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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.


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PT42 – YOUTH MINISTRY:  INTEGRATING YOUNG PEOPLE INTO THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH

There is scientific and anecdotal evidence that adolescents today are suffering at an increasing rate compared to past generations, and at the same time, they are less connected than past generations to supportive family structures and “authoritative communities,” such as churches.  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...

Bringing It Together

Bringing It Together

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers
Director of Mission and Reconciliation and Adjunct Professor of Church and Society

If you’re imagining The Wisdom Year is simply advanced field education, think again. These pioneering residents are in a holistic program where they exercise ministry and authority in a church, pray and reflect on their vocation, explore content that complements the ministry experience, and nurture a circle of companions for the journey.  Read more...

Living into My Wisdom Year

Living into My Wisdom Year

Bowie Snodgrass
S.T.M. ’16

Like an increasing number of people, my vocational call and journey is spread out over more than a decade. I began an M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary right out of college, worked and discerned for a decade, and am scheduled to be ordained a transitional deacon and then a priest by the Diocese of New York in 2016.

Returning to seminary, I am yoking together two years to complete my formation.  Read more...

CPE as Theological (Trans)formation

CPE as Theological (Trans)formation

The Rev. David W. Fleenor
Director of CPE for the Mount Sinai Health System

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was not just a formative part of my education and training for the priesthood; it was transformative.

I became an Episcopalian during my second year of a Master of Divinity program at a Pentecostal seminary, in no small part due to CPE. It was in the context of that educational environment that I found a community in which I could give voice to deeply held doubts about my Pentecostal faith and ministry practice.  Read more...

In Gratitude: The Strup Family

In Gratitude: The Strup Family

On October 26, 2015, long-time friends of General, Frank Strup, Jr., Richard Strup, and Susan (Strup) Hood, visited the General Seminary Close. While there, the Strup family also stopped by the Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Matthews Conference Room in The Desmond Tutu Center which occupies the space where Frank Strup, Jr., once played basketball.

The Strup family’s historical connections to The General Theological Seminary go as far back as the early 1900s, when Frank Strup, Sr., became the Seminary’s Bursar and Registrar.  Read more...

General Seminary St. Nicholas Party

General Seminary St. Nicholas Party

All spirits were lifted as The General Theological Seminary held its annual St. Nicholas party on December 9. The Seminary family gathered for Eucharist, a tree-lighting, Christmas caroling, and a festive community dinner. As part of General Seminary’s annual tradition, Dean Kurt H. Dunkle read aloud to the children ’Twas the Night before Christmas.

In the spirit of Family, the Eucharist was celebrated by the Rev.  Read more...

Alumni Gathering Held at General Seminary [PHOTOS]

Alumni Gathering Held at General Seminary [PHOTOS]

On November 4-5, 2015, The General Theological Seminary held its annual Alumni Gathering. More than 50 registrants joined the days of meetings, worship services and social gatherings which were described as “a community of scholarship, worship, and friendship on the Close.”

The program included the 2015 Paddock LecturesThe Goodness of Upheaval: Pauline and Apocalyptic Perspectives, presented by the Rev. Todd H. W. Brewer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of New Testament, and the Rev.  Read more...

General Seminary Honors Dr. David J. Hurd [PHOTOS]

General Seminary Honors Dr. David J. Hurd [PHOTOS]

On November 5, 2015, The General Theological Seminary celebrated Dr. David Hurd’s 39 years of service at a special Evensong which was part of the annual Alumni Gathering. During Evensong, Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle presented Dr. Hurd with the Clement Clarke Moore Medal.

Hurd is a native New Yorker who attended both the High School of Music and Art and the Juilliard School before graduating as an organ major at Oberlin College.  Read more...

The Children’s Garden Goes Trick or Treating

The Children’s Garden Goes Trick or Treating

The sound of children playing is not unfamiliar on the campus of The General Theological Seminary, but on on the Friday before Halloween the community was treated to the added sound of enthusiastic trick-or-treaters from General’s school, the Children’s Garden. Two dozen children made the rounds dressed in Halloween costumes for their yearly trick-or-treating. The youngest appeared as cats while the older children were dressed in homemade pumpkin costumes.  Read more...

Celebrating Baptism in the General Seminary Community

Celebrating Baptism in the General Seminary Community


The General Theological Seminary community was honored to share in celebrating the Holy Baptism of Attikus Mario Kaplanov. His proud parents, Shana (M.Div. Class of 2017) and Nikos, wanted their seminary family to join them in the sacrament.

On the occasion of his first birthday, Attikus was surrounded by family and friends of all ages. The children of GTS shared in the blessing of living water.  Read more...

Bishop of Cuba Visits General Seminary [PHOTOS]

Bishop of Cuba Visits General Seminary [PHOTOS]

On October 27, 2015, the Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Cuba, visited The General Theological Seminary. After spending the day with the seminary community, she preached in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd during the Community Eucharist. Her sermon was translated by trustee member, the Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate.

The Episcopal Church of Cuba dates back to the end of the 19th century, when missionaries from The Episcopal Church of the United States first arrived in the island.  Read more...

Impressions from a New Member of the Board of Trustees

Impressions from a New Member of the Board of Trustees

The Rev. Dr. Molly Dale Smith
Member, Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary

On October 22, 2015, I arrived at the campus of The General Theological Seminary at 8:30 in the morning to attend my first meeting of the Board of Trustees. I have been asked to give my impressions, as a brand-new Board member.

Hospitality: Each person, from Board members to faculty to staff to students, was warm and welcoming.  Read more...

A Reflection on the Recent Board of Trustees Meeting October 23-24

A Reflection on the Recent Board of Trustees Meeting October 23-24

The Rev. Patricia S. Downing ’95
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Parish, Wilmington, Delaware
Member, Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary

“Alacrity” is the word for this season in life at The General Theological Seminary. We now need to move deliberately and strategically if we are to fulfill our mission in a changing landscape. Each morning the Board of Trustees began with bible study which set the tone for the day, grounding the meeting in the word of Jesus.  Read more...

General Seminary Students Attend Episcopal Evangelism Society’s Leadership Conference

General Seminary Students Attend Episcopal Evangelism Society’s Leadership Conference

JoAnn Jones ’17 and Michael Horvath ’17, M.Div. seminarians at The General Theological Seminary, were invited to attend the Episcopal Evangelism Society’s Seminarian Leadership Conference at Sewanee School of Theology. The focus of this year’s conference was theology, faith and environmental sustainability. They had the opportunity to connect with fellow seminarians from Bloy House, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Virginia Theological Seminary, Berkeley Divinity School, Seminary of the Southwest, Nashotah House, Trinity School for Ministry, Duke Divinity and the Episcopal Divinity School.  Read more...