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Alumni Executive Committee
The Rev. Dr. Scott White '96 – President
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville, NC
The Rev. Rita Henniger Steadman '97 – Vice-President
Rector, St. John's, Bangor ME
The Rev. Susan L. Wrathall '06 – Secretary
Rector, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Warwick, RI
The Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright '04
Priest-in-Charge, St. John's Tower Grove, St. Louis, MO
The Rev. Michael Foley '13
Rector, Church of the Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA
The Rev. Teresa Gocha '87
Priest-in-Charge, Episcopal Church of the Messiah, North Woodstock, NH
The Very Rev. Mark Goodman '91
Dean, Cathedral Church of St. John, Albuquerque, NM
The Rev. Judith Semple Greene '96
Retired, Bridgeport, CT
The Rev. Miguel A. Hernandez '13
Priest-in-Charge, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Orange, NJ
The Rev. Gregory Larkin '82
Rector, St. Columbia's Episcopal Church, Camarillo, CA
The Rev. Alexander D. Martin '13
Associate Priest, St. Timothy's Church, Cincinnati, OH
If you would like to place someone's name in nomination for either the Alumni Executive Committee, or as an Alumni representative to the Board of Trustees, please send an email to email@example.com.
There is no stronger endorsement of our mission than a gift from the people who know us the best, our Alumni. Your gift of any size not only shows your faith in General's continued growth, it is a critically valuable demonstration to our current seminarians that they are being formed to join a vibrant heritage of caring scholars leading the ministry of our Church.
You may wish to support the Seminary's annual fund or endowment or another aspect of our work such as maintaining the grounds through the Chelsea Square Conservancy, the Seminary's Library or another of our many programs. Click on the links to learn how the Seminary benefits from your gift in each of these areas.
Philanthropy has shaped and guided General Seminary for almost two hundred years. We are grateful to so many of our Alumni who continue to contribute to the education of future leaders for Christ's Church. We may be sure it will determine its future as GTS looks ahead to a third century of service. Help us plant the seeds of increase!
In partnership with the Episcopal Church Foundation, GTS offers a full range of deferred gift opportunities »
A deferred gift is a gift that will come to the Seminary in time rather than within a limited period such as three to five years. The most common type of deferred gift is a bequest in a will. (Everyone should have a will. If you don't, make an appointment today!) Other deferred gifts include charitable trusts, and life insurance. Deferred gifts can be tremendously beneficial both to the Seminary and to the donor. Often donors are able to make far larger contributions than they imagine themselves capable, and those gifts in turn have a far larger impact on the areas of Seminary life they choose to affect. Descriptions of each of these types of gifts may be found by clicking on the underlined links.
All those who make deferred gifts to the Seminary become members of the Jacob Sherred Society. Jacob Sherred was on the vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street and in 1820 his bequest secured the Seminary's financial stability at a time when its future was in doubt. All of us who have studied, taught, worked, and worshiped at GTS are beneficiaries of his generosity and leadership. The Board of Trustees created the Society to honor Sherred's visionary commitment to theological education and to recognize those who join him in that care. Each year at the service of All Saints when the Seminaries benefactors are remembered, there is a special recognition of members of the Sherred Society. As well, there are occasional meetings of the Society where the Dean, trustees, faculty, students and staff gather to give their thanks.
For further information, please contact Jonathan Silver, Director of Development, at 646-717-9705 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donating Securities: How to Give
Stock certificates can be reassigned directly to General Seminary, or they may be transferred through your broker. For either transaction, please consult with the Office of Institutional Advancement for detailed instructions.
Advantages: Federal income tax laws allow you to deduct the full market value of appreciated securities on the date of gift, subject only to a limitation of 30% of your adjusted gross income. The excess beyond the 30% may be carried forward for five years. By making a gift of appreciated stock you avoid capital-gains tax on the appreciated value.
In the case of securities which have decreased in value (have a fair market value less than your cost basis), donors most often sell the securities, taking the loss for tax purposes, and then contributing the cash proceeds. In this way the gift provides a deduction for both the sale loss and for the charitable contribution.
How To Transfer Securities
By giving your broker the following information, you will ensure a direct transfer of gift securities from your brokerage account to the Seminary's. As always, please consult a financial advisor for the best way to accomplish charitable objectives through a gift of securities.
When a transfer of securities lands in General's account, we do not receive notification of the donor's name. Therefore, please notify the Office of Institutional Advancement beforehand of a gift transfer to ensure it is properly recognized and prompt acknowledgement can be made.
Securities may be transferred to:
DTC # 0062
FBO General Theological Seminary Account#: 54773586
To ensure proper credit and timely acknowledgement of your gift, please ask your broker to include your name in the trailer information and notify us immediately when a transfer is being made.
The Seminary can also accept securities in certificate form. Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for further instructions.
Closely Held Stock
If you control stock in a closely held corporation a gift of that stock to the General Seminary can generate substantial tax savings. You will receive a charitable contribution deduction equal to the fair market value of the stock, subject to the limitation rules that apply to gifts of securities.
Advantages: Once you have given closely held stock your corporation may redeem shares of the stock from the Seminary in an amount equivalent to the value of the shares which you contributed. The Seminary will receive cash, and you will have received an appropriate tax benefit.
The Internal Revenue Service and the courts have approved this type of transaction as long as the Seminary is not legally bound or cannot be compelled by the corporation to surrender the shares for redemption.
For further information, please contact Donna Ashley, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, at 646-717-9706 or by email at email@example.com.
Bequests are often the first and easiest deferred gift a donor can make. In planning your estate, you should remember that an outright bequest to General Seminary, as well as certain bequests in trust, are not subject to estate taxation. A bequest should always be drawn up with the advice of an attorney. A bequest to General Seminary can take any of the following forms:
• A specific bequest of a dollar amount or of particular securities or other property;
• A residuary bequest of all or a portion of your estate, after the payment of specific amounts to other beneficiaries;
• A contingent bequest to take effect only in the event that the primary beneficiaries under your will die before you;
• A testamentary trust, which takes the form of a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust or a Charitable Remainder Unitrust, the corpus of which will be paid to General Seminary upon the death of the trusts income beneficiary.
In order to make a bequest, one must have a will. Everyone should have a will, regardless of the ability or desire to make a charitable bequest. Having a will confers the inestimable peace of mind that one's estate will be distributed according to personal wishes and not by the laws of the state. Once a will is drawn, bequest intentions are easy to make or amend, and donors often find they are able to make a more significant estate contribution to a beloved institution than may be possible in outright fashion during life.
Bequests: Sample Language
The following language may assist you and your attorney in preparing a bequest.
To make an outright bequest of cash, securities, or other property by designating a specific dollar amount, a particular asset, or a fixed percentage of your estate to the Seminary to be used for its general purposes:
“I give, devise, and bequeath to The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, a non-profit educational institution located at 440 West 21st Street, New York, New York, the sum of $ [or a description of the specific asset], for the benefit of The General Theological Seminary for its general purposes.”
To make an outright bequest for a specific purpose:
“I give, devise, and bequeath to The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, a non-profit educational institution located at 440 West 21st Street, New York, New York, the sum of $ [or a description of the specific asset], for the benefit of The General Theological Seminary to be used for the following purpose: [state the purpose]. If at any time in the judgment of the Trustees of The General Theological Seminary it is impossible or impracticable to carry out exactly the designated purpose, they shall determine an alternative purpose as near as possible to the designated purpose.”
To leave the residue portion of your assets after other terms of the will have been satisfied:
“All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, a non-profit educational institution located at 440 West 21st Street, New York, New York, for its general purposes.”
To make a contingency gift, so that the Seminary will receive a portion of your estate if your named beneficiary does not survive you:
“I devise and bequeath the residue of the property, real and personal and wherever situated, owned by me at my death, to [name of beneficiary], if [she/he] survives me. If [name of beneficiary] does not survive me, I devise and bequeath my residuary estate to The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, a non-profit educational institution located at 440 West 21st Street, New York, New York, for its general purposes.”
For further information, please contact Jonathan Silver, Director of Development, at 646-717-9705 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Gatherings 2017
Throughout the 2017–2018 School Year, we are continuing our series of gatherings for Alumni and Friends,
“General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future”.
Gatherings are currently being scheduled for:
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Upper South Carolina, Florida, Los Angeles, and Long Island.
Latest Details and Registration »
If you'd be interested in hosting an event in your area, please contact Jonathan Silver at email@example.com.
Save the Dates
Please join us for the Kick-off of our Bicentennial Years!
THE MATRICULATION CEREMONY
Evensong, Thursday, September 28, 2017
Followed by a Celebratory Dinner in the Refectory
THE MAGNIFICAT WORKSHOP: Preaching Advent & Christmas
Friday, September 29, 2017, 10am-5pm
(Morning prayer begins at 9:30am)
Lectures will focus on the advent readings and demonstrate different creative approaches to preaching from these texts. In the workshop, students will work closely with conference presenters to develop their own sermon outlines.
Click here to register »
A Celebration of the 196th Commencement
Evensong, Monday, May 14 —
Graduation, Wednesday, May 16
Celebrating a Jubilee year? Be a Class Agent.
In case you were not able to make it to Chelsea Square for the 2017 Alumni Gathering & Commencement, we made a quick video for you to experience a few of the highlights from the week.
Click here to enjoy the video »
Distinguished Alumni Award
2017 Winner: The Rev. Steven E. Hulme '59
The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Rev. Steven E. Hulme, Class of 1959, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.Learn more
Call for Nominations 2018
The Alumni Executive Committee is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. This annual award is for Seminary degree-holders worthy of special recognition. The award presentation will take place during the 2018 Alumni Gathering. Nominations must be received by October 1, 2017. The award will be decided by the Alumni Executive Committee at its October 2017 meeting.
What does it mean to be an outstanding graduate of The General Theological Seminary? The Close represents many things to those of us who studied here at General. A home for some of us, or a home away from home where we went to be in communion with others striving toward the same goals. It is a place where the serenity and beauty of the grounds are enhanced by the families who live there and the community who makes it come alive. It is also a place where Leaders for the Episcopal Church are formed. The time spent at General has led to fruitful expressions of faith in all parts of the world.
We are proud to stand as a community with all of our brothers and sisters in the General Community. Some efforts are so inspirational however, that we choose to recognize these people of faith with our Distinguished Alumni/ae Award. Past recipients have included exemplars of a broad range of ministry. We have had the privilege of holding up both extraordinarily original, path breaking ministries and extraordinarily faithful, though quiet ministries. Candidates may be put forth on the basis of lifetime achievement, or to honor extraordinary accomplishment that brought credit upon the church and GTS. Nominees may be well-known, but care should be given to identifying inspiring yet unheralded ministries.
We rely on our alumni to select an inspirational example for all of us to receive this honor.
Those submitting nominations must identify themselves by name and GTS class year and provide a daytime phone number and/or email address. For complete information and eligibility requirements please click here, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Recipients of the GTS Distinguished Alumni Award
The Rev. Paula M. Jackson '85
The Rev. Paula M. Jackson has been the Rector of the multicultural Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1990.
The Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby '63
The Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby's long ministry of service and devotion to the Church has emphasized community outreach and partnership.
The winner of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award:
The Rev. Steven E. Hulme '59
The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Rev. Steven E. Hulme, Class of 1959, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. Hulme is Rector Emeritus of St. John's Episcopal Church, Niantic, Connecticut. As Rector from 1971 to 1998, and during the years following his retirement from parish ministry, Hulme provided leadership for the resettlement, in a new homeland, of approximately 35 refugee families, comprising over 150 individuals, with many more able to join them later by way of family reunification.
Hulme was nominated by St. John's current Rector, the Rev. Anthony Charles Dinoto, Class of 1999. “With more refugees today than at any time since World War II,” Dinoto points to the importance of clergy and laity knowing “a parish can do much to assist those who are not its members: In fact, not many refugees were Christians in the past, or today.”
St. John's Parish acting alone, and at times in cooperation with other faith communities, resettled refugees from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Eritrea, Rwanda, El Salvador, and Burma from 1975 to 2013. Hulme traveled to Southeast Asia on ten occasions to address refugee issues, family reunifications, and humanitarian and educational endeavors. From the “Killing Fields” of Cambodia, and later, from the murderous chaos in Rwanda and Burma, precious lives were saved.
From 1998 to 2013 Hulme was the founding Executive Director of the Karen (Burma) Emergency Relief Fund, Inc. The Fund, with donors in 40 states and four foreign countries, raised upwards of $750,000.00 for humanitarian aid to thousands more refuges who remained in squalid, and often dangerous, camps along the Thai-Burma border.
St. John's Parish relationship with many of the resettled refugees, along with Hulme's leadership as Rector Emeritus, continues to this day.
The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Hulme during the next annual Alumni Gathering at General Seminary, at the Memorial Eucharist May 16, 2017.
The winner of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award:
The Rev. Paula M. Jackson '85
The Rev. Paula M. Jackson, Class of 1985, was the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Jackson has been the Rector of the multicultural Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1990. She is married to the Rev. Daniel M. Watson; they have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Jackson previously served as Associate Rector of Christ Church Episcopal in Cincinnati, Vicar of St. George Church, Louisville, and Deacon-in-Residence at Calvary Episcopal Church in Louisville. She has been a Deputy to General Convention in 2015, 2012, and 2009, and a 1st Alternate in 2006. In 2015 Jackson vetted, authored, and/or enlisted sponsors for successful Resolutions on Birthright Citizenship and TPS for Guatemalan and other refugees for whom return to their original countries puts them at risk. In 2012 she testified on a successful Resolution calling for a moratorium on “Secure Communities” practices and racial profiling in immigration enforcement.
A “preacher's kid,” Jackson spent her childhood years mostly in the Ozark Mountains of Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. Her family home was the place in town that would welcome the rare visitors who were people of color or immigrants. This distinction impressed upon her the beauty of human diversity, as well as the urgency and necessity of justice and equity for all people.
These lifelong commitments were met years later in seminary, with the opportunity to study various liberation theologies, and to complete a dissertation on José Porfirio Miranda of Mexico. The greatest learning, of course, comes from the people among whom one may serve. The Church of Our Saviour began working intentionally at dismantling racism in 1960, and ended its tacit “don't ask-don't tell” practices with LGBT members in the early 1970s. Immigrants began arriving in 1992; soon the parish became known also as La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador.
After the parish took a strong role in the Justice for Janitors campaign, connecting even more with latino workers, the parish became officially bilingual in 2006, and a Parroquia de Santuario in 2007. It's non-profit Transformations CDC is an umbrella for advocacy, education, empowerment, and microdevelopment opportunities with underserved immigrant families and neighbors.
Jackson has been the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards, most recently the League of United Latin American Citizens Cincinnati Human Rights Award, and is a member of the Board of the Cincinnati Interfaith Worker Justice Center. She is the author of Transformation: A Way to Freedom — Conversations with the Book of Exodus and What Does the Bible Say about Being Gay? — Probably not what you've been told!
The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Jackson during the Alumni Gathering at General Seminary, at the Memorial Eucharist May 10, 2016 at which she preached.
The winner of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award:
The Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby '63
The Very Rev. H. Scott Kirby (Class of 1963) was 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.
Kirby's distinguished ministry culminated with his unanimous election to be Vice President of the House of Deputies for the 2012 General Convention. Since his retirement from the Cathedral in 2005, he has continued his life-long interest in the Church in small communities as part-time Vicar of Grace Church, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Kirby also serves as Chaplain for the Upper Mississippi River Region for the Seamen's Church Institute and Captain Chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol.
Born in Richmond, VA in 1938, Kirby is married to the former Heather Roberts, and they have two grown children. He received his BA from the University of Richmond in 1960 before attending General, where he received his M.Div. in 1963, and was ordained deacon and priest the same year. He has served parishes in the Diocese of Western New York, the Diocese of New Jersey, the Diocese of Western Kansas, and the Diocese of Eau Claire. He has also served as the Resident Director and Vice President for Development of the St. Francis Homes in Kansas and New York.
Kirby's wide-ranging Diocesan experience includes Budget and Finance, Ecumenical Relations, Commission on Ministry, Long Range Planning, Christian Education, Music and Liturgy, and Standing Committee. Service to the National Church includes the Board of Directors of Episcopal Relief and Development and the Disciplinary Committee of Title IV. He serves on the Interfaith Council on Marriage and the Family, and is an Associate Member of the Community of St. John Baptist, Midwest Representative to the Anglican Society, and a recipient of the Bishop's Distinguished Service Award in the Diocese of Western Kansas.
The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Kirby during the Alumni Gathering Memorial Eucharist, November 5, 2015.
The winner of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award:
The Rev. Margaret “Peggy” A. Muncie, '74
The Rev. Margaret “Peggy” A. Muncie (Class of 1974) was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. Muncie, along with the late Paige Bigelow, was one of the first women to graduate in the MDiv program at GTS, and has written and spoken engagingly and movingly about what that was like. She has always sought to forward the profession of chaplaincy through practice, advocacy, and writing.
Muncie was ordained Deacon in June, 1974 for the Diocese of Long Island by the now deceased Rt. Rev. Jonathan Goodhue Sherman, also a General alum ('33) and a former President of our Board of Trustees. She credits the Bishop for supporting her postulancy at that critical time for the acceptance of female ordinands, and hopes he has “a smile on his face for me and for his brave stance sending me to GTS.” She was then priested for the Diocese of New York on April 25, 1977 by Bishop Sherman at the request of Bishop Paul Moore of New York. The ordination took place in the chapel at Vassar College where she served on the campus ministry team.
Muncie is a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has carried out her distinguished ministry as a chaplain in both long-term care and acute settings for over 30 years, including service as Director of Pastoral Care and Education at St. Luke's — Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.
She is now engaged as Executive Director of Canterbury Counseling Center (CCC) in Greenville, South Carolina. CCC is a non-profit, church-sponsored organization that offers a healing ministry of pastoral counseling, integrating psychotherapy with behavioral sciences, spiritual issues, wholeness and health. They offer a broad spectrum of services, conducted by fully licensed mental health professionals trained in both theology and pastoral psychology. The services at CCC are available to individuals, couples, families, clergy, and congregations regardless of race, faith affiliation or financial status.
Muncie accepted her award at the Alumni Memorial Eucharist during the Alumni Gathering, November 6, 2014.
2012-13: Brother Clark Berge, '84, Minister General, The Society of St. Francis, Mt. Sinai, New York
2011: The Rev. Dr. Minka Shura Sprague, '78 and '85, St. James Episcopal Church, Jackson, Mississippi, scholar, author, preacher, lecturer, and workshop/retreat leader
2010: The Rev. John L. Kater, '96 Professor Emeritus of Ministry Development, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
2009: The Very Rev. David duPlantier '93 Dean, Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans LA, Co-founder Jericho Road Housing Project
2008: The Rev. Dr. Marion J. Hatchett '66 and '72, Professor Emeritus, University of the South, School of Theology, Sewanee, Tennessee
2007: The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz '93, Canon for Ministry, Diocese of New Jersey and author of several volumes, including Fireweed Evangelism and The Rev. J. Fletcher Lowe '59 Executive Director, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
2006: Dr. Henry Carse '94, Director, Kids-4-Peace, St. George's College, Jerusalem
2005: The Rev. Bertram Bennett '75, Priest-in-Charge, St. David's, Bronx, NY and Chair, South Bronx Churches
2004: The Revs. Richard Fabian '70 and Donald Schell '71, Co-founders and co-rectors, St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco
Contact Alumni Office
We value the greatest legacy of our seminary, our alumni, and we are always delighted to welcome you home to General Seminary! Please feel free to call or email with your ideas, concerns and suggestions, or to arrange a visit. Please do help us stay in touch by letting us know if and when your contact information has changed. We also welcome updates on your ministry and life, or other submissions to our online Alumni News.
The General Theological Seminary
Attention: Alumni Office
440 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
Dir. of Development, Alumni & Church Relations