Author Archives: Joshua Bruner

#TheCloseUpClose Campus Photo Contest Results

Last week, we hosted our first-ever social media photo contest, #TheCloseUpClose. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni submitted dozens of beautiful photographs of the campus. The photograph that was chosen to be the next cover photo for General’s social media presence was submitted by Hank Tuell IV. Thanks to Hank and everyone else who participated. We were so excited by the participation, we made a short video to share some of the photos that were submitted.  Read more...

Graduating Students – Share Your Next Steps

The week leading up to Commencement will feature very short profiles on social media of our students’ next steps – for those who opt-in to participate.

Each day our social media platforms will share the photo of a graduating student with their post-grad plans. Anyone completing a program this semester is invited to participate.

Participation only takes 5 minutes of your time. Simply email Joshua ( the following info, and you will be included!  Read more...

2017 Summer Courses Open For Registration

This summer, The General Theological Seminary will offer six courses, including a broad range of subject matter. Additionally, in celebration of the 200th anniversary, the seminary invites alumni to come back to campus and audit a course with a 75% discount. Alumni may use the discount code: WELCOMEHOME2017

For more details on any of the courses, or to register – simply visit:


Three Events at the Close with Barbara Crafton

Called Book Party 

Monday May 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Kick off the week of Commencement festivities and the Alumni Gathering with the celebration of Barbara Crafton’s newest book, Called. Join the extended community of General Theological Seminary for conversation, refreshments and a reading from Crafton’s newest book. Additionally, the author will answer questions and sign books. Copies of Called and The Alsolife will be available for purchase.


Battle’s Newest Monograph Celebrated

On Thursday, April 11, General Seminary celebrated the launch of the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle’s monograph Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation.

Deans Dunkle and Delashmutt introduced Battle; both emphasized the unique accomplishment of research and theological reflection on the Book of Revelation within the Episcopal Church and Anglican Tradition.

Members of the local Chelsea community and area clergy joined the General Seminary community to discuss the book and its relevance in theology and current social issues.  Read more...


NEW YORK CITY: On Tuesday April 11 at 4:30pm, The General Theological Seminary will host a celebration to honor the launch of Michael Battle’s newest monograph, Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation. Battle will offer remarks and be available for conversation and book signing.

Desmond Tutu comments on Battle’s Heaven and Earth: “Michael invites the reader into the birthing process of heaven on earth.  Read more...

General Seminary to Award Four Honorary Degrees at 2017 Commencement Ceremonies

The General Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the next recipients of its Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, to be conferred at the 195th Commencement ceremonies on Wednesday May 17, 2017. “Honorary doctorates of divinity (DD) include individuals who are called into the special ministry of leadership within the episcopacy, priestly service, and laity alike,” said The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President.  Read more...

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.


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.


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.


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. 

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...