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Arlette Benoit Rises as a Leader in Episcopal Youth Ministry

The Rev. Arlette Benoit, who will earn her Master of Divinity degree and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from General Seminary this May, is becoming a national leader for youth ministry in The Episcopal Church.

Benoit is among the eight adults and 14 youth recently chosen by The Episcopal Church to serve as the 2014 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) Mission Planning Team. Their work will be to design and lead the triennial EYE to be held next July 9-13, 2014 in the Philadelphia area, in partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania.


Hurricane Sandy Relief: The Rev. Chris Ballard Comes Full Circle

The Rev. Chris Ballard with donated beds.

For the Rev. Chris Ballard, a 2012 graduate of General Seminary, past and present ministries came together this week as he coordinated a major donation of furniture and miscellaneous items from the new owners of the hotel portion of the Desmond Tutu Center to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways.

General Seminary closed on the sale of the hotel in September 2012 as part of The Plan to Choose Life (see story), and since then, the new owners of the newly named Highline Hotel, The Brodsky Organization and MCR Development, have been renovating the property.  Read more...

An Old Testament-Style Calling for GTS Alumnus

By Turhan Tirana, M.A. Class of 2012

When I matriculated at General, the thought of a calling had not occurred to me. In my retirement then from remunerated work, I just wanted to study. Or so I thought. And five years later, last May, upon graduation with a master’s in Biblical Studies, still no change. What I wanted to do with my newly-found freedom was to study some more, on my own; fish for trout and striped bass, and tend to my garden and grandchildren.  Read more...

GTS Builds Ministry with New York First Responders

To foster good relationships with Chelsea neighbors and to provide students with opportunities in creative ministries, General Theological Seminary (GTS) has been pursuing a new ministerial partnership with the New York City Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The relationship includes providing first responders in FDNY Station 7, located just two blocks from the seminary, with pastoral companionship, space for events, and invitations to participate in worship in the seminary’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd.  Read more...

Rivalry to Ministry: GTS and VTS Aid Neighbors

As reported by The Episcopal Cafe, instead of the annual flag football game, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and General Theological Seminary (GTS) met in New York on Saturday, November 10, to help aid people in low income housing near the GTS campus. Some of buildings at Fulton Houses had been without heat since Superstorm Sandy hit New York on October 29, and the volunteers from VTS brought with them 100 blankets and 82 space heaters to distribute.   Read more...

General Stories – J.K. Melton

JK Melton


Seminarian JK Melton spent the  Summer of 2012 in Tanzania thanks to General Seminary’s F.A.R. and Wide Scholarship in Mission and World Anglicanism. Melton was working in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika under the mentorship of the Rev. Sandra McCann, M.D., an official missionary of The Episcopal Church

While there, Melton toured mission projects in Dar es Salam and the surrounding area.  Read more...

General Stories – Caroline Peacock

Caroline Peacock

Seminarian Caroline Peacock is spending the  summer of 2012 developing an audio series of interviews with luminaries and sages in the field of pastoral care and posting the interviews on a new website she has created, Voices of Pastoral Care. Her project is made possible by a Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellowship, for which she was nominated by General Seminary.

Before coming to General, Caroline worked as a clinical and administrative social worker, including with veterans returning from the conflict in Iraq.  Read more...