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Bexley Seabury
Spring Online Open House
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm CDT
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Convocation 2018: 
What Does the Lord Require? Pastoral & Prophetic Witness in Traumatic Times
Thursday, April 26, 2018
St. James Commons
Presenters

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper White
Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary and former part-time Professor at Seabury Western Seminary. Presentation:  The Pastoral and the Prophetic: Speaking Truth to Power in Love
 
The Rev. Dr. John Addison Dally
Professor of Theology and Culture at Bexley Seabury Seminary. Presentation:  Like Treasure Hidden in a Field: The Untapped Resources of The Christian Faith
 
The Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh and The Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts
Director and Assistant Director of Bexley Seabury’s Contextual Learning and Formation Program. Facilitated Conversation:  Do Not be Daunted: Christian Engagement in Context and Practice
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Save the Date!
Commencement 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018
St. Paul & the Redeemer Episcopal Church
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Student Spotlight
Stephen Benitz
This is the second in our occasional Student Spotlight series. From time-to-time we will be profiling BSSF students, whose different backgrounds and gifts enrich our common life.

Stephen Benitz found his way to BSSF in a roundabout way. He was raised in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, transitioned to the ECLA in high school, and was received in the Episcopal Church after his marriage to Shelby Allen in 2001.  Stephen lives in Clear Lake, Iowa with his wife and 13 year-old daughter, Emily.

Stephen received a BS in business, majoring in management, marketing, and logistics, from Indiana University, Bloomington. He had a 20 year career in advertising sales and sales management for radio stations, and later for the newspaper industry. 

But a call to ministry persisted. In 2015 Stephen enrolled in the MDiv program at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, and chose BSSF for his final year as part of EDS's teach-out program because of BSSF’s low residency/high intensive curriculum. 

Stephen’s parish has been without a permanent rector for an extended period of time. At his Bishop’s suggestion, the parish hired Stephen as “Ministries Coordinator” in April 2017 to help provide stable local leadership. In this part-time position Stephen works with the parish administrator, vestry, supply clergy, and various church committees to facilitate the daily operations of the parish. “Balancing full-time graduate studies with parish ministry, family, and coaching can get pretty wild sometimes. However, actively engaging in parish ministry while attending seminary is an incredibly formative experience. I’m blessed with the opportunity to immediately place the concepts and strategies we learn in class into real-world contexts. I look forward to focusing on full-time ministry after completing my degree program at Bexley Seabury.”

He was ordained to the transitional diaconate in December of 2017 and expects to be ordained to the priesthood this summer. Outside of his family and church work, he enjoys coaching soccer and ice hockey.

Stephen’s experience at BSSF has been very positive. He particularly appreciated the pastoral support of both faculty and staff as he transitioned into the BSSF community. He enjoys the diversity of his classmates and the affiliation with ACTS schools, which has allowed him to be exposed to students from a wide range of denominations. “I’ve learned a lot from my fellow students,” he reported. “My classes are engaging and the faculty makes learning fun.”
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Faculty News
Professor of Theology and Culture John Addison Dally conceived of the course called The Death of the Beautiful Young Man in 2008. The course asks students to decide in what way the death of Jesus is redemptive, and to develop a point of view about what imagery reflects their thinking, and should therefore be raised up, and made sacred by the Church. Thanks in part to the response to the course, Professor Dally is in the midst of writing a book further exploring the theological significance of depictions of the crucified Jesus as young and beautiful and the implications of two millennia of exalting male flesh to the detriment of female flesh. The book will include illustrations from art throughout the centuries that have promulgated this phenomenon. 

In addition to his theological writing, Dally is writing fiction during his sabbatical this spring. He has just completed a book of short stories called The Master Is Here: Stories Christian and Gay.  The stories, ranging across history and social location, are united by taking gay and Christian identities for granted rather than problematizing either one. “I wanted to write something I’d like to read but have not yet found,” he says.

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Alumni News
Amy McCreath
The Rev. Amy Ebeling McCreath (S-W ’98) Named Cathedral Dean in Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, has appointed the Rev. Amy Ebeling McCreath as the ninth dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in downtown Boston. "I am honored to be called to serve as dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul and look forward to working with the bishops, the staff and all those serving at and served by the cathedral to amplify the mission of the diocese. At this time of deep moral and political strain in the life of our nation and uncertainty in the lives of God's people, the mission strategy to which God calls us is urgent. I believe the cathedral can be a great resource to move that mission forward and bring hope and joy to many lives," McCreath said.
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In Memoriam
Miriam U. Hoover (1913-2018) 
Miriam U. Hoover, a longtime member of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, died at her home in Palm Springs on March 6 at the age of 104. An active member and philanthropist, Mrs. Hoover supported many Episcopal organizations including St. James the Less; St. James Cathedral; Seabury Western Theological Seminary; Episcopal Charities and Community Services; and Bishop Anderson House.  Read the obituary for Mrs. Hoover. 
A memorial service will be held at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, April 28 at 11 am, followed by a luncheon reception at the Drake Hotel.
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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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