Doctor of Ministry programs equip strong leaders with new skills and pragmatic strategies to take their ministries forward.
  • Your choice of concentration in Congregational Development or in Preaching
  • Flexible, do-able scheduling: two- or three-week Chicago residencies in January and June (Congregational Development) or in June only (Preaching), plus ongoing work in your home parish and with peer cohorts throughout the year
  • Knowledge you can easily apply: both programs integrate theory and practice and blend collaborative study in small groups with lecture/discussion and practicums.
If you or someone you know is considering a DMin, help us reach out to initiate a conversation. To explore the possibilities or to refer a potential student, contact Suzann Holding
Words of Appreciation 
For everyone who contributes in countless ways 

J term is now underway, with classes both in Columbus and Chicago. In Chicago, our students, faculty and staff all eat lunch together at noon following chapel. One day a student in "Making Mission Possible Through Tough Times," a course on how to lead in volatile and ambiguous times, commented at the table about e-newsletters.

She said it seems her diocese sends another e-newsletter every day. She rarely opens them.
She looks forward to Bexley Seabury Community News, though. As soon as it arrives and she has a few minutes, she always opens it. Along with news about alumnae and the federation, she said, she especially enjoys reading Roger Ferlo's articles -- his style, his topics, his insights.  
 
We appreciate this students' appreciation, and hope her thoughts resonate with you.

Once a month you have landing in your in-box a fresh piece of bold theological thinking. You have a chance to tap into and benefit from Roger's own priestly and scholarly inquiry. His contributions to Community News represent a slice of our ministry. Alongside Roger's reflections here, in addition to his classes, sermons, articles, presentations, each faculty member contributes intimately to the overall teaching and inquiring ministry of the Bexley Seabury Federation.

We thank you, too. You bear the fruits of our ministry as you live your faith in the Church, in your community, in the world. And, so many of you contribute generously to this work. Thank you.


Conrad Selnick
Vice President for Advancement and Church Relations 
LAST CHANCE, Seminarians, Faculty, Staff, Spouses & Partners 
EES grant application deadline is February 1


The Episcopal Evangelism Society (EES) supports innovative evangelism initiatives through its Evangelism for the 21st Century grants of $500 to $5,000. Episcopal seminarians, faculty and staff as well as spouses and partners are eligible to apply. You can apply online and review examples of past projects on the EES website.  More information 
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On and Off Campus
 
Students and Alums

Congratulations to the Rev. Elizabeth M.G. Krajewski, PhD (Seabury-Western '90) on the completion of her PhD in theology with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Classmates will remember Beth as Elizabeth M. Gradone.
 
Applications are due March 31 for 2016 Centennial Scholarships to be awarded in May by Holy Trinity Parish, Decatur, Ga. Grants are available for anyone enrolled in an academic program for ordained or lay ministry in the Episcopal Church or the Anglican CommunionMore information  
  
Board, Staff & Faculty

With support from a Conant Grant, Tom Ferguson traveled to Prague, Czech Republic to visit the archives of the Old Catholic Church. Tom is researching how the Episcopal Church's ecumenical partners have responded to increased secularization.

President Ferlo attended the Episcopal Seminary Deans meeting Jan. 10-12, hosted by the Very Rev. Steven Peay, Dean and President of Nashotah House, Nashoth, Wis. 
 
In Memoriam
 
The Rev. Diane E. Cook (Seabury-Western '95) died Dec. 19, 2015 at her home in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Cook served St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon and Trinity Episcopal Church in Coshocton. She is survived by her parents, her spouse, Douglas Thibaut, and siblings Steve (Rosalyn) Cook and Carol (Gary) Ourada.  Read the obituary

With thanks to the Rev. W. Frisby Hendricks III, (Seabury-Western '74)
rector of All Saints Church, Jensen Beach, Fla. for advising us...
The Rev. MacDonald Wilhite Jr. (Seabury-Western '74), former rector of the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Wausau, Wis., died in Memphis on October 14, 2015. He served parishes in Tennessee, California and Wisconsin and as rural dean and standing committee member. "Don was not only a sacristan of the seminary chapel, he offered himself as a kind of master of ceremonies between the married community and singles community of Seabury-Western...He also had a terrific sense of humor," Hendricks recalls. 
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