The Living Church Board and Foundation gathered October 8-9, 2014, respectively, at the historic campus of Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Attending were their board members including the Rt. Rev. Daniel Martins, ’89, Diocese of Springfield and the Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt, Tennessee. Also in attendance was Dr. Christopher Wells, Milwaukee, Wisc., executive director of the Living Church Foundation since 2009. Asked his thoughts on choosing the House to host their annual meeting, Dr. Wells said, “Nashotah House and the Living Church have had a long theological history together. Nashotah House having been founded 173 years ago, is only thirty-three years older than the Living Church. Why a board meeting here? The campus’ spirit of hospitality offers a sense of renewal and encouragement to visitors. I knew our Board and Foundation would enjoy sharing in morning prayer, Eucharist and Evensong; plus the fellowship with students.”
New to the Board this year is the Rev. Jordan Hylden. Fr. Hylden is a contributor to The Living Church magazine and its weblog, Covenant, and is among the Episcopal Church Foundation’s 2014 Fellows. “Connecting the generations is something that we have sought to do at the Foundation,” said Dr. Wells of the incoming board member.
Restoration and relationship are terms not only spoken of, but actively practiced at Nashotah House–within the foundation of Christian hospitality. Seeking to show hospitality is something that the House has done in the past and will continue into the future.
“As Christians we are to go forward constantly seeking renewal and growth as we prayerfully ask God to guide us in restoration and relationship,” says the Rev. Steven Peay, PhD, Academic Dean of Nashotah House. “Showing hospitality is part of this reality.”
Sharing in this mindset, Dr. Wells noted that Nashotah House and the Living Church continue to strive to live this out.
Hospitality. The etymology of the word implies that we know–we really know–what it’s like to be a stranger (Mt. 24:35; Heb. 13:1-2; 1 Pt. 2:17). It’s more than a potluck – allowing us to consider communitas rather than simply the communal. As Alan Hirsch wrote in his book Apostolic Genius from the Forgotten Ways, “Most groups function in community at the level of the pot luck. But true community, the koinonia of the NT, is about sharing risk taking, bigger than ourselves, experiences together.”
While the Living Church and Nashotah House are no strangers to one another, their visit reminds one of if we neglect restoration and relationship so will go the reality of friendship.
Having taught courses at Nashotah House in the past, Dr. Wells will return during the Epiphany/January 2015 term. He will teach Liturgy in Thomas Aquinas (AT 722/LT 829), a course that will explore why is all of the theology aimed at “suffering divine things,” according to Thomas Aquinas? Through a close reading of primary texts, this seminar will unpack the structure and method of the Summa of theology to reveal the Trinitarian, scriptural, sacramental pattern of the whole. Further, the course will consider Thomas’s exegesis of the Mass, his account of sacraments in general, and the Eucharist in particular, as an ascent for which the student/disciple must prepare.
While we regret not everyone was able to attend, the full list of the Board and Foundation may be found below.
Board of Directors
The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, President
Miriam K. Stauff, Vice President
Daniel Muth, Secretary
The Rev. Jordan Hylden
Richard J. Mammana, Jr.
The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins
Dr. Grace Sears
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson
The Living Church Foundation, Inc.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
The Rt. Rev. Dr. John C. Bauerschmidt, Nashville, Tennessee
The Rev. Dr. Michael B. Cover, Valparaiso, Indiana
Prudence Dailey, Oxford, England
The Most Rev. Gerald James Ian Ernest, Mauritius
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Goddard, London, England
Carrie Boren Headington, Dallas, Texas
The Rev. Dr. Charles Henery, Delafield, Wisconsin
The Rev. Jordan Hylden, Columbia, South Carolina
The Rev. Jay C. James, Raleigh, North Carolina
David A. Kalvelage, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, La Porte, Ind.
The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr., Houston, Texas
The Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II, South Bend, Indiana
The Rt. Rev. D. Bruce MacPherson, Alexandria, Louisiana
Richard J. Mammana, Jr., New Haven, Connecticut
The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Springfield, Illinois
The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Rev. Jonathan Mitchican, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Daniel Muth, Leland, North Carolina
The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, Bujumbura, Burundi
The Rev. Canon Michael Perko, El Paso, Texas
David R. Pitts, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dr. Colin Podmore, London, England
The Rev. Dr. Michael Nai Chiu Poon, Singapore
The Rev. Nicholas T. Porter, West Brattleboro, Vermont
The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, Toronto, Ontario
Kenneth A. Ross III, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dr. Grace Sears, Richmond, Kentucky
The Very Rev. Dr. Graham M. Smith, Jerusalem
Miriam K. Stauff, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Dallas, Texas
Dr. Shirleen S. Wait, Atlantic Beach, Florida
Dr. Christopher Wells, Milwaukee, Wisconsin