Author Archives: GTS News

On the Ground at General Convention

Nancy Hennessey
M.Div. ’16

Where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there among them. –Matthew 18:20

This verse resonated with me throughout my time at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church held in Salt Lake City. This was my first General Convention and, while I knew my primary responsibility was to meet and greet alumni and friends of GTS, I was not ready for the overwhelming feeling that I was a part of something much larger than our booth in the exhibit hall.  Read more...

In Grateful Recognition of Our Supporters

Academic Year 2014 – 2015

As we celebrate our new and returning seminarians, and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of General Seminary, we are reminded of all God’s blessings on our community. In the midst of our challenges—Financial, Missional, and Cultural—we witness just how many people care deeply about the Seminary. A multitude of sisters and brothers have shown their continued faith and support through prayer, honest and challenging conversation, or tithing—often all of these!  Read more...

Wisdom Year Begins at Newark Shared Ministries

The Rev. Emily Wachner
Director of Integrative Programs

Two M.Div. seniors from The General Theological Seminary, Tommie Watkins, Jr., and Nancy Hennessey, began their Wisdom Year internships this semester at Newark Shared Ministries. A collaboration between St. Paul’s Chatham, Christ Church Short Hills, The Apostles’ House, Inc., and House of Prayer in Newark, the effort to share ministry began more than 18 months ago with the support of the Rt.  Read more...

General Voices: Seminary Plus – Prof. Clair McPherson

The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson ’82
Professor of Ascetical Theology

Many years ago I was working on a Ph.D. in St. Louis, Missouri, and I began to feel a strong sense of priestly vocation as well as an academic one.

I talked this over with my wife Connie, and we agreed: let’s explore that.

So, I spoke with the Bishop, the Dean of the Cathedral (which was our parish), and many clergymen in the area (in those days, they were all clergymen, though that was about to change).  Read more...

About General Up Close

The Dean’s News Site, General Up Close, communicates information of interest and importance to the seminary community and is part of the GTS News blog-style website at

Each week an email reminder is sent to current GTS community members with a list of new articles that have been posted during the previous week, but you can always check the latest articles at the Up Close web site.   Read more...

Thank You to the LCU Fund For Women’s Education

The Community at General is deeply grateful for support from the LCU Fund for Women’s Education. The LCU Fund is the only organization in New York City exclusively dedicated to providing housing support to promising women students preparing for professions that give back to the community.

For many years, the generosity of the LCU Fund has enabled women at General to defray much of the cost of their housing expenses, easing their financial burden.  Read more...

In Celebration: Journeys Unlimited

With deep gratitude, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Journeys Unlimited Holy Land Travel Prize. For two decades, founder Nick Mancino has quietly donated this ten-day tour of the Holy Land to award a graduating senior with proven aptitude in Biblical Studies. The tour follows the footsteps of Jesus from the north of Galilee to Jerusalem in the center and south to the Dead Sea.  Read more...

Letter to the Bishops of The Episcopal Church from the Bishops on the GTS Board of Trustees


To: The Bishops of The Episcopal Church

May 20, 2015

From: The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, III, the Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, the Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller, the Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, the Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls, the Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, and the Rt. Rev. Eugene T. Sutton

Dear Brother and Sister Bishops,

As bishops serving on the Board of Trustees at The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church, we have witnessed up close an unprecedented year of challenge, conflict and opportunity.


Dr. Deirdre Good to Depart from General Seminary

Dr. Deirdre Good has informed the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary that she will resign as Professor of New Testament effective May 25, 2015.

Good came to the Seminary as Assistant Professor in 1986, eventually becoming General’s Professor of New Testament in 1992, specializing in the Synoptic Gospels, Christian origins, Noncanonical writings and biblical languages, and was Academic Dean from 2013-2014. In addition to her roles at GTS she is an award winning author, having published several books such as Jesus’ Family Values and Mariam, the Magdalen, and the MotherRead more...

Changes in Keller Library Leadership

The Rev. Andrew Kadel has informed the Board of Trustees that he is resigning as Director of the Christoph Keller, Jr., Library and as member of the faculty of The General Theological Seminary, effective May 23, 2015.

Fr. Kadel came to the Seminary as director of the St. Mark’s Library in 2003. During his time here he oversaw the transition to the new Keller Library, participating in planning and fundraising, and overseeing the move in and out of an interim space to the new Keller Library.  Read more...

A Message from the New Chair of the GTS Board of Trustees

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I greet you as the newly elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary. This is a great honor and I accept the trust it betokens.

I must be truthful with you: I am not a graduate of GTS; my alma mater sits on a hill in Alexandria, Virginia. I was elected to General’s Board by the House of Bishops at the 2009 General Convention.  Read more...

General Seminary Trustees Affirm The Way of Wisdom, Elect Chair

At its regular February 6, 2015 meeting, the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church affirmed the Seminary’s Way of Wisdom and Wisdom Year as a creative and effective response to the needs of the 21st century Episcopal Church. It also discussed how to advance the core programming to effectively implement the Wisdom curriculum and formation. At the next regular meeting in May, the Board has expanded its meeting time to continue working to develop The Way of Wisdom.  Read more...

General Seminary Students Attend Dinner Featuring Archbishop Justin Welby

(l-r) Shana Kaplanov, Tommie Watkins, Jr., Charlie Bauer, Austin McGehee, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore. Not Pictured: Hershey Mallette, Matthew Welch

By Jennifer Oldstone-Moore

On January 21, a group of students from The General Theological Seminary attended a dinner and conversation at the invitation of the Trinity Institute. Those present were Shana Kaplanov, Matthew Welch, Hershey Mallette, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, Charlie Bauer, Tommie Watkins, Jr., and Austin McGehee. The event was part of a larger three-day conference called “Creating Common Good” which addressed economic inequality and theological resources for addressing problems that arise from economic issues.  Read more...

GTS Community Engages in Action and Prayer after Grand Jury Decision

General Seminary students prepare for
the Millions March NYC on December 13.

Since the moment a Staten Island grand jury announced it would not indict the NYPD officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner, GTS students, staff, faculty, and alumni/ae have stepped out, spoken up and responded with compassion to the pain wracking our city and nation.

Not surprisingly, social media has been a primary organizing ground, especially via a new public Facebook group called GTS Action!  Read more...

An Orthodox Celebration at General Seminary

The 22nd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium, co-sponsored by the Academy of Romanian Scientists and the Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology, met all day at The General Theological Seminary on December 6, 2014.

Hosted by GTS Ascetical Theology Prof. Clair McPherson and Prof. Theodore Damian, President of the Academy (Splaiul Independentei 54, Bucharest) and the Institute (Woodside, NY), the Symposium welcomed nine scholars who presented papers, including Professors Damian and McPherson, and over forty interested guests and students from GTS and the Metropolitan College of New York.  Read more...

Letter to GTS Alumni from GTS Board of Trustees

To: The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White
Members of the Alumni Executive Committee
Alumni/ae of The General Theological Seminary

From: The Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk

November 20, 2014

Thank you for the thorough report of your meeting with Bishop Shin on November 5, 2014, received on November 19th. I deeply appreciate the obvious love you have for General, especially during this difficult time of both crisis and possibility.  Read more...

Mediation Process Underway with Formation of Logistics Committee

A further step in the Organizational Mediation Process by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center at The General Theological Seminary took place on November 20, with the first meeting of the Logistics Committee via conference call facilitated by Bill Blank, the LMPC Associate Director.

The 14 members of the Logistics Committee represent all stakeholders in the GTS community: current students, staff, faculty, Board of Trustees members, spouses and partners, and alumni.  Read more...