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The Wisdom of “Both” and “And”

The Wisdom of “Both” and “And”

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

The first time I ever considered that very Anglican phrase, “both/and,” I was seated in Sherred 1A, right here at General. It was how a now-retired GTS professor spoke about that seemingly simple concept to unravel decades-old quandaries.  At first, it seemed so foreign, until I remembered we were being taught to think theologically, not as the world had formed us.  Read more...

Adding It All Up

Adding It All Up

An Integrated Curriculum is the Core of The Way of Wisdom

The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson
Professor of Ascetical Theology

“I enjoyed my various courses at General, but I could never see how they added up.”

That may well be the most common negative comment GTS graduates tend to make. Even the very best students have said that, while they found courses interesting and seminary life rewarding, the curriculum simply did not seem to cohere, except sporadically and unintentionally.  Read more...

Meeting Parish Needs

The Rev. J. Donald Waring ’89
Rector, Grace Church, New York

One of the sad realities of the current economic climate is the diminishing number of Episcopal churches that can afford a curate – the traditional title of a new priest whose first call is to work in a parish under the supervision of a seasoned rector.  It is not that the opportunities for ministry have dried up, but the resources to fund these positions have.  Read more...

Preparing for Real-World Ministry

The Rev. Scott White ’96
President, Alumni Executive Committee

When I graduated from General Seminary in 1996 I felt fully prepared for the ministry that lay before me. I could not have asked for better preparation to lead the worship life of the congregation I had been called to, or more properly prepared to study the Scriptures in a way that led to preaching with intellectual integrity and spiritual conviction.  Read more...

Student Perspectives on Curriculum Integration

by Mark S. Anderson ’16 and Anne Urinoski ’16

Having just moved to New York City, neither of us was sure of what to expect from our new lives at General Theological Seminary. Moreover, we had not seen the intricacies of how our courses would fit together.

However, immediately after Orientation, we began a course entitled “Introduction to Theological Education.” The faculty designed this class to demonstrate how the various theological disciplines cohesively fit together.  Read more...

Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly – The Way of Wisdom Issue

Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly – The Way of Wisdom Issue

The Summer 2014 GTS News Quarterly, The Way of Wisdom Issue, was mailed out at the end of June. You can also see it by downloading the PDF below. This edition includes:

The Wisdom of “Both” & “And”

Adding It All Up

Meeting Parish Needs

Preparing for Real-World Ministry

Student Perspectives on Curriculum Integration 

Download GTS News Quarterly Summer 2014

 

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

Incoming GTS Junior Named First Recipient of SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship

Incoming GTS Junior Named First Recipient of SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship

The Society for the Increase of the Ministry (“SIM”) and the Mercer Fund of the Diocese of Long Island (“Mercer”) have awarded the first SIM/Mercer Challenge Scholarship to Jason Daniel Roberson, an entering junior at The General Theological Seminary, and his sponsoring bishop, the Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg of South Carolina.

Roberson is the first recipient of this new, merit-based scholarship, and it will cover his tuition, room and board at GTS.   Read more...

Professor David Hurd Receives Honorary Doctorate from Sewanee School of Theology

Professor David Hurd Receives Honorary Doctorate from Sewanee School of Theology

On May 9, 2014, The School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South, bestowed an Honorary Doctorate upon Dr. David J. Hurd, Professor of Church Music, Organist, and Director of Chapel Music at The General Theological Seminary.

As the bells rang out, students, faculty, and honorary degree recipients processed into Sewanee’s All Saint’s Chapel to hymns that included selections from Hurd’s work. The Rt.  Read more...

Become a General Learner – Study This Summer at GTS

Become a General Learner – Study This Summer at GTS

General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2014 term and especially welcomes General Learners to become part of the seminary community. To learn more and register, click here.

General Learners are students who are not pursuing a formal degree and who take courses to learn more about their faith, enhance their ministry or prayer, or delve into a theological topic.  Read more...

General Seminary Holds 192nd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

General Seminary Holds 192nd Commencement [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

The General Theological Seminary
Class of 2014

The General Theological Seminary held its 192nd Commencement on May 14, 2014. Thirty-five 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. Douglas Hahn ’96, the Rt. Rev. Chip Stokes ’90, and the Rev. Canon C. K.  Read more...

The Rev. Canon Heather Cook ’87 Elected Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

The Rev. Canon Heather Cook ’87 Elected Bishop Suffragan in Maryland

On Friday, May 2 , the Rev. Canon Heather Cook, GTS Class of 1987, was elected Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland at the 230th Diocesan Convention at Turf Valley Resort, Ellicot City. Cook is the first woman to be elected a bishop for the Diocese of Maryland.

“Heather is a great leader of the Church,” praised GTS Dean, the Very Rev. Kurt H.  Read more...

Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority [PHOTOS]

Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority [PHOTOS]

On April 29, Women at General, a student-led group at The General Theological Seminary hosted a panel discussion entitled “Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority: Embodying the Paradox Inside and Out.”

Recognizing that Jesus called his disciples to lead as one who serves, saying of himself, “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27), and yet Jesus taught as one having authority, and gave authority to his disciples to do works in his name and to “bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16).  Read more...

Easter Egg Hunt Brings Neighbors Together

Easter Egg Hunt Brings Neighbors Together

Easter Sunday saw the revival of a General Theological Seminary tradition: a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt on the Close. This year’s hunt was spearheaded by Junior Tommie Lee Watkins (Diocese of Alabama), with support from the Community Council and Miguel Acevedos, director of the nonprofit organization, Fulton Youth for the Future.

The event began on the Saturday before Easter when seminarians, faculty, seminary children, and neighborhood families gathered in the student lounge to fill plastic eggs with candy.  Read more...

Angela Robidoux ’14 Receives 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

Angela Robidoux ’14 Receives 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

Robidoux (second from left) with President’s Award finalists.

At a celebratory event on April 24, Angela Robidoux, an M.Div. senior at The General Theological Seminary, accepted the 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership from the LCU Fund for Women’s Education. Established in honor of past board president, Carol Farris, the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership recognizes a student who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in her school and community.  Read more...

Bishop Steven Charleston Presents “OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age” at GTS [TEXT + PHOTOS]

Bishop Steven Charleston Presents “OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age” at GTS [TEXT + PHOTOS]

On April 3, the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston presented the 2014 Kay Butler Gill Lecture, “OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age.” He spoke of the development of a unique spiritual community: an inter-religious, international congregation of people from many distinctive backgrounds, all linked by a shared response to a spiritual vision that is both pragmatic and poetic. Each morning he compresses a single spiritual thought into a few concise words and posts it on Facebook, the largest social network in human history.  Read more...

The Way of Wisdom – Diving into the Deep End

The Way of Wisdom – Diving into the Deep End

Diving into the Deep End
The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President
The General Theological Seminary

For over a year now, I have done a lot of listening. Of all the constituencies, the one I have paid closest attention to is our customers. Yes, we have customers.

I hear from our customers – bishops, dioceses, our students, and significantly, our students’ future employers – that the greatest need they have in the 21st century Church is to have men and women graduate from seminary ready to “hit the ground running.” Frankly, I heard it so often that it’s almost like there is a conspiracy!  Read more...

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Visits GTS [PHOTOS]

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Visits GTS [PHOTOS]

On March 18, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori visited The General Theological Seminary. After celebrating and preaching at the community Eucharist, she greeted members of the congregation, including several from New York parishes who had come to hear her speak. Bishop Jefferts Schori then joined students for fellowship at dinner in the refectory and at the Dean’s residence for a dessert reception with Q & A.  Read more...