AUGUST 2017 | In This Issue
Message from Acting President Therese DeLisio
Now Available Online: 2017 Magazine
PLEASE SHARE Your News, Insights & Suggestions
Another Way to Support Bexley Seabury
Reaching, Growing, Becoming
The Joy of Books
On and Off Campus
Update Your Email Address
The View Beyond the Walls
Message from Acting President Therese DeLisio
Image by Frank L Junior, 123RF Stock Photo
Bexley Seabury Seminary sees itself as a Seminary Beyond Walls. This self-characterization, in part, refers to our low-residency/high-context model of theological education that allows people from around the country to study with us from their places of residence and ministry. They do this by participating in our "hybrid" courses that mix weekend or weeklong intensive classes held on campus with online learning in between. They bring their ministry experiences and the realities of their local communities with them.
Being a Seminary Beyond Walls demands more of us than just offering an innovative non-residential educational model. We aim to form leaders who will come to appreciate ministry as a beyond-walls, boundary-shattering activity that provides glimpses of that for which we refuse to give up hope: God's reign of love and justice in the world.
We in this seminary community of learners, lay and ordained, are teaching each other to look beyond the walls of church and academy to see what is happening in our local, national, and global communities, and to hear what God is calling us to do and to be in response to that call. Lately, we don't like much of what we see. We see blatant discrimination, exclusion, and rejection of God's beloved. We see truth-denying disregard for the health and well being of our planet and of its creatures. We hear unapologetic hate-filled and judgmental rhetoric against immigrants and Muslims, and undeserved blame cast upon those who are sick, poor, and most vulnerable...

Now Available Online

2017 Bexley Seabury magazine
This year's annual magazine is now available online. It features ways Bexley Seabury is reaching out to more of the church. The magazine also gives us an opportunity to recognize mission-minded leaders who, by offering their time, talent, and treasure, do so much to help Bexley Seabury live into its call to be a seminary beyond walls.

THANK YOU for all the ways you make more possible for our students and for the church.We deeply appreciate your prayers, suggestions, charitable contributions, and encouragement! 
PLEASE SHARE Your News, Insights & Suggestions
Help us keep the Bexley Seabury community connected & better informed   

Our community spans generations, time zones, and nations. We welcome your news and views for the good of the order.
  • Are you celebrating an anniversary or a recent accomplishment?
  • Do you have insights to share from a retreat or sabbatical?
  • Do you have suggestions for how we can make our communications more useful?
Let us know what's new in your world and on your mind!
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Reaching, Growing, Becoming
Seeking lay and ordained leaders ready to take the next step  

Do you know imaginative leaders with a desire to learn and create community?

Bexley Seabury is seeking Master of Divinity and Anglican Studies program candidates. Who in your circle of might benefit from knowing more about Bexley Seabury's flexible and innovative curriculum?


Please send your suggestions by email to Jaime Briceno or phone Jaime at 773-380-7045 -- or ask your referrals to contact Jaime directly.  
The Joy of Books
Reading for enlightenment and enjoyment     

Learning Commons at Chicago Theological Seminary, where Bexley Seabury classes are taught and staff and faculty offices are located. 
We're asking faculty members what they are reading outside of classwork, so we can share the information here to inspire your next trip to the library or local bookstore. First up: Director of Field Education and Formation, and Lecturer in Practical Theology KyungJa (KJ) Oh.

This summer, KJ  is reading or has read: 
  • Ghobash, Omar Saif, Letters to a Young Muslim, New York: Picador, 2016.
  • James, P.D., A Certain Justice, London: Penguin , 1998. 
  • Moore, Natalie Y., The South Side, A portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, New York: Picador, 2016.
Have you read something you think others would enjoy or find useful?  Send us the details and we'll pass along your recommendations in an upcoming issue of Community News.
On and Off Campus 

Jessica Nelson 
Jessica Nelson (Seabury-Western MTS '09) began serving as organist/choirmaster on July 16 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Miss. Congratulations!

Kara Wagner Sherer
(Seabury-Western '03), rector at St. John's Episcopal Church, Chicago, shared photos of the parish's June celebration of Solemn Communion. The class of five new communicants blessed a pool of water, then filled super soakers, which they used to create arcs of water over the heads of the congregation to administer the asperges. The children also took turns proclaiming part of the Eucharistic prayer and served communion. What a wonderful liturgy to mark the next phase of the children's life in Christ!

Staff and Faculty

ATR President  Roger Ferlo, recently retired as president of Bexley Seabury, has announced that J ason Fout  and  Scott MacDougall  have been appointed co-editors in chief of the  Anglican Theological Review,  effective September 1, 2017. 
Fout is associate professor of Anglican theology at Bexley Seabury, and holds his 
Jason Fout
doctorate in theology from the University of Cambridge. He 
has served for several years as associate editor of the journal, and spearheaded the significant expansion of the book review section. Fout is the author of 
Fully Alive: The Glory of God and the Human Creature in Karl Barth, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Theological Exegesis of Scripture  (T&T Clark, 2015).  

Scott MacDougall
Scott MacDougall 
is assistant professor of theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, with an MA in theology fr om General Theological Seminary in New York and a doctorate in systematic theology from Fordham University. He serves as secretary of the ATR board. MacDougall's research centers on ecclesiology and eschatology, and he  is the author of More than Communion: Imagining an Eschatological Ecclesiology  (T&T Clark, 2015). 
Acting Editor in Chief and Editor Emerita  Ellen K. Wondra  will work closely with the new ATR co-editors during their first several months of leadership. Jacqueline Winter, ATR's managing editor, said "We all owe Ellen a tremendous debt of gratitude for her return from retirement to guide the journal with such grace and expertise over the past year and more, and for her willingness to work with Scott and Jason to ensure a smooth transition."
Jason Fout bicycled 100 miles on August 5th as a part of Pelotonia, a fundraising ride in support of cancer treatment and cancer research at the Ohio State University James Cancer Center. This is his fourth year riding.

Ron Fox, assistant to the president and faculty secretary, participated in the July annual Convocation and Chapter meeting of his religious order, the Brotherhood of St. Gregory at Mt. Alvernia in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. The brothers had two first professions of vows, two new novices, and two new postulants. 
Resident Diocese  
The Diocese of Chicago continues its College of Congregational Development to nurture and develop congregational development practitioners from within existing parish lay and clergy leadership. The College is a two-year program that includes readings, homework, presentation, working in teams, the completion of a content exam and the completion of two back-home projects. Four training weekends are set for the fall, beginning October 6-7. More information here.   
In Memoriam 
We have received word of the death of  Katherine Nelson Van den Blink, wife of Professor Emeritus  Arie Johannes "Han" Van den Blink of Bexley Hall, Rochester, and Columbus campuses. Her Requiem was July 19 at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira, NY. The complete obituary can be found here. Our prayers are with Han and family. 
We received word of the death of Claud Adelbert Thompson (Seabury-Western '64) in Canada. Thompson moved to Canada in 1970 with his wife, Phyllis, to teach at the University of Saskatchewan. The obituary can be found here. During his years in Saskatoon, Thompson was involved in the Anglican diocese. He also had interaction with the Anglican College of Emmanuel & St. Chad and the United Church St. Andrew's College, both schools of theology. Once retired, Thompson spent many years as a hospice volunteer in the Nanaimo hospital's palliative care unit. A memorial service celebrating his life  will be held on August 9  at St. Mary's Anglican Church  in Nanoose Bay, BC.  Donations in Thompson's memory can be made to St. Mary's (2600 Powder Point Rd., Nanoose Bay, BC V9P-9E8) or to Loaves & Fishes, a Nanaimo food bank (1009 Farquhar St., Nanaimo, BC V9R-2G2). May he rise in glory.
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