Author Archives: Chad Rancourt

Prof. McPherson Opens the Sophia Conference

On December 9, 2016, the Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson, Professor of Christian Theology at The General Theological Seminary, delivered the first keynote address at the Ninth Annual Sophia Institute Conference, one of the world’s great Patristic and Orthodox gatherings. Sophia Institute President, the Very Rev. John McGuckin, introduced McPherson as “one of our most eminent Patristic scholars, and the world’s leading expert on Nilus of Ancyra.”

Nilus was in fact McPherson’s subject; he spoke for almost an hour on the results of his research into and translations of this neglected fifth-century Greek theologian.  Read more...

Remembering a Faithful Servant

The Rev. James B. Jeffrey (Class of 1958), a dear and faithful son of General and servant of the Church, died on July 7, 2013. His financial support, both to the Annual Fund and Chelsea Square Development Campaigns, was unwavering.

We learned after his death that Jeffrey had remembered the Seminary with a very generous Legacy Gift, and we want to take this moment to remember him with our deep gratitude and uplifted prayers.  Read more...

Events of the Season at St. Peter’s Chelsea

Following are some events at our neighbors, St. Peter’s Chelsea, that may be of interest to the Seminary community as we celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons:
Saturday, December 3
Chelsea Holiday Open House
4-9pm Book Fair to benefit the restoration fund
5pm Outdoor Tree Lighting & caroling around the tree [star placed on top of the tree by FDNY, emergency permitting. Fr. Harding is also an FDNY chaplain]
Refreshments provided

Thursday, December 22
Handel’s Messiah Part 1 Community Sing Along
Refreshments provided

All are welcome! 

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright Delivers the 2016 Paddock Lectures

On November 2-3, 2016, the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, delivered this year’s prestigious Paddock Lectures in Seabury Auditorium at The General Theological Seminary. In a filled auditorium, attendees heard him speak on “The Leadership of Jesus.” The lecture often became interactive, when Wright engaged the audience with questions and challenges about our own action in the world. Wright also preached at the Community Eucharist on November 3.  Read more...

Spring 2017 Courses at General Seminary

The General Theological Seminary is offering a variety of courses for all who are seeking a deeper understanding of spirituality. Whether you are traveling on a personal journey or simply wish to explore a specific topic that interests you, we welcome General Learners to take individual classes to expand their engagement and knowledge.

Below is a selection of Spring 2017 offerings that can be taken for credit or audit.  Read more...

Preaching Paul This Fall – Episode 12: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Discussion of the reading from November 13, 2016: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28

This lecture is the last of 12 in the series, “Preaching Paul This Fall,” from The General Theological Seminary. For more information click here. Stay tuned to GTS News for future audio series based on the lectionary.

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Preaching Paul This Fall – Episode 11: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Discussion of the reading from November 6, 2016: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 27

This lecture is part of the series, “Preaching Paul This Fall,” from The General Theological Seminary. For more information click here.

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Libbie Schrader, M.A. ’15, S.T.M. ’16, Harvard Theological Review Article Available Online

Elizabeth “Libbie” Brooke Schrader, M.A. ’15, S.T.M. ’16, who was accepted for publication in the Harvard Theological Review last spring for her paper, “Was Martha of Bethany Added to the Fourth Gospel in the Second Century?” has announced that an online preview of her article is now available. It is available here and is forthcoming in the printed version of the Harvard Theological Review in early 2017.


Trick or Treating on the Close on Halloween

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Residents of General Seminary:

Monday night is Halloween, and the General Seminary community has lots of children who love to trick or treat! We invite the residents of the GTS Close to partake in giving out candy to our community as well as to the Children’s Garden students. We hope you will be willing to pass out candy to those who come spooking your doors on Monday evening.  Read more...

General Seminary’s Annual Commemoration of Benefactors

On October 20, 2016, at Evensong, The General Theological Seminary held its annual observance offering Prayer for the Commemoration of our Benefactors. The event brought together members of Seminary community–students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends–in thoughtful remembrance.

The annual Commemoration of Benefactors has been observed at General Seminary since the Eve of All Saints 1890. It is a time when we remember with gratitude those who have given generously to the Seminary and who have cared that it be worthy of its mission.  Read more...

Reminder: Prof. Clair McPherson to Present Keynote at Sophia Institute Conference

Come hear Prof. McPherson as he presents a keynote at the Sophia Institute International Conference entitled “Introducing Nilus: a Link in the Ascetically Chain.”

Sophia Institute’s Ninth Annual International Conference


Friday December 9, 2016

9.00 am to 6.00 p.m.

Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway (at 121st St.)
New York NY 10027

Registration 8.00 am — 9.00 am

Registration Fee — payable at the door $55. 

The Nourishment of the Vine

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

During Orientation for this new term, I was listening to our faculty introduce themselves to new students and explain their unique areas of interest. Prof. Michael Battle described his way of life in teaching and scholarship as “amphibian.” I loved that great new way of looking at our very Anglican “both/and” view of addressing life. Prof. Todd Brewer made his point simply: “I want to make the Bible exciting for you!” A classic Jesus Movement attitude.  Read more...

An Interview with Dr. Michael W. DeLashmutt

Michael W. DeLashmutt, Ph.D., was recently appointed as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at The General Theological Seminary. GTS News sat down with him to talk about his background and what brought him to General.

Would you tell us a little about your background? 

I grew up on a family farm in southwest Iowa. Though I was baptized as an infant in the Methodist church, I was re-baptized in a Baptist church at around the age of eight.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom in Practice

The Rev. Emily Wachner
Director of Integrative Programs

In addition to the history, theology, scripture, and liturgy which students learn while at The General Theological Seminary, what other knowledge do they need in order to become excellent priests, serving Christ’s church in a changing world? This is the question I have attempted to answer over the past year, and particularly throughout the summer, in order to shape the Integrative Seminars, a fundamental component of The Way of WisdomRead more...

Winter 2017 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

The Winter 2017 GTS News Quarterly was mailed out at the end of December. You can download the PDF now by clicking below.

This edition includes:







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