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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 appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of The Episcopal New Yorker 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...

United Thank Offering Grant Awarded to Two General Seminary Students

United Thank Offering Grant Awarded to Two General Seminary Students

United Thank Offering 2016 seminarian grants have been awarded to students from The General Theological Seminary. Alexander Barton, M.Div. ’17, and Valerie Bailey Fischer, Th.D. candidate, claimed two of the five grants awarded this year. United Thank Offering requests that seminarian grant  proposals focus on the Five Marks of Episcopal Mission:

To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

The submitted grants applications were to show creativity and/or innovation on one or more of these marks.  Read more...

The Rt. Rev. Jay Magness Preaches in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

The Rt. Rev. Jay Magness Preaches in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

On February 16, 2016, the Rt. Rev. Jay Magness, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries preached in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary.

In his sermon, Magness spoke of courageous acts—particularly of those in combat—as acts of sacrifice, and how God’s call may bring those in ministry to places unknown, places of potential personal sacrifice.

A full list of guest preachers for the Spring term in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd can be found hereRead more...

Kay Butler Gill Lecture on April 7 – The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin

Kay Butler Gill Lecture on April 7 – The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin, Ph.D., will present the Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality at The General Theological Seminary on April 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture, entitled “The Jesus Prayer: From Desert Contemplatives to Modern Urban Spirituality,” will examine 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,” and will move on to late Byzantine ideas on the explicit role of the “sharpening” of new forms of consciousness (noesis) during prayer; and then will look at the role of the Jesus Prayer in late modernity and in contemporary forms of lay, urban asceticism.  Read more...

General Seminary Installs New Guild Chiefs

General Seminary Installs New Guild Chiefs

The Installation of the Guild Chiefs from the student body of The General Theological Seminary took place during Evensong in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd on February 4, 2016, with the Rev. Emily Wachter officiating.

From left to right: Curtis Kennington, Chief Chimer; Deborah Lee, Chief Precentor; Alissa Anderson and Matt Jacobson, Co-Chief Sacristans.

All of the new Guild Chiefs are in the M.Div. Class of 2017, and were voted into their positions by their peers serving in each guild.  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 courses for General Learners that 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.


Beginning Soon


PT27 – ADDICTION: THE CHURCH’S ROLE IN RECOVERY

A theological perspective on alcoholism with emphasis on the spirituality and practice of Twelve-Step recovery.  Read more...

How to Do (Religious) Things with Words – A Lecture by Francis Spufford

How to Do (Religious) Things with Words – A Lecture by Francis Spufford

How to Do (Religious) Things with Words

A lecture by internationally acclaimed author, Francis Spufford

Friday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m.

The General Theological Seminary
440 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

 

Religious writing comes in a dizzy variety of forms and genres, from compendia of systematic theology to parish newsletters, by way of sermons, prayers, meditations and even novels. But from the writer’s point of view, there are a few essential elements from which many of these complex structures are built up.  Read more...

Winter 2015 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

Winter 2015 GTS News Quarterly Available for Download

The Winter 2015 GTS News Quarterly was mailed out at the end of December. You can download the PDF now by clicking below.

This edition includes:

 

 

Download the Winter edition of GTS News Quarterly.

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

Integrating The Wisdom Year

Integrating The Wisdom Year

The Rev. Emily Wachner
Director of Integrative Programs

When I first learned how to drive a manual transmission car 15 years ago, my instructor began by teaching me to envision the inside of the car—the “theory,” if you will, of what made the car go. Before I ever turned the key, I learned how the gears worked together, what the clutch did, how the stick moved, and what it controlled.  Read more...