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Living Sacrifices: Repentance, Renewal, and Reconciliation Conference

Living Sacrifices: Repentance, Renewal, and Reconciliation
A conference on Anglicanism and the Church

6-9 June 2017

This conference focuses on the necessary connection between repentance, reconciliation, and renewal, which we approach under the heading of “living sacrifice,” drawn from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. Sacrifice, after Christ’s example, draws the faithful into a transformative participation in his Passion, through which death is overcome. In this perspective, repentance serves as the offering that enables forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Reflection on the Board of Trustees Meeting – Samuel Tallman ’12

This was my first meeting of the Board of Trustee for The General Theological Seminary as a newly elected alumni trustee. Having served for several prior years on the Alumni Executive Committee and the Board Investment Committee, I came with reasonably current knowledge about the Seminary, but perhaps uncertainty about what the Board’s collective perspective about the future might be.

At this meeting, there were major developments on several fronts that connect the Seminary’s present with its trajectory for the future.  Read more...

Prof. Michael Battle Book Release Date Announced

The most recent book from the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at The General Theological Seminary, has been published, and the release date announced.

Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation

Much of the literature on the book of Revelation paints a frightening apocalyptic vision of the end times. Michael Battle offers an alternative look at Revelation in this new work, seeing it instead as a hopeful call to bring heaven on earth.  Read more...

St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School Chapel Named for the Rev. Canon Jay Gordon ’62

The chapel at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School in Manhattan has been renamed in honor of General Seminary Alumnus, the Rev. Canon Jay. H. Gordon (Class of 1962). Gordon served on the Board of Trustees of St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s for more nearly 30 years and acted as the Chair of the Board from 1989 until his retirement from the Board in the spring of 2016.  Read more...

Spiritual Directors Available to the GTS Community

Spiritual direction is about companionship. In a Christian context, a spiritual director is someone who accompanies you as you explore your spirituality and grow in relationship with God. Spiritual direction can help you listen for the voice of God and live more fully into Christian faith. A spiritual director will invite you to reflect on your life in the light of faith, guide you in prayer and spiritual practices, co-listen with you in discerning God’s good purposes for you, and encourage your baptismal discipleship.

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The Power of Love in Hard Times Like These: Conversations on Gender and Racial Justice

The Power of Love in Hard Times Like These: Conversations on Gender and Racial Justice

The Gender Equity in Word and Deed Committee at Grace Church and The Mercer School of Theology invite you to the first Feminist Scholar in Residence workshop.

Guest Speaker: Reverend Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Townes’ broad areas of expertise include Christian ethics, cultural theory and studies, postmodernism and social postmodernism.

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Join Us for The Colloquy at General

New for Spring 2017, The General Theological Seminary invites you to The Colloquy at General, a public conversation centering on the church in a changing world.

On selected Wednesday and Friday mornings throughout the semester, General will host an interdisciplinary range of scholars and practitioners who will share a paper, presentation, project, or performance and engage in a dialogue with the community.

The public is welcome at all events in the Colloquy.  Read more...

The Choir of Rugby School to Perform at GTS–Tickets available now

The American Friends of Rugby School

warmly invite you to a performance by

The Choir of Rugby School
Warwickshire, England

‘Great Sacred Music’

a program including
Bruckner, Gjeilo, Howells, Mozart, Purcell, Tavener

at the
General Theological Seminary
440 W 21st Street, New York, NY

on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30pm
followed by a reception where drinks and canapés will be served

Tickets: $25 per person, book online now.  Read more...

General Seminary Receives ATS Accreditation for New Master of Arts in Ministry

 

NEW YORK CITY – The General Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that it has received accreditation from The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) for the Seminary’s new Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.). The M.A. in Ministry degree offers a tailored approach to theological education and formation through several flexible pathways and a variety of specializations. It is the first newly accredited degree program to be implemented at General in over 20 years.  Read more...

Welcome Home with a Discount for General Seminary Alumni

The General Theological Seminary would like to welcome you home!

As we celebrate the season of our 200th Anniversary, we’d like to invite you—our beloved alumni—to come back to campus and audit a course in 2017. As a special offer, General Seminary Alumni will receive a 75% discount on all audit courses when registering.

Throughout the year, General’s course offerings include semester-long, weekend-intensive, and hybrid low-residency classes, as well as several options for study abroad.  Read more...

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...