Category Archives: Faculty

The Rev. Emily Wachner Appointed as Lecturer in Pastoral Theology

The Rev. Emily Wachner Appointed as Lecturer in Pastoral Theology

The General Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Emily Wachner to the faculty as a full-time Lecturer in Pastoral Theology. Wachner will also continue as the Director of Integrative Programs, a role she has held for the past year. In this capacity, Wachner has expanded and strengthened the Wisdom Year program, placing twelve students in Wisdom Year sites for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Read more...

A Tribute to Profs. Mitties DeChamplain and Robert Owens [PHOTOS]

A Tribute to Profs. Mitties DeChamplain and Robert Owens [PHOTOS]

On May 9, during Commencement week at The General Theological Seminary, a special Evensong and a reception were held to honor the contributions to the Seminary of the Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain and the Rev. Dr. Robert Owens. The event was an opportunity to give thanks for the years of ministry of DeChamplain and Owens at General Seminary as Professor Owens continues to venture into retirement and Mother Mitties continues her priestly ministry into new settings.  Read more...

General Seminary Appoints the Rev. Dr. Kevin J. Moroney as Associate Professor of Liturgics

General Seminary Appoints the Rev. Dr. Kevin J. Moroney as Associate Professor of Liturgics

The General Theological Seminary has announced that the Rev. Dr. Kevin John Moroney has been appointed as Associate Professor in the Rev. Dr. H. Boone Porter Liturgics Chair. With the conclusion of this search, a full-time, residential Professor of Liturgics returns to the General faculty. Also, General Seminary welcomes home a loyal son, a member of the Class of 1992.

Moroney has been teaching as an Affiliate Faculty in Liturgics at General since last fall.  Read more...

General Seminary Faculty Receive Conant Grants

General Seminary Faculty Receive Conant Grants

The Episcopal Church has announced the recipients of the 2016-2017 Conant Grant awards. Among the recipients were four professors from The General Theological Seminary, Michael Battle, Todd Brewer, Clair McPherson, and Barbara Crafton. These awards, amounting to more than $20,000, will provide support for educational research and initiatives at General, from funding the publishing of a book to developing a new course that incorporates study abroad.  Read more...

Alive and Well – Scholarly Life at General Seminary

Alive and Well – Scholarly Life at General Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson
Professor of Ascetical Theology

A false, and deadly, dichotomy persists in discussions of seminaries: a seminary, so this notion suggests, must either emphasize liturgical niceties or stress the urgencies of the social Gospel. Similarly, a dichotomy exists where a seminary must choose between clerical preparation and the education of the laity.

At The General Theological Seminary, we have been creatively exploring and developing an innovative, groundbreaking approach to Christian and priestly formation for the 21st century.  Read more...

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...