May 2016 | In This Issue
Life in Common
Congratulations, Class of 2016!
A Stone's Throw
Telling It Fresh
WANTED: Leaders Who Long to Share the Gospel
On and Off Campus
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Life in Common
From a letter read by President Ferlo at 2016 Commencement 

May 21, 2016
 
To the President, Board of Directors, Faculty, Staff, and Graduates of Trinity Lutheran Seminary:
 
Grace to you and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ!
 
On this, the final day of the 186th academic year of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and the 192nd academic year of Bexley Hall, now part of the Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, we, the president, board, faculty, staff and students of Bexley Seabury give thanks to God for our 17 years of shared worship and ministry with you. Our time on this campus now comes to a close.
 
In 1999, when Professor Emeritus Bill Petersen and the late Professor Walter Bouman first began conversations leading to our seminary partnership, our national church bodies were still struggling to find common ground in common mission, mindful of our Lord's priestly prayer that all may
be one, as he and the Father are one. Our two seminaries prayerfully led the way for our two denominations, resulting in 17 years of dynamic ecumenical partnership -- one of
the
Two views of the May 10, 2016 Farewell Lutheran-Episcopal Eucharist in the backyard of Bexley House at Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
first fruits of the Episcopal/Lutheran Call to Common Mission. The graduates who cross this stage this afternoon are living examples of the ecumenically-trained leaders that the Call to Common Mission continues
to envision.
 
That word "common" has been an important one for us Episcopalians in our time at Trinity, and not just because we have occasionally managed to persuade our Lutheran friends to speak the 16th-century English of the Book of Common Prayer. Prayer in common, study in common, meals in common, friendships in common, mission in common: it has been our privilege to share in the community -- the commonality -- of this place for these 17 years. Our ministry has been shaped -- and our own identity as Episcopalians has been reshaped -- by what we have experienced here among you.  
Congratulations, Class of 2016!
Celebrating the ministries of our nine newest graduates  

The faculty of Bexley Seabury and Trinity Lutheran and Class of 2016 graduates at commencement on May 21.
The Bexley Seabury community gathered at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus for 2016 Commencement on Saturday, May 21. Although rain drove the traditional procession into the hallways of Mees Hall, the day was festive and joy-filled as always.


Please join us in congratulating all nine graduates of the Bexley Seabury Class of 2016:
  • Kevin D. Beesley, Master of Divinity
  • Paul Henry Castelli, Master of Divinity
  • John Thomas Hogan, Diploma in Anglican Studies
  • Margaret Clare Leidheiser-Stoddard, Diploma in Anglican Studies
  • Mary Cotter Naughton, Diploma in Anglican Studies
  • James Joseph Pashturro, Master of Divinity
  • Troy L. Preston, Diploma in Anglican Studies
  • Dale Eugene Sheppard (Bexley Hall '06), Diploma in Congregational Studies
  • Scott Anthony Steiner, Master of Divinity
Please also join us in recognizing the following graduates for their additional achievements:
  • Paul Henry Castelli, Master of Divinity and recipient of a 2016 Howard Weaver Award for Academic Excellence
  • Margaret Clare Leidheiser-Stoddard, recipient of a 2016 Henry Hoover Award for Promise of Leadership and a 2016 Howard Weaver Award for Academic Excellence
  • James Joseph Pashturro, Master of Divinity and recipient of a 2016 Henry Hoover Award for Promise of Leadership
Director Mary Carson with President Roger Ferlo at commencement (Shawn Dickerson photo)
 
Bexley Seabury crosses were presented on May 10 to Kevin D. Beesley, Paul Henry Castelli, Margaret Clare Leidheiser-Stoddard, James Joseph Pashturro, and Scott Anthony Steiner. John Thomas Hogan, Mary Cotter Naughton, Troy L. Preston, and Dale Eugene Sheppard received Bexley Seabury crosses prior to commencement.  

Additionally, as a mark of respect and affection, the last remaining Bexley Hall crosses were awarded to Shirla Langknecht for her service as Office Manager in Columbus for the past few years; and to longtime pianist/organist/musician Mark Pinnick. Mark began his association with the school at Tuesday evening Eucharists in 1999, and had continued until this term. Bexley Hall crosses were formerly given to every graduating student and, like the Seabury-Western cross, are valued as a sign of people's time at Bexley Hall in Ohio.  
 
Bexley Seabury's Jason Fout, Acting Dean and Associate Professor of Anglican Theology alongside Trinity Lutheran's Cheryl Peterson, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Faculty Secretary.   
President Roger Ferlo presents Paul  Castelli the Master of Divinity Degree. 
 
 
A Stone's Throw
Because some traditions are well worth keeping

Acting Academic Dean Jason Fout shows his winning style in the annual Bexley "stone throw." Professor Ellen Wondra, who has taught at Bexley, Hall, Seabury-Western, and Bexley Seabury, notes that in Gambier, Ohio, in the mid 60's, there was a piece of heavy Ohio sandstone with the shield of the Episcopal Church. There was a Bexley stone throw "liturgy," and it began with Bob Dylan singing "Everybody must get stoned." 
 
The throwing of the stone moved with Bexley to Rochester, NY. One campus feature was a concrete bench, given by a class on "the hill" at Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall. In the 90's, Ellen Wondra, Bill Petersen and John Kevern revived the stone throw. There would be a procession to the bench and the stone would be thrown. There was even a chasuble made for the event. It was green with Christmas tree tinsel, a smiley face on one side, and a dancing Snoopy on the other. The great controversy was whether the measurement from the bench should be where the stone first hit, or where it stopped. 
 
The Bexley stone throw eventually moved to Columbus.
Telling It Fresh 2016 Chicago Convocation
THANKS to all who contributed to a very successful day
 
An understanding of 1st century Palenstine is everything when it comes to Jesus' parables said scripture scholar Amy-Jill Levine.
   
Many thanks to everyone who joined us on April 28 at St. James Commons for an afternoon of study, prayer and fellowship. Conversation among alums, students, faculty, board members, and supporters was lively and thought-provoking, sparked by two workshops and a keynote address. Each of the programs highlighted the rewards that come with knowing and sharing what it means to be a 21st-century Episcopal Christian, linked to traditions that took shape in the early church.

Evensong was celebrated by alum Lisa Hackney, (Seabury-Western '03), sub-dean at Chicago's St. James Cathedral, and was offered in thanksgiving for Professor of Research and Theology Ellen Wondra and her many contributions to Bexley Seabury and the church as she  approaches retirement from the seminary. In addition the opportunity to witness Ellen receiving
Ellen Wondra accepting accolades and best wishes on her upcoming retirement from Bexley Seabury.
flowers and two tiaras, those gathered were able to celebrate the news that upon retirement Ellen will be named Professor Emerita.

Special thanks goes to Jeff Lee, bishop of the Diocese of Chicago and Bexely Seabury director, Dominic Barrington, dean of St. James Cathedral, and the people of the diocese and St. James Cathedral for their warm hospitality. Likewise, we salute our guest faculty members who gave us so much to think and pray about. Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt Divinity School offered a lively keynote address that challenged us to consider Jesus' parables in a new light. In his workshop dialogue with Ellen on authority in the church, moderated by Jason Fout, David Tracy of the University of Chicago brought deep insights grounded in catholic, protestant, and evangelical theology and classical philosophy.  

The slides that President Ferlo used to illustrate his workshop on "Forming Leaders for a Re-forming Church" are posted online
Gifts of Thanksgiving
Honoring our 2016 graduates and those who help form new leaders

Every spring, Commencement gives us an opportunity to celebrate a new class of leaders and those who have contributed to their formation. You can help continue the work of Bexley Seabury, raising new leaders for the church, with a gift to the annual fund.   
  
As we approach the end of the academic and fiscal year, gifts to the annual fund are especially welcome to help us offer more scholarship support for incoming students.

Thank you for considering this request. WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE all the ways you support Bexley Seabury.

If you are able, please make a contribution online...or call
Susan Quigley at 708-380-6785 to charge a gift to your
credit card...or mail a check to:

Bexley Seabury
8765 West Higgins Road, Suite 650
Chicago, IL 60631

Every contribution makes a difference. THANK YOU. 
WANTED: Leaders Who Long to Share the Gospel 
Help us identify prospective students for our programs  

If your online reading includes the Episcopal New Service, the ad shown at right may already be familiar to you. Similar ads are scheduled to appear in print editions of the Anglican Theological Review and in The Living Church.

As stated, Bexley Seabury is looking for leaders who want to be part
of the church we are becoming. Can you help us?

Do you know anyone -- lay or ordained -- who is... 
  • Considering a call to ministry?
  • Engaged in a discernment process?
  • Interested in sharing the gospel in new ways?
  • Looking at DMin options?
  • Ordained in another tradition and transitioning to the Episcopal Church?
  • Seeking a deeper faith experience?
If your answer to any of the above questions is, "yes," call Jaime Briceņo, Recruiter and Digital Missioner at (773) 380-7045 or send Jaime an email.

Remember, our degree, diploma and lifelong learning programs are all available on a flexible, low-residency schedule. That means you don't have to put your ministry or other responsibilities on hold to pursue advanced theological study at Bexley Seabury.

THANK YOU for considering this request and sharing it with friends and colleagues!
On and Off Campus


Faculty and Staff
Bexley Seabury faculty and staff were surprised with great news on May 25 from Director of Finance Bob Doak and Director of the DMin program Suzann Holding: the happy announcement of their engagement. A February 2017 wedding is planned. 
 
Alums 
Deb Seles, in red chasuble, will join Rector Lane Hensley, in red stole, on the leadership team at St. Margaret's, Palm Desert. Calif. 
On July 1, Lane Hensley (Seabury-Western '01), rector of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church,
Palm Desert, Calif., will welcome classmate Deborah Galante Seles (Seabury-Western '02)
to the leadership team. Deb begins her ministry at
St. Margaret's as Associate Rector. In addition to serving 11 years as a Seabury-Western trustee, Lane was a member of the strategic planning committee, president of the Alumni/ae Association, and chair of the seminary's Development Committee. Congratulations to Lane and Deb and the people of St. Margaret's!
 
Harvey Buxton (Bexley Hall '55), to celebrate his 60 years as a priest, has written a memoir, "Bishops in My Life." He noted that Bishop Andrew Doyle of the Diocese of Texas supported and encouraged him to write the memoir. It should be off the press in about a month. 

In Memoriam  
Former Bexley Hall trustee Richard Oliver Harig (Bexley Hall '50) died May 6, 2016. Prior to seminary, Richard served in the U.S. Navy, in World War II, and earned an undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University. Following ordination he served congregations in the Diocese of Ohio as well as on the diocesan staff. Richard was known to many as rector of Church of our Saviour in Akron, where he served for 26 years before moving into interim ministry. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his son, Jeff, and many extended family members.  
 
Former Professor of Old Testament Jack B. Van Hooser died on May 22 in Knoxville, Tenn. A graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Harvard University, he did missionary work in Brazil before returning to the U.S. to teach at Seabury-Western. He served as rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek, Mich., before retiring to Knoxville.
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