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The Halls of Nashotah exists because formation doesn’t end at graduation.

Fr. James is six months into his tenure as priest-in-charge of the very same Episcopal parish he grew up in, and he thinks every day about how Jesus’ words “a prophet has no honor in his hometown” apply to him. Fr. Eric, twenty years his senior, has hours of (frankly hilarious) anecdotal material detailing his failed attempts at trying to demonstrate authority among the men and women who raised him. They meet on Zoom the first Monday morning of the month.

Dcn. Jackson is technically a transitional deacon in ACNA, but he struggles to ignore the lure of Ph.D. programs and the draw he feels to classroom teaching; he’s not sure exactly where his future lies. Fr. Kemper is an Episcopal priest who shares Dcn. Jackson’s vision for theological education and is all-but dissertation at Durham; he’s spent the past six years trying to develop his parish’s Adult Sunday School into a certificate program in hopes of attracting college students from the local university. Fr. Kemper is helping Dcn. Jackson write his first syllabus.

Kate grew up evangelical and wasn’t confirmed in The Episcopal Church until the year before she enrolled at Nashotah House. Now she’s wondering what it looks like to pursue a call to ordained ministry, especially since her family doesn’t support women’s ordination. Mtr. Mary faced those same questions years ago when she began discerning, and they talk about it over coffee at least once a quarter.

When students graduate from seminary, and the questions grow more difficult, mentorship only grows more important. At Nashotah House, once a Son or Daughter, you’re always a Son or Daughter. The primary purpose of the Halls of Nashotah is to coordinate mentoring experiences for students and alumni in order to support their ongoing formation.

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How it Works

The Halls of Nashotah is a highly interactive mentoring experience for students and alumni. All students and alumni will be invited to join The Halls of Nashotah. Each hall will be led by a group of Hall Leaders, who are staff persons and alums tasked with facilitating mentoring experiences among their respective halls.

Upon joining, each student or alumnus will be given a short, Nashotah-branded test to sort students by disposition and temperament to give them a sense of belonging to that hall. Once they have been sorted into their hall, Hall Leaders will intake their members’ personal information and form mentoring pairs between older alumni (“Seniors”) and current students and recent alumni (“Juniors”).

In addition to this mentoring experience, all members of The Halls will have access to additional exclusive content, the network of relationships, and other meaningful experiences. The Halls of Nashotah will be accessed through The Chapter. The purpose of the Halls is to cultivate mentoring relationships among students and alumni by deepening their relationship to the House and to each other.

The Halls

The four halls are designed to create a sense of connection to the history of Nashotah House. By belonging to a hall, members identify themselves as a continuation of Nashotah’s 178 year mission to prepare students for ministry. The Halls are named after figures from the founding of Nashotah.

  • Kemper Hall – Jackson Kemper (1789-1870) was the first missionary Bishop to Wisconsin and the American “northwest.” He inspired and mentored the founders of Nashotah House.
  • Breck Hall – James Lloyd Breck (1818-1876) cofounded Nashotah House and was its first dean.
  • Adams Hall – William Adams (1813-1897) cofounded Nashotah House and was its first professor.
  • Cole Hall – Azel Cole (1818-1885) was the second dean of Nashotah House and the Peter Hubbell Professor of Pastoral Theology.


The main feature of The Halls is the mentoring relationships formed between older (Seniors) and younger members (Juniors) and facilitated by Hall Leaders.

  • Juniors and Seniors who opt in to the mentoring program will fill out a personal information form which their Hall Leaders will use to introduce them to a corresponding Senior or Junior.
  • Seniors and Juniors will be asked to commit to one year.
  • Hall Leaders will provide questions for discussion, best practices on mentoring, excerpts from texts on mentoring, and whatever else they see fit to do.

Additional Benefits

  • Exclusive Content – The Chapter is already providing excellent content for the Nashotah community. But The Halls will offer exclusive content for its membership, including early access to Nashotah-related announcements, unreleased interviews with students and faculty, free ebooks and articles, and Halls apparel.
  • Network of Relationships – The Halls will build and maintain a digital infrastructure conducive to your meeting and connecting with other students and alumni. This will include membership profiles, a searchable directory, and platforms for inter-Hall competition and interaction.
  • Meaningful Experiences – Members of The Halls will be invited to a special meal during the annual commencement festivities. Throughout the year, The Halls will organize and promote regional gatherings and outings, as well as host virtual book clubs.
  • Annual Fundraiser – Hall Leaders will organize an annual Hall specific fundraiser. Donating members of each Hall may propose and vote on the designated use of the funds raised by the members of their Hall.

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