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General Seminary Continues Regional Conversations

General Seminary Continues Regional Conversations

Following an engaging and productive gathering in Philadelphia, The General Theological Seminary continues a series of interactive discussions for Alumni and Friends: Conversations about General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future, with upcoming events in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. More dates and locations will be announced throughout the 2016 year.

As General Seminary launches complete implementation of The Way of Wisdom, we hope you can join us for this opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation.  Read more...

Paula M. Jackson ’85 to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Paula M. Jackson ’85 to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Rev. Paula M. Jackson, Class of 1985, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Jackson has been the Rector of the multicultural Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador in Cincinnati, Ohio, since 1990. She is married to the Rev. Daniel M. Watson; they have three grown children and two grandchildren.  Read more...

A New Call for Kathleen Berkowe ’10

A New Call for Kathleen Berkowe ’10

The Rev. Kathleen Hawkins Berkowe, Class of 2010, has been called as Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Britain, Connecticut. She has been serving as Assistant to the Rector, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Stamford, Connecticut. Her first service at St. Mark’s will be February 21, 2016.

While at The General Theological Seminary, Berkowe organized the speaker series, Identity, Community and the World with inaugural speaker, the Rev.  Read more...

Summer Opportunity: Lake Tahoe, Nevada

If you have an appetite for adventure and want to make a difference in children’s lives, Camp Galilee, the Episcopal Camp of the Diocese of Nevada, located on the shore of Lake Tahoe could be the place for you! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply now!  The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015.

Galilee is an Episcopal camp that offers a meaningful and adventurous program for youth ages 7 to 17.  Read more...

Summer Opportunity, West Virginia

The Diocese of West Virginia (Bp. Klusmeyer, Class of 1980, member Board of Trustees) is seeking Counselors for their Diocesan Camp at Peterkin (in Romney, WV).

Camp counselors are integral to a positive and enriching camp experience. Counselors should be responsible, energetic, spiritually mature, and creative individuals who have an enthusiasm for working with youth and families of all ages.

Counselor Responsibilities include:

  • Supervision of campers in lodges and all other camp facilities
  • Leading evening devotions with campers in lodges
  • Assisting with and occasionally leading morning program (including, but not limited to, small groups)
  • Planning and leading afternoon elective activities (e.g.
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New Work from Peter-Ben Smit ’11

New Work from Peter-Ben Smit ’11

New Testament scholar and ecumenist, the Rev. Dr. Peter-Ben Smit (Th.D. ’11), has recently published a new study, From Canonical Criticism to Ecumenical Exegesis?, and has announced the fourth edition of the successful Summer School in Old Catholic Theology at Utrecht in the Netherlands.

In his new book, Smit addresses the interrelationship between canonical approaches to Scripture and ecumenical hermeneutics. By exploring and comparing the role of the canon in the work of Brevard S.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Alanson Houghton ’66

In Memoriam: Alanson Houghton ’66

The Rev. Alanson Bigelow Houghton (Class of 1966) died peacefully at his home in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, on January 24, 2016. He was 85 years old. Born August 3, 1930 in Corning, New York, Houghton earned multiple degrees, including an M.B.A. from Harvard University, before attending The General Theological Seminary.

Houghton spent the early part of his career in business, where he worked for the Corning Glass Works.  Read more...

A New Call For Lee Ann Tolzmann ’01

A New Call For Lee Ann Tolzmann ’01

The Rev. Lee Ann D. Tolzmann, Class of 2001, has been appointed Canon for Mission Leadership for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. She began her new ministry, which focuses on clergy and congregations in transition, on August 1, 2015.

After her ordination in 2001, Tolzmann served as Assistant Rector at St. Andrew’s Church in Glenwood, Maryland. From 2003-2008, she served as Rector of the Church of the Messiah in Baltimore.   Read more...

Homeless Shelter Volunteers Needed

The Homeless Shelter at First Presbyterian Church, 12 West 12th Street at Fifth Avenue, is in critical need of volunteers. The overnight shift is from 8:30 pm until 6:00 am. Many of their regular overnight volunteers have moved away, so they are having a hard time staffing. As it is near General, students have enjoyed helping out in previous years.

If you are interested, contact Posey Krakowsky, Class of 2015 and currently Curate at St.  Read more...

A New Call for Fain Webb ’92

The Rev. Fain Webb, Class of 1992, is the new Priest-in-Residence at St. Dunstan’s, Succasunna, New Jersey. “I got to know some of the people while I was doing occasional services here and I liked them.” Webb said. “I felt there was a connection between who they were looking for and what I do and enjoy doing. My strengths are preaching and leading services, pastoral care and helping others grow in faith.”

Webb last served for 15 years as Vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Wantage, in Sussex County.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Johnston ’91

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Johnston ’91

The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Johnston, Class of 1991, whose call to the priesthood came after a significant and gifted career in science, died December 3, 2015, in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Johnston was born May 23, 1946, in Kansas City, Missouri. Early in his childhood, his family moved to Colorado.  Following graduation from Colorado College, cum laude, in 1968, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences from Yale University.  Read more...

Summer Chaplaincy Opportunity

Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center, located in northwestern New Jersey, is seeking an enthusiastic, welcoming, and radically hospitable pastoral presence to serve the spiritual and religious needs of staff members, campers, and guests. An ecumenical ministry between the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Cross Roads’ mission is to “joyfully experience God and Creation through faith, fellowship and fun.” Serving all ages and all faith backgrounds and experiences, Cross Roads provides a safe place for all to come and play, worship, and retreat from the busyness of life.  Read more...

A New Call for Erin Betz Shank ’15

A New Call for Erin Betz Shank ’15

The Rev. Erin Betz Shank, Class of 2015, has been called as Vicar of Trinity Church, New Castle, Pennsylvania, as part of a period of intentional congregational development in the Diocese of Northwest Pennsylvania.

Betz Shank was educated at Thiel College, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Boston University before attending The General Theological Seminary and being ordained into The Episcopal Church by Bishop Sean Rowe in February, 2015.  Read more...

Nathan LeRud ’07 Named Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Portland

Nathan LeRud ’07 Named Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Portland

The Rev. Canon Nathan LeRud, Class of 2007, has been called as the next Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. LeRud had previously been serving as the cathedral’s Acting Dean during the transition period.

A member of the cathedral’s staff since 2009, LeRud was hired by previous Dean, the Very Rev. William Lupfer, to serve as Canon Residentiary, overseeing administrative staff and ministry organization.  Read more...

A New Call for Jason Poling ’15

A New Call for Jason Poling ’15

The Rev. Dr. Jason Poling, Class of 2015, has been called by the Diocese of Maryland as a Mission Developer, serving as Vicar of St. Hilda’s Episcopal Church in Catonsville, Maryland, near Baltimore. St. Hilda’s is a new congregation meeting in a facility whose former congregation left The Episcopal Church.

Also meeting in the facility will be New Hope Community Church, an independent congregation Poling helped to plant in 2003.  Read more...

M. Dion Thompson ’07 Reflects and Writes at Collegeville Institute

M. Dion Thompson ’07 Reflects and Writes at Collegeville Institute

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson, Class of 2007, has published a piece on praying with the Benedictine monks of the St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Thompson completed the piece while a short-term resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute in the fall of 2015. He also worked on an ongoing project tentatively titled, Tending the Flock: A Prayerful Reimagining of 1st Peter for Pastoral LeadersRead more...

P/T Job Opportunity with ECF

Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF)

Job Description

Part-time Project Assistant

Lilly Endowment Initiative: 

“From Economic Challenges to Transformational Opportunities”

 About ECF:

The mission of the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) is to strengthen the strategic, leadership and financial capabilities of Episcopal congregations, dioceses, and organizations to pursue their mission and ministry.

ECF is seeking a motivated individual to assist in the implementation of ECF’s Lilly Endowment Initiative “From Economic Challenges to Transformational Opportunities.”

The purpose of the Initiative is to provide lay and clergy leaders support and resources to adequately address the financial and leadership challenges of congregational ministry in the 21st Century.  Read more...