Tag Archives: CCS

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...

Spiritual Directors on the Close in April

Upcoming Dates for Spiritual Direction
Barbara Crafton: Most Tuesdays
Louise Litke: April 2-4, 12
Nigel Massey: April 12, 26
Westina Matthews: April 2, 13, 14, 16
James Warnke: April 20, 27

Thank You for Making Your Appointments On-line
To all who are scheduling appointments with the GTS spiritual directors by using the new on-line Google calendar, thank you! If you are still learning how to do this, remember: To schedule time with a spiritual director, visit the Spiritual Direction Appointments Calendar, click on an available appointment, and reserve your time.  Read more...

Spiritual Directors in March

Upcoming Dates for Spiritual Direction
Barbara Crafton: Most Tuesdays
Louise Litke: March 12-15
Nigel Massey: March 15, 22
Westina Matthews: March 30 & 31, April 2
James Warnke: March 16, 30

Thank You for Making Your Appointments On-line
To all who are learning how to schedule appointments with the GTS spiritual directors by using the new on-line Google calendar, thank you! If you are just realizing this, however, here’s what to do: To schedule time with a spiritual director, visit the Spiritual Direction Appointments Calendar, click on an available appointment, and reserve your time.  Read more...

Mary Magdalene as Spiritual Guide: A Quiet Afternoon in Women’s History Month

Mary Magdalene as Spiritual Guide: A Quiet Afternoon in Women’s History Month

On Saturday, March 31, from 2:00-5:00pm, General Seminary’s Center for Christian Spirituality will host a quiet afternoon that will invite participants to experience spiritual direction through the story of Mary Magdalene, who reveals what it means to be fully present to God and to bear witness to God’s life-giving acts. She is, therefore, a model for all who seek a deeper relationship with the holy and for any who would serve as a spiritual companion to others.
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About the GTS Spiritual Directors and How to Schedule an Appointment

Spiritual Direction is for Everyone at GTS!
General Seminary is delighted to welcome, in the Easter 2012 term, five spiritual directors whose ministry is to companion you in the spiritual life. A spiritual director is someone with whom you can speak confidentially and honestly about your experiences of God. Your spiritual director will listen as you share your interior life, notice how God is present for you, teach and encourage you to try new ways of praying, and help you discern God’s good purposes for you.  Read more...

John Philip Newell to Offer Kay Butler Gill Lecture

John Philip Newell to Offer Kay Butler Gill Lecture

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 8:00 pm, John Philip Newell will speak on A New Harmony: The Spirit, the Earth, and the Human Soul, the 2012 Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality. A scholar, peacemaker, and poet, John Philip Newell is an internationally acclaimed teacher of Celtic spirituality and a passionate seeker of peace among the great spiritual traditions. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now widely sought as a speaker and spiritual guide.  Read more...

Wellness Program and Course Schedule in Easter 2012

The course AT360-Holistic Spirituality and Wellness Practicum is a one-credit course that links to General Seminary’s Wellness Program. Students pursue wellness practices, attend didactic workshops, participate in a discussion group, and write a final integrative paper. Based on student requests, the professors will change the schedule for AT360 in the Easter 2012 so that the discussion group meets in the morning. Students may now also audit the course,  if they have previously taken the course for credit.  Read more...

David Keller’s Golden Jubilee

The Rev. David Keller, Jr., who teaches the Jesus’ Life of Prayer and Contemplative Prayer courses in the Center for Christian Spirituality’s spiritual direction program, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the Episcopal priesthood on January 4, 2012. A Welsh High Tea in thanksgiving for his priesthood and ministry will be held in Asheville, NC, a few days later, and you might like to send a note c/o Emily Wilmer,  Servanthood House, 156 East Chestnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801.  Read more...

Gratitude for Spiritual Directors

In Michaelmas 2011, five spiritual directors, Barbara Crafton, Louise Litke, Nigel Massey, Westina Matthews, and Jim Warnke, have graciously offered many hours of spiritual direction on the Close. Available to all members of the General Seminary community, they have accompanied many of you in the spiritual life, as you have grown in prayer and in relationship with God. Their companionship has been a gift from General Seminary at no cost to you.  Read more...

CCS Partners with Two Episcopal Service Corps Communities for Spiritual Direction Ministry

General Seminary’s Center for Christian Spirituality has formed an innovative partnership with two Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) communities in New York City that will provide students in the spiritual direction programs with new opportunities for supervised ministry. Students will offer spiritual direction to Episcopal Service Corps. young adults who are spending a year living in intentional community, working in various social service and justice settings, gaining formation as leaders, and discerning their future vocations.  Read more...

Spiritual Directors on the Close in November

Barbara Crafton-Every Tue, Faculty Conference Room
Louise Litke-Mon-Thu, Nov 7-10, Faculty Conference Room and Prof. Offices
James Warnke-Fri, Nov 11, Faculty Conference Room
Nigel Massey-Thu, Nov 17, Oratory
Westina Matthews-Sat, Nov 5; Mon, Nov 7; Fri, Nov 11, Oratory

Please hold Fr. James Warnke, his wife Marie, and their family in your prayer as they commend Marie’s mother, Mary Jones, into God’s abiding love and complete joy.  Read more...

Spiritual Directors on the Close in October

Barbara Crafton-Tue, Oct 18 & 25, Faculty Conference Room
James Warnke-Fri, Oct 14, 21 & 28, Faculty Conference Room
Nigel Massey-Thu, Oct 20 & 27, Oratory
Westina Matthews-Fri, Sat, Mon, Oct 14, 15, 16, Oratory

Spiritual direction is about holy companionship as you grow in relationship with God. A spiritual director is someone with whom you can speak confidentially and honestly about your experiences of God, who will accompany you as you explore your spirituality, and to whom you can be accountable in your spiritual disciplines.

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David Keller’s New Book, Desert Banquet

David Keller’s New Book, Desert Banquet

The Center for Christian Spirituality congratulates Adjunct Professor David Keller on his new book released this past week,  Desert Banquet: A Year of Wisdom from the Desert Mothers and Fathers. The wisdom of the desert fathers and others lies in their experiences of solitude, prayer, community life, work, and care for their neighbors. Their goal was authentic human life through openness to the presence and energy of God in Christ.  Read more...