Author Archives: Joshua Bruner



SCOM’s Purpose

The Seminary Consultation on Mission (SCOM) is a collaborative venture, formed under the auspices of the Council of Episcopal Seminary Deans, Inc., to strengthen the educational resources for national and international mission in the accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The Consultation is funded largely through a trust funded by Venture in Mission (VIM), the church-wide capital campaign of the 1970s-80s. The purpose of the fund is to develop and deepen a global perspective in seminary life and curricula and thereby help renew and extend effective commitment to mission, both foreign and domestic, throughout the Church.  Read more...

General Seminary Board Requests Nominations for Honorary Doctorate

October 1, 2017

Dear General Seminary Community:

We are writing to you as the Honorary Degree Committee of the General Seminary Board of Trustees.

We are delighted to ask for your assistance in identifying distinguished candidates for the General Theological Seminary degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa.  

We welcome recommendations that reflect the vast and diverse experience of the Church. Recipients of this honor have historically come from a large range of gifted individuals, including those who have made outstanding contributions in these realms:

  • Christian mission,
  • theological discourse and scholarship,
  • significant leadership in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, as well as leadership in ecumenical mission,
  • as distinguished lay persons of diverse ministries,
  • as leaders in parish ministry (lay and ordained), and
  • as leaders in public, ethical and policy realms.

New Development in Matthews & Watkins’ EES Grant

Check out the new website where you can view and download for free the newly released Workbook and Reader’s Guide. Collaborating with Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins Jr., we will be offering a 7-week online course with the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) as part of their CALL (Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership) continuing education program in winter 2018 and a one-day training workshop at the Beeckan Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) in April 2018.  Read more...

General Seminary Stands in Support of ERD Hurricane Relief Fund

In response to C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Texas, who reached out to us about Hurricane Harvey relief, the General Seminary campus created a campaign to raise money for Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) and specifically, their Hurricane Relief Fund. While the impetus for the fundraiser was Hurricane Harvey, we are grateful that the money we raised will go to the same programs that support Hurricane Irma and most recently Hurricane Maria.    Read more...

Chapel Schedule October 2nd – 6th







9:50 AM Holy Eucharist
5:30 PM Evensong
9:50 AM Morning Prayer
Saint Francis
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist with Blessing of the Animals
5:30 PM Evensong
9:50 AM Holy Eucharist
5:30 PM Evensong
9:50 AM Morning Prayer
5:30 PM Evening Rite 

Part-Time Positions Available at Cypress Hills Assembly of God Church

Children’s Church Leader Part-time Positions

Positions: 2

Day: Sunday

Hours: 9:45 am -1:45 pm (4 hours)

Responsibilities include:

Sunday operation of Children’s Church in 2 segments; 10 am to 10:50 am and 11:45 am to 1:15 pm.

Operation will include Interactive Bible Lessons, hands on projects and games.  Possible Children’s Choir.

Hours include set up prior to and clean up after segments.


College courses include Childhood Education

Must be Member in Christian-affiliated Church. 

Orientation Signifies the Expansion of General Seminary

Above, Thursday Evening, August 31, new students greet faculty and administration following Eucharist.


Twenty-two new students arrived at Chelsea Square this week, anticipating a new beginning. Orientation heralds the opportunity to welcome new students from around the country and world. In her opening remarks, Donna Ashley, Vice President of Advancement at General Seminary noted, “We have students joining us from as close at West Eighteenth Street and as far away as Kenya.” Ashley went on to share that one of the incoming students was actually born while his family was living on the Close as his father was a student at the seminary.  Read more...

Schrader’s Recent Study on Mary of Bethany in HTR

The most recent edition of Harvard Theological Review features an innovative study by General Seminary’s Scholar-in-Residence, Elizabeth Schrader.

This study examines the text transmission of the figure of Martha of Bethany throughout the Fourth Gospel in over one hundred of our oldest extant Greek and Vetus Latina witnesses. The starting point for this study is instability around Martha in our most ancient witness of John 11–12, Papyrus 66.  Read more...

Union of Black Episcopalians Honors Professor Michael Battle

From left: Canon Annette Buchanan, the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, the Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter, and the Rev. Martini Shaw

During the Gala Dinner of the UBE Annual Business Meeting and Conference on Wednesday, July 26, in Cherry Hill, NJ, the Union of Black Episcopalians awarded the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle the Bishop Quintin Ebenezer Primo Award for Extraordinary Faithfulness in Pastoral and Prophetic Leadership in Ministry.  Read more...

Jee Hei Park Joins General Seminary Faculty

General Seminary welcomes Jee Hei Park as the  Affiliate Professor in New Testament for the 2017-2018 academic year. Jee Hei Park is currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Christianity in Antiquity program at Fordham University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Philosophy from Yonsei University in Seoul, and her Master in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She was a Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Doctoral Fellow for 2016-2017.  Read more...

A Contemplative Approach to Sexuality and Spirituality

Few topics provoke such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity—particularly in faith communities.  The Episcopal Church is developing resources to help navigate potentially difficult conversations on the subjects of sex, sexuality, and spirituality, as well as the impact of a shifting theology of marriage. Recently, General Seminary professor Westina Matthews received a grant from The Episcopal Evangelism Society to develop a program and workbook that uses contemplative practices to explore issues of human sexuality.   Read more...

General Seminary Holds 195th Commencement

The General Theological Seminary held its 195th Commencement on May 17, 2017. Twenty seven individuals received degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred by the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President. The seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, the Rt. Rev. Maria Griselda Delgado del Carpio, the Rt. Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, and Mr. Herbert Thomas. Read more about the honorary doctorate recipients hereRead more...

Want to make a couple of extra dollars?

The communications office is searching for a student (must be work study) to assist in running the Barbara Crafton Book Party on the afternoon of May 15 at 4:30 pm. The student would need to be available to help with set up and clean up (Clean up could happen after evensong on that evening for those who want to attend). Contact Joshua Bruner, if you are interested or have any questions.  Read more...