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General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2015 Commencement Ceremonies

General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2015 Commencement Ceremonies

The General Theological Seminary has announced the next recipients of its Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, to be conferred at the 193rd Commencement ceremonies on May 20, 2015. Three distinguished leaders will receive the honorary degree: The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin ’96, Dr. Jennifer Te Paa Daniel, and the Rt. Rev. Robert Christopher Wright.

 

The Rt. Rev. Allen Kunho Shin is the Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York.  Read more...

Summers at General 2015

Summers at General 2015

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...

Neighborhood Joins GTS for an Easter Egg Hunt

Neighborhood Joins GTS for an Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter Sunday, The General Theological Seminary hosted its traditional neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt on the Close. This year’s hunt was again spearheaded by Tommie Watkins, Jr. ’16 (Diocese of Alabama), with support from the GTS Community Council.

The event began on the Saturday before Easter when volunteers from the GTS Community and the surrounding neighborhood gathered to fill plastic eggs with candy. On Sunday afternoon, the 700 eggs were hidden on the grounds.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom Update

The Way of Wisdom Update

Board of Trustees Affirms Support While Pilot Program Starts

Announced in spring 2014, The Way of Wisdom is a new approach at The General Theological Seminary that integrates all the disciplines of formation in seminary education, rather than separating academics, training, and experience. The Way of Wisdom inspires students to interpret and learn from every aspect of their time in seminary, from Chapel service and classes to parish ministry and the experience of living in New York City.  Read more...

Elizabeth Schrader ’15 to Present Paper at SBL Annual Meeting

Elizabeth Schrader ’15 to Present Paper at SBL Annual Meeting

Elizabeth Schrader, an M.A. student at The General Theological Seminary, has been accepted to present a paper at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Schrader will be presenting in the Johannine section of the conference whose mission is to “address issues and concerns having to do with the analysis and interpretation of the Johannine literature.”

1611 King James Bible showing John 11:3 where only one Bethany sister is mentioned.  Read more...
Urban Pilgrimage

Urban Pilgrimage

Jennifer Oldstone-Moore
Anglican Year Student

“Social justice as spiritual discipline” – these are the words behind an exciting invitation to a spring break intensive experience to go on an urban pilgrimage in New York City. Led by the Rev. Valerie Fischer Bailey, an ordained Episcopal priest and Th.D. student at The General Theological Seminary, Urban Pilgrimage is a program that is intended to provide an experience and a model for outreach work that, rather than stopping at what “we” can do for “them,” highlights the larger structures and mechanisms which lead to conditions that keep so many struggling and disadvantaged.  Read more...

Meeting Anglicanism

Meeting Anglicanism

Jason Poling
S.T.M. ’15

I serve as Senior Pastor of New Hope Community Church, an independent evangelical congregation in the Baltimore area which I helped to plant in 2003. I am at The General Theological Seminary doing an Anglican Year as an S.T.M. candidate at the direction of the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, in hopes of working out a fruitful ministry partnership between New Hope and the Diocese of Maryland.  Read more...

From the Close to Capetown

From the Close to Capetown

Tommie Watkins, Jr.
M.Div. ’16

As part of my formation and education process at The General Theological Seminary, I was able to travel to and spend time among our fellow brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. While working as a seminarian at the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel, Capetown, South Africa, I was able to experience the land, languages, culture, and Christianity in a wonderful international setting.  Read more...

What Are The Way of Wisdom and The Wisdom Year?

What Are The Way of Wisdom and The Wisdom Year?

Announced by The General Theological Seminary in spring 2014, The Way of Wisdom integrates the disciplines of formation in seminary education rather than separating academics, training, and experience. The Way of Wisdom inspires students to interpret and learn from every aspect of their time in seminary – from Chapel service and classes to parish ministry and the experience of living in New York City. Visiting experts offer lectures and workshops which help students to hone real-world ministry skills, like pastoral leadership, stewardship, and financial management throughout their three years at General.  Read more...

Episcopalians, Solidarity & Reconciliation

Episcopalians, Solidarity & Reconciliation

Beginning at the end of March, Adjunct Professor Stephanie Spellers will be teaching a course at The General Theological Seminary called Episcopalians, Solidarity & Reconciliation. The course will be taught over two Friday-Saturday sessions in March and April, opening it to those who cannot commit to a full-week schedule.

The course explores key moments where Episcopalians have crossed boundaries, stepped beyond traditional privilege and struggled for liberation in the company of the oppressed.  Read more...

Deborah Lee and Michael Horvath Receive Grants from the Seminary Consultation on Mission

Deborah Lee and Michael Horvath Receive Grants from the Seminary Consultation on Mission

Deborah Lee and Michael Horvath

Each year the Seminary Consultation on Mission (SCOM) issues grants to students of Episcopal seminaries through a trust funded by Venture in Mission, the church-wide capital campaign of the 1970-80s. The purpose of this fund is to develop and deepen a global perspective in seminary life and curricula, and thereby help renew and extend effective commitment to mission, both foreign and domestic, throughout the Church.  Read more...

Elizabeth Schrader ’15 to Present Paper at SBL Regional Meeting

Elizabeth Schrader ’15 to Present Paper at SBL Regional Meeting

Elizabeth Schrader, an M.A. student at The General Theological Seminary, has been accepted to present a paper at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Mid-Atlantic meeting. Her study, Significant instability around the figure of Martha of Bethany in the Fourth Gospel: A text-critical study, examines the text transmission of the figure of Martha of Bethany throughout the Fourth Gospel in over 100 of the oldest extant Greek and Latin witnesses.  Read more...

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 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


CS 90 – EPISCOPALIANS, SOLIDARITY, & RECONCILIATION
This course explores key moments where Episcopalians have crossed boundaries, stepped beyond traditional privilege and struggled for liberation in the company of the oppressed.  Read more...

Children’s Garden Winter Wonderland [SLIDESHOW]

Children’s Garden Winter Wonderland [SLIDESHOW]

On December 13, the Children’s Garden at The General Theological Seminary held its annual Winter Wonderland party. The festivities took place in Seabury Auditorium, which was decked out in festive decorations made by the children, and plenty of delicious food was served in a potluck style. GTS staff and students joined the parents, teachers, and children in the celebration as all were entertained by the musical styles of Funkytown Playground.  Read more...