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Urban Pilgrimage

Urban Pilgrimage

Jennifer Oldstone-Moore
Anglican Year Student

“Social justice as spiritual discipline” – these are the words behind an exciting invitation to a spring break intensive experience to go on an urban pilgrimage in New York City. Led by the Rev. Valerie Fischer Bailey, an ordained Episcopal priest and Th.D. student at The General Theological Seminary, Urban Pilgrimage is a program that is intended to provide an experience and a model for outreach work that, rather than stopping at what “we” can do for “them,” highlights the larger structures and mechanisms which lead to conditions that keep so many struggling and disadvantaged.  Read more...

Meeting Anglicanism

Meeting Anglicanism

Jason Poling
S.T.M. ’15

I serve as Senior Pastor of New Hope Community Church, an independent evangelical congregation in the Baltimore area which I helped to plant in 2003. I am at The General Theological Seminary doing an Anglican Year as an S.T.M. candidate at the direction of the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, in hopes of working out a fruitful ministry partnership between New Hope and the Diocese of Maryland.  Read more...

From the Close to Capetown

From the Close to Capetown

Tommie Watkins, Jr.
M.Div. ’16

As part of my formation and education process at The General Theological Seminary, I was able to travel to and spend time among our fellow brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. While working as a seminarian at the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel, Capetown, South Africa, I was able to experience the land, languages, culture, and Christianity in a wonderful international setting.  Read more...

General Seminary Trustees Affirm The Way of Wisdom, Elect Chair

General Seminary Trustees Affirm The Way of Wisdom, Elect Chair

At its regular February 6, 2015 meeting, the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church affirmed the Seminary’s Way of Wisdom and Wisdom Year as a creative and effective response to the needs of the 21st century Episcopal Church. It also discussed how to advance the core programming to effectively implement the Wisdom curriculum and formation. At the next regular meeting in May, the Board has expanded its meeting time to continue working to develop The Way of Wisdom.  Read more...

General Seminary Guild Chiefs and New Members Commissioned

General Seminary Guild Chiefs and New Members Commissioned

On February 4, in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary, the Very Rev. Kurt Dunkle, Dean and President, commissioned new guild chiefs and members of the Guild of Precentors, Guild of Chimers, and Guild of Sacristans for 2015. Pictured are Gretchen Creel, Chief Precentor; Henry Tuell, Chief Chimer; and Ann Urinoski and Charlie Bauer, Co-Chief Sacristans.

Also commissioned were new chimers Alissa Goudswaard Anderson, Cathleen Dunkle, Curtis Kennington, Deborah Lee, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, Chris Oldstone-Moore, Hailey Robison, Libbie Schrader, and Ali Van Kuiken; new Sacristy day captains Lisa Busby, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, and John Shirley; and new sacristans Alissa Goudswaard Anderson, Michael Horvath, Sarah Hedgis, Nancy Hennessey, Matt Jacobson, Vicki McDonald, Sharon Sutton, and Casey Woodruff.  Read more...

Deborah Lee and Michael Horvath Receive Grants from the Seminary Consultation on Mission

Deborah Lee and Michael Horvath Receive Grants from the Seminary Consultation on Mission

Deborah Lee and Michael Horvath

Each year the Seminary Consultation on Mission (SCOM) issues grants to students of Episcopal seminaries through a trust funded by Venture in Mission, the church-wide capital campaign of the 1970-80s. The purpose of this fund is to develop and deepen a global perspective in seminary life and curricula, and thereby help renew and extend effective commitment to mission, both foreign and domestic, throughout the Church.  Read more...

General Seminary Students Attend Dinner Featuring Archbishop Justin Welby

General Seminary Students Attend Dinner Featuring Archbishop Justin Welby

(l-r) Shana Kaplanov, Tommie Watkins, Jr., Charlie Bauer, Austin McGehee, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore. Not Pictured: Hershey Mallette, Matthew Welch

By Jennifer Oldstone-Moore

On January 21, a group of students from The General Theological Seminary attended a dinner and conversation at the invitation of the Trinity Institute. Those present were Shana Kaplanov, Matthew Welch, Hershey Mallette, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, Charlie Bauer, Tommie Watkins, Jr., and Austin McGehee. The event was part of a larger three-day conference called “Creating Common Good” which addressed economic inequality and theological resources for addressing problems that arise from economic issues.  Read more...

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 100 of the oldest extant Greek and Latin witnesses.  Read more...

Spring Courses at General Seminary

Spring Courses at General Seminary

There is still time to register for Spring courses at The General Theological Seminary. This Spring, GTS is offering several intensive and evening courses that fit into working schedules and can be taken for credit or for audit. For more information, email registrar@gts.edu. To register and for a list of the full course offerings click here.


Intensive Courses


CS 90 – EPISCOPALIANS, SOLIDARITY, & RECONCILIATION
This course explores key moments where Episcopalians have crossed boundaries, stepped beyond traditional privilege and struggled for liberation in the company of the oppressed.  Read more...

Mediation Process Underway with Formation of Logistics Committee

A further step in the Organizational Mediation Process by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center at The General Theological Seminary took place on November 20, with the first meeting of the Logistics Committee via conference call facilitated by Bill Blank, the LMPC Associate Director.

The 14 members of the Logistics Committee represent all stakeholders in the GTS community: current students, staff, faculty, Board of Trustees members, spouses and partners, and alumni.  Read more...

Trick or Treating on the GTS Close

Trick or Treating on the GTS Close

The sound of children playing is not unfamiliar on the GTS campus, but on Halloween the community was treated to the added sound of enthusiastic trick-or-treaters from General’s preschool, the Children’s Garden. Two dozen children made the rounds dressed in Halloween costumes for their yearly trick-or-treating. The youngest appeared as Dalmatians while the older children were dressed in homemade cupcake costumes. The event brought joy to both the children and the GTS community.  Read more...

Keller Library Displays Selection of “The Night Before Christmas” Volumes

Keller Library Displays Selection of “The Night Before Christmas” Volumes

The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library is now displaying selections from its large collection of editions of The Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863). These 17 festive books celebrate both the heritage of The General Theological Seminary and the approaching holiday season. 

Moorethe son of Bishop Benjamin Moore, was the benefactor that brought General Seminary to Chelsea through his donation of the family orchard on which the Seminary was built.  Read more...

Want an Official GTS Scarf?

Want an Official GTS Scarf?

Winter is coming! Wouldn’t it be nice to keep warm with an official GTS scarf?

The scarves were the idea and work of the Classes of 2007 and 2008. Based on the traditional academic scarves of the UK (made famous by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, as well as the Harry Potter series), GTS scarves were designed and manufactured by Luke & Eyers, a firm in Cambridge, England.  Read more...

Heather Cook ’87 Consecrated as Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

Heather Cook ’87 Consecrated as Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

GTS folk at the Consecration of the Diocese of Maryland’s new Bishop Suffragan (L to R): Bruce Parker ’84, Anna Noon ’10, Nick Szobota ’05, Annette Chappell ’03, Bp. Cook, Jesse Parker ’81, Barry Signorelli ’87, Mark Hansen ’85.

On September 6, 2014 Heather Elizabeth Cook (Class of 1987) was consecrated bishop in The Episcopal Church and made Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Maryland at a service at the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore.  Read more...

General Seminary Recognizes Donors in Main Lobby

General Seminary Recognizes Donors in Main Lobby

With gratitude to God, The General Theological Seminary gives thanks to over 1,000 individuals, parishes, and foundations that supported our fundraising efforts during the 2013–2014 Academic Year. In recognition of their generosity, we have installed a list of donors in the main lobby of its campus. Our supporters are an important affirmation of our heritage and our future, and they participate in our call to provide a voice and vision for a generous Anglican witness in worship and service.  Read more...

The Living Church Reports on The Way of Wisdom

The Living Church Reports on The Way of Wisdom

The Living Church has posted an article online about The Way of Wisdom, a major initiative at The General Theological Seminary to integrate all the disciplines of formation in seminary education. In particular the article focuses on the Wisdom Year, where seminarians integrate knowledge gained in the classroom with real-world experience at a part-time job in a ministry setting. The article includes various perspectives, among them the observations of Dan Aleshire, Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools:

“The more traditional way is three years of seminary with a little field education and then you assume that somebody is a curate or an associate pastor in larger congregation for a while, learning some things.

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Stephanie Spellers Accepts New Position as Part of Program Integration

Stephanie Spellers Accepts New Position as Part of Program Integration

Leading up to the Fall semester, the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Adjunct Professor, has taken on expanded roles at The General Theological Seminary. Her new position includes key responsibilities in implementing the Seminary’s new initiative, The Way of Wisdom.

Spellers will continue in her appointment as Adjunct Professor of Church and Society and takes on the additional role of Director of Mission and ReconciliationRead more...