Category Archives: Up Close

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

General Seminary Welcomes Incoming Class

Incoming Class 2014

The last week in August brings fresh faces to the campus of The General Theological Seminary. This year, General welcomes a bumper crop of new students to its various degree and certificate programs.

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 24, General Seminary kicked off new student orientation week with the Dean’s Welcome Reception to introduce new students to the faculty and current students.  Read more...

General Seminary Fills Two Positions as Part of Program Integration

General Seminary Fills Two Positions as Part of Program Integration

New York City (GTS News) – Leading up to this Fall semester, the Rev. Danielle Thompson, Chaplain for Pastoral Care, and the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Adjunct Professor, have taken on expanded roles at The General Theological Seminary. Each position includes key roles in implementing the Seminary’s new initiative, The Way of Wisdom.

The Rev. Danielle Thompson has accepted the position of Coordinator of Integrative ProgramsRead more...

Chelsea Residents and Seminary Community Invited to Celebrate the High Line

To celebrate the opening of the third phase of the High Line this Fall, the nonprofit organization Friends of the High Line has partnered with Processional Arts Workshop to stage a procession that celebrates the Chelsea neighborhood: past, present, and future. Residents of Chelsea, businesses, schools, and other institutions are invited to create the puppets, banners, and other items that will be carried in procession and to join the procession down the High Line on the morning of Saturday, September 20th.  Read more...

Volunteers needed for first 2 weeks of class

Three or more students are needed from 9 AM – 10 AM and 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Monday through Wednesday, to set up and clean up coffee hour in the Chapel. In addition to set-up and clean-up, duties will include making coffee, shopping for snacks and paper products, and scheduling maintenance requests when table set-up/take-down is needed.

Ideally, a different person would take each day of the week so someone could do 2 Mondays, or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays.    Read more...

The Center for Christian Spirituality invites the GTS Community to register for a Franciscan Retreat at Little Portion Friary

When: Sept 19-21; 5 PM Friday – 12:30 PM Sunday (monastery closes at 2 PM). Field Education students who need to be at their sites on Sunday morning are welcome to leave Saturday evening.

Where: Little Portion Friary  (

We will be staying in Wayside Cottage

The Friary is in Mount Sinai, NY on the north shore of Long Island.

Who: The CCS has set aside fifteen rooms (a few can sleep a couple), which will be offered to the first fifteen people to reserve and pay for the weekend retreat.  Read more...

Part-time library workers needed!

The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library seeks individuals (students, spartners, etc.) who are interested in working part-time at the circulation desk, doing light clerical work and/or shelving.

If you are interested in some part-time work in a beautiful environment that’s full of knowledge, we want to talk with you. No prior experience necessary. Please contact Mary Robison ( or for more information.

Recovery Eucharist Offered for Seminary and Twelve Step Communities

The Eucharist will be offered in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd on Friday, July 25th at 5:00 PM. Often called a “Recovery Eucharist,” the liturgy will include prayers modeled after the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and readings that highlight themes of healing, renewal, and grace. All are welcome, and a special invitation is extended to those who attend the Ninth Avenue AA meetings on the campus of The General Theological Seminary every Friday evening.  Read more...

Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly – The Way of Wisdom Issue

Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly – The Way of Wisdom Issue

The Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly, The Way of Wisdom Issue, was mailed out at the end of June. You can also see it by downloading the PDF below. This edition includes:

The Wisdom of “Both” & “And”

Adding It All Up

Meeting Parish Needs

Preparing for Real-World Ministry

Student Perspectives on Curriculum Integration 

Download GTS News Quarterly Summer 2014


All of the articles from GTS News Quarterly can be read online at: more...

Jacob Wells and Mayra Galeano wed June 8 on the Chapel Lawn

Last Saturday, June 8, Jacob (Jake) Wells and Mayra Galeano were married in a small outdoor ceremony on the chapel lawn by The Rev. Danielle Thompson. Jake and Mayra have lived across the street from the Seminary for several years and the chapel and grounds are meaningful places for them; in fact, they were engaged to be married on the Close. The Galeano-Wells will continue to reside on 20th Street.  Read more...

Tickets now on sale! – Chelsea Music Festival

Tickets to the 2014 Chelsea Music Festival are now on sale!

Join us June 6-14 for nine amazing days of events in New York City. This year the Festival is celebrating Germany and Brazil through music, food and art in its 5th season.

Over 100 artists – musicians, composers, culinary and visual artists – from around the world will gather to engage audiences of all ages.


National Episcopal Church Women Survey – Help Shape the Future of the ECW

Dear Fellow Members of The Episcopal Church,

Empower your voice!

We need your help to make a difference.

At Triennial Meeting 2012, delegates adopted Resolution 101/104, which called for the research and review of the present function and structure of the Episcopal Church Women National Board and the mission and purpose of our ECW as a whole. To this end, the National ECW board has appointed an ad hoc committee comprised of one female representative from each of the Episcopal Church’s nine Provinces.  Read more...

Diocese of Pennsylvania Event Celebrates Women’s Ordination in July

The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania will mark the fortieth anniversary of the ordination of women with a celebration in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The day-long event includes a symposium, worship, and ministry expose. Among the featured guests are Dr. Frederica Harris Thompsett and The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori. Details and registration information can be found at:

General Seminary Holds 192nd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

General Seminary Holds 192nd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

The General Theological Seminary
Class of 2014

The General Theological Seminary held its 192nd Commencement on May 14, 2014. Thirty-five women and men received degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred by the Seminary’s Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle. The Seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Rt. Rev. Douglas Hahn ’96, the Rt. Rev. Chip Stokes ’90, and the Rev. Canon C. K.  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, May 11

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, May 11


Sunday, 11 May

  • 5:30 pm Evening Prayer, Rite II

Monday, 12 May 

  • 10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I

Tuesday, 13 May

  • 8:00 am Morning Prayer
  • 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
  • 5:30 pm Evensong, Rite I (Baccalaureate)

Wednesday, 14 May (COMMENCEMENT DAY)

  • 8:00 A.M. Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist
  • 9:30 A.M. Breakfast in the Refectory
  • 11:00 A.M. Commencement Ceremony
  • 12:15 P.M.

New Editor Appointed for Up Close Commencing in the Fall

Well, that was fast. My time as editor of this prestigious publication has come to an end. But have no fears, Up Close will continue this fall with a brand new editor. Please join me in welcoming rising middler Charles Bauer as the new editor. Congratulations to Charlie!

As such, this is my last day as editor. It’s been fun. Thanks all and to Chad who let me do this.  Read more...

Refectory Menu – Week of May 12 – 16

Refectory menu for the week: 

* Denotes Vegetarian
^ Denotes Vegan

Menu will be posted here when provided.

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.

Summer Registration is Open!

A note from the registrar:

May 2, 2014

Summer Registration for matriculated students  is open today, Friday, May 2nd, and closes on Wednesday, June 4th. I’ve attached the guide for registering through your MyGTS Portal. On the Portal log-in page, choose “Summer 2014” from the drop-down menu.

There are amazing offerings this summer! We’re very excited about them.

If you register for the courses, you pay for them per credit ($800/credit plus fees, or $500 flat to audit, plus fees) If you have financial aid, discuss your options with Trecia O’Sullivan (  Read more...