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