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General Seminary Welcomes Incoming Class

General Seminary Welcomes Incoming Class

Incoming Class 2014 of The General Theological Seminary 

The last week in August brings fresh faces to the campus of The General Theological Seminary. This year, General welcomes a bumper crop of new students to its various degree and certificate programs.

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 24, General Seminary kicked off new student orientation week with the Dean’s Welcome Reception to introduce new students to the faculty and current students.  Read more...

General Seminary Fills Two Positions as Part of Program Integration

General Seminary Fills Two Positions as Part of Program Integration

New York City (GTS News) – Leading up to this Fall semester, the Rev. Danielle Thompson, Chaplain for Pastoral Care, and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Adjunct Professor, have taken on expanded roles at The General Theological Seminary. Each position includes key roles in implementing the Seminary’s new initiative, The Way of Wisdom.

The Rev. Danielle Thompson has accepted the position of Coordinator of Integrative ProgramsRead more...

Representatives from The Society for the Increase of the Ministry Meet with Recipient of Challenge Scholarship

Representatives from The Society for the Increase of the Ministry Meet with Recipient of Challenge Scholarship

On August 11, representatives from The Society for the Increase of the Ministry (SIM) visited The General Theological Seminary to greet and welcome the recipient of the first SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship, Jason Roberson ’17. Thomas Moore III, SIM Executive Director and Randolph C. Coley, SIM Board Member met with Roberson and General’s Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle.

Roberson enters General Seminary this year as the first recipient of the SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship which offers merit-based full theological education and formation scholarships to enable bishops to proactively identify and recruit future ordained leaders for ministries that will revitalize the church.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Mitties McDonald DeChamplain

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Mitties McDonald DeChamplain

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Each month GTS News is featuring one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

Invite a GTS Professor to Preach on Theological Education Sunday – Feb. 1, 2015

Invite a GTS Professor to Preach on Theological Education Sunday – Feb. 1, 2015

Next year, Theological Education Sunday in The Episcopal Church will fall on Sunday, February 1. Members of the GTS faculty are now accepting invitations to visit parishes throughout the country as guest preachers on that day. Each will explore the meaning of that week’s lectionary reading through the lens of her or his theological discipline.

If you wish to invite a particular GTS faculty member to preach on Theological Education Sunday, please send an email to good@gts.edu to make an inquiry as to her or his availability that day.  Read more...

Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly – The Way of Wisdom Issue

Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly – The Way of Wisdom Issue

The Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly, The Way of Wisdom Issue, was mailed out at the end of June. You can also see it by downloading the PDF below. This edition includes:

The Wisdom of “Both” & “And”

Adding It All Up

Meeting Parish Needs

Preparing for Real-World Ministry

Student Perspectives on Curriculum Integration 

Download GTS News Quarterly Summer 2014

 

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

Photo Gallery – Annual Garden Party

On June 20, the Chelsea Square Conservancy at The General Thological Seminary held its annual Garden Party. Over 125 friends, alumni, and neighbors joined the GTS community to enjoy the Close as sunlight broke out from a mostly cloudy day.

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Incoming GTS Junior Named First Recipient of SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship

Incoming GTS Junior Named First Recipient of SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship

The Society for the Increase of the Ministry (“SIM”) and the Mercer Fund of the Diocese of Long Island (“Mercer”) have awarded the first SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship to Jason Daniel Roberson, an entering junior at The General Theological Seminary, and his sponsoring bishop, the Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg of South Carolina.

Roberson is the first recipient of this new, merit-based scholarship, and it will cover his tuition, room and board at GTS.   Read more...

From the Bishop of New York – Rest in Peace: The Right Reverend E. Don Taylor

 

 

May 26, 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

On Saturday evening I shared with you the sad news that the Rt. Rev. E. Don Taylor, Vicar Bishop for New York City from 1994 to 2009, died in the early evening following a decline of several months. I write today to announce the plans for his funeral:

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 2:00 in the afternoon

Clergy are invited to vest and process (white stoles)

Bishop Taylor suffered a stroke in February and had pursued faithfully a long and difficult process towards recovery.  Read more...

Professor David Hurd Receives Honorary Doctorate from Sewanee School of Theology

Professor David Hurd Receives Honorary Doctorate from Sewanee School of Theology

On May 9, 2014, The School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South, bestowed an Honorary Doctorate upon Dr. David J. Hurd, Professor of Church Music, Organist, and Director of Chapel Music at The General Theological Seminary.

As the bells rang out, students, faculty, and honorary degree recipients processed into Sewanee’s All Saint’s Chapel to hymns that included selections from Hurd’s work. The Rt.  Read more...

National Episcopal Church Women Survey – Help Shape the Future of the ECW

Dear Fellow Members of The Episcopal Church,

Empower your voice!

We need your help to make a difference.

At Triennial Meeting 2012, delegates adopted Resolution 101/104, which called for the research and review of the present function and structure of the Episcopal Church Women National Board and the mission and purpose of our ECW as a whole. To this end, the National ECW board has appointed an ad hoc committee comprised of one female representative from each of the Episcopal Church’s nine Provinces.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. R. Bruce Mullin

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. R. Bruce Mullin

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Every month, GTS News will feature one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

General Seminary Holds 192nd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

General Seminary Holds 192nd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

The General Theological Seminary
Class of 2014

The General Theological Seminary held its 192nd Commencement on May 14, 2014. Thirty-five 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. Douglas Hahn ’96, the Rt. Rev. Chip Stokes ’90, and the Rev. Canon C. K.  Read more...

Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority [PHOTOS]

Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority [PHOTOS]

On April 29, Women at General, a student-led group at The General Theological Seminary hosted a panel discussion entitled “Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority: Embodying the Paradox Inside and Out.”

Recognizing that Jesus called his disciples to lead as one who serves, saying of himself, “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27), and yet Jesus taught as one having authority, and gave authority to his disciples to do works in his name and to “bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16).  Read more...

How Armenians Pray: Glimpses Into the Heart of an Ancient Christian Spirituality

How Armenians Pray: Glimpses Into the Heart of an Ancient Christian Spirituality

On April 23, as part of the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Spring Lecture Series, the Very Rev. Michael Daniel Findikyan presented a lecture at The General Theological Seminary entitled “How Armenians Pray: Glimpses into the Heart of an Ancient Christian Spirituality.” Speaking to a room of seminarians, priests, and faculty from both St. Nersess and General Seminaries, as well as members of the general public, Findikayn spoke of the spirit, ethos and peculiarities of Armenian prayer and what these qualities tell us about the distinctive Christian witness of this ancient church.  Read more...

Angela Robidoux ’14 Receives 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

Angela Robidoux ’14 Receives 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

Robidoux (second from left) with President’s Award finalists.

At a celebratory event on April 24, Angela Robidoux, an M.Div. senior at The General Theological Seminary, accepted the 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership from the LCU Fund for Women’s Education. Established in honor of past board president, Carol Farris, the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership recognizes a student who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in her school and community.  Read more...