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 September 2018
News About the Future
There is rarely a day goes by when someone doesn't ask me about the future of Bloy House. Many of you know that Bloy House has been housed on the campus of Claremont School of Theology for almost fifty years now. Both schools began in facilities on the USC campus and were asked to leave the campus when USC wanted to move to a more secularized model of education. The Methodists bought land in Claremont for their seminary and for some years Bloy House moved between several churches until being invited to join CST on its newly constructed campus.

Now Claremont School of Theology is making efforts to sell its massive campus and move to facilities that would allow them a smaller footprint with smaller maintenance and overhead costs. In their efforts to sell the property, they unfortunately found themselves embroiled in a law suit with the Claremont Colleges who are claiming some rights to the property, making it impossible for CST to sell their campus at a price commensurate with its current value. That litigation has gone on for well over a year now, slowing down CST's property sale and potential move to Oregon. This month there was a bench trial to make final determinations on this matter. The attorneys are now writing their final briefs which must be turned in by mid October. The judge will make a ruling once he has received all these materials and the rebuttals presented in response to them. Once his ruling has been made and announced, CST will be able to announce a likely timeline for their move and we at Bloy House will have a clearer picture of the timeline we will be under to find a new home. We are all anticipating having this news before the end of 2018.

Bloy House will, of course, stay here in the geographic boundaries of the Diocese of Los Angeles, and Dean Sweeney, Bishop Taylor, and the Board of Trustees are already investigating best options for where to move the seminary. We hope to be able to announce our timeline not long after we hear from CST about when the Claremont buildings will be sold and need to be vacated. Our long standing relationship with CST will continue with students who wish to do so taking part in CST's low residency program, just as they may choose to take part in CDSP's low residency program.

This upcoming move to a new location will mark the beginning of the next chapter in the history of Bloy House, a chapter in which we anticipate expanding our vision and mission to make Bloy House a center for theological education for all those seeking to grow in their knowledge of the Christian faith. With change comes anxiety. It is hard to imagine what one has not yet experienced, but these are exciting days for us as we prepare for our new beginning in our new location. We look forward to sharing all our news with you as it unfolds.
Nancy Wallis Elected Student Representative to Board of Trustees
This month the student body of Bloy House elected Dr. Nancy Wallis to serve as their student representative on the Board of Trustees. Nancy is a nominee for holy orders of St. Mary's, Laguna Beach. Nancy works as a consultant in corporate profit and non-profit leadership and will bring her knowledge and expertise along with her experiences as a third year seminarian to the board. Welcome Nancy!
One of the big mistakes that Bloy House has made over the last sixty years has been in not asking our friends and alumni/ae to contribute financially to Bloy House. This year we need to begin the next sixty years of ministry by turning over a new leaf. The truth is we need your help both to keep doing what we already do so well and to expand our vision for ministry allowing Bloy House a to become a true center for Christian Formation for the whole diocese. We need your help, because we have a mission that is larger than our current revenue stream can accommodate. Educational institutions rely upon donors to be able to support the important work they do for our society. This is especially true for religious educational institutions that do not have access to research dollars or many of the other funding sources that secular schools may come to rely on. For Bloy House this is all the more true because we have refused to raise our tuition to the levels we need to sustain the school, because to do so would keep many seminarians called to lives of service and ministry from saying yes to God and making the courageous leap to pursue their callings. As more and more lay persons see the value and respond to the invitation to pursue theological studies, this need for financial resources to support our work will only grow. And so we are asking you who have benefited from the ministry of Bloy House either as alums or as the parishioners of alumni/ae to support us in our efforts. You can do this by giving generously to the seminary or by coming to be a student with us. Both of those actions help us to fulfill our mission in the diocese and in the larger church.

The best way to give is still by check. When you do so 100 percent of your gift goes directly to the school. In the coming weeks we will also be putting a new donate button on our website that will allow us to accept credit card gifts at a reasonable cost to us and as responsible stewards of your gifts. This should be in place by late September.

If you care about ministry in the Diocese of Los Angeles and believe in the work Bloy House is already doing to support people in their ministries, and you want to support an expansion of our mission, we ask you to give.

Checks can be sent to
Bloy House, ETSC
1325 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Cari Anderson-Meadows to Serve as Episcopal Relief and Development Representative
This year Cari Anderson-Meadows of St. Timothy's, Apple Valley will be serving as the Episcopal Relief and Development representative to Bloy House. In that capacity she will have the opportunity to learn about and teach other Bloy House seminarians about the work of ERD and to lead a project in support of ERD. She will also be host to seminarian representatives from across the Episcopal Church as they gather this February at Bloy House to learn about ERD and to take part in our community life during a seminary weekend at the school.
Save the Date!
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday January 19 the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Bloy House gets underway with a gala event scheduled for that evening at Cathedral Center. Join with Trustees, alumni/ae, Bishop Taylor and Bishop Jardine Bruce as we celebrate the last sixty years of ministry for our seminary and launch into the next sixty. More details to follow in the October and November Bloy House News and in Episcopal News.
Upcoming Programs for Spring Semester Geared Especially to Lay Leaders
Mystical Theology To Be Offered This Spring
Dr. Michael McGrath's "Mystical Theology" class will be taught again this coming spring term. The class is designed to be a resource to those who have never had a systematic theology class, as well as those who wish to further their theological studies by examining the history and nature of mystical theology in the Christian tradition. This class will be offered on Saturdays mornings from 8-11 of teaching weekends on the Bloy House campus beginning January 19, 2019.
Fresh Start for Lay Leaders Returns in January 2019
One of Bloy House's first intentional ventures into specifically lay leadership formation was the establishment of the Fresh Start for Lay Leaders program at Bloy House in 2011. This excellent program was first designed to speak particularly to wardens and key lay leaders in congregations that were in the midst of clergy transitions. What we have found over the years is that the skills learned in this class have much wider applicability than just to congregations looking for new clergy leadership.

We live in an age when the church is in constant transition as we seek to refine our mission and our ministry to meet the needs of our ever-changing, increasingly less Christian social and cultural context. In the insightful, capable hands of Canon Joanna Satorius, lay leaders of the church have the opportunity to explore how this new world impacts the nature of church life and the church's ministry to the world. Congregations that have chosen to take part in the Fresh Start for Lay Leaders program find that the clergy of their congregations have knowledgeable and prepared partners for ministry with skills to help guide communities through the changes and challenges our life in faith. What no one can accomplish alone often becomes possible through the shared efforts of a strong clergy/lay team. Fresh Start teaches lay leaders how to be part of such a team.

Those interested in taking part in Fresh Start for Lay Leaders should contact Canon Joanna Satorius to learn more about the program. JoannaSatorius@ladiocese.org


2018-19 Academic
Calendar

Fall Semester
August 17-18
August 24-25
September 7-8
September 21-22
September 28-29
October 12-13
October 26-27
November 9-10
November 16-17 (Ethics does not meet)
December 7-8
 
Spring Semester
January 18-19
January 25-26
February 8-9-10 Long Retreat Weekend
February 22-23
March 1-2
March 15-16
March 29-30
April 12-13
April 26-27
May 10-11

Bold dates indicate the second of back to back weeks in the semester.

Bloy House is currently accepting applications for spring term 2019. Applications can be found by going to the prospective student section of the Bloy House website, www.bloyhouse.org . Those seeking to take for-credit course work should fill out the long application. Those wishing to audit classes without academic credit may fill out the Education for Episcopal Leadership application.

From the Dean
This week has been an extraordinarily difficult and painful week in American history. There is a special kind of naivete about our American spirit that allows us to focus on the best in who we are as a people and as individuals. While we all know that evil exists in our world, there's a way in which I think we often hope that if we don't give evil undue attention, we won't fan its flames. If we focus on the good in one another and in ourselves, won't that make us better people in the end?

Most of the time that serves us well as a nation, allowing us to dream big dreams and envision a world beyond the limitations that could so easily thwart our progress. But every now and again, we have a week like this week. A week that forces the entire country to take stock and stare down the demons that inhabit our world. This week we were all confronted with the truth of violence against women. What it looks like, what it feels like, and how deeply contrary to decency that kind of violence really is. This week we were confronted with the pervasiveness of this experience in the lives of women in this country. Not some far off unenlightened land, but our land, our land with freedom and justice for all. This week we heard the story of one girl's moment of terror and the ramifications that has had for the entirety of her life. An entire country sat glued to their televisions and their radios to hear the story of a woman whose dignity, freedom, and right to self-determination had been violated by boys who chose to objectify her, dehumanize her, and exploit her. Boys who somehow had been taught to believe that brute strength gave them power over, the power to demean, degrade, and even destroy.

The violence we heard described in Dr. Ford's testimony was not new. The only thing new about her story is that it was being told, and it was being heard by an entire nation. She was speaking aloud something so very many in this country had experienced! But this time the story was being told on a national stage for all to hear and take in. I listened to the end of Dr. Ford's testimony in my car returning from a meeting. As I was pumping gas the black gentleman who was pumping gas next to me who I'd never met before in my life said, "What did you think about that? Did you hear her?" "I did, I said, and it seems to me she was totally believable. It will be hard to ignore her." He nodded and waved, and we went our separate ways.

I've thought since then about that brief encounter. About that man's need to talk to someone about what he had heard. To acknowledge the moment and its power. It was a moment of solidarity, a holy moment I would say. Two people who have spent much of their lives being unheard and unbelieved, a white woman and a black man, could share a moment when the silence had been broken, when the evils that had been done demanded acknowledgement. When our dignity could be affirmed just as Dr. Ford's dignity rang out so clearly and forcefully throughout our land. This, no matter what came after, was a holy moment. We could be whole, even despite life's wounds. We could be heard. For a moment our pain stopped being invisible and hidden underneath the veil of American naivete.

I began my adult life as a social worker working with pregnant teenagers in the deep south. In the early years of my priesthood, I was bi-vocational and ran a family planning clinic in a small rural town in Montana. Throughout these years and my years in parish ministry I was the recipient over and over again of the stories of women's abuse, exploitation, and debasement. Stories of rape, incest, and domestic violence. Stories of shame, self hatred, and also unexplainable courage. Stories of dignity found in the most undignified of settings, of hope scratched out from despair, of love learned somehow miraculously after all the sacred vehicles of love a person could know had been defiled. There is nothing rare about these stories. They are an everyday part of our society, a part we mostly choose not to see and not to hear about

This week Americans across this country had the opportunity to take a searching and fearless moral inventory. Our AA brothers and sisters know that doing this work, no matter how difficult or how painful, is the only way we ever come to a better place in our lives. If we do this work courageously, we can find a way to make amends, to fix what is broken, to put away those things from our past that have the capacity to destroy our future. May we make of this week, a holy time; a time when truth could be spoken and truth could be heard. When the voices of those who have been told to remain silent could finally ring out, asking of us only that we listen and learn.

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