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The latest news from The General Theological Seminary

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, August 31

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, August 31

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, August 31
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 17

 

Sunday, August 31

  • Holiday Mode

Monday, September 1

  • Holiday Mode

Tuesday, September 2

  • 10:10 am Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II
  • 6:00 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
    Dean and President, The General Theological Seminary

Wednesday, September 3

  • 10:10 am Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Thursday, September 4

  • 10:10 am Holy Eucharist
    Preacher: James Miller
    MDiv Class of 2015, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Friday, September 5

  • 10:10 am Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Saturday, September 6

  • 10:10 am Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

 

General Seminary Welcomes Incoming Class

General Seminary Welcomes Incoming Class

Incoming Class 2014 of The General Theological Seminary 

The last week in August brings fresh faces to the campus of The General Theological Seminary. This year, General welcomes a bumper crop of new students to its various degree and certificate programs.

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 24, General Seminary kicked off new student orientation week with the Dean’s Welcome Reception to introduce new students to the faculty and current students.  Read more...

General Seminary Fills Two Positions as Part of Program Integration

General Seminary Fills Two Positions as Part of Program Integration

New York City (GTS News) – Leading up to this Fall semester, the Rev. Danielle Thompson, Chaplain for Pastoral Care, and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Adjunct Professor, have taken on expanded roles at The General Theological Seminary. Each position includes key roles in implementing the Seminary’s new initiative, The Way of Wisdom.

The Rev. Danielle Thompson has accepted the position of Coordinator of Integrative ProgramsRead more...

Representatives from The Society for the Increase of the Ministry Meet with Recipient of Challenge Scholarship

Representatives from The Society for the Increase of the Ministry Meet with Recipient of Challenge Scholarship

On August 11, representatives from The Society for the Increase of the Ministry (SIM) visited The General Theological Seminary to greet and welcome the recipient of the first SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship, Jason Roberson ’17. Thomas Moore III, SIM Executive Director and Randolph C. Coley, SIM Board Member met with Roberson and General’s Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle.

Roberson enters General Seminary this year as the first recipient of the SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship which offers merit-based full theological education and formation scholarships to enable bishops to proactively identify and recruit future ordained leaders for ministries that will revitalize the church.  Read more...

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...

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.

  Read more...
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

 

All of the articles from GTS News Quarterly can be read online at: news.gts.edu/notesRead more...

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...