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President's Message
Prayer for Overcoming Indifference by Rabbi Chaim Stern

For the sin of silence,
For the sin of indifference,
For the secret complicity of the neutral,
For the closing of borders,
For the washing of hands,
For the crime of indifference,
For the sin of silence,
For the closing of borders.
For all that was done,
For all that was not done,
Let there be no forgetfulness before the Throne of Glory;
Let there be remembrance within the human heart;
And let there at last be forgiveness
When your children, O God,
Are free and at peace.
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Join Us
Bexley Seabury Spring Online Open House
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
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Save the Date
April 26
Convocation 2018:  What Does the Lord Require?
Pastoral and Prophetic Witness in Traumatic Times  
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | St. James Commons
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Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes
Bexley Seabury Seminary sponsored a "Lunch and Learn" at the annual Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes conference in San Antonio on Feb. 22, on The Gift of Water: Justice for All?  "The Gift of Water," was the theme of the Winter 2018 issue of the Anglican Theological Review, which features addresses and sermons from recent conferences on water justice at Trinity Institute in New York, St. Paul’s Institute in London, St. James Cathedral in Melbourne, and St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.

Presenters included Jason Fout , professor of Anglican Theology at BSSF, Robert Scott, director of Faith Formation and Education at Trinity Church Wall Street, and Jacqueline Winter , managing editor of the Anglican Theological Review (ATR). The ATR works on the BSSF floor at Chicago Theological Seminary. The facilitator for the event was Lynn Bowers , accountant, human resources officer and event coordinator for BSSF.

Bexley Seabury also co-hosted a reception following Evensong at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Feb. 23 with five other Episcopal seminaries.
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Wisdom Calling: A Conference on Local Formation
Associate professor of Anglican Theology Jason Fout participated in Wisdom Calling: A Conference on Local Formation , which took place February 8-10 at Camp Weed, Florida. The idea behind the gathering was that increasingly there are fewer "traditional" -- full time, compensated -- clergy positions in the Episcopal Church, and that we cannot assume that fulltime, residential, traditional seminary education is the best route for everyone headed towards ordination. Professor Fout’s talk was entitled Seminary from home: The distance learning model . “I came away reinforced in my belief in the value of our format,” he reported.
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AED Conference
Recruiter Jaime Briceño facilitated an open forum regarding the need for diaconal formation at the Association for Episcopal Deacons Archdeacon and Deacon Directors' Conference in Atlanta, GA Feb. 22 to 25.
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Faculty News
Eileen Shanley-Roberts  is the latest addition to the faculty of Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation. Eileen is the Assistant Director of Contextual Education and lecturer in practical theology. She has been the rector of Christ Church in Waukegan, IL, since 2007 and just completed 3 terms (6 years) as Dean of the Waukegan Deanery, diocese of Chicago. Before coming to Waukegan, Eileen served as assistant to the rector at Ascension and Holy Trinity Church in Wyoming, Ohio. 

Eileen received her MDiv from Episcopal Divinity School (formerly in Cambridge, MA) and was ordained in 2004. Prior to her ordination, she was program director for the campus ministry center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, taught Church History, Scripture and Latin at Marian High School in Mishawaka, IN, and served as parish administrator for St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church. In addition to her MDiv, Eileen holds a BA in Anthropology, a Master's of Medieval Studies, and completed all course work toward the PhD in Early and Later Medieval Philosophy and Manuscript Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Eileen and Ross have two daughters, Emily and Abigail.

Eileen said, "As I return to the academic world, I am excited to add my experience and training to our innovative approach to forming excellent practitioners for the church who will have the depth of knowledge to be recognized as learned clergy and the wisdom and skills to apply that knowledge to real life ministries."
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Alumni News
Edward J. Konieczny  (DMin SWTS 2001) was elected by the Executive Council on January 23 to serve as the Episcopal Church bishop member on the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). The ACC is one of the four instruments of communion in the Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church is one of the 39 province members. According to the ACC website, the role of the ACC is to facilitate the cooperative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion.

Bishop Konieczny serves as the Bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma and is a member of Executive Council.
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Register for June Intensives
June 2-8
Learning from London 
This is a travel course. Jason Fout leads students on the ground, meeting with seasoned mission and evangelism practitioners in the Diocese of London to learn how they have grown weekly attendance by 50% since 1990. Students will learn how to apply these lessons to their own context.
June 4-8
Reimagining Congregations in Mission
Bonnie Perry  explores inherited assumptions and patterns of Christian congregational life in light of new apostolic environments. Perspectives on missional ecclesiology offer a framework for renewing congregational identity and practice. Students engage insights from organizational, leadership and innovation theory.
June 11-15
Community Organizing for Missional Living
Barbara Wilson  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.
John Dally invites participants to examine the language and behavior of their communities with a critical eye, asking whether these draw the reader/listener toward the reign of God or invite them to reside comfortably in the religion of the past.
June 18-22
Non-Profit Management and Leadership 
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.
Available for academic credit only
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Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute
For lay & ordained leaders, June 18-20, 2018 in Chicago 
Congregations... church organizations... judicatories—all need strong leaders to make a difference. Our annual Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute helps lay and ordained teams at all levels become more confident and effective.

Participants interact and collaborate with one another and with faculty from Bexley Seabury and the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University's downtown campus, located a brief walk from St. James Commons, home to St. James Cathedral and the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Topics that 2018 Institute participants will explore are:

  • Leading and Following 
  • Difficult Conversations: Finding Compassion & Healing Through Conflict Management
  • Leadership in 5G: Multiple Generations in the Workplace and Church
  • Building Your Brand
  • Effective External Communications
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