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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...

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 Announces Regional Conversation Events

General Seminary Announces Regional Conversation Events

The General Theological Seminary announces a series of interactive discussions for Alumni and Friends, Conversations about General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future, with the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle (Class of 2004), 13th Dean and President, and the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel 3rd, Chairman, Board of Trustees. To accommodate busy schedules and geographic location, the events will be held on four dates and hosted in four different areas.  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...

Scott Kirby ’63 Receives 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

Scott Kirby ’63 Receives 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

On November 5, 2015, during the Alumni Memorial Eucharist in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, the Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby, Class of 1963, accepted the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from The General Theological Seminary. In his acceptance speech, he paid tribute to all those who had passed through our gates before him. He was introduced by the Rev. Canon Carlson Gerdau (Class of 1959, D.D.  Read more...

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin Announced as Kay Butler Gill Lecturer

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin Announced as Kay Butler Gill Lecturer

The Very Rev. John A. McGuckin, Ph.D., will present the Kay Butler Gill Lecture at The General Theological Seminary on April 7, 2016, 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...

Profs. Michael Battle and Todd Brewer Deliver the 2015 Paddock Lectures [PHOTOS+AUDIO]

Profs. Michael Battle and Todd Brewer Deliver the 2015 Paddock Lectures [PHOTOS+AUDIO]

On November 4-5, 2015, Professors Michael Battle and Todd Brewer delivered this year’s prestigious Paddock Lectures in Seabury Auditorium at The General Theological Seminary.

Together the lectures were titled The Goodness of Upheaval: Pauline and Apocalyptic Perspectives, and they provided both theological and practical conversation for why Christians engage in upheaval as a necessary good. Brewer’s lecture addressed “The Upheaval of Paul’s Life and the Incongruous Grace of Christ” and Battle presented themes from his upcoming book, The Goodness of Upheaval: Apocalyptic Perspectives.   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...

The Newness of New

The Newness of New

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President

There is an odd feeling in schools every fall. Autumn brings a climate which speaks of slowness and preparation for winter. But, schools around the world begin anew, awash with freshness and hope for the coming year. How Anglican—how both/and!

General Seminary is experiencing that sense of both/and right now. Emerging from a turbulent year, we, too, are experiencing that freshness and hope for the new year.  Read more...

The GTS Reconciliation Pilgrimage

The GTS Reconciliation Pilgrimage

One night last fall GTS seminarians, Tommie Watkins ’16 and Alex Barton ’17 sat at Community Dinner with the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers and hatched two plots: what if a group from The General Theological Seminary attended the 50th anniversary pilgrimage remembering Alabama Civil Rights martyr—and seminarian—Jonathan Daniels? And what if the same group kept driving up to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, one of the only Episcopal churches to serve as a stop on the Underground Railroad?  Read more...