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GENERAL SEMINARY TO HOST LAUNCH FOR CELEBRATED THEOLOGIAN’S NEW BOOK

GENERAL SEMINARY TO HOST LAUNCH FOR CELEBRATED THEOLOGIAN’S NEW BOOK

NEW YORK CITY: On Tuesday April 11 at 4:30pm, The General Theological Seminary will host a celebration to honor the launch of Michael Battle’s newest monograph, Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation. Battle will offer remarks and be available for conversation and book signing.

Desmond Tutu comments on Battle’s Heaven and Earth: “Michael invites the reader into the birthing process of heaven on earth.  Read more...

General Seminary to Award Four Honorary Degrees at 2017 Commencement Ceremonies

General Seminary to Award Four Honorary Degrees at 2017 Commencement Ceremonies

The General Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the next recipients of its Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, to be conferred at the 195th Commencement ceremonies on Wednesday May 17, 2017. “Honorary doctorates of divinity (DD) include individuals who are called into the special ministry of leadership within the episcopacy, priestly service, and laity alike,” said The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President.  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – April 2-8, 2017

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, April 2
Fifth week of Lent

 

Sunday, April 2

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, April 3

  • 9:50 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Preacher: The Rev. Tommie L. Watkins, Ph.D. (w/ the Choir of Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA)
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Tuesday, April 4

  • 9:50 am Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: The Rev.
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Reflection on the Board of Trustees Meeting – Samuel Tallman ’12

Reflection on the Board of Trustees Meeting – Samuel Tallman ’12

This was my first meeting of the Board of Trustee for The General Theological Seminary as a newly elected alumni trustee. Having served for several prior years on the Alumni Executive Committee and the Board Investment Committee, I came with reasonably current knowledge about the Seminary, but perhaps uncertainty about what the Board’s collective perspective about the future might be.

At this meeting, there were major developments on several fronts that connect the Seminary’s present with its trajectory for the future.  Read more...

Stuart Hoke ’96 Receives Samuel Shoemaker Award from Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

Stuart Hoke ’96 Receives Samuel Shoemaker Award from Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church

Adapted from the Episcopal News Service | February 6, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke (S.T.M. ’96, Th.D. ’00, and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral and Ascetical Theology) was honored with the Samuel Shoemaker Award at the annual meeting of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC).

For the past 12 years, Hoke has pioneered the teaching of two recovery-related courses at General. The Very Rev. Ward B.  Read more...

Prof. Michael Battle Book Release Date Announced

Prof. Michael Battle Book Release Date Announced

The most recent book from the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at The General Theological Seminary, has been published, and the release date announced.

Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation

Much of the literature on the book of Revelation paints a frightening apocalyptic vision of the end times. Michael Battle offers an alternative look at Revelation in this new work, seeing it instead as a hopeful call to bring heaven on earth.  Read more...

St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School Chapel Named for the Rev. Canon Jay Gordon ’62

St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School Chapel Named for the Rev. Canon Jay Gordon ’62

The chapel at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School in Manhattan has been renamed in honor of General Seminary Alumnus, the Rev. Canon Jay. H. Gordon (Class of 1962). Gordon served on the Board of Trustees of St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s for more nearly 30 years and acted as the Chair of the Board from 1989 until his retirement from the Board in the spring of 2016.  Read more...

Join Us for The Colloquy at General

Join Us for The Colloquy at General

New for Spring 2017, The General Theological Seminary invites you to The Colloquy at General, a public conversation centering on the church in a changing world.

On selected Wednesday and Friday mornings throughout the semester, General will host an interdisciplinary range of scholars and practitioners who will share a paper, presentation, project, or performance and engage in a dialogue with the community.

The public is welcome at all events in the Colloquy.  Read more...

General Seminary Receives ATS Accreditation  for New Master of Arts in Ministry

General Seminary Receives ATS Accreditation for New Master of Arts in Ministry

 

NEW YORK CITY – The General Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that it has received accreditation from The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) for the Seminary’s new Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.). The M.A. in Ministry degree offers a tailored approach to theological education and formation through several flexible pathways and a variety of specializations. It is the first newly accredited degree program to be implemented at General in over 20 years.  Read more...

Emily Wachner Discusses The Wisdom Year on “Priest Pulse”

Emily Wachner Discusses The Wisdom Year on “Priest Pulse”

The Rev. Emily Wachner, Lecturer in Practical Theology and Director of Integrative Programs at The General Theological Seminary, was recently interviewed on “Priest Pulse,” a podcast of Episcopal Cafe, a news blog that reports on happenings in the Episcopal Church. She was able to discuss The Wisdom Year at General and how it is being implemented. Wachner’s interview starts at about eight minutes into the podcast.  Read more...

A New Web Site and a New Look

A New Web Site and a New Look

At the beginning of the new year, The General Theological Seminary debuted its new web site at www.gts.edu. Michael DeLashmutt, the recently appointed Dean of Academic Affairs, spearheaded the project, consulting with a design firm that specializes in web sites for faith-based not-for-profits. “I think this is a great first step, as we try to reach out to a broader network of folks who may have yet to hear about us, and to promote the great things we have here at General,” says DeLashmutt.  Read more...

More Wisdom Year Stories – Hank Tuell and Jo Ann Jones

More Wisdom Year Stories – Hank Tuell and Jo Ann Jones

In response to the evolving needs of the Church, The General Theological Seminary is building a program of education and formation that integrates the classical theological disciplines with real-world experience and practical ministry skills. As part of The Way of Wisdom, seminarians spend their final year in a Wisdom Year residency while connecting their experience to their classwork through particpation in the Integrative Seminars.

During The Wisdom Year, students synthesize their entire seminary education through practical experience that goes beyond field placement, by placing them in real-world, paid, part-time positions in a ministry setting.  Read more...

The Curious Nature of Church Foundations

The Curious Nature of Church Foundations

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

My father was a builder. Not a metaphorical builder, but an actual one. He moved my mom and his family to Florida right after the second World War from a small mill town in central Pennsylvania to start a construction company. He thought that would be a good foundation for the future.

He built houses and buildings for people and companies.  Read more...

An Early Spring

An Early Spring

Dr. Michael DeLashmutt
Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs

This article is being published in the depths of winter, but I come to you to tell you of growth and fruition. Perhaps it’s cliché these days to talk about the changing landscape of theological education—some recent descriptions even take on an almost cataclysmic tone. But, as followers of Jesus, I believe we should be fundamentally oriented toward hope.  Read more...

Students Practice The Way of Wisdom

Students Practice The Way of Wisdom

In response to the evolving needs of the Church, The General Theological Seminary is building a program of education and formation that integrates the classical theological disciplines with real-world experience and practical ministry skills. As part of The Way of Wisdom, seminarians spend their final year in a Wisdom Year residency while connecting their experience to their class work through particpation in the Integrative Seminars.  Read more...

The Integrative Seminar: Year in Review

The Integrative Seminar: Year in Review

The Rev. Emily Wachner
Director of Integrative Programs

As the year comes to a close, and Wisdom Year students delve into the full life of the parish in Advent and Christmas, we have begun the process of reflecting on the semester that has past. This term was the first in which Wisdom Year work was paired with a demanding 3-credit course of study in practical ministry—the Integrative Seminar.  Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret A. Guenther ’83

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret A. Guenther ’83

The Rev. Dr. Margaret A. Guenther, Class of 1983, died peacefully early Sunday morning, December 11, 2016, surrounded by her whole loving family.

Guenther was Professor Emerita of Ascetical Theology at The General Theological Seminary, where she served for many years as Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality. She was a noted retreat leader and lecturer, and author of many books including Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction (1992); Toward Holy Ground: Spiritual Directions for the Second Half of Life (1996); My Soul in Silence Waits: Meditations on Psalm 62 (2012); The Practice of Prayer (1998); Just Passing Through: Notes from a Sojourner; (2007); At Home in the World: A Rule of Life for the Rest of Us (2006); and most recently, Walking Home: From Eden to Emmaus (2011).  Read more...