Category Archives: Faculty

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Mitties McDonald DeChamplain

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Mitties McDonald DeChamplain

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Each month GTS News is featuring one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

Invite a GTS Professor to Preach on Theological Education Sunday – Feb. 1, 2015

Invite a GTS Professor to Preach on Theological Education Sunday – Feb. 1, 2015

Next year, Theological Education Sunday in The Episcopal Church will fall on Sunday, February 1. Members of the GTS faculty are now accepting invitations to visit parishes throughout the country as guest preachers on that day. Each will explore the meaning of that week’s lectionary reading through the lens of her or his theological discipline.

If you wish to invite a particular GTS faculty member to preach on Theological Education Sunday, please send an email to good@gts.edu to make an inquiry as to her or his availability that day.  Read more...

Adding It All Up

Adding It All Up

An Integrated Curriculum is the Core of The Way of Wisdom

The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson
Professor of Ascetical Theology

“I enjoyed my various courses at General, but I could never see how they added up.”

That may well be the most common negative comment GTS graduates tend to make. Even the very best students have said that, while they found courses interesting and seminary life rewarding, the curriculum simply did not seem to cohere, except sporadically and unintentionally.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. David J. Hurd

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. David J. Hurd

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Each month GTS News is featuring one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – The Rev. Andrew G. Kadel

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – The Rev. Andrew G. Kadel

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Every month, GTS News will feature one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Wray MacKay ’54

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Wray MacKay ’54

The Rev. Wray MacKay, Class of 1954 and a former member of the faculty at The General Theological Seminary, died unexpectedly on April 30, 2014, with his wife the Rev. Kate Kinney, daughter Margaret, and the Rev. Peter Strummer, rector of St Andrew’s in Seattle, Washington, at his bedside. MacKay and Kinney had just been concluding a co-interim ministry at Emmanuel Church on Orcas Island when he suffered a serious head injury from a fall.  Read more...

Professor David Hurd Receives Honorary Doctorate from Sewanee School of Theology

Professor David Hurd Receives Honorary Doctorate from Sewanee School of Theology

On May 9, 2014, The School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South, bestowed an Honorary Doctorate upon Dr. David J. Hurd, Professor of Church Music, Organist, and Director of Chapel Music at The General Theological Seminary.

As the bells rang out, students, faculty, and honorary degree recipients processed into Sewanee’s All Saint’s Chapel to hymns that included selections from Hurd’s work. The Rt.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. R. Bruce Mullin

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. R. Bruce Mullin

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Every month, GTS News will feature one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Deirdre Good

The Way of Wisdom: Faculty Voices – Prof. Deirdre Good

The Way of Wisdom is a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. Rather than separating education, formation and experience, The Way of Wisdom requires a complete blending of each. To read more about The Way of Wisdom, including Dean Kurt H. Dunkle’s article, “Diving into the Deep End,” go to www.gts.edu/wisdom.

Every month, GTS News will feature one faculty member’s reflection on The Way of WisdomRead more...

General Seminary Faculty Publish Declaration about “The Way of Wisdom”

General Seminary Faculty Publish Declaration about “The Way of Wisdom”

The faculty of The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church met on retreat in January, 2014, for prayer, reflection and discussion. The consensus of the faculty was that the most serious problems in theological education, congregations, the structural organization of the church, and the relationship of Christianity to the society at large emerge from a common root. This is the separation of theological reflection from the life of prayer and spiritual transformation, from Christian action and outreach.  Read more...

General Seminary Faculty Preach on Theological Education Sunday

General Seminary Faculty Preach on Theological Education Sunday

Members of the GTS faculty accepted preaching invitations for February 2, 2014, which this year was both the Feast of the Presentation and Theological Education Sunday. Here are excerpts from several sermons.

Professor David Hurd, preaching at Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mercerville, New Jersey, reminded us of the occasion: “I bring you greetings this morning from The General Theological Seminary, The Episcopal Church’s first school dedicated to the education and formation of clergy and lay leaders for The Episcopal Church.  Read more...

GTS Professor Deirdre Good Invested as Honorary Canon

GTS Professor Deirdre Good Invested as Honorary Canon

On January 24, 2014, Dr. Deirdre Good, Professor of New Testament at The General Theological Seminary, was invested as Honorary Canon of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg.

As reported by the Diocese of Pennsylvania:

“The service of Investiture was in the context of Solemn Choral Morning Prayer sung by MiContraFa, a choral ensemble from St. James, Lancaster, which is devoted to preserving the rich Anglican tradition of the sung prayer Offices (Matins, Morning Prayer, Evensong, Compline, and Vespers).  Read more...

GTS Professors to Preach at Parishes on Theological Education Sunday, February 2 – Schedule

GTS Professors to Preach at Parishes on Theological Education Sunday, February 2 – Schedule

This year, the Feast of the Presentation, February 2, falls on Theological Education Sunday in The Episcopal Church. Members of the GTS faculty have accepted invitations to visit parishes throughout the country as guest preachers on that day. Each will explore the meaning of the story of Jesus’ Presentation at the Jerusalem Temple (Luke 2:22-40) through the lens of her or his theological discipline.

Can God reveal something new when the story of the Presentation is approached from various perspectives of scholars in the Church?  Read more...

News of the World Lectio – Adjunct Professor Lindsay Boyer Creates YouTube Prayer Channel

News of the World Lectio – Adjunct Professor Lindsay Boyer Creates YouTube Prayer Channel

Hear, O hear, with the ear of the heart.

These chanted words begin each day’s video on Lindsay Boyer’s YouTube channel News of the World Lectio. The short videos, each no more than two minutes long, represent an innovative way of praying for the world that brings together the centuries-old spiritual practices of chant and lectio divina (sacred reading).

In each video, Boyer meditatively chants words from an article in that day’s edition of The New York Times, then chants a prayer based on a scriptural text, often from the Psalms, that thematically links with the news story.  Read more...

Recent Visiting Professor, the Most Rev. Dr. Peter Carnley AC, Returns to New York Area

Recent Visiting Professor, the Most Rev. Dr. Peter Carnley AC, Returns to New York Area

By Ellen C. Campbell

The Most Rev. Dr. Peter Carnley AC, former GTS Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, has returned to the New York area for a temporary assignment as Scholar in Residence of St. Peter’s Church, Morristown, New Jersey.

At St. Peter’s, the Archbishop joins the rector, GTS Alumna, Janet Broderick (’90), and will be leading and participating in services, providing in-depth congregational education and liturgical assistance.  Read more...

GTS Faculty Participate in Discussion, “Medieval Armenians Consider the Image of God”

GTS Faculty Participate in Discussion, “Medieval Armenians Consider the Image of God”

If human beings are made in the image of God, what does that imply for our self-understanding? And how does it expand our human understanding of God? At an event presented by St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and hosted by The General Theological Seminary on December 2, Roberta Ervine, Professor of Armenian Studies at St. Nersess, looked at these questions through the eyes of 13th century theological students in an Armenian monastery, as they dialogue with their teacher on the meaning of Genesis 1:26-27.   Read more...