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Quiet Day – Forgiveness: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Forgiveness: What It Is and What It Isn’t

A Quiet Day & Lunch with 
Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The General Theological Seminary

When Peter asked Jesus how many times he needed to forgive someone who sinned against him, he hoped the answer would be “seven.” But no: it was seventy times seven, which is 490. A lot. Oh dear–that’s more than any of us could even approach, tending as we do toward vengeance.  Read more...

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Preaches at General Seminary’s Baccalaureate Service

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Preaches at General Seminary’s Baccalaureate Service

On May 19, 2015 the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori preached at the Baccalaureate Evensong at The General Theological Seminary. This service was celebrated on the eve of General’s Commencement ceremonies and was followed by a dinner to honor all recipients of degrees in 2015. In her sermon, Schori gave encouraging words to General Seminary, both as an institution and as a community.

You have not only survived this year, you have grown in ways that would not have been possible without the shock and conflict of this past year.  Read more...

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Todd H. W. Brewer has been named Assistant Professor of New Testament beginning fall 2015. Brewer already has ties with General Seminary, having taught an introductory New Testament course for diaconal candidates this past spring.

Most recently, Brewer served as Associate Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey. He holds an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and an M.A.  Read more...

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Todd H. W. Brewer has been named Assistant Professor of New Testament beginning fall 2015. Brewer already has ties with General Seminary, having taught an introductory New Testament course for diaconal candidates this past spring.

Most recently, Brewer served as Associate Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey. He holds an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and an M.A.  Read more...

General Seminary Appoints the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center

General Seminary Appoints the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., has been appointed as the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society. He will also assume the position of Director of The Desmond Tutu Center. As its new Director, Battle holds a unique connection to The Desmond Tutu Center, having lived in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa for two years (1993-1994) and being ordained a priest in South Africa by Archbishop Tutu in 1993.  Read more...

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D., to Join GTS as Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D., to Join GTS as Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Kevin John Moroney ’92 will be teaching Liturgics as an Affiliate Faculty member beginning fall 2015. Moroney has close ties to General and comes highly recommended from faculty and community members.

Moroney is a graduate of General Seminary (M.Div. ’92) and received his Ph.D. in Liturgy from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland, in 2008.  Read more...

Prof. Patrick Malloy Named Interim Dean at St. John’s Cathedral, Denver

Prof. Patrick Malloy Named Interim Dean at St. John’s Cathedral, Denver

Saint John’s Cathedral in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado has announced that the Rev. Dr. Patrick Malloy, Professor of Liturgy at The General Theological Seminary, has accepted the position of Interim Dean. Members of the St. John’s congregation report that Malloy “was kind, a good listener, thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent, and had a solid sense of the needs of the Cathedral in this time of transition.” As part of his transition, he will continue at General Seminary through this year’s graduation and take up his new position in June.  Read more...

General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2015 Commencement Ceremonies

General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2015 Commencement Ceremonies

The General Theological Seminary has announced the next recipients of its Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, to be conferred at the 193rd Commencement ceremonies on May 20, 2015. Three distinguished leaders will receive the honorary degree: the Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin ’96, Dr. Jennifer Te Paa Daniel, and the Rt. Rev. Robert Christopher Wright.

 

The Rt. Rev. Allen Kunho Shin is Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York.  Read more...

Summers at General 2015

Summers at General 2015

The General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2015 term and especially welcomes General Learners to become part of the seminary community. To learn more and register, click 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...

GTS Student Writes about NYC Experience in the New York Times

GTS Student Writes about NYC Experience in the New York Times

Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, a student in Anglican Studies at The General Theological Seminary, recently published an interesting account of her experience in New York this spring in The New York Times.

In her piece, published in the Metropolitan Diary section, Oldstone-Moore writes how she enjoys walking on the Highline and has noticed there a new harbinger of spring, “not snowdrops, or budding trees…”

Read about “Spring and Sneakers on the High Line” hereRead more...

Neighborhood Joins GTS for an Easter Egg Hunt

Neighborhood Joins GTS for an Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter Sunday, The General Theological Seminary hosted its traditional neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt on the Close. This year’s hunt was again spearheaded by Tommie Watkins, Jr. ’16 (Diocese of Alabama), with support from the GTS Community Council.

The event began on the Saturday before Easter when volunteers from the GTS Community and the surrounding neighborhood gathered to fill plastic eggs with candy. On Sunday afternoon, the 700 eggs were hidden on the grounds.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom Update

The Way of Wisdom Update

Board of Trustees Affirms Support While Pilot Program Starts

Announced in spring 2014, The Way of Wisdom is a new approach at The General Theological Seminary that integrates all the disciplines of formation in seminary education, rather than separating academics, training, and experience. The Way of Wisdom inspires students to interpret and learn from every aspect of their time in seminary, from Chapel service and classes to parish ministry and the experience of living in New York City.  Read more...

Elizabeth Schrader ’15 to Present Paper at SBL Annual Meeting

Elizabeth Schrader ’15 to Present Paper at SBL Annual Meeting

Elizabeth Schrader, an M.A. student at The General Theological Seminary, has been accepted to present a paper at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Schrader will be presenting in the Johannine section of the conference whose mission is to “address issues and concerns having to do with the analysis and interpretation of the Johannine literature.”

1611 King James Bible showing John 11:3 where only one Bethany sister is mentioned.  Read more...
Urban Pilgrimage

Urban Pilgrimage

Jennifer Oldstone-Moore
Anglican Year Student

“Social justice as spiritual discipline” – these are the words behind an exciting invitation to a spring break intensive experience to go on an urban pilgrimage in New York City. Led by the Rev. Valerie Fischer Bailey, an ordained Episcopal priest and Th.D. student at The General Theological Seminary, Urban Pilgrimage is a program that is intended to provide an experience and a model for outreach work that, rather than stopping at what “we” can do for “them,” highlights the larger structures and mechanisms which lead to conditions that keep so many struggling and disadvantaged.  Read more...

Meeting Anglicanism

Meeting Anglicanism

Jason Poling
S.T.M. ’15

I serve as Senior Pastor of New Hope Community Church, an independent evangelical congregation in the Baltimore area which I helped to plant in 2003. I am at The General Theological Seminary doing an Anglican Year as an S.T.M. candidate at the direction of the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, in hopes of working out a fruitful ministry partnership between New Hope and the Diocese of Maryland.  Read more...

From the Close to Capetown

From the Close to Capetown

Tommie Watkins, Jr.
M.Div. ’16

As part of my formation and education process at The General Theological Seminary, I was able to travel to and spend time among our fellow brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. While working as a seminarian at the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel, Capetown, South Africa, I was able to experience the land, languages, culture, and Christianity in a wonderful international setting.  Read more...