Author Archives: Chad Rancourt

Emily Wachner Discusses The Wisdom Year on “Priest Pulse”

The Rev. Emily Wachner, Lecturer in Practical Theology and Director of Integrative Programs at The General Theological Seminary, was recently interviewed on “Priest Pulse,” a podcast of Episcopal Cafe, a news blog that reports on happenings in the Episcopal Church. She was able to discuss The Wisdom Year at General and how it is being implemented. Wachner’s interview starts at about eight minutes into the podcast.  Read more...

A New Web Site and a New Look

At the beginning of the new year, The General Theological Seminary debuted its new web site at www.gts.edu. Michael DeLashmutt, the recently appointed Dean of Academic Affairs, spearheaded the project, consulting with a design firm that specializes in web sites for faith-based not-for-profits. “I think this is a great first step, as we try to reach out to a broader network of folks who may have yet to hear about us, and to promote the great things we have here at General,” says DeLashmutt.  Read more...

More Wisdom Year Stories – Hank Tuell and Jo Ann Jones

In response to the evolving needs of the Church, The General Theological Seminary is building a program of education and formation that integrates the classical theological disciplines with real-world experience and practical ministry skills. As part of The Way of Wisdom, seminarians spend their final year in a Wisdom Year residency while connecting their experience to their classwork through particpation in the Integrative Seminars.

During The Wisdom Year, students synthesize their entire seminary education through practical experience that goes beyond field placement, by placing them in real-world, paid, part-time positions in a ministry setting.  Read more...

The Curious Nature of Church Foundations

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

My father was a builder. Not a metaphorical builder, but an actual one. He moved my mom and his family to Florida right after the second World War from a small mill town in central Pennsylvania to start a construction company. He thought that would be a good foundation for the future.

He built houses and buildings for people and companies.  Read more...

An Early Spring

Dr. Michael DeLashmutt
Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

This article is being published in the depths of winter, but I come to you to tell you of growth and fruition. Perhaps it’s cliché these days to talk about the changing landscape of theological education—some recent descriptions even take on an almost cataclysmic tone. But, as followers of Jesus, I believe we should be fundamentally oriented toward hope.  Read more...

Students Practice The Way of Wisdom

In response to the evolving needs of the Church, The General Theological Seminary is building a program of education and formation that integrates the classical theological disciplines with real-world experience and practical ministry skills. As part of The Way of Wisdom, seminarians spend their final year in a Wisdom Year residency while connecting their experience to their class work through particpation in the Integrative Seminars.  Read more...

The Integrative Seminar: Year in Review

The Rev. Emily Wachner
Director of Integrative Programs

As the year comes to a close, and Wisdom Year students delve into the full life of the parish in Advent and Christmas, we have begun the process of reflecting on the semester that has past. This term was the first in which Wisdom Year work was paired with a demanding 3-credit course of study in practical ministry—the Integrative Seminar.  Read more...

Prof. McPherson Opens the Sophia Conference

On December 9, 2016, the Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson, Professor of Christian Theology at The General Theological Seminary, delivered the first keynote address at the Ninth Annual Sophia Institute Conference, one of the world’s great Patristic and Orthodox gatherings. Sophia Institute President, the Very Rev. John McGuckin, introduced McPherson as “one of our most eminent Patristic scholars, and the world’s leading expert on Nilus of Ancyra.”

Nilus was in fact McPherson’s subject; he spoke for almost an hour on the results of his research into and translations of this neglected fifth-century Greek theologian.  Read more...

Remembering a Faithful Servant

The Rev. James B. Jeffrey (Class of 1958), a dear and faithful son of General and servant of the Church, died on July 7, 2013. His financial support, both to the Annual Fund and Chelsea Square Development Campaigns, was unwavering.

We learned after his death that Jeffrey had remembered the Seminary with a very generous Legacy Gift, and we want to take this moment to remember him with our deep gratitude and uplifted prayers.  Read more...

Events of the Season at St. Peter’s Chelsea

Following are some events at our neighbors, St. Peter’s Chelsea, that may be of interest to the Seminary community as we celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons:
Saturday, December 3
Chelsea Holiday Open House
4-9pm Book Fair to benefit the restoration fund
5pm Outdoor Tree Lighting & caroling around the tree [star placed on top of the tree by FDNY, emergency permitting. Fr. Harding is also an FDNY chaplain]
Refreshments provided

Thursday, December 22
Handel’s Messiah Part 1 Community Sing Along
7pm
Refreshments provided

All are welcome!  Read more...

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright Delivers the 2016 Paddock Lectures

On November 2-3, 2016, the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, delivered this year’s prestigious Paddock Lectures in Seabury Auditorium at The General Theological Seminary. In a filled auditorium, attendees heard him speak on “The Leadership of Jesus.” The lecture often became interactive, when Wright engaged the audience with questions and challenges about our own action in the world. Wright also preached at the Community Eucharist on November 3.  Read more...

Spring 2017 Courses at General Seminary

The General Theological Seminary is offering a variety of courses for all who are seeking a deeper understanding of spirituality. Whether you are traveling on a personal journey or simply wish to explore a specific topic that interests you, we welcome General Learners to take individual classes to expand their engagement and knowledge.

Below is a selection of Spring 2017 offerings that can be taken for credit or audit.  Read more...

Preaching Paul This Fall – Episode 12: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Discussion of the reading from November 13, 2016: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28

This lecture is the last of 12 in the series, “Preaching Paul This Fall,” from The General Theological Seminary. For more information click here. Stay tuned to GTS News for future audio series based on the lectionary.

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Preaching Paul This Fall – Episode 11: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Discussion of the reading from November 6, 2016: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 27

This lecture is part of the series, “Preaching Paul This Fall,” from The General Theological Seminary. For more information click here.

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Libbie Schrader, M.A. ’15, S.T.M. ’16, Harvard Theological Review Article Available Online

Elizabeth “Libbie” Brooke Schrader, M.A. ’15, S.T.M. ’16, who was accepted for publication in the Harvard Theological Review last spring for her paper, “Was Martha of Bethany Added to the Fourth Gospel in the Second Century?” has announced that an online preview of her article is now available. It is available here and is forthcoming in the printed version of the Harvard Theological Review in early 2017.

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Trick or Treating on the Close on Halloween

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Residents of General Seminary:

Monday night is Halloween, and the General Seminary community has lots of children who love to trick or treat! We invite the residents of the GTS Close to partake in giving out candy to our community as well as to the Children’s Garden students. We hope you will be willing to pass out candy to those who come spooking your doors on Monday evening.  Read more...