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General Voices: Weaving the Tapestry of Formation – Michael Horvath

General Voices: Weaving the Tapestry of Formation – Michael Horvath

Michael Horvath
M.Div. ’17

When I started to look at seminaries to attend, I found that its history, its deep commitment to holistic formation, and its alumni contributed greatly to my decision to plant my flag at The General Theological Seminary.

In doing so, I looked forward to becoming part of the great tapestry of a Christ-centered community, its traditions, and its family of students, professors, administrators and alumni, past and present.  Read more...

General Seminary Hosts Booth, Conversations, Dinner at General Convention 2015

General Seminary Hosts Booth, Conversations, Dinner at General Convention 2015

General Seminary’s Booth at GenCon 2015

The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church recently wrapped up in Salt Lake City, and The General Theological Seminary showed a strong presence. Spearheaded by Donna Ashley, Vice President, Advancement, General’s booth on the exhibition floor was staffed by administration, students, and board members throughout all the opening hours. A steady stream of convention goers, including many alumni, stopped by to discuss General Seminary, and perhaps even left with a General Seminary penguin, notepad, or pair of sunglasses.  Read more...

General Voices: Creating a Future – The Rev. Patricia S. Downing

General Voices: Creating a Future – The Rev. Patricia S. Downing

The Rev. Patricia S. Downing ’95
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Parish, Wilmington, Delaware
Member, Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary 

When I was asked to run as an alumni representative to the Board of Trustees, it was right after the September chaos. I turned down the offer. I am a parish priest with all the demands of that vocation. I saw the conflict raging at the Seminary and thought, I do not need to add that to my plate.  Read more...

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – The Rev. Canon Daniel Ade

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – The Rev. Canon Daniel Ade

The Very Rev. Canon Daniel Ade ’92
Dean and Rector, St. John’s Cathedral, Los Angeles
Member, Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary

Last winter when I told people I was newly elected to the Board of Trustees of General Seminary, they were incredulous. Why in the world would I want to do that? My spouse had the same reaction when I told him I had accepted a request to be the head of an ad hoc committee for alumni relations from the Board.  Read more...

Prof. David Hurd to Leave General Seminary

Recently, Dr. David J. Hurd decided that he will leave his position as Professor of Church Music and Organist, Director of Chapel Music, effective June 30, 2015. With great sadness for his departure and with great joy for his many years of accomplishments, General Seminary will celebrate his 39 years here at a special Evensong on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, during the annual Alumni Gathering. Dean and President, the Very Rev.  Read more...

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – Prof. Robert Owens

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – Prof. Robert Owens

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Robert J. Owens
Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament

The following submission from Prof. Robert Owens reflects his report to the Trustees of The General Theological Seminary on May 19, 2015.

As a faculty member who has continued teaching throughout this past year, I have been asked to share some personal observations as we now prepare for a new academic year in 2015-16 (my fifteenth at GTS).  Read more...

Summer 2015 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

Summer 2015 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

The Summer 2015 GTS News Quarterly was mailed out at the end of June. You can download the PDF now by clicking below. This edition includes:

One Vision
One Mission

New Faculty

Interview with Michael Battle

News & Notes

Alumni News

 

Download GTS News Quarterly Summer 2015

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

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Meet Our New Professor:  An Interview with the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.

Meet Our New Professor: An Interview with the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.

Recently, GTS News had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Michael Battle. In May he was appointed as the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center (see story here). Battle holds a unique connection to The Desmond Tutu Center, having spent two years in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa and being ordained a priest by Tutu in 1993.  Read more...

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White ’96

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White ’96

Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White ’96
President, Alumni Executive Committee

For a number of years, I have had the pleasure of serving as a member of the Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary (AEC). It has been a privilege and joy to serve in this role. The AEC supports alumni and encourages them to support General in prayer, to foster the search for prospective students, and to remember General in their personal stewardship.  Read more...

General Seminary Holds 193rd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

General Seminary Holds 193rd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

The General Theological Seminary held its 193rd Commencement on May 20, 2015. Twenty-seven women and men received degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred by the Seminary’s Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle. The Seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin ’96, Dr. Jennifer Te Paa Daniel, and the Rt. Rev. Robert Christopher Wright. Read more about the honorary doctorate recipients hereRead more...

Quiet Day – Forgiveness: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Forgiveness: What It Is and What It Isn’t

A Quiet Day & Lunch with 
Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The General Theological Seminary

When Peter asked Jesus how many times he needed to forgive someone who sinned against him, he hoped the answer would be “seven.” But no: it was seventy times seven, which is 490. A lot. Oh dear–that’s more than any of us could even approach, tending as we do toward vengeance.  Read more...

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Preaches at General Seminary’s Baccalaureate Service

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Preaches at General Seminary’s Baccalaureate Service

On May 19, 2015, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori preached at the Baccalaureate Evensong at The General Theological Seminary. This service was celebrated on the eve of General’s Commencement ceremonies and was followed by a dinner to honor all recipients of degrees in 2015. In her sermon, Jefferts Schori gave encouraging words to General Seminary, both as an institution and as a community.

“You have not only survived this year, you have grown in ways that would not have been possible without the shock and conflict of this past year.  Read more...

Spiritual Companionship and Digital Media Practicum

Spiritual Companionship and Digital Media Practicum

The General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2015 term and especially welcomes General Learners to become part of the seminary community. To learn more and register, click here.

General Learners are students who are not pursuing a formal degree and who take courses to learn more about their faith, to enhance their ministry or prayer, or to delve into a theological topic.  Read more...

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Todd H. W. Brewer has been named Assistant Professor of New Testament beginning fall 2015. Brewer already has ties with General Seminary, having taught an introductory New Testament course for diaconal candidates this past spring.

Most recently, Brewer served as Associate Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey. He holds an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and an M.A.  Read more...

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Todd H. W. Brewer has been named Assistant Professor of New Testament beginning fall 2015. Brewer already has ties with General Seminary, having taught an introductory New Testament course for diaconal candidates this past spring.

Most recently, Brewer served as Associate Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey. He holds an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and an M.A.  Read more...

General Seminary Appoints the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center

General Seminary Appoints the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., has been appointed as the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society. He will also assume the position of Director of The Desmond Tutu Center. As its new Director, Battle holds a unique connection to The Desmond Tutu Center, having lived in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa for two years (1993-1994) and being ordained a priest in South Africa by Archbishop Tutu in 1993.  Read more...

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D., to Join GTS as Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D., to Join GTS as Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Kevin John Moroney ’92 will be teaching Liturgics as an Affiliate Faculty member beginning fall 2015. Moroney has close ties to General and comes highly recommended from faculty and community members.

Moroney is a graduate of General Seminary (M.Div. ’92) and received his Ph.D. in Liturgy from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland, in 2008.  Read more...