Category Archives: Faculty

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...

Kate Cooper Chats with Deirdre Good about Early Christian Women

Kate Cooper Chats with Deirdre Good about Early Christian Women

Scholars of Early Christianity from nearby universities and seminaries, laity, bishops of The Episcopal Church, advocates for women, and General Seminary neighbors, graduates, professors and students, filled Seabury Auditorium on November 18, 2013, for Two Scholars Imagine The World of Early Christian Women, an evening with Kate Cooper, award-winning Professor of Ancient History in the University of Manchester, and Deirdre Good, GTS Academic Dean.

Their conversation focused on Cooper’s new book Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women, which follows the lives of women across the first centuries of the church.  Read more...

November 18 – Prof. Deirdre Good Joins Kate Cooper to Imagine the World of Early Christian Women

November 18 – Prof. Deirdre Good Joins Kate Cooper to Imagine the World of Early Christian Women

The General Theological Seminary invites you to Two Scholars Imagine The World of Early Christian Women, an evening with Kate Cooper, award-winning Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester, and Deirdre Good, GTS Academic Dean, on Monday, November 18, 2013. Together, they will offer a revisioning of Christian history to include the full weight of women’s contributions. Their scholarly conversation begins at 6:30 p.m.  Read more...

A Light for Revelation: Invite a GTS Scholar to Preach on Theological Education Sunday

A Light for Revelation: Invite a GTS Scholar to Preach on Theological Education Sunday

The General Theological Seminary invites parishes to join in a special preaching event with the faculty for Theological Education Sunday, February 2, 2014. That Sunday is the Feast of the Presentation, and members of the GTS faculty are offering to visit parishes as guest preachers, each exploring 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.  Read more...

Blessing of the Animals at General Seminary

Blessing of the Animals at General Seminary

The General Theological Seminary held its annual Blessing of the Animals on September 29 in front of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. After a brief service, the Rev. Mitties DeChamplain blessed neighborhood and seminary animals gathered with their human companions on a beautiful Fall afternoon.”Mother Mitties received blessings, too!” she said after the service.

Professor Hurd Takes Part in the 16th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival

Professor Hurd Takes Part in the 16th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival

Dr. David Hurd, Professor of Church Music at The General Theological Seminary, recently joined fellow concert organists, Diane Meredith Belcher and Cherry Rhodes, in performing at the 16th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival and judging performance competitions for high school level and young professional organists.  The stated purpose of the Festival is “to enhance the area of organ education–both to support young people studying the organ and to increase general appreciation for organ music of the past and present.”  Modeled after the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival in the Netherlands and founded in 1979, the U.S.  Read more...

Meet Our New Faculty – Dr. Andrew Irving

Meet Our New Faculty – Dr. Andrew Irving

GTS welcomes Dr. Andrew Irving as the new Assistant Professor of Church History. After completing an undergraduate degree in French and German, Irving studied pastoral theology at the College of St. John the Evangelist, the Anglican seminary in Auckland, New Zealand, his home country. In the United States, Irving completed a masters degree in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame before undertaking doctoral studies in the Medieval Institute, an interdisciplinary research institute of Notre Dame.  Read more...

Meet Our New Faculty – Dr. Joshua Davis

Meet Our New Faculty – Dr. Joshua Davis

Dr. Joshua Davis begins this term as General’s new Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at The University of the South and Visiting Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He also has served as an adjunct instructor of scripture, history, and theology at the Loyola University Institute for Pastoral Studies in Chicago.

Davis’ scholarly work focuses on contemporary theologies of grace and creation, and he has special interests in the intimate relationship between theology, spiritual practice, and creative social transformation.  Read more...

Professor Mitties DeChamplain Offers a Broadway Blessing

Professor Mitties DeChamplain Offers a Broadway Blessing

On September 9, the Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain, Trinity Church Professor of Preaching at The General Theological Seminary and Vicar of St. Clement’s, participated in the 16th annual Broadway Blessing at The Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan (The Actor’s Church). The evening was a festive gathering of singers, dancers, actors, musicians, and lovers of theater to ask God’s blessing on the new theatre season in New York City.  Read more...

Professor Deirdre Good Appointed as Academic Dean of General Seminary

Professor Deirdre Good Appointed as Academic Dean of General Seminary

Professor Deirdre Good

Dr. Deirdre Good, Professor of New Testament at The General Theological Seminary, has been appointed as Academic Dean beginning this school year. This new position grows out of the former position of Sub-Dean and will play a leadership role in General Seminary’s academic programs. As Academic Dean, Prof. Good will focus on both current and future systems as General Seminary develops the way it educates and forms leaders for a changing church and a changing world.  Read more...

Prof. Robert Owens Webcast about Cyrus Cylinder Now Available to Watch Online

Prof. Robert Owens Webcast about Cyrus Cylinder Now Available to Watch Online

The Cyrus Cylinder, a small, cylinder-shaped baked clay tablet inscribed with Akkadian cuneiform from the 6th century BCE, is arguably one of the most important texts and objects from the Ancient Near Eastern world. Sometimes called “the first declaration of human rights,” the Cyrus Cylinder, housed at the British Museum, is currently touring museums in the United States, and will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City beginning June 20.  Read more...

Getting to Know You: Prof. Owens Introduces Students to Biblical Hebrew

Getting to Know You: Prof. Owens Introduces Students to Biblical Hebrew

Prof. Owens shows students a Torah Scroll

In the one-day seminar Shake Hands with Biblical Hebrew held on May 30, the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Owens, Professor of Old Testament at General Seminary, invited students to become acquainted with the ancient language.

The seminar included: basic instruction about the alphabet and grammar of Biblical Hebrew; teaching about the language’s historical context and its relationship to other Ancient Near Eastern languages, such as Akkadian; an introduction to the efforts of Masoretes, Jewish scholars who, beginning around 600 CE, developed a vowel notation system for the ancient language; and thoughtful examples of the translation and meaning of biblical texts.  Read more...

GTS Professor Deirdre Good Receives Grant to Conduct Parish-Based Scripture Studies

GTS Professor Deirdre Good Receives Grant to Conduct Parish-Based Scripture Studies

Prof. Deirdre Good at a scripture study on May 26.

Deirdre Good, Professor of New Testament at The General Theological Seminary has received a grant from the Episcopal Evangelical Education Society (EEES) to conduct a series of lay-led, learner-centered, parish-based scripture studies this Summer and Fall. The first study was held in Maine on May 26. The series will conclude this Fall at parishes in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Read more...