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A New Call for Matt Holcombe ’11

A New Call for Matt Holcombe ’11

The Rev. Matthew Holcombe, Class of 2011, has been called as Associate Rector for Spiritual Growth and Adult Formation at Christ Church, Charlotte, North Carolina.  He was previously Associate Rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Before being called to ordained ministry, Holcombe was Vice President, Operations at Hotwire Communications.  Read more...

Lindsay Boyer ’03 to Lead a Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat

Lindsay Boyer ’03 to Lead a Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat

Lindsay Boyer, Class of 2003 and adjunct professor at the Center for Christian Spirituality, will be leading “Practice, Practice, Practice: A Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat,” at the Garrison Institute, February 4-8, 2015.

This silent five-day retreat, suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners, offers immersion in two contemplative practices from the Christian tradition: Centering Prayer, a form of silent meditation, and Lectio Divina, a way of listening to sacred texts with the ear of the heart.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Dennis Nichols ’92

The Rev. Dennis Witt Nichols, Class of 1992, Rector of the Episcopal Church of Holy Comforter, Gadsden, Alabama, died suddenly on November 24, 2014, at the age of 59.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1992, Nichols previously served at St. Peter’s Clarksboro, New Jersey, and St. John-in-the-Wilderness, Gibbsboro, New Jersey. A native of Virginia, he was a graduate of Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music and an accomplished concert organist who taught school for fifteen years in Lynchburg, Virginia before attending General.    Read more...

P/T Jobs Available: Advent Lutheran Church

Advent Lutheran Church at Broadway and 93rd Street has two part-time jobs available, good opportunity for a seminarian or spouse/partner!

Seeking applications by December 1 for a January 1 start date:

Building Manager for Upper Westside Congregation

Advent Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time Building Manager for 2504 Broadway (@ 93rd street), New York, NY 10025 to begin January 1, 2015.  The Building Manager is responsible for the smooth functioning of the church building shared by Advent Lutheran Church and Broadway United Church of Christ.   Read more...

A New Book from Henry Chan ’90

A New Book from Henry Chan ’90

The Rev. Dr. Henry A. Chan, Class of 1990, has recently published Historical Models for the Priest As Pastor: From the Major Works of Gregory the Great, Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas à Kempis, George Herbert, Richard Baxter, William Law and Urban T. Holmes, III.

The book is a theological and pastoral reflection on the priestly office, and reviews the work of pastors and priests from Gregory the Great onward who still have much to teach us about achieving excellence in priestly vocation.  Read more...

Lindsay Boyer ’03 Leads Centering Prayer Retreat

Lindsay Boyer ’03 Leads Centering Prayer Retreat

Lindsay Boyer, Class of 2003 and adjunct professor at the Center for Christian Spirituality, will be leading “Centering Prayer for Seekers,” a silent weekend retreat at the Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford Connecticut, December 12-14, 2014.  In this retreat, those of all faiths are invited to explore this form of silent contemplative prayer based on teachings from the Christian tradition.

Lindsay Boyer is a spiritual director who specializes in working with those who are uncomfortable with institutional religion or affiliated with more than one faith tradition.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey ’83

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey ’83

The Rev. Margaret Hall Coffey, Class of 1983, of Little Silver, New Jersey, and Vero Beach, Florida, died November 2, 2014 in the Hospice at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank at the age of 80.

Coffey graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Biblical History in 1956, and resumed her education at General where she received her Master of Divinity and then became one of the first women ordained into the Diaconate at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, New Jersey.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw ’70

IN MEMORIAM: The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw ’70

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, Class of 1970, died on October 17 in the care of his SSJE brothers at Emery House in West Newbury, Massachusetts. He was 69 and had been diagnosed with brain cancer in May, 2013.  He was consecrated as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on September 24, 1994, and served in that position until his retirement on September 13, 2014.  Read more...

Karen Davis-Lawson ’09 Called as Rector of St. George’s, Astoria, NY

Karen Davis-Lawson ’09 Called as Rector of St. George’s, Astoria, NY

The Rev. Karen Davis-Lawson, Class of 2009, has been called to serve as the 17th Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Astoria, New York. Davis-Lawson has been serving as priest-in-charge since July, 2011.

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, instituted Davis-Lawson as rector at a Celebration of New Ministry at the church on November 8, 2014.  Read more...

A New Call for Thomas Joyner ’08

A New Call for Thomas Joyner ’08

The Rev. Thomas Joyner, Class of 2008, has been called as the Chaplain to Birmingham Episcopal Campus Ministries. He will serve as the Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, and Samford University, all in Birmingham, Alabama.

He most recently served as Interim Rector at St. Luke’s, Jacksonville, and previously as associate at Church of the Holy Trinity, Auburn, Alabama and curate at Church of the Holy Comforter, Montgomery, Alabama.  Read more...

A New Call for Jed Fox ’09

A New Call for Jed Fox ’09

The Rev. Jedediah “Jed” Fox, Class of 2009, has been called as Rector of The Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, Washington as of January 1, 2015.

Since his graduation from General Seminary, Fox has been the curate and assistant to the rector of the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis, Missouri.

Fox was born and raised in Helena, Montana, attending St.  Read more...

Heather Cook ’87 Consecrated as Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

Heather Cook ’87 Consecrated as Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

GTS folk at the Consecration of the Diocese of Maryland’s new Bishop Suffragan (L to R): Bruce Parker ’84, Anna Noon ’10, Nick Szobota ’05, Annette Chappell ’03, Bp. Cook, Jesse Parker ’81, Barry Signorelli ’87, Mark Hansen ’85.

On September 6, 2014 Heather Elizabeth Cook (Class of 1987) was consecrated bishop in The Episcopal Church and made Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Maryland at a service at the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Marcello Davitti ’75

IN MEMORIAM: Marcello Davitti ’75

The Rev. Marcello Davitti (Class of 1975) known as Archimandrite Mark, Dean of the Clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church in Italy, died last August.  His death was announced on August 20 by Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, Administrator of the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Italy.

Davitti was born in 1938 in Florence, Italy to one of the old families of the city. After completing his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, he came to the United States.  Read more...

Two New Books from Chris Webber ’56

Two New Books from Chris Webber ’56

The Rev. Christopher Webber (Class of 1956) has two new books this fall. Webber is the author of more than two dozen books of history, theology, and poetry, has served parishes in New York and Connecticut and has also written several hymns. He moved to California a year ago and now assists at Incarnation and St. Luke’s, San Francisco.

 

Dear Friends: Letters of St. Paul to Christians in America is based on Paul’s epistles but redirects them to Washington instead of Rome, Californians instead of Corinthians, Texans instead of Galatians, and so on.  Read more...

Lee Crawford ’93 First Woman Candidate for Bishop in Central America

Lee Crawford ’93 First Woman Candidate for Bishop in Central America

The Rev. Canon Lee Alison Crawford (Class of 1993) stood for election as Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Anglican Church of El Salvador. While she came in second at the August 23 election in San Salvador, her candidacy was significant, as she was the first woman candidate for the episcopacy in the Province of the Anglican Church of the Region of Central America (the dioceses of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama).  Read more...

Alumni Gathering 2014 Registration Now Open!

Alumni Gathering 2014 Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for this fall’s Alumni Gathering on the Close, Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 and 6, 2014.

The annual gathering is an opportunity for alumni to return to Chelsea Square for learning and worship, to reconnect with faculty and friends, and share all that has happened since your days at General.

This year’s Alumni Gathering will feature the highly anticipated Paddock Lectures which are titled, The How of Theology and Ministry by Prof.  Read more...