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General Up Close – Items of interest to GTS Community members.

Chapel Schedule – Week Starting February 1st

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, February 1
The Fourth Week after Epiphany


Sunday, February 1

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, February 2 – The Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ

  • 9:50 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: Dr. Andrew Irving
    Asst. Professor of Church History, The General Theological Seminary
  • 5:30 pm Festive Evensong, Rite I

Tuesday, February 3

  • 9:50 am Morning Prayer, Rite II
    Reflection: Henry Tuell
    MDiv Class of 2017
  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II
  • 6:00 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: The Rev.

Women of General Semester Kickoff Event – February 25

All members of the GTS Community are invited to join the Women of General for a Chat and Chew on Wednesday, February 25th, from 4:30-5:30 in the Community Room below Dehon. We will have wine/cheese and watch a 1963 interview with Bette Davis about being a woman in a male dominated field. Her answers may or may not surprise you! The group will discuss our reactions and how the interview questions apply (or don’t) to women in the church today.  Read more...

Join the Guild of Sacristans!

Want to know what really happens behind the scenes at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd? All current GTS students are encouraged to join the Guild of Sacristans! Guild members are assigned to teams of students responsible for one day, or even just one service each week. The learning experience is invaluable for future ministry and a great gift to the community!

If you are interested in joining or if you have questions about the guild, please contact Ann Urinoski and Charlie Bauer, Co-Chief Sacristans Elect, at


2014 Fordham Graduate Theology Conference – Call for Papers

The 4th annual Fordham Graduate Theology Conference, held on May 2, aims to focus on the interplay between religion and resistance in historical contexts and contemporary conversations. The Theology Graduate Association invites papers from graduate students in theology, religious studies, and related fields whose research is primarily historical, biblical, systematic, ethical, or constructive. Particularly welcome are submissions that explore the interplay between concepts of the Divine and liberatory praxis; themes of resistance in religious texts; constructive projects in feminist, postcolonial, queer, ecological, or critical race discourses; resisting communities or individuals in ancient, medieval, or modern history; resistance and war; the relationship between academic work and the labor of building cultures of resistance; the experience of God in resistance; or others broadly related to the theme.  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – Week Starting January 25th

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, January 25
The Third Week after Epiphany


Sunday, January 25

  • **Holiday Mode**

Monday, January 26

  • **Holiday Mode**

Tuesday, January 27

  • **Holiday Mode**

Wednesday, January 28

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

Thursday, January 29

  • 9:50 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Timothy Mulder
    Rector, Christ Church, Short Hills, New Jersey
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Friday, January 30

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

Saturday, January 31

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


Elizabeth Schrader ’15 to Present Paper at SBL Regional Meeting

Elizabeth Schrader ’15 to Present Paper at SBL Regional Meeting

Elizabeth Schrader, an M.A. student at The General Theological Seminary, has been accepted to present a paper at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Mid Atlantic meeting. Her study, Significant instability around the figure of Martha of Bethany in the Fourth Gospel: A text-critical study, examines the text transmission of the figure of Martha of Bethany throughout the Fourth Gospel in over one hundred of the oldest extant Greek and Latin witnesses.  Read more...

Summer Research Fellowship Opportunity

CrossCurrents, a journal that seeks to bridge differences in religion, faith, and politics, is seeking applicants for its annual research colloquium. The theme this year is “Mission and Media: Shaping the Beloved Community.”

The journal invites applications from scholars and writers, artists and activists, as well as those involved in the non-profit sector, who are interested in faith-rooted work shaping a more just and peaceful world, especially by exploring the use of various forms of media.  Read more...

Scholarly Journal Call for Papers on Sacred Places, Sacred Journeys

Are you doing scholarly work on religious practices related to the themes of place, space, pilgrimage, or displacement? You may want to consider submitting an unpublished paper to Practical Matters, Emory University’s journal on religious practice and practical theology.

The journal is currently seeking submissions on “Sacred Places, Sacred Journeys” for its 2015-2016 publications. The Call for Papers provides some additional information for those interested:

The journal will feature articles on religious place-making, sacred spaces, and displacement as religious practices.


Beyond The Close: Scheherazade Initiative Concert on January 26

On January 26th at 8 PM at Carnegie Hall,  Music for Life International presents an all Scheherazade concert Celebrating the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Face of Violence. Composers Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov were inspired by Scheherazade, the narrator of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, who neutralized violence against herself and enriched global folklore for centuries. The Scheherazade Initiative is a partnership with the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women to raise funds and public awareness for some of the world’s most catalytic, innovative, and promising approaches to eliminating gender-based violence.  Read more...

Beyond the Close: Online Class with Cornel West on Economic Inequality

Missing the classroom while GTS is on break? A free 45-minute online class taught by Cornel West: Called to Common Good: A Free Class on Economic Inequality and What Christians Can Do About It is being made available through ChurchNext.

Cornel West is a prominent intellectual, author, and cultural critic.  This is an opportunity to learn about one of the most pervasive problems in the U.S.  Read more...

Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Holiday Mode

The Chapel of the Good Shepherd is now in Holiday Mode.

Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer services are casual. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to continue to say the Office at the usual times (10:10am, 5:30pm, and 10:30am on Saturdays). The roles are divided up by those who attend.

Scheduled services will continue on January 28, 2015, the first day of classes in the Easter Term.  Read more...

Beyond the Close: Lecture on Episcopal Bishops and Slavery

On January 14, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, Dr. T. Felder Dorn will present a lecture titled Battle of the Bishops: A Slavery Controversy in Pennsylvania in 1863.

The lecture examines the means in which Episcopal bishops confronted slavery during the Civil War. Dr. T. Felder Dorn is writer in residence at the New York Public Library’s Wertheim Study and has written a related book, Challenges on the Emmaus Road: Episcopal Bishops Confront Slavery, Civil War, and EmancipationRead more...

Refectory Menu – Week of December 15 – 19

Refectory menu for the week of December 15 – December 19:

The menu will be posted in this space once it has been provided to Up Close.


The administrators of the Refectory meals have graciously agreed to provide Up Close with the menus the previous week. We will then post them to General Up Close ( so you can begin to plan your selections for the next week.  Read more...

GTS Community Engages in Action and Prayer after Grand Jury Decision

GTS Community Engages in Action and Prayer after Grand Jury Decision

General Seminary students prepare for
the Millions March NYC on December 13.

Since the moment a Staten Island grand jury announced it would not indict the NYPD officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner, GTS students, staff, faculty, and alumni/ae have stepped out, spoken up and responded with compassion to the pain wracking our city and nation.

Not surprisingly, social media has been a primary organizing ground, especially via a new public Facebook group called GTS Action!  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, December 14

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, December 14
The Third Week of Advent


Sunday, December 14

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, December 15

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

Tuesday, December 16

  • 10:10 am Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
  • Preacher: Richard Blackburn
    Executive Director, Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

Wednesday, December 17

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

Thursday, December 18

  • 10:10 am Holy Eucharist
    Preacher: The Very Rev.

Baptism in the Chapel of Good Shepherd, 12/6 @ 10:30 AM

On Saturday, December 6th, immediately following Morning Prayer, Henry Brasberger will be baptized in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd!

Henry and his family are a part of the Chelsea community and have worked closely with members of the GTS community to prepare for Henry’s baptism.

If you’re on the Close this Saturday, please join us for a Service of Holy Baptism on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM in the chapel!  Read more...