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Reflecting on the May Board of Trustees Meeting – Peggie Muncie

Reflecting on the May Board of Trustees Meeting – Peggie Muncie

The Rev. Margaret Muncie ’74
Member, Board of Trustees
The General Theological Seminary

Dean Dunkle asked Bruce Garner and me to serve as “ad hoc” reporters for this meeting of our Board. I am not sure what that means, as ad hoc, per definition, refers to a “special purpose.” In this sense I assume it is to be from the perspective of a new board member listening and learning at her second meeting.  Read more...

Reflecting on the May Board of Trustees Meeting – Bruce Garner

Reflecting on the May Board of Trustees Meeting – Bruce Garner

Bruce Garner
Member, Board of Trustees
The General Theological Seminary

I was pleased to be asked to be one of the reporters for our meeting. An element of that involves note-taking. Anyone who has been around me and tried to read my handwriting quickly realizes the hazards inherent with that! My apologies in advance for anything I report that is less than accurate, due to my inability to read my own notes!  Read more...

Elizabeth Schrader ’16 Receives the Clement J. Whipple Prize for Forthcoming Article in the Harvard Theological Review

Elizabeth Schrader ’16 Receives the Clement J. Whipple Prize for Forthcoming Article in the Harvard Theological Review

During the Commencement ceremonies at The General Theological Seminary on May 11, 2016, Elizabeth Brooke Schrader, M.A. ’15, S.T.M. ’16, was awarded the Clement J. Whipple Prize for a paper submitted by a student accepted for publication. She received the prize for her article, “Was Martha of Bethany Added to the Fourth Gospel in the Second Century?” which is forthcoming in the Harvard Theological Review in early 2017.  Read more...

In Gratitude for the LCU Fund for Women’s Education

In Gratitude for the LCU Fund for Women’s Education

The Community at General is deeply grateful for support from the LCU Fund for Women’s Education. The LCU Fund is the only organization in New York City exclusively dedicated to providing housing support to promising women students preparing for professions that give back to the community.

LCU Fund recipients from General for the 2015-2016 school year were:

Alissa Goudswaard Anderson
Gretchen Creel
Nancy Hoffman Hennessey
Jo Ann Bradley Jones
Shan Marie Kaplanov
Deborah Annette Lee
Vickie Lynn McDonald
Elizabeth Brooke Schrader
Ann Bowie Snodgrass
Sharon L.  Read more...

Experiencing the Seminarians of Color Conference

The Rev. Sharon Sutton
M.Div. ’17

On March 16-19, I had the pleasure of joining other students at the Seminarians of Color Conference in Oviedo, Florida near Orlando. We gathered at the Canterbury Retreat Center in the Diocese of Central Florida, under the conference’s theme, “Gathering around the Jesus Movement: Evangelism and Reconciliation.” Three seminarians from GTS attended: Michael Horvath, Deborah Lee and Sharon Sutton. In total six Episcopal seminaries and three non-episcopal seminaries were represented.  Read more...

Children’s Formation Program Completes Its First Semester

Children’s Formation Program Completes Its First Semester

The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer
Th.D. Student, Anglican Studies and Church History

A special Christian formation time for children during the principal worship service is a familiar practice in Episcopal Churches. This semester, six children participated in a children’s formation program during the weekly Community Eucharist service at The General Theological Seminary. While the Seminary gathered for its principal worship service, children met in a student lounge which was temporarily transformed into a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium.  Read more...

Bishop William Franklin Visits General Seminary

Bishop William Franklin Visits General Seminary

The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of the Diocese of Western New York, preached in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary on Ascension Day, May 5, 2016, at the Community Eucharist. Franklin is a former Professor of History and Modern Anglican Studies at General Seminary and former Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

Franklin was elected Bishop on November 20, 2010 at St.  Read more...

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright to Deliver Paddock Lectures 2016

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright to Deliver Paddock Lectures 2016

The General Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright will deliver the prestigious Paddock Lectures on Wednesday and Thursday, November 2 and 3, 2016.

The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright is the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. At the time of his election in June 2012, he had served ten years as Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.  Read more...

Summers at General 2016

Summers at General 2016

The General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2016 term and especially welcomes General Learners to become part of the seminary community. You can learn more and register here.

General Learners are students who are not pursuing a formal degree and who take courses to learn more about their faith, to enhance their ministry or prayer, or to delve into a theological topic.  Read more...

Meeting Jesus at Grand Central

Meeting Jesus at Grand Central

The following is an adaptation of a homily delivered in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary on February 15, 2016, and it appeared in the The Episcopal New Yorker Spring 2016 issue, which was named the “Jesus Issue.”


Meeting Jesus at Grand Central

Deborah A. Lee
M.Div. ’17

Whenever I read the story of Joseph’s dreams of greatness and his brothers’ response, I wish I could just sidle up to one of the jealous brothers, tap him on the shoulder and say, “Bro, you are SO gonna eat crow!” I want to tell him that Joseph’s dreams will come true; that the brothers will be proved wrong.  Read more...

Notes from the Field: An Update on The Wisdom Year

Notes from the Field: An Update on The Wisdom Year

The Rev. Emily Wachner
Director of Integrative Programs

This past March 1 felt a bit like Christmas Day on campus of The General Theological Seminary—it was the day that I communicated the potential matches between sites and residents, mostly rising third-year M.Div. candidates, for the upcoming 2016-2017 Wisdom Year. Each Wisdom Year resident was matched with three or four potential sites, and vice versa, depending on each site’s needs and each student’s gifts.  Read more...

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin Presents the 2016 Kay Butler Gill Lecture

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin Presents the 2016 Kay Butler Gill Lecture

On April 7, 2016, the Very Rev. John A. McGuckin, Ph.D., presented the Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality to a crowd of around 120 in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary. The lecture was entitled “The Jesus Prayer: From Desert Contemplatives to Modern Urban Spirituality.”

McGuckin examined the origins of the Jesus Prayer in earliest Christianity, with monastic philosophers in the deserts of Egypt and Palestine developing the theory of the “Prayer of the Heart.” He went on to describe late Byzantine ideas on the explicit role of the “sharpening” of new forms of consciousness (noesis) during prayer, and then spoke of the role of the Jesus Prayer in late modernity and in contemporary forms of lay, urban asceticism.  Read more...

General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

General Seminary to Award Three Honorary Degrees at its 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

The General Theological Seminary has announced the next recipients of its Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, to be conferred at the 194th Commencement ceremonies on May 11, 2016. Three distinguished leaders will receive the honorary degree: the Rt. Rev. Santosh K. Marray, A. Gary Shilling, and the Rev. Becca Stevens.

“We are delighted to be honoring these great disciples of Christ whose witness and wisdom inspire the entire General Seminary community, students, faculty, trustees and alumni,” states the Rev.  Read more...

Windows into the Chapel

Windows into the Chapel

Adorning the vestibule of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary are two magnificently etched windows honoring St. Mary the Virgin and St. Elizabeth. Alumni and Friends visiting the Close for the first time since the 1990s often remark that they don’t recall the windows, and inquire about their origin.

The windows were a gift of the Rt. Rev. Harold B. Robinson, Class of 1946 and D.D.  Read more...

Spring 2016 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

Spring 2016 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

The Spring 2016 GTS News Quarterly was mailed out at the end of March. You can download the PDF now by clicking below.

This edition includes:

 

 

Download the Spring 2016 edition of GTS News Quarterly.

All of the articles from GTS News Quarterly can be read online at: news.gts.edu/notesRead more...

Presiding Bishop Michel Curry Preaches at General Seminary [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Presiding Bishop Michel Curry Preaches at General Seminary [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

On March 22, 2016, the Most Rev. Michel B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, visited The General Theological Seminary to preside over the Eucharist, preach, and meet with General Seminary students. After preaching a well-received—and exuberant—sermon at the Community Eucharist, Curry greeted worshippers with grace, joy, and generosity of time. He shook hands, rekindling old acquaintances while making new ones. The General Seminary community then gathered with Curry for their weekly Community Dinner and afterward met at the Dean’s residence for a discussion with the Presiding Bishop.  Read more...

Adjunct Prof. Anne Silver Presents at GTS Luncheon during CEEP Conference

Adjunct Prof. Anne Silver Presents at GTS Luncheon during CEEP Conference

On February 26, 2016, Anne Silver, Adjunct Professor of Ascetial Theology and Consultant to the Center for Christian Spirituality, presented at a lunch sponsored by The General Theological Seminary during the 2016 Conference of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP) in Denver. The presentation, attended by about 50 people, was titled “Pray As You Are: Spiritual Growth and Prayer Groups in Parishes.”

Silver spoke about how Church members and inquirers have different needs and styles, so one size doesn’t necessarily fit all for parish spirituality groups.  Read more...