Category Archives: Faculty

A Contemplative Approach to Sexuality and Spirituality

A Contemplative Approach to Sexuality and Spirituality

Few topics provoke such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity—particularly in faith communities.  The Episcopal Church is developing resources to help navigate potentially difficult conversations on the subjects of sex, sexuality, and spirituality, as well as the impact of a shifting theology of marriage. Recently, General Seminary professor Westina Matthews received a grant from The Episcopal Evangelism Society to develop a program and workbook that uses contemplative practices to explore issues of human sexuality.   Read more...

Three Events at the Close with Barbara Crafton

Three Events at the Close with Barbara Crafton

Called Book Party 

Monday May 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Kick off the week of Commencement festivities and the Alumni Gathering with the celebration of Barbara Crafton’s newest book, Called. Join the extended community of General Theological Seminary for conversation, refreshments and a reading from Crafton’s newest book. Additionally, the author will answer questions and sign books. Copies of Called and The Alsolife will be available for purchase.

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Battle’s Newest Monograph Celebrated

On Thursday, April 11, General Seminary celebrated the launch of the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle’s monograph Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation.

Deans Dunkle and Delashmutt introduced Battle; both emphasized the unique accomplishment of research and theological reflection on the Book of Revelation within the Episcopal Church and Anglican Tradition.

Members of the local Chelsea community and area clergy joined the General Seminary community to discuss the book and its relevance in theology and current social issues.  Read more...

GENERAL SEMINARY TO HOST LAUNCH FOR CELEBRATED THEOLOGIAN’S NEW BOOK

GENERAL SEMINARY TO HOST LAUNCH FOR CELEBRATED THEOLOGIAN’S NEW BOOK

NEW YORK CITY: On Tuesday April 11 at 4:30pm, The General Theological Seminary will host a celebration to honor the launch of Michael Battle’s newest monograph, Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation. Battle will offer remarks and be available for conversation and book signing.

Desmond Tutu comments on Battle’s Heaven and Earth: “Michael invites the reader into the birthing process of heaven on earth.  Read more...

Stuart Hoke ’96 Receives Samuel Shoemaker Award from Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

Stuart Hoke ’96 Receives Samuel Shoemaker Award from Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

Adapted from the Episcopal News Service | February 6, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke (S.T.M. ’96, Th.D. ’00, and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral and Ascetical Theology) was honored with the Samuel Shoemaker Award at the annual meeting of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC).

For the past 12 years, Hoke has pioneered the teaching of two recovery-related courses at General. The Very Rev. Ward B.  Read more...

Prof. Michael Battle Book Release Date Announced

Prof. Michael Battle Book Release Date Announced

The most recent book from the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at The General Theological Seminary, has been published, and the release date announced.

Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation

Much of the literature on the book of Revelation paints a frightening apocalyptic vision of the end times. Michael Battle offers an alternative look at Revelation in this new work, seeing it instead as a hopeful call to bring heaven on earth.  Read more...

Prof. McPherson Opens the Sophia Conference

Prof. McPherson Opens the Sophia Conference

On December 9, 2016, the Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson, Professor of Christian Theology at The General Theological Seminary, delivered the first keynote address at the Ninth Annual Sophia Institute Conference, one of the world’s great Patristic and Orthodox gatherings. Sophia Institute President, the Very Rev. John McGuckin, introduced McPherson as “one of our most eminent Patristic scholars, and the world’s leading expert on Nilus of Ancyra.”

Nilus was in fact McPherson’s subject; he spoke for almost an hour on the results of his research into and translations of this neglected fifth-century Greek theologian.  Read more...

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
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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...