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Theological Education – It’s for Everyone

Theological Education – It’s for Everyone

This article first appeared in The Episcopal New Yorker, Summer 2014

By the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle

Dean and President
The General Theological Seminary 

On Ascension Day in Inverness, Scotland, while on a recent family trip, I heard the Episcopal bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness preach at a young lady’s confirmation. He recounted his own confirmation preparation as a youth, remembering his parish priest’s instructions on the purpose of altar candles.

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The Wisdom of “Both” and “And”

The Wisdom of “Both” and “And”

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

The first time I ever considered that very Anglican phrase, “both/and,” I was seated in Sherred 1A, right here at General. It was how a now-retired GTS professor spoke about that seemingly simple concept to unravel decades-old quandaries.  At first, it seemed so foreign, until I remembered we were being taught to think theologically, not as the world had formed us.  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...

Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly – The Way of Wisdom Issue

Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly – The Way of Wisdom Issue

The Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly, The Way of Wisdom Issue, was mailed out at the end of June. You can also see it by downloading the PDF below. This edition includes:

The Wisdom of “Both” & “And”

Adding It All Up

Meeting Parish Needs

Preparing for Real-World Ministry

Student Perspectives on Curriculum Integration 

Download GTS News Quarterly Summer 2014

 

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Kerlin Richter ’13 Receives Beatitudes Society Fellowship

Kerlin Richter ’13 Receives Beatitudes Society Fellowship

The Rev. Kerlin Richter, Class of 2013, has been selected by the Beatitudes Society as one of eight emerging faith leaders from across the U.S. to receive the annual Beatitudes Fellowship award. Richter is the founding priest of Bushwick Abbey, a new Episcopal Church plant in Brooklyn, New York.

About Bushwick Abbey, Richter says, “We are boldly proclaiming God’s love for all people regardless of sexual orientation, economic status, or religious background.  Read more...

Incoming GTS Junior Named First Recipient of SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship

Incoming GTS Junior Named First Recipient of SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship

The Society for the Increase of the Ministry (“SIM”) and the Mercer Fund of the Diocese of Long Island (“Mercer”) have awarded the first SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship to Jason Daniel Roberson, an entering junior at The General Theological Seminary, and his sponsoring bishop, the Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg of South Carolina.

Roberson is the first recipient of this new, merit-based scholarship, and it will cover his tuition, room and board at GTS.   Read more...

Elise Johnstone ’05 called as Canon to the Ordinary in Lexington

Elise Johnstone ’05 called as Canon to the Ordinary in Lexington

The Rev. Elise Johnstone, Class of 2005, has been called as Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Lexington. In this role she will assist Bishop Douglas Hahn (Class of 1996, D.D. 2014) in realizing the vision of the diocese. Her special focus will be on the health, growth, and development of congregations, the nurture and call of priests, and broader tasks of helping all baptized persons discern and grow into their call to ministry.  Read 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...

From the Bishop of New York – Rest in Peace: The Right Reverend E. Don Taylor

 

 

May 26, 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

On Saturday evening I shared with you the sad news that the Rt. Rev. E. Don Taylor, Vicar Bishop for New York City from 1994 to 2009, died in the early evening following a decline of several months. I write today to announce the plans for his funeral:

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 2:00 in the afternoon

Clergy are invited to vest and process (white stoles)

Bishop Taylor suffered a stroke in February and had pursued faithfully a long and difficult process towards recovery.  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...

Become a General Learner – Study This Summer at GTS

Become a General Learner – Study This Summer at GTS

General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2014 term and especially welcomes General Learners to become part of the seminary community. To learn more and register, click here.

General Learners are students who are not pursuing a formal degree and who take courses to learn more about their faith, enhance their ministry or prayer, or delve into a theological topic.  Read more...

General Seminary Holds 192nd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

General Seminary Holds 192nd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

The General Theological Seminary
Class of 2014

The General Theological Seminary held its 192nd Commencement on May 14, 2014. Thirty-five women and men received degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred by the Seminary’s Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle. The Seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Rt. Rev. Douglas Hahn ’96, the Rt. Rev. Chip Stokes ’90, and the Rev. Canon C. K.  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, May 11

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, May 11

**WEEK FOUR EASTER**

Sunday, 11 May

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, 12 May 

  • 10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Tuesday, 13 May

  • 8:00 am Morning Prayer
  • 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I (Baccalaureate)

Wednesday, 14 May (COMMENCEMENT DAY)

  • 8:00 A.M. Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist
  • 9:30 A.M. Breakfast in the Refectory
  • 11:00 A.M. Commencement Ceremony
  • 12:15 P.M.
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Students Create Liturgy to Bless New Community Garden

Students Create Liturgy to Bless New Community Garden

Students, faculty, staff, as well as teachers and students of the Children’s Garden Preschool, gathered following the morning Eucharist on May 5 to bless the Seminary’s Community Garden. The blessings and prayers included in this brief service were written by Prof. Joshua Davis’s class, “Earth, Work, City: Christian Action & Social Ethics,” which explores theological and moral decision-making in relation to land use, labor, and urban living.  Read more...

The Rev. Canon Heather Cook ’87 Elected Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

The Rev. Canon Heather Cook ’87 Elected Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

On Friday, May 2 , the Rev. Canon Heather Cook, GTS Class of 1987, was elected Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland at the 230th Diocesan Convention at Turf Valley Resort, Ellicot City. Cook is the first woman to be elected a bishop for the Diocese of Maryland.

“Heather is a great leader of the Church,” praised GTS Dean, the Very Rev. Kurt H.  Read more...

Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority [PHOTOS]

Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority [PHOTOS]

On April 29, Women at General, a student-led group at The General Theological Seminary hosted a panel discussion entitled “Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority: Embodying the Paradox Inside and Out.”

Recognizing that Jesus called his disciples to lead as one who serves, saying of himself, “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27), and yet Jesus taught as one having authority, and gave authority to his disciples to do works in his name and to “bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16).  Read more...