Category Archives: Up Close

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

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...

Beyond the Close: Council on Foreign Relations Invitation for October 23 Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), all GTS students are invited to participate in the next session of the CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series on Thursday, October 23, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ET). John Campbell, CFR’s Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, will lead the conversation titled “Confronting the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa” to discuss the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the global response to this health crisis.  Read more...

Chapel Schedule – Week starting Sunday, October 19

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Worship Schedule
Week starting Sunday, October 19
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 24


Sunday, October 19

  • Holiday Mode

Monday, October 20

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

Tuesday, October 21

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

Wednesday, October 22

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

Thursday, October 23 – St. 

October 21 Community Time: Alcoholism and 12-Step Information Workshop

Next Tuesday, October 21 at 1:30pm in Seabury Auditorium, there will be an Alcoholism and 12-Step information workshop to educate future faith leaders on addiction. During this time members of Alcoholics Anonymous will discuss the 12-step program, distribute literature, and three AA members will tell their stories of addiction and recovery as well as answer questions.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about addiction and effective interventions faith leaders can take in addressing this issue.  Read more...

Refectory Menu – Week of October 20 – October 24

Refectory menu for the week of October 20 – October 24:

Monday 10/20

Beef enchiladas
Vegetable enchiladas
Arroz mojado
Pisole Soup
Pico de gallo
Spring mixed greens
Cold cuts
Fruit salad

Tuesday 10/21

Chicken cordon bleu
Braised Brussel sprouts
Saffron cous cous
Wild rice salad
Iceberg wedges w/ blue cheese
Cold cuts
Fruit salad

Tuesday Dinner 10/21

Turkey meatloaf
Twice baked potato
Roasted vegetables
Minestrone soup
Barley salad
Cobb salad
Asst sweets

Wed 10/22

Beef and broccoli
Vegetable lo mein
Sweet and sour tofu
Vegetable dumpling soup
Asian salad
Chinese doughnuts
Cold cuts
Fruit salad

Thurs 10/23

Chicken stew with biscuit
Dirty rice
Grilled veggies
Manhattan clam chowder
Ham and macaroni salad
Corn bread
Asst cookies

Fri 10/24

Sautéed catfish w/ lemon capers
Garlic mashed potatoes
Corn and peas
Beef barley soup
Spinach lentils salad
Mixed greens
Cold cuts
Fruit salad
Asst cookies

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

Quiet Meditation Offering: Serenity and Peace in Times of Uncertainty

We are invited to make a positive difference at work, at home, in community, and in the church. Staying grounded in God may at times feel challenging. Come explore the many varieties of peaceful contemplation, engaging heart, imagination, and body in relationship with God. Join us as we nourish our souls to find courage, clarity, serenity, and inner peace during these times of uncertainty.

All in the GTS community who seek peace and stillness are welcome, from any religious tradition or none, and with experience in meditation or not.  Read more...

Registration Open for Intensive Course in Spiritual Direction

A spiritual direction course that is offered as an intensive weekend each fall and spring will begin in a few weeks. Westina Matthews, one of our community’s spiritual directors and CCS faculty, will be teaching AT 330: Contemplative Supervision for Individual and Group Spiritual Direction, and she still has space available for more students. It is a great opportunity for students already in the spiritual direction program, as well as for anyone who wants to learn more about contemplative spiritual practices.  Read more...

Thesis Workshop during Community Time, Nov. 4

On Tuesday, November 4, during Community Time from 1:30 – 2:15 pm, the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library will hold an informal Thesis Workshop. The meeting will be held in Sherred 1A.

Please join us! This workshop will be helpful if you are thinking of doing a thesis or project for your coursework, or if you are interested in learning more about working on research papers. We will consider the timeline for big projects, how to work with your advisor, along with the simple mechanics of doing a big paper (so you don’t have to fret over these details later!).  Read more...

Beyond the Close – Kathleen Norris speaking in Greenwich – October 25

Poet, writer, and author Kathleen Norris will be the second speaker in the popular Courage and Faith speaking series on Saturday, October 25 at Christ Church Greenwich. Norris will be speaking on “Gifts for the Desert.”

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning poet, writer, and author of The New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, and The Virgin of Bennington.  Read more...

Urban Pilgrimage New York Leadership Opportunity for Seminarians

Interested in learning how to lead short-term pilgrimages in urban and rural communities?

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is now offering four-day intensive training program designed to equip church leaders to introduce young adults to pressing social justice issues, using the Urban Pilgrimage model. Cost is $150 per participant, plus travel to and from the training site. Registration in teams of 2-3 is strongly encouraged.

Urban Pilgrimage site director training dates are as follows:

Austin: October 23-26, 2014 Miami: February 2015 (exact dates TBD) New York City: March 5-8, 2015.  Read more...

Seminarians Invited to Preach in Queens Congregation

Pastor Laurie Anderson of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (ELCA) in Flushing Heights, Queens invites seminarians in any year of their degree program to preach in the congregation about two Sundays per month for the usual supply rate of $100. Pastor Anderson is Interim Pastor at Redeemer, a small and diverse community of faith near Queens College. The church has also recently begun a lively weekend ministry to the many children who live in its neighborhood who cannot afford sports, movies, or other recreational activities.  Read more...

Women of General Host Faith Metiaki

Women of General recently hosted Anglican Faith Metiaki at the Seminary. Faith was in New York to speak at the United Nation’s General Assembly about forced child marriage and its multilayered ramifications. She is also a recipient of the Diocese of New York’s Global Women’s Fund, which grants educational scholarships for Anglican women in the developing world. Faith has a remarkable and powerful story, which she also shared with us over lunch.  Read more...

Community Council Election Results

Here are the results of the 2014-2015 GTS Community Council Elections:


President:               Tommie Watkins, Jr. (2016)
Vice-President:       Michael Horvath (2017)
Secretary:               Sharon Sutton (2017)
Senior Class Rep:   Kathleen Killian (2015)
Middler Class Rep: Gretchen Creel (2016)
Junior Class Rep:   Jo Ann Jones (2017)
Advance Degree:    Ben Brinegar  Th.D program
M.A. Student Rep:  Libbie Schrader (2015)
Spartner Rep:         Sellers Kennington
Parents’ Rep:          Christi Chapman
Commuter Rep:       Matt Jacobson (2017)


These persons will be installed next Tuesday evening at 6:00pm per GTS Community Council Bi-laws.  Read more...

Refectory Menu – Week of October 6 – October 10

Refectory menu for the week of October 6 – October 10:

The menu will be posted as soon as it is 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...