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Elizabeth Schrader ’16 Receives the Clement J. Whipple Prize for Forthcoming Article in the Harvard Theological Review

Elizabeth Schrader ’16 Receives the Clement J. Whipple Prize for Forthcoming Article in the Harvard Theological Review

During the Commencement ceremonies at The General Theological Seminary on May 11, 2016, Elizabeth Brooke Schrader, M.A. ’15, S.T.M. ’16, was awarded the Clement J. Whipple Prize for a paper submitted by a student accepted for publication. She received the prize for her article, “Was Martha of Bethany Added to the Fourth Gospel in the Second Century?” which is forthcoming in the Harvard Theological Review in early 2017.  Read more...

A Tribute to Profs. Mitties DeChamplain and Robert Owens [PHOTOS]

A Tribute to Profs. Mitties DeChamplain and Robert Owens [PHOTOS]

On May 9, during Commencement week at The General Theological Seminary, a special Evensong and a reception were held to honor the contributions to the Seminary of the Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain and the Rev. Dr. Robert Owens. The event was an opportunity to give thanks for the years of ministry of DeChamplain and Owens at General Seminary as Professor Owens continues to venture into retirement and Mother Mitties continues her priestly ministry into new settings.  Read more...

In Gratitude for the LCU Fund for Women’s Education

In Gratitude for the LCU Fund for Women’s Education

The Community at General is deeply grateful for support from the LCU Fund for Women’s Education. The LCU Fund is the only organization in New York City exclusively dedicated to providing housing support to promising women students preparing for professions that give back to the community.

LCU Fund recipients from General for the 2015-2016 school year were:

Alissa Goudswaard Anderson
Gretchen Creel
Nancy Hoffman Hennessey
Jo Ann Bradley Jones
Shan Marie Kaplanov
Deborah Annette Lee
Vickie Lynn McDonald
Elizabeth Brooke Schrader
Ann Bowie Snodgrass
Sharon L.  Read more...

Bishop William Franklin Visits General Seminary

Bishop William Franklin Visits General Seminary

The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of the Diocese of Western New York, preached in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary on Ascension Day, 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 Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

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

General Seminary Holds 194th Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

General Seminary Holds 194th Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

The General Theological Seminary held its 194th Commencement on May 11, 2016. Thirteen 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. Santosh K. Marray, A. Gary Shilling, and the Rev. Becca Stevens. Read more about the honorary doctorate recipients here.

To download a high-resolution picture of the Class of 2016, click hereRead more...

General Seminary Appoints the Rev. Dr. Kevin J. Moroney as Associate Professor of Liturgics

General Seminary Appoints the Rev. Dr. Kevin J. Moroney as Associate Professor of Liturgics

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Kevin John Moroney has been appointed as Associate Professor in the Rev. Dr. H. Boone Porter Liturgics Chair. With the conclusion of this search, a full-time, residential Professor of Liturgics returns to the General faculty. Also, General Seminary welcomes home a loyal son, a member of the Class of 1992.

Moroney has been teaching as an Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics at General since last fall.  Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Rt. Rev. Jay Magness Preaches in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

The Rt. Rev. Jay Magness Preaches in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

On February 16, 2016, the Rt. Rev. Jay Magness, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries preached in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary.

In his sermon, Magness spoke of courageous acts—particularly of those in combat—as acts of sacrifice, and how God’s call may bring those in ministry to places unknown, places of potential personal sacrifice.

A full list of guest preachers for the Spring term in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd can be found hereRead more...