Category Archives: Up Close

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

Refectory Menu – Week of November 3 – 7

Refectory menu for the week of November 3 – November 7:

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...

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, November 2

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, November 2
Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 26


Sunday, November 2 – All Saints Sunday

  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Monday, November 3

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

Tuesday, November 4

  • 10:10 am Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II
  • 6:00 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    Preacher: The Rt.

Beyond the Close: Bishop’s Forum on November 18th

On Tuesday, November 18, the Church Club of New York is hosting the Annual Bishop’s Forum at St. Mary the Virgin. It’s an opportunity for a prominent Bishop of the church to address members, friends, and guests of the Church Club on matters pertinent to the affairs and concerns of the Episcopal Church nationally and internationally, as well as matters of concern to local dioceses. This forum, the Rt.  Read more...

Recovery Eucharist: November 7

There will be a Community Communion Recovery Eucharist next Friday, November 7 at 6:15 to 7:00 pm in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. All are welcome. If you would like to participate in the service (i.e., reader, acolyte, meditation) please contact Canon Stephanie Spellers ( or Tommie Watkins ( to coordinate. We hope that all members of the GTS community will attend.  Read more...

Community Trick or Treating

Members of the GTS community are invited to participate in this year’s community trick or treating event. From 4:30-6:30 pm the wee ones will meet in front of St. Lydia’s to go as a group.

All members of the community are invited to provide candy for the community children. Please respond to Sellers Kennington ( if you will have candy, what building and floor you are on, and post the pumpkin from your mailbox on your door!  Read more...

Spartner Event with Dr. Richard Schori: November 1

On Saturday, November 1 from 5:00-6:30 pm, Spouses and Partners are invited to an event with Dr. Richard Schori in Sherred 1A. Please respond to Sellers Kennington ( if you will attending. Also, if you would to attend but have a child(ren), we will have child care available in a child friendly location. Please let Sellers know so she am able to arrange for one or more sitters–one of our very own seminarian daughters.  Read more...

Last Chance to Register for Next Weekend’s Spiritual Direction Course

The intensive course in Contemplative Supervision for Individual and Group Spiritual Direction (AT 330) with Westina Matthews is happening next weekend, November 7-9. It meets 9:30am-3:00pm on both Friday and Saturday and then 2:00-5:00pm on Sunday. You can earn one or two credits.

Students, if you have not yet registered but are interested in the course, please sign up right away. Matriculated students can contact the Registrar ( to register; non-matriculated students can register at Take a Course (on the main menu).  Read more...

GTS Family Movie Night

All members of the GTS community are invited to the Close lawn on October 26th at 6:00 pm for a movie night and some fun! Don’t forget to bring your own blankets, food, and drinks. Please RSVP to Sellers Kennington (

Poetry and Prayer Writing Workshop

Bowie Snodgrass and Alissa Anderson would like to start a poetry and prayer writing workshop on campus. Participants would produce/bring 1-3 original poems or prayers per month to discuss as a group. We are considering meeting bi-monthly on Fridays, but scheduling and other details can be worked out with those who are interested. This workshop is open to anyone in the GTS community. All experience levels welcome.  Read more...

Halloween/Matriculation Party Part II – October 30

All members of the GTS community are invited to attend a Halloween/Matriculation Part II event next Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 pm in Seabury Auditorium. There will be free beverages (including non-alcohol drinks) and snacks as well as plenty of fun. You are welcome to attend in your costumes.

Come ready to get your dance and drink on!

Beyond the Close: Bp. Christopher Senyonjo at Union Theological Seminary

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, the Anglican bishop from Uganda who is now on sabbatical at Union Theological Seminary will speak next Thursday, October 30, in the Social Hall at Union from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. on “Defending LBGTQ Human Rights on the Front Line in Uganda.”

The Bishop has been a courageous and outspoken advocate for human rights, including LGBTQ rights, in his home country. He has received Union’s Unitas award as a distinguished alumnus and also the Clinton Global Initiative award.  Read more...

Opportunity for Seminarians: The Panama Project

The Panama Project offers four Episcopal seminary students the opportunity to spend three weeks in the Episcopal Diocese of Panama. An outstanding feature of the program is orientation to and engagement with the social, economic and political dimensions of life in Panama, including the country’s complex relationship with the USA. Thus, in addition to offering experience in grassroots pastoral ministry, the program explores the dynamics of colonialism and imperialism between North America and Latin America.  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, October 26

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, October 26
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25


Sunday, October 26

  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Monday, October 27

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

Tuesday, October 28 – St. Simon and St Jude

  • 10:10 am Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II
  • 6:00 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite IIt
    Preacher: Matthew Welch
    MDiv Class of 2015, Diocese of Washington

Wednesday, October 29

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

Thursday, October 30

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

Refectory Menu – Week of October 27 – October 31

Refectory menu for the week of October 27 – October 31:

Chicken quesadillas
Vegetable quesadillas
Saffron 3 beans
Steamed broccoli
Pico de gallo
Mixed greens
Beef and arugula salad
Tomato soup
Fruit salad
Cold cuts
Rice pudding


Linguine with garlic and oil
Sautéed string beans
Chick peas salad
Mixed greens
Creamy potato soup
Fruit salad
Cold cuts
Assorted cookies


Tuesday Dinner
Chicken portobello
Potato medley
Sautéed vegetables
Black rice salad
Spring mix salad
Pound cake with cinnamon whipped cream


Roasted pork shoulder
Potato au gratin
Baked cauliflower
Tomato and beans salad
Iceberg wedges
Roasted corn chowder
Fruit salad
Cold cuts


Jerk chicken
Cava bean peas and rice
Mixed vegetables
Cava bean salad
Chicken coconut soup
Mixed greens
Cold cuts
Fruit salad
Apple crisp


Fish and chips
Mac and cheese
Collard greens
Corn bread
Gumbo soup
Cole slaw
Mixed greens
Fruit salad
Cold cuts
Carrot cake
Assorted cookies


The administrators of the Refectory meals have graciously agreed to provide Up Close with the menus the previous week.  Read more...

GTS Students Attend Panel on Civil Discourse

Middler Ann Urinoski, Junior Curtis Kennington, and the Rev. Danielle Thompson attended a live viewing at the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) of The Episcopal Church’s 2014 topical panel, “Civil Discourse: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good.” The panel was moderated by journalist Walter Raushenbush at historic Christ Church, Philadephia where more than two centuries ago, Americans of vastly different political and religious persuasions met to convene the Continental Congress.  Read more...