General Seminary’s Fall Semester Offers Great Learning Opportunities

New York City – Beginning Tuesday, September 6, a lively array of theological courses will be offered on the General Seminary’s beautiful and historic campus in the heart of New York City.  The courses, all on timely issues, are taught by professors who are eminent in their fields. All meet only once a week and may be audited or taken for graduate-level credit. Unless otherwise noted, courses run from September 6 through the end of the term on December 12. The two offerings that conclude the list are module courses that meet for either the first or second half of the semester. Participants will increase their theological knowledge, deepen their spirituality, and join others who have the same goals in studying under the Seminary’s excellent faculty.

What does it mean today that our earliest Christian texts both subjugate and empower enslaved persons? Slaves and Slavery in the New Testament examines this question and the role of slaves and slavery in New Testament texts, early Christian texts, and relevant archaeological material. The institution of slavery permeates the parables, practices and theologies of the earliest Christians leaving a simultaneously painful and liberative legacy for contemporary Christian communities. Also explored will be the ethical implications of different interpretive strategies for preaching, liturgy, and pastoral care. Some previous NT study is required for this course. Prof. Katherine A. Shaner, Mondays, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Participants in The Resurrection of Christ: Anglican Approaches will be ultimately challenged to discern the comparative strength and validity of a variety of approaches to this central teaching of the Christian faith. The course will critically assess approaches to the theology of the Resurrection of Christ from B. F. Westcott in the nineteenth century onwards, and will examine the work of Michael Ramsey, Christopher Evans, R. H. Fuller, Don Cupitt, John Knox, Rowan Williams, Peter Carnley, John Shelby Spong, and Tom Wright. Distinguished Visiting Prof. Peter Carnley, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Students in Angels and Demons: Exploring a Spiritual Tradition will take a fascinating look at the “prehistory” of the angels in the ancient world, trace the various types of angels in their Old and New Testament guises, learn of the Early Church’s experience of the Angelic, examine their systematization in the Middle Ages and beyond–and study their eventual decline and sentimentalization and lastly, their contemporary recovery. Besides the Bible, texts will include Greek poetry and drama, the Book of Enoch, the Life of Adam and Eve, and Dionysius’ Celestial Hierarchy–along with visual images throughout the course. Prof. Clair McPherson, Mondays, 1:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m.


Imagine a world where in every community religious leaders speak influentially on the environment; where houses of worship use renewable energy, produce no solid waste, press for clean-ups of local toxic sites, and lead community efforts for environmental sustainability; and where religious educators teach children that caring for the earth is an ethical obligation. Greenfaith: Earth Spirituality, Stewardship & Justice Practicum will offer participants theological and practical training to make this world a reality. Adj. Prof. Fletcher Harper, Thursdays, 2:00-5:00pm.


Addiction: The Church’s Role in Recovery examines the dynamics of alcoholism and addictive illness with an emphasis on intervention, rehabilitation and recovery. In addition to a didactic presentation of materials, students will hear first-hand the “stories” of recovering individuals; attend a sampling of 12-step meetings; and acquire an understanding of strategies for intervention and rehabilitation.  Adj. Prof. Stuart Hoke. Wednesdays,  9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 7:00-9:00 pm.

Drawing on models from Scripture, systems thinking, and diplomacy, Dealing with Conflict in the Church intentionally balances theory and practicality. From the Barnabas Principle and the Translation Factor to the Dangerous Spiral and the Conflict Compass, this class aims to be not only enlightening but creatively empowering. Distinguished Visiting Prof. C.K. Robertson. Wednesdays, 10/19, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/77:00-9:00 pm.


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The General Theological Seminary, located in the heart of New York City, educates and forms leaders for the church in a changing world. Founded in 1817 as the first theological seminary of the Episcopal Church, General offers certificate and degree programs including the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Theology. The Seminary is also home to the Desmond Tutu Center, a full-service conference center with sixty modern guest rooms.