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Meet Jason Fortner, MDiv Student

Bexley Seabury Master of Divinity student Jason Fortner of the Diocese of Indianapolis says his ministry is rooted in the joy of service. We asked Jason what led him to seminary, and how he chose Bexley Seabury.

"I’m an active lay minister at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church In Lebanon, Indiana. I’m a member of the altar guild, a lector, cantor, and frequent altar server. Also, occasionally I serve as thurifer.

"I have been junior warden and a vestry member in the past. I find great joy in this service, and it was while serving in these capacities that I began to sense a renewed call to ministry. I’ve been a public high school Spanish teacher for nearly 25 years. So, I’ve sensed my call to ordained ministry later in life than some.

"My priest is a Bexley Seabury alumnus, and many priests who mentor and inspire me in the Diocese of Indianapolis have BSSF connections. Also, the flexibility of the class schedule and the proximity to my home were important factors in choosing Bexley Seabury.

"The sense of community is much stronger than I anticipated it might be. The formation retreats and online sessions help a great deal. The face-to-face classes, while few, are a wonderful chance to deepen relationships that we’ve been forming online through discussions and Zoom classroom meetings. Worshipping together is always wonderful!

So far, the material in the classes I’ve taken has been very compelling and motivates me to find time to work hard in between teaching, family life, and my time in my home parish."

Is someone in your circle looking for a Master of Divinity program? All referrals are welcome!
Jason was part of the crew that constructed St. Peter's labyrinth, now a favorite place to pray.
Jason and St. Peter's Rector Christopher Beasley (Bexley Seabury '14), ready for worship.
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51st Annual UBE Business Meeting & Conference

Monday–Friday, July 22–26, 2019 in Los Angeles
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UBE Members and Allies—President Jackson wants to know: How can Bexley Seabury support your ministry?
The seminary needs your insights and guidance to fulfill its mission, to raise entrepreneurial leaders for the church. President Jackson will be on hand July 22–26 at the 51st UBE Business Meeting and Conference to listen, learn, and collaborate with you and your team.

SET A DATE to meet with President Jackson at your convenience.
VISIT OUR BOOTH Tuesday–Friday

PLEASE STOP BY to say hello and learn how Bexley Seabury's degree, diploma, and lifelong learning programs can support you and your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!
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Expand Your Horizons and Your Tool Kit

These Fall 2019 courses may be taken for CEUs or for Enrichment (audit) from $495.

> God and Mammon led by Eileen Shanley-Roberts
This three-part course that addresses financial literacy skills for church leaders. Modules may be taken individually: 1) theology of resources and stewardship; 2) theologically informed personal financial management; 3) institutional financial stewardship.

> Constitutions and Canons led by Tom Ferguson
This online-only course covers the basics of the canons and polity of the Episcopal Church. This course meets ordination requirements in the Episcopal Church.

> Church History led by Tom Ferguson
This foundational course will cover significant developments and influential figures from the early church to the present.

SEPT 13-14, OCT. 11-12, NOV. 8-9
> Nostalgia Versus the Reign of God: Sunday Morning Smack-Down led by John Dally
Many Christian communities are stuck in time, their common life bound by the vision of what Christian life and worship required when cornerstones were laid. Buildings and language both reinforce a message of hierarchy and exclusivity fundamentally opposed to Jesus' radical hospitality and call to discipleship. Course participants will examine the language and behavior of their communities, asking whether they draw the reader/listener toward the reign of God or invite them to reside comfortably in the religion of the past.

SEPT. 20-21, DEC. 6-7, online in between
> Anglican Liturgy and Music: Development and Theology led by Milner Seifert and Therese DeLisio
This introductory course explores the principles and practices of Anglican worship with a particular focus on the Episcopal Church. The course will cover the nature of worship and the history of its evolution; and the theology and use of music in worship.

SEPT. 27-28, OCT. 25-26. NOV. 22-23
> Anglican Theology and Ethics led by Ellen Wondra
Learn about the distinctive history of Anglican theology and its dynamic, diverse, contemporary practice.

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Alumnae/Alumni and Student News
Brendan Barnicle preparing to welcome a new member in baptism at Saturday Dinner Church at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Portland, Ore.

DMiv in Congregational Development Brendan Barnicle has accepted a call as rector of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville, Ore. Former rector of of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Portland, Barnicle will begin his new ministry on August 18.

An article by MDiv student Samantha Haycock was published in The Living Church. The article, "Valuing the Vocation of Lay Ministers," calls attention to obstacles that lay persons must navigate in discerning their calls to ministry. READ THE ARTICLE HERE
USAF Chaplain Juchter (center of the circle), offers a blessing to a gathering of Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. 
Chaplain (Major) Mark Juchter (Seabury-Western '03), who recently served as an instructor at the Air Force Chaplain Corps College at Maxwell Air Force Base, assumes the role of Wing Chaplain at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., effective Aug. 1. He noted that the base and surrounding communities were severely affected by hurricane Michael last fall, and at the moment, there isn't even a base chapel. 

Scott Lybrand Zaucha (Bexley Seabury '18) will be installed as rector of St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Woodstock, Ill., in a celebration of new ministry on July 26. Bexley Seabury Director Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, will preside and preach. Zaucha has been serving St. Ann's as priest-in-charge since last summer.
Scott Zaucha and children of St. Ann's, Woodstock celebrating the feast of Easter.
Faculty News
Conrado preaching
Currently serving as associate rector at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Victor Conrado will join the leadership team at the Episcopal Diocese of New York next month.

Adjunct faculty member Victor Conrado has accepted a call to join the staff of the Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche (Seabury-Western '87), as Canon for Congressional Vitality and Formation for the Diocese of New York. He will begin his new ministry on Aug. 15.
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