Author Archives: Chad Rancourt

Fall 2015 Guest Preachers in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Guest Preachers in the
Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Fall 2015 

September 15
The Very Rev. Mark Richardson
Dean and President, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

September 22
The Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher
Suffragan Bishop of Texas

September 24
The Rt. Rev. Clifton “Dan” Daniel
Bishop of Pennsylvania and Chair, General Seminary Board of Trustees

October 1
Ms. Mary Parmer
Director, The Gathering of Leaders and Adjunct Instructor,
“Invite – Welcome – Connect” course intensive at General Seminary

October 22
The Rev.  Read more...

Up Close Student Editor Needed

General Up Close, the Dean’s news site, needs a Student Editor. This is a work study position and typically involves between 3 and 5 hours per week. The Up Close Student Editor reports to Chad Rancourt, Director of Communications.

Duties include:

  • Posting submitted information
  • Writing short posts of interest to the GTS Community
  • Updating Menu, Chapel schedule, and other information online

Good communication and writing skills are a necessity, as well as a positive attitude and willingness to seek out information of general interest to the community.  Read more...

Onward, Christian Soldiers: Exploring Civil War America in the Keller Library’s Collections

Onward, Christian Soldiers: Exploring Civil War America in the Keller Library’s Collections

Drawing on a collection of rare pamphlets from mid-19th-century America, the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library at The General Theological Seminary has opened an exhibit running through October 15, 2015 that offers a glimpse into the political and theological debates surrounding abolitionism and sectional conflict.

“Onward, Christian Soldiers: Exploring Civil War America in the Keller Library’s Collections” marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the rebellion and celebrates the recent election of the Rt.  Read more...

The Rev. Emily Wachner Appointed as Director of Integrative Programs

The Rev. Emily Wachner Appointed as Director of Integrative Programs

The General Theological Seminary has appointed the Rev. Emily Wachner as the Director of Integrative Programs. In this newly created position, Wachner will oversee and administer Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), Field Education, and The Wisdom Year, while creating additional integrated formational opportunities for students.

As the Director of Integrative Programs, Wachner will provide a consistent presence throughout a student’s seminary education, bridging classroom education with practical experience.  Read more...

General Voices: Practicing Resurrection – The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

General Voices: Practicing Resurrection – The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

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

In August 2014, I moved onto the Close and joined The General Theological Seminary community. It was, in many ways, a dream realized. I was serving as Coordinator of Career Services at Harvard Divinity School back in 2000 when I finally grasped the heart of my ministry: nourishing and companioning with people as they discover their place in God’s great big dream for creation.  Read more...

Meet the Faculty: An Interview with Asst. Prof. Todd Brewer

Meet the Faculty: An Interview with Asst. Prof. Todd Brewer

The Rev. Todd. H. W. Brewer, Ph.D., was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of New Testament at The General Theological Seminary. GTS News recently sat down with him to talk about his background and what excites him about coming to General.

Would you tell us a little about your background?

My wife, Kelly, and I have been married for nine years. She works at the VA Hospital researching balance issues with veteran populations.   Read more...

Engage in Service in New Orleans – Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for Trinity Wall Street’s Mission & Service Engagement Trips program has been extended. If you wish to join them and travel to New Orleans this September, now is the time to apply! Among other projects, we will spend time at All Souls Church and Community Center in the Lower Ninth (they have been our partners for the past seven years) painting and working with children in an after-school program.  Read more...

Fall Courses at General Seminary

Fall Courses at General Seminary

There is still time to register for fall courses at The General Theological Seminary. This fall, GTS is offering several intensive and evening courses that fit into working schedules and 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.

 


Intensive Courses


PT 11 – SPEAKING SBNR: MINISTRY TO THE “SPIRITUAL INDEPENDENT”

Spiritual seekers, who identify as “Spiritual But Not Religious” or “spiritual independents,” often show up in faith contexts seeking healing and spiritual growth.  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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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...

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...