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Congratulations to the Class of 2019—
13 Degrees and Diplomas Awarded May 17
BACK ROW (from left):  Nathaniel Warne (DAS) , Emlyn Ott (DMin Director), Terry DeLisio (Academic Dean), Milner Seifert (Lecturer in Liturgy & Music), Julie Lytle (Director of Distributive & Lifelong Learning Initiatives), Jason Fout (Associate Professor of Anglican Theology),  Patrick T. Burke (MDiv)
MIDDLE ROW (from left): Nathanael Saint-Pierre (DMin Preaching), Cody (Br. Columba) Maynus (DAS) , KJ Oh (Director of Formation & Contextual Learning), Micah T.J. Jackson (President), Eileen Shanley-Roberts (Assistant Director of Formation & Contextual Learning),  Anna Sutterisch (MDiv), Stephen Ashby (MDiv)
FRONT ROW (from left):  Katherine Gillooly (DMin Cong Dev), Simon C. Justice (DMin Cong Dev), Debra Kay Bullock (DMin Cong Dev)
THANKS BE TO GOD—Thanksgiving Eucharist and Bexley Seabury 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 17 was a glorious day of worship and fellowship, thanksgiving and celebration at St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Chicago.

A total of 13 Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Diploma in Anglican Studies degrees and diplomas were awarded to the Class of 2019. at the Bexley Seabury commencement on May 17 at 10:30 a.m.  The Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer , bishop of West Virginia and chair of the seminary board of directors , presided; the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, director and bishop of Ohio, preached on turning from learning to teaching about the love and truth of God.

In addition to those pictured here, diplomas and degrees were presented in absentia to Alexandra Heeter (MDiv) , Kevin Powell (DAS) , Richard R. Swanson (DMin in Preaching) , and Michael Spitalli (DAS) .

Blessings and congratulations to the Class of 2019 as they move forward in their ministries!
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Non-residential, Contextual, Challenging
APPLY NOW to Begin MDiv Studies This Fall
New members of our welcoming learning community will join a vibrant and diverse student body. Pictured here with members of the faculty and staff are MDiv and Anglican Studies students who began coursework in 2017 (left) and 2018 (right).
Are You or Is Someone You Know a Prospective MDiv Student?

Bexley Seabury offers one of the most innovative accredited Master of Divinity programs in North America. Student-friendly scheduling of on-campus classes plus smart use of technology allows for a rich learning experience while fulfilling professional and family responsibilities.

  • Non-residential format makes study possible for more students
  • Continuous, in-depth spiritual formation
  • Extended field education close to where students live
  • A mix of master's- and doctoral-level courses
  • Participation in a welcoming and diverse learning community
  • Taught by scholar-practitioners who are distinguished in their fields

The forward-looking curriculum emphasizes contextual learning and cultivating leadership skills for 21st-century ministry.

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3 Opportunities to Learn & Visit With Us
In or near Minneapolis, New Orleans, or Kalamazoo?
  • May 29–31 in Minneapolis: Look for Julie Lytle and Jaime Brinceño at the Uncharted Conference, which will explore the complexity and potential of preparing people for ministry in the 21st century.

  • June 13–15 in New Orleans: President Micah Jackson and Jaime Brinceño will participate in the Missional Voices Conference, a showcase for innovative ministries and missional communities.

  • July 12–13 in Kalamazoo: Join President Jackson and Jason Fout at the Big Provincial Gathering.With 60+ ministry workshops, this event promises to be a prime learning and networking opportunity for church leaders from across Province V.
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Expand Your Skill Set and Your Perspective

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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LAST CHANCE to Register
Friday, May 31, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. ET
FREE for 2018-19 Leadership Series Participants
 Richard Blackburn
Richard Blackburn, executive director of the Lombard Mennonite Center, will explore the impact of emotional cutoff on ourselves, churches, families, and communities in three sessions on Friday, May 31:
  • Separating Self From the Past: The Impact of Emotional Cutoff
  • Reconnecting With the Past: Bridging Emotional Cutoff
  • Focusing on Self: How Have You Experienced Cutoff in Family, Church, and Society?

Attend In-Person in Columbus (lunch included) OR Online—ALL ARE WELCOME
  • FREE for 2018-19 Leadership Series Participants
  • $35/$25 for Educational Institutions (Students/Faculty/Staff)
  • $65/$40 for Healthy Congregations Network Members
  • $100/$75 for Non-Members

BEXLEY SEABURY STUDENTS—This program is especially relevant for those studying or interested in the applications of Bowen family theory.
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Alumnae/Alumni News

Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon Michael Hanley (Seabury-Western '81, '05) has announced his intention to retire effective January 2021. Before being elected bishop of Oregon, Hanley served parishes in Oklahoma and Missouri, and, in Minnesota for 19 years.  MORE HERE

Shannon Macvean-Brown

Congratulations to Shannon MacVean-Brown (Seabury-Western '05), bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. She is the first African American to be elected bishop in the diocese, and one of only three African American women elected bishop in all of Province I. Pending consents, MacVean-Brown will be ordained and consecrated on September 28 in Burlington, Vt. MORE HERE

Elizabeth Molitors  (Seabury-Western '09) was welcomed as the 19th rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, Calif. on May 18 at a celebration of new ministry.  Diane Jardine Bruce  (DMin Seabury-Western '10, DD Bexley Seabury '13), bishop suffragan of Los Angeles, presided, and  Kristin U. White  (Seabury-Western '09), canon to the ordinary, Diocese of Indianapolis, preached. Elizabeth began her ministry at Trinity on Nov. 4, 2018. 

In Memoriam
We received word that  Daniel B. Hanna  (Seabury-Western '60) died May 22 in New Orleans, La. Hanna was canonically resident in the Diocese of Chicago. He also completed master's degrees at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and Loyola University Chicago. He is fondly remembered by parishioners of Church of the Atonement in Chicago, where he funded the air conditioning for the sanctuary several years ago.
We give thanks for the life of Patrcia Lytle , mother of Julie Lytle, who died in April. Our condolences to Dr. Lytle and her family. OBITUARY HERE
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