Joint ceremony for two Columbus seminaries
COLUMBUS, OHIO, May 17, 2011—Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will be the guest speaker at the Saturday, May 21, commencement for Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Bexley Hall Seminary.
Thirty-nine students from Trinity and two from Bexley Hall will receive degrees during commencement exercises, which will be held at 2 pm in Mees Auditorium on the campus of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to the commencement a worship service will be held at 10 am in Gloria Dei Worship Center on the Trinity Lutheran campus.
This year's Bexley Hall M.Div. graduates are: Rosalind Hughes of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, who will be ordained a transitional deacon on June 4; and the Rev. Deacon Luke Fodor of the Diocese of Long Island, who will begin serving as assistant rector at St. John's Episcopal Church, Cold Spring Harbor, NY this summer.
During commencement Bishop Hanson will be presented the Sylvester C. Michelfelder Award for Christian Service. The award is named for the Rev. Dr. S.C. Michelfelder, an ordained minister of the American Lutheran Church who served both the Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches in their relief and rehabilitation programs after World War II. Bishop Hanson has served as bishop of the ELCA since 2001, and from 2003 to 2010 he served as president of the Lutheran World Federation.
Since 1998 Bexley Hall has been in partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary, sharing facilities, resources, and faculty. Trinity Lutheran Seminary is one of eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bexley Hall is one of 11 seminaries of the Episcopal Church.
Bexley Hall Seminary offers the Master of Divinity Degree in partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary, rooted in Anglican thought and life and respectful of diverse traditions. Together, Bexley and Seabury Western Theological Seminary provide a theological and educational center in the Midwest, offering Anglican Studies courses and certificates; a three-year residential MDiv; and DMin degrees in congregational development and preaching. Learn more at www.bexley.edu.
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