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General Seminary Regional Conversations Coming to Maine and Massachusetts

General Seminary Regional Conversations Coming to Maine and Massachusetts

Following engaging and productive gatherings in Philadelphia, New York, Princeton, and Baltimore, The General Theological Seminary is continuing a series of interactive discussions for Alumni and Friends, Conversations about General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future, with upcoming events in Massachusetts and Maine. More dates and locations will be announced throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

As General Seminary launches implementation of The Way of Wisdom, we hope you can join us for this opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation.  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...

General Seminary Holds 194th Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

General Seminary Holds 194th Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

The General Theological Seminary held its 194th Commencement on May 11, 2016. Thirteen women and men received degrees, diplomas, and certificates conferred by the Seminary’s Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle. The Seminary’s honorary doctorate was conferred on the Rt. Rev. Santosh K. Marray, A. Gary Shilling, and the Rev. Becca Stevens. Read more about the honorary doctorate recipients here.

To download a high-resolution picture of the Class of 2016, click hereRead 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...

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...

Education and Formation

Education and Formation

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

Many of you have heard or read my standard speech about what we do at General Seminary. In case you missed it, here it is: “We only do two things at General: Education and Formation. Each needs to be roughly in balance, and each needs to be integrated.”

In the past few years, we have spent a great deal of time developing the second of these two concepts: formation.  Read more...

Alive and Well – Scholarly Life at General Seminary

Alive and Well – Scholarly Life at General Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson
Professor of Ascetical Theology

A false, and deadly, dichotomy persists in discussions of seminaries: a seminary, so this notion suggests, must either emphasize liturgical niceties or stress the urgencies of the social Gospel. Similarly, a dichotomy exists where a seminary must choose between clerical preparation and the education of the laity.

At The General Theological Seminary, we have been creatively exploring and developing an innovative, groundbreaking approach to Christian and priestly formation for the 21st century.  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...

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...

Experiencing the Holy Land

Experiencing the Holy Land

Steve Schunk
M.Div. ’18

This past January, a group from The General Theological Seminary embarked on a Pilgrimage and Study Tour to Israel and the Holy Lands, and it was a resounding success for the 12 of us who travelled together. The mix included three family members, one outside faculty member, three M.Div. Juniors, one GTS faculty member, one GTS staff member and three Trustees.

In particular, this nine-day tour brought the ancient texts to life.  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...

Alumni Gathering 2016 Registration Now Open

Alumni Gathering 2016 Registration Now Open




The Alumni Gathering 2016

Registration is now open!

Tuesday and Wednesday

May 10 and 11, 2016

A Community of Scholarship, Worship,
and Friendship Celebrating the 194th Commencement

To register click here

May 9, 5:30 pm: Special Evensong and Reception in Thanksgiving for the Ministries of the Rev. Drs. Mitties DeChamplain and Robert Owens

The Gathering is scheduled to commence with on-site registration at 8:30 a.m. on May 10 and will conclude after Commencement on May 11.  Read more...

Spring 2016 Guest Preachers in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Spring 2016 Guest Preachers in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Guest Preachers in the
Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Spring 2016 

February 16
The Rt. Rev. Jay Magness
Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

March 15
The Very Rev. Roger A. Ferlo
President, Bexley Seabury Seminary,

March 17
The Rev. Canon Dr. Mary Alice Bielesch Medcof
The International Anglican’s Women’s Network
Anglican Church of Canada

March 22
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church

May 5
The Rt.  Read more...

Connecting to South Africa and Desmond Tutu

Connecting to South Africa and Desmond Tutu

Jo Ann Jones
M.Div. ’17

In October, 2015, after the Matriculation ceremony, Professor Michael Battle approached me about my interest in traveling to South Africa. He had served as adjutant to Archbishop Tutu from 1993-1994 at Bishopscourt in Cape Town, experiencing his theology and participating with him in a wide array of activities, and I could see in his request a strong vision of revitalizing the Desmond Tutu Center at The General Theological Seminary.  Read 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...

The Four Pillars

The Four Pillars

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

In December you should have received another opportunity to offer financial support to The General Theological Seminary in the mail. I hope you responded in one of the suggested eight ways before the year’s end. A hearty “thanks!”

In that letter, I outlined how we are focused on three goals of sustainability: financial, missional, and cultural. While not yet home free, we are making substantial progress and there are clear markers of success.  Read more...