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Summers at General 2015

Summers at General 2015

The General Theological Seminary is now accepting registrations for exciting courses to be offered in the Summer 2015 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, to enhance their ministry or prayer, or to delve into a theological topic.  Read more...

Neighborhood Joins GTS for an Easter Egg Hunt

Neighborhood Joins GTS for an Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter Sunday, The General Theological Seminary hosted its traditional neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt on the Close. This year’s hunt was again spearheaded by Tommie Watkins, Jr. ’16 (Diocese of Alabama), with support from the GTS Community Council.

The event began on the Saturday before Easter when volunteers from the GTS Community and the surrounding neighborhood gathered to fill plastic eggs with candy. On Sunday afternoon, the 700 eggs were hidden on the grounds.  Read more...

Updating Our Portrait

Updating Our Portrait

Dear Friends,

Let me open with a transparent recognition: the past six months at General have been challenging for everyone. Our recent upheaval has been painful and revealing. General faces many challenges–financial, missional and cultural–and all of them have been highlighted over this past year.

Many of you have responded so fervently, and for that I want to say “thank you.”  Whether through comments on social media, or added financial gifts to get us through this tough time, or attendance at our many meetings and gatherings, you have cared for General with gusto.   Read more...

The Way of Wisdom Update

The Way of Wisdom Update

Board of Trustees Affirms Support While Pilot Program Starts

Announced in spring 2014, The Way of Wisdom is a new approach at The General Theological Seminary that integrates all the disciplines of formation in seminary education, rather than separating academics, training, and experience. The Way of Wisdom inspires students to interpret and learn from every aspect of their time in seminary, from Chapel service and classes to parish ministry and the experience of living in New York City.  Read more...

Urban Pilgrimage

Urban Pilgrimage

Jennifer Oldstone-Moore
Anglican Year Student

“Social justice as spiritual discipline” – these are the words behind an exciting invitation to a spring break intensive experience to go on an urban pilgrimage in New York City. Led by the Rev. Valerie Fischer Bailey, an ordained Episcopal priest and Th.D. student at The General Theological Seminary, Urban Pilgrimage is a program that is intended to provide an experience and a model for outreach work that, rather than stopping at what “we” can do for “them,” highlights the larger structures and mechanisms which lead to conditions that keep so many struggling and disadvantaged.  Read more...

Meeting Anglicanism

Meeting Anglicanism

Jason Poling
S.T.M. ’15

I serve as Senior Pastor of New Hope Community Church, an independent evangelical congregation in the Baltimore area which I helped to plant in 2003. I am at The General Theological Seminary doing an Anglican Year as an S.T.M. candidate at the direction of the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, in hopes of working out a fruitful ministry partnership between New Hope and the Diocese of Maryland.  Read more...

From the Close to Capetown

From the Close to Capetown

Tommie Watkins, Jr.
M.Div. ’16

As part of my formation and education process at The General Theological Seminary, I was able to travel to and spend time among our fellow brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. While working as a seminarian at the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel, Capetown, South Africa, I was able to experience the land, languages, culture, and Christianity in a wonderful international setting.  Read more...

A Message from the New Chair of the GTS Board of Trustees

A Message from the New Chair of the GTS Board of Trustees

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I greet you as the newly elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary. This is a great honor and I accept the trust it betokens.

I must be truthful with you: I am not a graduate of GTS; my alma mater sits on a hill in Alexandria, Virginia. I was elected to General’s Board by the House of Bishops at the 2009 General Convention.  Read more...

Scott Kirby ’63 to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Scott Kirby ’63 to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby (Class of 1963) is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. Kirby’s long ministry of service and devotion to the Church has emphasized community outreach and partnership. After many years serving parishes in Western New York, New Jersey, and Kansas, he was called as Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire, where he led a resurgence of congregational, spiritual, and financial growth.  Read more...

General Seminary Trustees Affirm The Way of Wisdom, Elect Chair

General Seminary Trustees Affirm The Way of Wisdom, Elect Chair

At its regular February 6, 2015 meeting, the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church affirmed the Seminary’s Way of Wisdom and Wisdom Year as a creative and effective response to the needs of the 21st century Episcopal Church. It also discussed how to advance the core programming to effectively implement the Wisdom curriculum and formation. At the next regular meeting in May, the Board has expanded its meeting time to continue working to develop The Way of Wisdom.  Read more...

General Seminary Guild Chiefs and New Members Commissioned

General Seminary Guild Chiefs and New Members Commissioned

On February 4, in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary, the Very Rev. Kurt Dunkle, Dean and President, commissioned new guild chiefs and members of the Guild of Precentors, Guild of Chimers, and Guild of Sacristans for 2015. Pictured are Gretchen Creel, Chief Precentor; Henry Tuell, Chief Chimer; and Ann Urinoski and Charlie Bauer, Co-Chief Sacristans.

Also commissioned were new chimers Alissa Goudswaard Anderson, Cathleen Dunkle, Curtis Kennington, Deborah Lee, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, Chris Oldstone-Moore, Hailey Robison, Libbie Schrader, and Ali Van Kuiken; new Sacristy day captains Lisa Busby, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, and John Shirley; and new sacristans Alissa Goudswaard Anderson, Michael Horvath, Sarah Hedgis, Nancy Hennessey, Matt Jacobson, Vicki McDonald, Sharon Sutton, and Casey Woodruff.  Read more...

Deborah Lee and Michael Horvath Receive Grants from the Seminary Consultation on Mission

Deborah Lee and Michael Horvath Receive Grants from the Seminary Consultation on Mission

Deborah Lee and Michael Horvath

Each year the Seminary Consultation on Mission (SCOM) issues grants to students of Episcopal seminaries through a trust funded by Venture in Mission, the church-wide capital campaign of the 1970-80s. The purpose of this fund is to develop and deepen a global perspective in seminary life and curricula, and thereby help renew and extend effective commitment to mission, both foreign and domestic, throughout the Church.  Read more...

General Seminary Students Attend Dinner Featuring Archbishop Justin Welby

General Seminary Students Attend Dinner Featuring Archbishop Justin Welby

(l-r) Shana Kaplanov, Tommie Watkins, Jr., Charlie Bauer, Austin McGehee, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore. Not Pictured: Hershey Mallette, Matthew Welch

By Jennifer Oldstone-Moore

On January 21, a group of students from The General Theological Seminary attended a dinner and conversation at the invitation of the Trinity Institute. Those present were Shana Kaplanov, Matthew Welch, Hershey Mallette, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, Charlie Bauer, Tommie Watkins, Jr., and Austin McGehee. The event was part of a larger three-day conference called “Creating Common Good” which addressed economic inequality and theological resources for addressing problems that arise from economic issues.  Read more...

An Orthodox Celebration at General Seminary

An Orthodox Celebration at General Seminary

The 22nd Ecumenical Theological and Interdisciplinary Symposium, co-sponsored by the Academy of Romanian Scientists and the Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology, met all day at The General Theological Seminary on December 6, 2014.

Hosted by GTS Ascetical Theology Prof. Clair McPherson and Prof. Theodore Damian, President of the Academy (Splaiul Independentei 54, Bucharest) and the Institute (Woodside, NY), the Symposium welcomed nine scholars who presented papers, including Professors Damian and McPherson, and over forty interested guests and students from GTS and the Metropolitan College of New York.  Read more...

General Seminary Recognizes Donors in Main Lobby

General Seminary Recognizes Donors in Main Lobby

With gratitude to God, The General Theological Seminary gives thanks to over 1,000 individuals, parishes, and foundations that supported our fundraising efforts during the 2013–2014 Academic Year. In recognition of their generosity, we have installed a list of donors in the main lobby of its campus. Our supporters are an important affirmation of our heritage and our future, and they participate in our call to provide a voice and vision for a generous Anglican witness in worship and service.  Read more...

Lee Crawford ’93 First Woman Candidate for Bishop in Central America

Lee Crawford ’93 First Woman Candidate for Bishop in Central America

The Rev. Canon Lee Alison Crawford (Class of 1993) stood for election as Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Anglican Church of El Salvador. While she came in second at the August 23 election in San Salvador, her candidacy was significant, as she was the first woman candidate for the episcopacy in the Province of the Anglican Church of the Region of Central America (the dioceses of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama).  Read more...

General Seminary Welcomes Incoming Class

General Seminary Welcomes Incoming Class

Incoming Class 2014 of The General Theological Seminary

The last week in August brings fresh faces to the campus of The General Theological Seminary. This year, General welcomes a bumper crop of new students to its various degree and certificate programs.

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 24, General Seminary kicked off its new student orientation week with the Dean’s Welcome Reception to introduce new students to the faculty and current students.  Read more...