Author Archives: Deirdre Good

Way of Wisdom: General Theological Seminary’s New Direction

By Dr. Deirdre Good
Professor of New Testament
The General Theological Seminary

In January of 2014, the faculty of General Theological Seminary returned from a retreat in Florida with new ideas about theological education. We had engaged with each other for the inside of a week. We heard Tom Brackett of the Episcopal Church Center, who works in Church Planting and Ministry Redevelopment, via a Skype presentation.  Read more...

Churches in Chelsea: Walking in the path of Jesus

On Saturday March 22, at 10 a.m. The General Theological Seminary joined with Chelsea churches for a live outdoor stations of the cross procession. The path began at St. Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church and Trinity Grace, and continued down 22nd street and 10th Avenue past the HighLine to the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at General Seminary, and finished at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Chelsea Community Church.  Read more...

“Considering Chaplaincy” Panel Speaks at General Seminary

On February 18 a panel of priests and leaders involved in chaplaincy work at Episcopal schools came to The General Theological Seminary to talk about the important ministry of lay and ordained leaders in Episcopal primary and secondary schools, both independent and parish-based. The 1100 Episcopal schools are one of the bright spots in The Episcopal Church. One of the increasingly unmet needs of Episcopal schools is for trained and qualified chaplains, both lay and ordained.  
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Community Profile: Nissan Maimon & Enos Micourt – General Seminary Maintenance Staff

The newly painted stairs in Seabury Hall.

Fresh paint can be seen around the seminary, thanks to Anthony Khani and the maintenance staff. Nissan Maimon has worked at General Seminary for three months. Before that he lived in Israel and worked on a farm, as a security guard, and as a sailor in a container boat. In the US, he worked in construction for 28 years and had his own company for the last ten years.    Read more...

Blessing of the Animals at General Seminary

The General Theological Seminary held its annual Blessing of the Animals on September 29 in front of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. After a brief service, the Rev. Mitties DeChamplain blessed neighborhood and seminary animals gathered with their human companions on a beautiful Fall afternoon.”Mother Mitties received blessings, too!” she said after the service.

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Professor Hurd Takes Part in the 16th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival

Dr. David Hurd, Professor of Church Music at The General Theological Seminary, recently joined fellow concert organists, Diane Meredith Belcher and Cherry Rhodes, in performing at the 16th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival and judging performance competitions for high school level and young professional organists.  The stated purpose of the Festival is “to enhance the area of organ education–both to support young people studying the organ and to increase general appreciation for organ music of the past and present.”  Modeled after the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival in the Netherlands and founded in 1979, the U.S.  Read more...

Professor Mitties DeChamplain Offers a Broadway Blessing

On September 9, the Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain, Trinity Church Professor of Preaching at The General Theological Seminary and Vicar of St. Clement’s, participated in the 16th annual Broadway Blessing at The Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan (The Actor’s Church). The evening was a festive gathering of singers, dancers, actors, musicians, and lovers of theater to ask God’s blessing on the new theatre season in New York City.  Read more...