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The latest news from The General Theological Seminary

Don’t Miss our Annual Commemoration of the Benefactors

At our Thursday, October 19th Evensong, our special annual observance will take place offering Prayer for the Commemoration of our Benefactors. All members of The General Theological Seminary community–students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends–are warmly invited.

The annual Commemoration of Benefactors has been observed at General Theological Seminary since the Eve of All Saints 1890. It is a time when we remember with gratitude those who have given generously to the Seminary and who have cared that it be worthy of its mission.  Read more...

Orientation Signifies the Expansion of General Seminary

Orientation Signifies the Expansion of General Seminary

Above, Thursday Evening, August 31, new students greet faculty and administration following Eucharist.

 

Twenty-two new students arrived at Chelsea Square this week, anticipating a new beginning. Orientation heralds the opportunity to welcome new students from around the country and world. In her opening remarks, Donna Ashley, Vice President of Advancement at General Seminary noted, “We have students joining us from as close at West Eighteenth Street and as far away as Kenya.” Ashley went on to share that one of the incoming students was actually born while his family was living on the Close as his father was a student at the seminary.  Read more...

In Memoriam: Canon Janice Rusack 1919 – 2017

In Memoriam: Canon Janice Rusack 1919 – 2017

Canon Janice Morrison Overfield Rusack, widow of the late fourth Bishop of Los Angeles, the Rt. Rev. Robert Claflin Rusack, Class of 1951 and a former chairman of our Board of Trustees, died Aug. 29. She was 97, and had been in declining health in recent years.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Geoffrey Claflin Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack, who were great benefactors of our Desmond Tutu Center, and daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Rusack Waycott and Richard Waycott.  Read more...

Kevin Brown ’07 Elected 11th Bishop of Delaware

The Rev. Kevin S. Brown, Class of 2007 was elected 11th Bishop of Delaware at a special convention on July 15, 2017. He was elected on the fifth ballot at St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Middletown, according to a news release issued by the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.

Brown has been the Rector of Holy Comforter Church in Charlotte, NC since 2010. He previously served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Paris, TN.  Read more...

Episcopal Historians Visit General

Episcopal Historians Visit General

Donna Ashley welcomes NEHA to the Close

On Thursday, June 22, General hosted sixty members of the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists (NEHA) Conference for an afternoon visit. The conference attendees had the opportunity to learn about and experience many of General’s notable and historical facets. Professor Emeritus Bruce Mullin offered a historical tour of the Close and Professor Kevin Moroney gave a talk on and tour of the Close’s “crown jewel,” The Chapel of the Good Shepherd.  Read more...

Garden Party Revels in Early Summer

Garden Party Revels in Early Summer

In welcoming and thanking attendees of General Seminary’s Garden Party, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle remarked, “June 22 is, statistically, the day most likely to have perfect weather.”  With nary a cloud to block the sun streaming through the green canopy of the Close, the gathered crowd, dressed in everything from Bermuda shorts to linen suits to floral dresses and Panama hats, smiled and laughed in agreement.  Read more...

General Seminary Holds 195th Commencement

General Seminary Holds 195th Commencement

The General Theological Seminary held its 195th Commencement on May 17, 2017. Twenty seven individuals received degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred by the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President. The seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, the Rt. Rev. Maria Griselda Delgado del Carpio, the Rt. Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, and Mr. Herbert Thomas. Read more about the honorary doctorate recipients hereRead more...

Chapel Schedule – Week of May 15, 2017 (Commencement)

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, May 15
Easter 5

Monday May 15
9:50am –   Morning Prayer
5:30pm –   Evensong Rite I (with the Blessing of Rings and Crosses)
 
Tuesday May 16
9:50am –   Alumni Memorial Eucharist
Preacher: The Rev. Jonathan Linman, Class of ’97
Director, Center for Christian Spirituality (2001-2009)
5:30om –   Baccalaureate Evensong
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson
Professor of Ascetical Theology, General Seminary                 
 
Wednesday May 17
8:00am –    Morning Prayer
8:20am –    Commencement Eucharist
                      Preacher: The Rev.
  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – May 7-12, 2017

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, May 7
Easter 4

 

Sunday, May 7

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, May 8

  • 9:50 am Eucharist of Thanksgiving for the Year
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Tuesday, May 9

  • 9:50 am Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Community Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Preacher: The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of Western New York

Wednesday, May 10

  • 9:00 am Morning Prayer, Rite II

Thursday, May 11

  • 9:00 am  Morning Prayer, Rite II

Friday, May 12

  • 9:00 am  Morning Prayer, Rite II

Chapel Schedule – April 30-May 6, 2017

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, April 30
Easter 3

 

Sunday, April 30

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

 

Monday, May 1

  • 9:50 am Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Preacher: Sir David Moxon, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See, Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome
  • 5:30 pm Festive Evensong, Rite I

Tuesday, May 2

  • 9:50 am Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Community Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Wednesday, May 3

  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite II

Thursday, May 4

  • 9:50 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I – Preacher: Archbishop Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion
  • 5:30 pm  Evensong, RIte I

Friday, May 5

  • 9:50 am  Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm  Evening Rite

Saturday, May 6

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II
General Seminary Welcomes Joshua Bruner as Director of Communications

General Seminary Welcomes Joshua Bruner as Director of Communications

Joshua A. Bruner was named the new Director of Communications for The General Theological Seminary in late March. Bruner is thrilled to join General’s staff, commenting, “While I have only been on the Close for about a month, I have been inspired by the passion and Spirit-filled movement of the community gathered here. There is an air of excitement, of joy, of resurrection. And it is a blessing to be a part of that.”

Bruner received his Master in Divinity from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale where he was particularly interested in Gender, Religion, and Culture.  Read more...

2017 Summer Courses Open For Registration

This summer, The General Theological Seminary will offer six courses, including a broad range of subject matter. Additionally, in celebration of the 200th anniversary, the seminary invites alumni to come back to campus and audit a course with a 75% discount. Alumni may use the discount code: WELCOMEHOME2017

For more details on any of the courses, or to register – simply visit: http://www.generallearners.com.

Chapel Schedule – April 23-29, 2017

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, April 23
Easter 2

 

Sunday, April 23

  • *Holiday Mode*

Monday, April 24

  • 9:50 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Tuesday, April 25

  • 9:50 am Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: The Rev. Morgan Mercer-Ladd

Wednesday, April 26

  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite II

Thursday, April 27

  • 9:50 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm  Evensong, RIte I

Friday, April 28

  • 9:50 am  Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm  Evening Rite (Entering Class)

Saturday, April 29

  • Evening Prayer, Rite II

Chapel Schedule – April 16-22, 2017

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, April 16
Easter Week

 

Sunday, April 16

  • *Holiday Mode*

Monday, April 17

  • *Holiday Mode*

Tuesday, April 18

  • 9:50 am Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: TBA

Wednesday, April 19

  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite II

Thursday, April 20

  • 9:50 am  Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Preacher: The Rev. Dr.
  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – April 9-15, 2017

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, April 9
Holy Week

 

Sunday, April 9

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, April 10

  • 9:50 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Tuesday, April 11

  • 9:50 am Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II (w/ Foot Washing Gospel)
    Preacher: The Rev. Fredrick Okoth, ’17

Wednesday, April 12

  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite II

Thursday, April 13

  • 9:50 am  Maundy Thursday, (Last Supper Eucharist, Procession of elements to Altar of Repose) – Preacher: The Very Rev.
  Read more...
General to Host Annual Garden Party June 22 on the Close

General to Host Annual Garden Party June 22 on the Close

The Chelsea Square Conservancy of The General Theological Seminary will once again host its annual Garden Party, Thursday, June 22, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees are also invited to join us for Evensong in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at 5:30 pm. Acoustic entertainment will be provided by Del & The Rad Rompers, an American roots duo.

The Garden Party is a wonderful opportunity for the General community and our friends and neighbors to meet, mingle, and enjoy Chelsea Square.  Read more...