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The latest news from The General Theological Seminary

Chapel Schedule – May 1 – 7, 2016

Chapel Schedule – May 1 – 7, 2016

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, May 1
Easter 6

Sunday, May 1

  • 5:30 pm  Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, May 2

  • 9:50 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Liturgy Practicum 
  • 5:30 pm  Festive Evensong, Rite I – St. Philip and St. James

Tuesday, May 3

  • 9:50 am Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II
    Reflection: Frederick Okoth
    MDiv Class of 2018
  • 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: The Rev.
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General Seminary Appoints VP and Dean of Academic Affairs

General Seminary Appoints VP and Dean of Academic Affairs

The General Theological Seminary announces the appointment of Michael W. DeLashmutt, Ph.D., to the position of Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. The position incorporates the traditional duties of Academic Dean with an expanded emphasis on strengthening the current M.Div, M.A., S.T.M., and certificate programs, while developing and coordinating new lay-oriented, non-residential, vocationally focused degrees and certificates.

About the appointment, the Very Rev. Kurt H.  Read more...

General Seminary Faculty Receive Conant Grants

General Seminary Faculty Receive Conant Grants

The Episcopal Church has announced the recipients of the 2016-2017 Conant Grant awards. Among the recipients were four professors from The General Theological Seminary, Michael Battle, Todd Brewer, Clair McPherson, and Barbara Crafton. These awards, amounting to more than $20,000, will provide support for educational research and initiatives at General, from funding the publishing of a book to developing a new course that incorporates study abroad.  Read more...

Bishop William Franklin to Preach at General Seminary on May 5

Bishop William Franklin to Preach at General Seminary on May 5

The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of the Diocese of Western New York, will preach in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary on the morning of Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the Community Eucharist. Franklin is a former Professor of History and Modern Anglican Studies at General Seminary and former Dean of Berkley Divinity School at Yale.

Franklin was elected Bishop on November 20, 2010 at St.  Read more...

Meeting Jesus at Grand Central

Meeting Jesus at Grand Central

The following is an adaptation of a homily delivered in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary on February 15, 2016, and appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of The Episcopal New Yorker which was named the “Jesus Issue.”


Meeting Jesus at Grand Central

Deborah A. Lee
M.Div. ’17

Whenever I read the story of Joseph’s dreams of greatness and his brothers’ response, I wish I could just sidle up to one of the jealous brothers, tap him on the shoulder and say, “Bro, you are SO gonna eat crow!” I want to tell him that Joseph’s dreams will come true; that the brothers will be proved wrong.  Read more...

Chapel Schedule  April 24 – 30

Chapel Schedule April 24 – 30

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, April 24
Easter 5


Sunday, April 24

  • 5:30 pm  Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, April 25

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

Tuesday, April 26

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

 

Wednesday, April 27

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

Thursday, April 28

  • 9:50 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    5:30 pm  Evensong, RIte II
    Homilist: Vickie McDonald
    MDiv Class of 2017

Friday, April 29

  • 9:50 am  Morning Prayer, Rite II
    Reflection: Spencer Cantrell
    MDiv Class of 2018
  • 5:30 pm   Evening Rite

Saturday, April 30

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II
Notes from the Field: An Update on The Wisdom Year

Notes from the Field: An Update on The Wisdom Year

The Rev. Emily Wachner
Director of Integrative Programs

This past March 1 felt a bit like Christmas Day on campus of The General Theological Seminary—it was the day that I communicated the potential matches between sites and residents, mostly rising third-year M.Div. candidates, for the upcoming 2016-2017 Wisdom Year. Each Wisdom Year resident was matched with three or four potential sites, and vice versa, depending on each site’s needs and each student’s gifts.  Read more...

Education and Formation

Education and Formation

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

Many of you have heard or read my standard speech about what we do at General Seminary. In case you missed it, here it is: “We only do two things at General: Education and Formation. Each needs to be roughly in balance, and each needs to be integrated.”

In the past few years, we have spent a great deal of time developing the second of these two concepts: formation.  Read more...

Alive and Well – Scholarly Life at General Seminary

Alive and Well – Scholarly Life at General Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson
Professor of Ascetical Theology

A false, and deadly, dichotomy persists in discussions of seminaries: a seminary, so this notion suggests, must either emphasize liturgical niceties or stress the urgencies of the social Gospel. Similarly, a dichotomy exists where a seminary must choose between clerical preparation and the education of the laity.

At The General Theological Seminary, we have been creatively exploring and developing an innovative, groundbreaking approach to Christian and priestly formation for the 21st century.  Read more...

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin Presents the 2016 Kay Butler Gill Lecture

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin Presents the 2016 Kay Butler Gill Lecture

On April 7, 2016, the Very Rev. John A. McGuckin, Ph.D., presented the Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality to a crowd of around 120 in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary. The lecture was entitled “The Jesus Prayer: From Desert Contemplatives to Modern Urban Spirituality.”

McGuckin examined the origins of the Jesus Prayer in earliest Christianity, with monastic philosophers in the deserts of Egypt and Palestine developing the theory of the “Prayer of the Heart.” He went on to describe late Byzantine ideas on the explicit role of the “sharpening” of new forms of consciousness (noesis) during prayer, and then spoke of the role of the Jesus Prayer in late modernity and in contemporary forms of lay, urban asceticism.  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – April 17 – 23

Chapel Schedule – April 17 – 23

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, April 17
Easter 4

 

Sunday, April 17

  • 5:30 pm  Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, April 18

  • 9:50 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm  Evensong, Rite II
    Homilist: John Keogh
    MDiv Class of 2018

Tuesday, April 19

  • 9:50 am Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II
    Reflection: Steve Schunk
    MDiv Class of 2018
  • 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Wednesday, April 20

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

Thursday, April 21

  • 9:50 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    5:30 pm  Evensong, RIte II
    Homilist: Curtis Kennington
    MDiv Class of 2017

Friday, April 22

  • 9:50 am  Morning Prayer, Rite II
    Reflection: Robin Pierre
    MDiv Class of 2018
  • 5:30 pm   Evening Rite

Saturday, April 23

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II
General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

The General Theological Seminary has announced the next recipients of its Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, to be conferred at the 194th Commencement ceremonies on May 11, 2016. Three distinguished leaders will receive the honorary degree: the Rt. Rev. Santosh K. Marray, A. Gary Shilling, and the Rev. Becca Stevens.

“We are delighted to be honoring these great disciples of Christ whose witness and wisdom inspire the entire General Seminary community, students, faculty, trustees and alumni,” states the Rev.  Read more...

Windows into the Chapel

Windows into the Chapel

Adorning the vestibule of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary are two magnificently etched windows honoring St. Mary the Virgin and St. Elizabeth. Alumni and Friends visiting the Close for the first time since the 1990s often remark that they don’t recall the windows, and inquire about their origin.

The windows were a gift of the Rt. Rev. Harold B. Robinson, Class of 1946 and D.D.  Read more...

Spring 2016 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

Spring 2016 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

The Spring 2016 GTS News Quarterly was mailed out at the end of March. You can download the PDF now by clicking below.

This edition includes:

 

 

Download the Spring 2016 edition of GTS News Quarterly.

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

Summers at General 2016

Summers at General 2016

The General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2016 term and especially welcomes General Learners to become part of the seminary community. You can learn more and register here.

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

Chapel Schedule – April 10 – 16

Chapel Schedule – April 10 – 16

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, April 10
Easter 3

 

Sunday, April 10

  • 5:30 pm  Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, April 11

  • 9:50 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm  Evensong, Rite II
    Homilist: Shana Kaplanov
    MDiv Class of 2017

Tuesday, April 12

  • 9:50 am Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II
    Reflection: Sebastian Morris
    MDiv Class of 2018
  • 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: The Rev.
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General Seminary Continues Regional Conversations

General Seminary Continues Regional Conversations

Following engaging and productive gatherings in Philadelphia and New York, The General Theological Seminary is continuing a series of interactive discussions for Alumni and Friends, Conversations about General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future, with upcoming events in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Maine. More dates and locations will be announced throughout 2016.

As General Seminary launches its complete implementation of The Way of Wisdom, we hope you can join us for this opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation.  Read more...