Praying Shapes Believing: Anglican Studies at Bexley and Seabury
The new federation of Bexley Hall and Seabury Western Theological Seminary offers two ways to study Anglican history, theology, liturgy and ethics.
Semester Classes in Columbus
At the center of Bexley Hall's academic curriculum is a seven-course sequence in Anglican Studies. We also offer a variety of Anglican Studies electives. Seminarians at non-Episcopal seminaries and laypeople are welcome to enroll in Bexley’s Anglican Studies classes.
Core courses, taught during the fall and spring semesters in rotation, are:
Episcopal Church History and Polity
Anglican Divines: Overview of Anglican Theology
Anglican Moral Theology: Ethics in Anglicanism
Liturgics I: Introduction to the Book of Common Prayer
Liturgics II: The History, Theology, and Development of Liturgy
Liturgics III: Practicum
We also offer a variety of Anglican Studies electives, including:
Topics in Contemporary Anglican Theology
Celtic Christian Life and Thought, 300-1500
Seeking God: Introduction to Spirituality and the Practice of Prayer
Christology and Atonement
Bexley M.Div. students also take six semesters of Anglican Formation, a weekly, course credit gathering that includes celebration of the Holy Eucharist and exploring spiritual practices as a group, praying with and for one another, and discussing a common text.
Weeklong and Weekend Intensives in Chicago with Online Work
Seabury’s Diploma in Anglican Studies is designed for people preparing for ministry in the Episcopal Church who are not attending an Episcopal seminary full time. We also welcome laypeople. Our diploma program includes eight core courses that can be completed over a year or more.
We offer each of our Anglican Studies courses is offered in a hybrid format that combines online work with intensive on-campus classes that include worship and formation. The intensive classes are held either for three weekends during the regular semester (once a month, Sept.-Dec. or Feb.-May) or for two consecutive weeks in January (Monday – Friday).
Our core curriculum includes:
The Anglican Ethos
Episcopal Church History, Polity, and Canon Law
Anglican Liturgy and Church Music
Anglican Theology and Ethics
Praying Shapes Believing: Spirituality
Contemporary Issues in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion
Congregations in the 21st Century
Ministry-related elective (e.g., Congregational Development, Emergent Church, Ministry Development)
To learn more about Anglican Studies at Bexley, please talk with Dean Tom Ferguson at
or 614-231-3095. To learn more about Anglican Studies at Seabury, please talk with Academic Dean Ellen Wondra at