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Summers at General 2016

Summers at General 2016

The General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2016 term and especially welcomes General Learners to become part of the seminary community. You can learn more and register 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 Appoints VP and Dean of Academic Affairs

General Seminary Appoints VP and Dean of Academic Affairs

The General Theological Seminary announces the appointment of Michael W. DeLashmutt, Ph.D., to the position of Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. The position incorporates the traditional duties of Academic Dean with an expanded emphasis on strengthening the current M.Div, M.A., S.T.M., and certificate programs, while developing and coordinating new lay-oriented, non-residential, vocationally focused degrees and certificates.

About the appointment, the Very Rev. Kurt H.  Read more...

General Seminary Faculty Receive Conant Grants

General Seminary Faculty Receive Conant Grants

The Episcopal Church has announced the recipients of the 2016-2017 Conant Grant awards. Among the recipients were four professors from The General Theological Seminary, Michael Battle, Todd Brewer, Clair McPherson, and Barbara Crafton. These awards, amounting to more than $20,000, will provide support for educational research and initiatives at General, from funding the publishing of a book to developing a new course that incorporates study abroad.  Read more...

Bishop William Franklin to Preach at General Seminary on May 5

Bishop William Franklin to Preach at General Seminary on May 5

The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of the Diocese of Western New York, will preach in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary on the morning of Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the Community Eucharist. Franklin is a former Professor of History and Modern Anglican Studies at General Seminary and former Dean of Berkley Divinity School at Yale.

Franklin was elected Bishop on November 20, 2010 at St.  Read more...

Meeting Jesus at Grand Central

Meeting Jesus at Grand Central

The following is an adaptation of a homily delivered in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary on February 15, 2016, and appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of The Episcopal New Yorker which was named the “Jesus Issue.”


Meeting Jesus at Grand Central

Deborah A. Lee
M.Div. ’17

Whenever I read the story of Joseph’s dreams of greatness and his brothers’ response, I wish I could just sidle up to one of the jealous brothers, tap him on the shoulder and say, “Bro, you are SO gonna eat crow!” I want to tell him that Joseph’s dreams will come true; that the brothers will be proved wrong.  Read more...

Notes from the Field: An Update on The Wisdom Year

Notes from the Field: An Update on The Wisdom Year

The Rev. Emily Wachner
Director of Integrative Programs

This past March 1 felt a bit like Christmas Day on campus of The General Theological Seminary—it was the day that I communicated the potential matches between sites and residents, mostly rising third-year M.Div. candidates, for the upcoming 2016-2017 Wisdom Year. Each Wisdom Year resident was matched with three or four potential sites, and vice versa, depending on each site’s needs and each student’s gifts.  Read more...

Education and Formation

Education and Formation

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

Many of you have heard or read my standard speech about what we do at General Seminary. In case you missed it, here it is: “We only do two things at General: Education and Formation. Each needs to be roughly in balance, and each needs to be integrated.”

In the past few years, we have spent a great deal of time developing the second of these two concepts: formation.  Read more...

Alive and Well – Scholarly Life at General Seminary

Alive and Well – Scholarly Life at General Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson
Professor of Ascetical Theology

A false, and deadly, dichotomy persists in discussions of seminaries: a seminary, so this notion suggests, must either emphasize liturgical niceties or stress the urgencies of the social Gospel. Similarly, a dichotomy exists where a seminary must choose between clerical preparation and the education of the laity.

At The General Theological Seminary, we have been creatively exploring and developing an innovative, groundbreaking approach to Christian and priestly formation for the 21st century.  Read more...

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin Presents the 2016 Kay Butler Gill Lecture

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin Presents the 2016 Kay Butler Gill Lecture

On April 7, 2016, the Very Rev. John A. McGuckin, Ph.D., presented the Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality to a crowd of around 120 in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary. The lecture was entitled “The Jesus Prayer: From Desert Contemplatives to Modern Urban Spirituality.”

McGuckin examined 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.” He went on to describe late Byzantine ideas on the explicit role of the “sharpening” of new forms of consciousness (noesis) during prayer, and then spoke of the role of the Jesus Prayer in late modernity and in contemporary forms of lay, urban asceticism.  Read more...

General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

The General Theological Seminary has announced the next recipients of its Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, to be conferred at the 194th Commencement ceremonies on May 11, 2016. Three distinguished leaders will receive the honorary degree: the Rt. Rev. Santosh K. Marray, A. Gary Shilling, and the Rev. Becca Stevens.

“We are delighted to be honoring these great disciples of Christ whose witness and wisdom inspire the entire General Seminary community, students, faculty, trustees and alumni,” states the Rev.  Read more...

Windows into the Chapel

Windows into the Chapel

Adorning the vestibule of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary are two magnificently etched windows honoring St. Mary the Virgin and St. Elizabeth. Alumni and Friends visiting the Close for the first time since the 1990s often remark that they don’t recall the windows, and inquire about their origin.

The windows were a gift of the Rt. Rev. Harold B. Robinson, Class of 1946 and D.D.  Read more...

Spring 2016 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

Spring 2016 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

The Spring 2016 GTS News Quarterly was mailed out at the end of March. You can download the PDF now by clicking below.

This edition includes:

 

 

Download the Spring 2016 edition of GTS News Quarterly.

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

Presiding Bishop Michel Curry Preaches at General Seminary [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Presiding Bishop Michel Curry Preaches at General Seminary [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

On March 22, 2016, the Most Rev. Michel B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, visited The General Theological Seminary to preside over the Eucharist, preach, and meet with General Seminary students. After preaching a well-received—and exuberant—sermon at the Community Eucharist, Curry greeted worshippers with grace, joy, and generosity of time. He shook hands, rekindling old acquaintances while making new ones. The General Seminary community then gathered with Curry for their weekly Community Dinner and afterward met at the Dean’s residence for a discussion with the Presiding Bishop.  Read more...

Holy Week and Easter at St. Peter’s

For those who may be looking for worship during Holy Week and Easter, St. Peter’s has kindly provided their service schedule.

Sunday, March 20, 2016 – The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
9am Children and Family Service
10am Holy Communion (child care available from 9:30-12noon)
Joint liturgy with The General Theological Seminary. Service begins in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd and concludes after the procession to St.  Read more...

Adjunct Prof. Anne Silver Presents at GTS Luncheon during CEEP Conference

Adjunct Prof. Anne Silver Presents at GTS Luncheon during CEEP Conference

On February 26, 2016, Anne Silver, Adjunct Professor of Ascetial Theology and Consultant to the Center for Christian Spirituality, presented at a lunch sponsored by The General Theological Seminary during the 2016 Conference of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP) in Denver. The presentation, attended by about 50 people, was titled “Pray As You Are: Spiritual Growth and Prayer Groups in Parishes.”

Silver spoke about how Church members and inquirers have different needs and styles, so one size doesn’t necessarily fit all for parish spirituality groups.  Read more...

Experiencing the Holy Land

Experiencing the Holy Land

Steve Schunk
M.Div. ’18

This past January, a group from The General Theological Seminary embarked on a Pilgrimage and Study Tour to Israel and the Holy Lands, and it was a resounding success for the 12 of us who travelled together. The mix included three family members, one outside faculty member, three M.Div. Juniors, one GTS faculty member, one GTS staff member and three Trustees.

In particular, this nine-day tour brought the ancient texts to life.  Read more...

United Thank Offering Grant Awarded to Two General Seminary Students

United Thank Offering Grant Awarded to Two General Seminary Students

United Thank Offering 2016 seminarian grants have been awarded to students from The General Theological Seminary. Alexander Barton, M.Div. ’17, and Valerie Bailey Fischer, Th.D. candidate, claimed two of the five grants awarded this year. United Thank Offering requests that seminarian grant  proposals focus on the Five Marks of Episcopal Mission:

To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

The submitted grants applications were to show creativity and/or innovation on one or more of these marks.  Read more...