The Crowd at the Foot of the Cross
Excerpt from Good Friday sermon by President Ferlo
... Until recent times, executions almost always drew a crowd. That was part of the point. For a long time, executions were specifically designed for maximum public effect...
One of the ironies of the current legal practice of capital punishment is that it has gone strangely private. If Jesus were on death row today, Mary and the beloved disciple could not get close to him
even if they tried. Witnesses to these spectacles are few, and getting fewer.
I don't know whether you have been following the stories out of Arkansas. It seems that starting on Monday, Arkansas intended to execute eight convicted criminals, two a day, by chemical injection. They are in a hurry because the supply of midazolam, one of the three lethal chemicals used in such executions, expires on April 30, and drug makers have pretty much cut off any further supply... The law requires that at least "six respectable citizens" must view the executions to confirm that they "are conducted in the manner required by law." But they were having trouble finding the 48 witnesses they needed. The director of the department even paid a visit to the regular meeting of the Little Rock Rotary Club to find volunteers. The Rotary Club president told NBC that at first there was a little laugh from the audience, because they thought she was kidding. It quickly became obvious that she wasn't...
We, too, gather here as witnesses, but not the kind of witnesses that the authorities in Little Rock are trying so desperately to gather. We gather here as witnesses willing to testify to the richness of God's mercy, to the depth of God's compassion-a compassion revealed in the broken body of the crucified one, a broken body that gives hope to all the broken bodies of this world: to those who suffer, to the oppressed, to the hungry and thirsty, to the exiled and the refugee, to all who live in fear in this city, to all those for whom our prayers have been requested, for all those intentions that we will now lay at the foot of the cross...
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NEXT WEEK: 3 Accomplished Justice Leaders Show Us the Way
Wednesday, April 26, 2-7 p.m., 65 East Huron, Chicago
JOIN US Wednesday, April 26, 2 to 7 p.m., at St. James Commons, 65 E. Huron, Chicago for "Bending for Justice" -- free and open to the public.
Our Chicago Convocation 2017 is an opportunity to learn from -- and be challenged by -- leaders who are on the front lines of criminal justice reform; solidarity and resistance with the Standing Rock Nation and other Native Peoples defending sacred ground and the environment; and the struggle for racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ rights.
Please join us and feel free to invite a colleague or friend.
What I Am Still Learning
, presented by President Ferlo
After Standing Rock
by John Floberg, responses from Gayle Fisher-Stewart, Kenji Kuramitsu, moderated by President Ferlo
| Beyond the Walls
Keynote Address by Gayle Fisher-Stewart
| Evensong in St. James Cathedral and awarding of honorary degree to Bexley Hall alum John Floberg
| Reception with refreshments
about our guest faculty
L-R: Gayle Fisher-Stewart, John Floberg (baptizing), Kenji Kuramitsu
Can You Help Us Connect?
Multiple opportunities for imaginative and entrepreneurial leaders
Who in your circle has emerged as a promising congregational leader? Can anyone you know take advantage of these opportunities?
- St. Marina Scholarship
Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors, we have been awarded a grant for three FULL 3-year MDiv scholarships, one each for the next three academic years, for LGBTQ leaders committed to social justice ministry in the Episcopal Church. We will soon evaluate St. Marina Scholar candidates who will begin their MDiv studies in September 2017 --
applications due June 30.
- Baptismal Ecclesiology Course This new course, beginning September 2017, will consider the implications of the Episcopal Church having moved baptism to the center of the Christian life, providing a new basis for ecumenical reconciliation and shared mission. All congregational leaders, lay and ordained are welcome to register for academic credit, continuing education or audit/no credit. The course is the first offering of our new Diaconal Enrichment program, created to help dioceses offer new training options for new and experienced deacons.
- Master of Divinity and Anglican Studies program candidates for 2017-2018 and beyond
Please send your suggestions by
email to Jaime Briceno
or phone Jaime at 773-380-7045 -- or ask your referrals to contact Jaime directly.
NEW COURSE Helps Communities Move Toward Wellness
Premiere offering June 5-9, 2017
Ministries of support and healing are essential to congregational life. But how do we get there?
Our June 2017 term will include a new 5-day intensive, "Community Based Wellness Ministries: Reimagining Pastoral Care with Congregations and Their Surrounding Communities" led by Scott Stoner. The course provides a proactive, strength-based approach to supporting individuals, couples, and families who want to cultivate wholeness and wellness. The course will also show participants how a modified approach can be offered to people beyond church walls to strengthen relationships with neighboring organizations and create new possibilities.
READING LIST, SYLLABUS, HOW TO REGISTER
7th Annual Leadership Institute Begins June 19
APPLY NOW to participate as an individual or as a team
Topics for the 2017 Institute:
Our annual Leadership Institute immerses participants in a dynamic learning experience that emphasizes strategic thinking and effective responses to the real-life challenges of our culturally diverse communities.
Taught by faculty from Northwestern University's Kellogg School and Bexley Seabury, the program draws on real-world successes achieved by innovative leaders in the church and in the non-profit world. Choose from 3- and 5-day (academic credit only) options.
Who should participate?
- Innovation Strategies
- Team Building
- Leading with Vision & Purpose: What's Your Story
- Leadership & Organizational Communication: The Art of Engaging Others
- The Art of Managing Conflict
- Leading Change
- Lay and ordained ministers of all Christian denominations
- Leaders in religious and values-based non-profits
- Institute alums ready to refresh their advanced leadership skills
- Perhaps you--or someone you know
Get Your June Term On
Register by May 1 for you choice of five 5-day intensives
RE-CHARGE YOUR MINISTRY AND YOUR BATTERIES. Whether you are seeking academic credit, continuing education credit, or an opportunity for enrichment (audit/no credit), our June term has great deal to offer. Plus, June is a great time to be in Chicago!
June 5-9: Reimagining Congregations in Mission (formerly called Congregations in the 21st Century)
explores inherited assumptions and
patterns of Christian congregational life in light of new
Students critically consider insights from
organizational, leadership, and innovation theory.
June 5-9: Community Based Wellness Ministries:
Reimagining Pastoral Care with Congregations and Their Surrounding Communities
leads this new course, offering a framework
community based wellness ministry that
serves both the congregation and the surrounding
community. Meets at the Nicholas
Center, 65 E. Huron, Chicago.
June 12-16: Community Organizing for
shares her expertise on how to develop relational
leadership skills and how to engage others
in community change. The course links organizing to biblical groundings and practical applications in congregational ministry.
June 12-16: The Structures of Community: Cities, Neighborhoods, and the New Urbanism for Church Leaders
leads an exploration of order, community, sustainability, and
livability in the built environments we inhabit
and how they affect us as we lead communities of faith.
course involves several local field trips.
Non-Profit Management and Leadership (available for academic credit only)
Northwestern University Kellogg School
Faculty, Suzann Holding, and Scott Stoner
will help participants combine lessons from the non-profit business world with theology in this
innovative leadership program. Meets in downtown Chicago.
On and Off Campus
The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley
(DMin Seabury-Western '04)
, bishop of Eastern Michigan, has been named Bishop for the Office of Pastoral Development, a member of the Presiding Bishop's staff.
The Rt. Rev. Frederick Houk Borsch
(DD Seabury-Western '78)
the retired Bishop of Los Angeles, died April 17
He also served as associate professor of New Testament at Seabury-Western 1966-1969.