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The Rev. Dr. Micah T.J. Jackson Named President of Bexley Seabury Seminary
On May 17, the Board of Directors named The Rev. Dr. Micah T.J. Jackson as Bexley Seabury Seminary’s new president. He will assume his duties on June 1, 2018 and his installation will take place in the Fall. 

Dr. Jackson holds an MTS in Preaching from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, an MDiv from Meadville Lombard Theological School, and a PhD in Homiletics/Liturgy from Graduate Theological Union. He is the author of a forthcoming book from Church Publishing, Preaching Face to Face: An Invitation to Conversational Preaching.

Dr. Jackson grew up in Hyde Park. He and his wife Laura are looking forward to introducing their son Benjamin to Chicago.  

“I am looking forward to returning to the Seminary,” he said. “We know that patterns of life and work are changing, and it isn’t always possible to pack up a family for a three year sojourn at a residential seminary. Theological education is going to have to learn to accommodate people who can’t move, yet who have a genuine call to be educated for their ministry, whatever it is. Bexley Seabury is way ahead of the curve in this area, and students and bishops are recognizing it,” he commented. 

“I know what I love about Bexley Seabury, but I want to know what our alums and friends love,” he continued. I hope they’ll tell me by email, by phone, by stopping by our booth at General Convention, or by attending (or hosting) one of the Meet the New President events we’ll be scheduling all over the country in the coming months.”

Welcome home, Micah!
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Commencement

May 18 was graduation day for 10 Bexley Seabury students. The Celebration of Commencement and Holy Eucharist was live-streamed from St. Paul & the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Hyde Park for those unable to attend in person.  The Rev. Dr. John Addison Dally preached, and The Rt. Rev. W. Michie (Mike) Klusmeyer , chair of the Board of Directors, celebrated the Eucharist with Deacon Scott Lybrand Zaucha .
Asa David Coulson , Lindsay Ross-Hunt , Gail Ann Shafer , Scott Lybrand Zaucha , Donald Harold James Hermann , and Erin Elizabeth Hougland received the Diploma in Anglican Studies. Master of Divinity degrees were awarded to Stephen Mark Benitz and Anthony George Dahl
2018 Commencement
Lisa Belcher Hamilton was awarded the DMin in Preaching with Distinction. Her thesis, Grief is a thin place: Preaching after Loss , was directed by John Dally.  KyungJa Oh received the Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development. Her thesis, Contextual Formation of Future Leaders for Tomorrow's Church, was directed by Ellen Wondra .

Congratulations to all!
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General Convention
 
If you are attending General Convention in Austin, please join us for a festive reception introducing President Micah Jackson. The reception will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the JW Marriott Austin, 110 E. 2nd Street, Austin, TX. Contact Lynn Bowers at 773.380.6786 or lbowers@bexleyseabury.edu for more information and to register for this event.
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There’s still time to register for the Bexley Seabury Leadership Institute.
Jun 18 - Jun 20  
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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Summer Courses
Our popular travel course, Learning from London with Professor  Jason Fout , begins online, but is in residence in London June 2-8; A week-long intensive, Community Organizing, begins on campus the week of June 11 with Professor Barbara Wilson; Reimagining Congregations in Mission starts on campus the week of June 4. The Rev.  Bonnie Perry  is returning to teach this course; Finally, a new course, Nostalgia versus the Reign of God: Sunday Morning Smackdown, begins June 11 with Professor  John Dally.  Along with their classes, students participate in daily worship in the Clark Chapel. 
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In Memoriam
George Councell , 11th Episcopal bishop of New Jersey, died May 21th. He was elected as a Seabury-Western trustee in 1998 and served until 2006. Read his obituary here: planetprinceton.com
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