Category Archives: Faculty

Bringing It Together

Bringing It Together

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers
Director of Mission and Reconciliation and Adjunct Professor of Church and Society

If you’re imagining The Wisdom Year is simply advanced field education, think again. These pioneering residents are in a holistic program where they exercise ministry and authority in a church, pray and reflect on their vocation, explore content that complements the ministry experience, and nurture a circle of companions for the journey.  Read more...

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers Named to Position on Presiding Bishop’s Leadership Team

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers Named to Position on Presiding Bishop’s Leadership Team

The Episcopal Church has announced that the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Adjunct Professor of Church and Society and Director of Mission and Reconciliation at The General Theological Seminary, has been named Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation. She will be responsible for supporting the ministry of the Presiding Bishop and Primate as it pertains to evangelism and reconciliation efforts at the local, congregational, diocesan, and church-wide levels.  Read more...

Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium Held at General Seminary

Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium Held at General Seminary

On December 5, 2015, The General Theological Seminary once again hosted the 23rd Annual Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium, sponsored by the Academy of Romanian Scientists and The Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality. The very topical theme was “Cultural Transparency and the Loss of Privacy in the Era of Digital Technology: How Is This Shaping Our Becoming and the Ethical Dilemmas Related to It.”

Prof.  Read more...

The 23rd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium to be Held at General Seminary

The 23rd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium to be Held at General Seminary

The 23rd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium

Theme: Cultural Transparency and the Loss of Privacy in the Era of Digital Technology:
How Is This Shaping Our Becoming and the Ethical Dilemmas Related to It

Saturday, December 5, 2015
10:00 am-6:00 pm

The General Theological Seminary
Seabury Auditorium

440 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

 

Theodor Damian, PhD
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, Metropolitan College of New York; President of the Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality
Being Constantly Watched: Transparency and Perichoresis

Clair McPherson, PhD
Professor of Ascetical Theology, General Theological Seminary; Priest Associate, Church of the Transfiguration, Manhattan (Episcopal)
Transparency, Accountability, and Honesty in Twenty-first Century Theological Education: A Theory and a Test Case 

Richard Grallo, PhD

Professor of Applied Psychology, Metropolitan College of New York
Social Trust and Problem Solving in an Age of Chaos

Louis Tietje, PhD

Professor of Ethics, Metropolitan College of New York
Should Mr.  Read more...

Profs. Michael Battle and Todd Brewer Deliver the 2015 Paddock Lectures [PHOTOS+AUDIO]

Profs. Michael Battle and Todd Brewer Deliver the 2015 Paddock Lectures [PHOTOS+AUDIO]

On November 4-5, 2015, Professors Michael Battle and Todd Brewer delivered this year’s prestigious Paddock Lectures in Seabury Auditorium at The General Theological Seminary.

Together the lectures were titled The Goodness of Upheaval: Pauline and Apocalyptic Perspectives, and they provided both theological and practical conversation for why Christians engage in upheaval as a necessary good. Brewer’s lecture addressed “The Upheaval of Paul’s Life and the Incongruous Grace of Christ” and Battle presented themes from his upcoming book, The Goodness of Upheaval: Apocalyptic Perspectives.   Read more...

The Paddock Lectures 2015 – The Goodness of Upheaval: Pauline and Apocalyptic Perspectives

The Paddock Lectures 2015 – The Goodness of Upheaval: Pauline and Apocalyptic Perspectives

Professors Michael Battle and Todd Brewer of The General Theological Seminary will deliver this year’s prestigious Paddock Lectures on Wednesday, November 4 and Thursday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. The lectures are a feature of the annual Alumni Gathering. If you are a member of the GTS Alumni community, please click here for more information about registering for the Gathering, which includes the Paddock lectures.

Click here to purchase tickets for the general public.  Read more...

An Interview with the Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D.

An Interview with the Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D.

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D. joins General Seminary this semester as an Affiliated Professor of Liturgics. GTS News recently sat down with him to talk about his background and the perspective he brings as an alumnus.

Would you tell us a little about your background?

I’ve been serving as Rector of Christ Church Ithan, in Villanova, Pennsylvania, for the last six years. I grew up in northern New Jersey.  Read more...

General Voices: Seminary Plus – Prof. Clair McPherson

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...

General Voices: Practicing Resurrection – The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

General Voices: Practicing Resurrection – The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers
Director of Mission & Reconciliation and Adjunct Professor of Church & Society

In August 2014, I moved onto the Close and joined The General Theological Seminary community. It was, in many ways, a dream realized. I was serving as Coordinator of Career Services at Harvard Divinity School back in 2000 when I finally grasped the heart of my ministry: nourishing and companioning with people as they discover their place in God’s great big dream for creation.  Read more...

Meet the Faculty: An Interview with Asst. Prof. Todd Brewer

Meet the Faculty: An Interview with Asst. Prof. Todd Brewer

The Rev. Todd. H. W. Brewer, Ph.D., was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of New Testament at The General Theological Seminary. GTS News recently sat down with him to talk about his background and what excites him about coming to General.

Would you tell us a little about your background?

My wife, Kelly, and I have been married for nine years. She works at the VA Hospital researching balance issues with veteran populations.   Read more...

Prof. David Hurd to Leave General Seminary

Recently, Dr. David J. Hurd decided that he will leave his position as Professor of Church Music and Organist, Director of Chapel Music, effective June 30, 2015. With great sadness for his departure and with great joy for his many years of accomplishments, General Seminary will celebrate his 39 years here at a special Evensong on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, during the annual Alumni Gathering. Dean and President, the Very Rev.  Read more...

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – Prof. Robert Owens

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary – Prof. Robert Owens

General Voices: Why I Stand with The General Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Robert J. Owens
Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament

The following submission from Prof. Robert Owens reflects his report to the Trustees of The General Theological Seminary on May 19, 2015.

As a faculty member who has continued teaching throughout this past year, I have been asked to share some personal observations as we now prepare for a new academic year in 2015-16 (my fifteenth at GTS).  Read more...

Meet Our New Professor:  An Interview with the Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.

Meet Our New Professor: An Interview with the Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.

Recently, GTS News had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Michael Battle. In May he was appointed as the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center (see story here). Battle holds a unique connection to The Desmond Tutu Center, having spent two years in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa and being ordained a priest by Tutu in 1993.  Read more...

About New Faculty Member Discernment

About New Faculty Member Discernment

Dear fellow members of the General Seminary community,

Before graduation I promised an update on the way our three new faculty members came to us. Now that the press of year-end is behind us, let me take a few minutes, beginning with a word about process.

I am a fan of process. I am also a fan of good results. When they move together, it is all the better.  Read more...

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

General Seminary Names the Rev. Todd Brewer, Ph.D., as Assistant Professor of New Testament

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Todd H. W. Brewer has been named Assistant Professor of New Testament beginning fall 2015. Brewer already has ties with General Seminary, having taught an introductory New Testament course for diaconal candidates this past spring.

Most recently, Brewer served as Associate Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey. He holds an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and an M.A.  Read more...

General Seminary Appoints the Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center

General Seminary Appoints the Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Professor of Church and Society and Director of The Desmond Tutu Center

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., has been appointed as the Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society. He will also assume the position of Director of The Desmond Tutu Center. As its new Director, Battle holds a unique connection to The Desmond Tutu Center, having lived in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa for two years (1993-1994) and being ordained a priest in South Africa by Archbishop Tutu in 1993.  Read more...

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D., to Join GTS as Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics

The Rev. Kevin Moroney, Ph.D., to Join GTS as Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Kevin John Moroney ’92 will be teaching Liturgics as an Affiliate Faculty member beginning fall 2015. Moroney has close ties to General and comes highly recommended from faculty and community members.

Moroney is a graduate of General Seminary (M.Div. ’92) and received his Ph.D. in Liturgy from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland, in 2008.  Read more...