Author Archives: Chad Rancourt

Kay Butler Gill Lecture on April 7 – The Rev. John A McGuckin

Kay Butler Gill Lecture on April 7 – The Rev. John A McGuckin

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin, Ph.D., will present the Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality at The General Theological Seminary on April 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m. The lecture, entitled “The Jesus Prayer: From Desert Contemplatives to Modern Urban Spirituality,” will examine the origins of the Jesus Prayer in earliest Christianity, with monastic philosophers in the deserts of Egypt and Palestine developing the theory of the “Prayer of the Heart,” and will move on to late Byzantine ideas on the explicit role of the “sharpening” of new forms of consciousness (noesis) during prayer; and then will look at the role of the Jesus Prayer in late modernity and in contemporary forms of lay, urban asceticism.  Read more...

Spiritual Directors Available to the GTS Community

Spiritual direction is about companionship. In a Christian context, a spiritual director is someone who accompanies you as you explore your spirituality and grow in relationship with God. Spiritual direction can help you listen for the voice of God and live more fully into Christian faith. A spiritual director will invite you to reflect on your life in the light of faith, guide you in prayer and spiritual practices, co-listen with you in discerning God’s good purposes for you, and encourage your baptismal discipleship.

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Spring Courses at General Seminary

Spring Courses at General Seminary

There is still time to register for spring courses at The General Theological Seminary. This spring, GTS is offering several courses for General Learners that can be taken for credit or for audit. For more information, email registrar@gts.edu. To register and for a list of the full course offerings, click here.


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CS56 – HOSPITALITY: RADICAL AND BIBLICAL

In this intensive course, participants will examine the essential and ancient ministry of hospitality through three lenses: first in Scripture, then in the Rule of St.  Read more...

How to Do (Religious) Things with Words – A Lecture by Francis Spufford

How to Do (Religious) Things with Words – A Lecture by Francis Spufford

How to Do (Religious) Things with Words

A lecture by internationally acclaimed author, Francis Spufford

Friday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m.

The General Theological Seminary
440 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

 

Religious writing comes in a dizzy variety of forms and genres, from compendia of systematic theology to parish newsletters, by way of sermons, prayers, meditations and even novels. But from the writer’s point of view, there are a few essential elements from which many of these complex structures are built up.  Read more...

The Four Pillars

The Four Pillars

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

In December you should have received another opportunity to offer financial support to The General Theological Seminary in the mail. I hope you responded in one of the suggested eight ways before the year’s end. A hearty “thanks!”

In that letter, I outlined how we are focused on three goals of sustainability: financial, missional, and cultural. While not yet home free, we are making substantial progress and there are clear markers of success.  Read more...

Winter 2015 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

Winter 2015 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

The Winter 2015 GTS News Quarterly was mailed out at the end of December. You can download the PDF now by clicking below.

This edition includes:

 

 

Download the Winter edition of GTS News Quarterly.

All of the articles from GTS News Quarterly can be read online at: news.gts.edu/notesRead more...

Integrating The Wisdom Year

Integrating The Wisdom Year

The Rev. Emily Wachner
Director of Integrative Programs

When I first learned how to drive a manual transmission car 15 years ago, my instructor began by teaching me to envision the inside of the car—the “theory,” if you will, of what made the car go. Before I ever turned the key, I learned how the gears worked together, what the clutch did, how the stick moved, and what it controlled.  Read more...

Bringing It Together

Bringing It Together

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers
Director of Mission and Reconciliation and Adjunct Professor of Church and Society

If you’re imagining The Wisdom Year is simply advanced field education, think again. These pioneering residents are in a holistic program where they exercise ministry and authority in a church, pray and reflect on their vocation, explore content that complements the ministry experience, and nurture a circle of companions for the journey.  Read more...

Living into My Wisdom Year

Living into My Wisdom Year

Bowie Snodgrass
S.T.M. ’16

Like an increasing number of people, my vocational call and journey is spread out over more than a decade. I began an M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary right out of college, worked and discerned for a decade, and am scheduled to be ordained a transitional deacon and then a priest by the Diocese of New York in 2016.

Returning to seminary, I am yoking together two years to complete my formation.  Read more...

CPE as Theological (Trans)formation

CPE as Theological (Trans)formation

The Rev. David W. Fleenor
Director of CPE for the Mount Sinai Health System

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was not just a formative part of my education and training for the priesthood; it was transformative.

I became an Episcopalian during my second year of a Master of Divinity program at a Pentecostal seminary, in no small part due to CPE. It was in the context of that educational environment that I found a community in which I could give voice to deeply held doubts about my Pentecostal faith and ministry practice.  Read more...

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers Named to Position on Presiding Bishop’s Leadership Team

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers Named to Position on Presiding Bishop’s Leadership Team

The Episcopal Church has announced that the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Adjunct Professor of Church and Society and Director of Mission and Reconciliation at The General Theological Seminary, has been named Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation. She will be responsible for supporting the ministry of the Presiding Bishop and Primate as it pertains to evangelism and reconciliation efforts at the local, congregational, diocesan, and church-wide levels.  Read more...

In Gratitude: The Strup Family

In Gratitude: The Strup Family

On October 26, 2015, long-time friends of General, Frank Strup, Jr., Richard Strup, and Susan (Strup) Hood, visited the General Seminary Close. While there, the Strup family also stopped by the Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Matthews Conference Room in The Desmond Tutu Center which occupies the space where Frank Strup, Jr., once played basketball.

The Strup family’s historical connections to The General Theological Seminary go as far back as the early 1900s, when Frank Strup, Sr., became the Seminary’s Bursar and Registrar.  Read more...

Beyond the Close – Join Our Neighbors at St. Peter’s for a Sing Along Messiah

Beyond the Close – Join Our Neighbors at St. Peter’s for a Sing Along Messiah

The Congregation of St. Peter’s Chelsea invites you to join us Thursday, December 17th, for a Chelsea Community Sing of George Friedrich Handel’s Messiah – Part 1 at 7 p.m. in St. Peter’s Church, 346 West 20th Street. Bring a score if you have one; we will have extras at St. Peter’s.

We hope to see you on the 17th!

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season!  Read more...

General Seminary St. Nicholas Party

General Seminary St. Nicholas Party

All spirits were lifted as The General Theological Seminary held its annual St. Nicholas party on December 9. The Seminary family gathered for Eucharist, a tree-lighting, Christmas caroling, and a festive community dinner. As part of General Seminary’s annual tradition, Dean Kurt H. Dunkle read aloud to the children ’Twas the Night before Christmas.

In the spirit of Family, the Eucharist was celebrated by the Rev.  Read more...

The Francis Factor: How St. Francis & Pope Francis are Changing the World

Fr. Richard Rohr on how St. Francis & Pope Francis are changing the world

Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 7pm
Location: Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street); webcast live and on-demand
Cost: Free and open to all.
Trinity welcomes internationally recognized teacher and author Richard Rohr for a public lecture titled “The Francis Factor.” Fr. Richard is a Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Read more...
The 23rd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium to be Held at General Seminary

The 23rd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium to be Held at General Seminary

The 23rd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium

Theme: Cultural Transparency and the Loss of Privacy in the Era of Digital Technology:
How Is This Shaping Our Becoming and the Ethical Dilemmas Related to It

Saturday, December 5, 2015
10:00 am-6:00 pm

The General Theological Seminary
Seabury Auditorium

440 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

 

Theodor Damian, PhD
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, Metropolitan College of New York; President of the Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality
Being Constantly Watched: Transparency and Perichoresis

Clair McPherson, PhD
Professor of Ascetical Theology, General Theological Seminary; Priest Associate, Church of the Transfiguration, Manhattan (Episcopal)
Transparency, Accountability, and Honesty in Twenty-first Century Theological Education: A Theory and a Test Case 

Richard Grallo, PhD

Professor of Applied Psychology, Metropolitan College of New York
Social Trust and Problem Solving in an Age of Chaos

Louis Tietje, PhD

Professor of Ethics, Metropolitan College of New York
Should Mr.  Read more...