October 20, 2014: The Alumni Gathering 2014 is cancelled.
Instead, we call all Alumni/ae who are able to come to Chelsea Square on November 5 & 6 to be present for:
- The ratification of elections to the Alumni/ae Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. You will be receiving notification regarding voting in the elections on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
- A facilitated conversation among graduated alumni/ae.
- The Memorial Eucharist.
Facilitated Conversation: The Alumni/ae of the General Theological Seminary are a constituent part of the entire mission of the seminary. We have a stake in the future of General and therefore we have a stake in the decisions that have been made. Our voices are valuable, our voices are necessary, our voices and our perspectives need a space, and they need to be heard. We intend to hold a conversation for graduated alums only on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 2:00 p.m. The Rt. Rev. Allen Shin, '96, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York will facilitate our conversation. We have asked the Dean, members of the Board of Trustees and faculty members to exclude themselves from this conversation that we might have a free space to share. A summary of our conversation will be shared with the Dean, the Board of Trustees and the Faculty.
The Annual Memorial Eucharist (no organ) at GTS will be held on Thursday, November 6 at 10:10 a.m. The Distinguished Alumni/ae Award will be presented to the Rev. Peggy Muncie, '74 who will also preach. GTS graduates amazing women and men who have made and continue to make a lasting impact in the life of the church and beyond. Peggy Muncie is a testament to General's legacy and our recognition of her is an embodied witness of General's life and place in the church. The president and vice-president of the AEC will celebrate and assist.
After the Memorial Eucharist, a meeting of the Alumni/ae will be held to ratify elections.
Additionally, the Alumni/ae Executive Committee has requested a meeting with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees during this time and they have agreed.
In order to stay able to respond to the fluidity of the situation and events as they unfold, a more concrete schedule will emerge and we will update you weekly.
The only cost involved in this event will be lunch, so if you have not already registered we need you to do so, so we will have a head count. Refunds will be issued to those who have already paid their registration fees.
The Alumni/ae Executive Committee
The Very Rev. Daniel Ade, ‘92
The Rev. Hannah E. Atkins ‘96
The Rev. Annette M. Chappell, ’03, Secretary
The Rev. Patricia Steinecke Downing, ’95, Vice-President
The Very Rev. Mark Goodman, ‘91
Ms. Rachele Grieco, ‘07
The Rev. Roxane Gwyn, ‘10
The Rev. Canon Jadon D. Hartsuff, ‘12
The Rev. Gregory B. Larkin, ’82,
The Rev. Brandt Leonard Montgomery, ‘12
The Rev. Mark B. Pendleton, ‘91
The Rev. Marguerite Henninger Steadman, ‘97
The Rev. Brian Sullivan, ‘97
The Rev. Sam Tallman, ‘12
The Rev. Dr. R. Scott White, ’96, President
The Rev. Susan L. Wrathall, ‘06
Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 and 6, 2014
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Alumni Gathering 2013
Wednesday and Thursday, November 6 and 7, 2013
A community of scholarship, worship, and friendship
Brother Clark Berge, Class of 1984, received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his inspiring leadership as Minister General of the Society of St. Francis. The award was presented at the Alumni Banquet concluding the two-day Alumni Gathering, November 6 and 7.
Over 60 alums, representing over 60 years of General Theological Seminary history, came home to attend the annual gathering. They joined the community for Morning Prayer, Evensong, and a special annual Memorial Eucharist at which Brother Clark preached, and the Rev. Dick Corney, Class of 1957 and Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, read the names of those alumni and alumnae whose deaths had been reported to the Seminary since the last gathering in 2011.
During his sermon, Brother Clark moved the congregation with "this connection between death and our ministry -- the spur to evaluate our lives, perhaps." On our important tradition of reading the names of the departed one more time in the Chapel, he noted, "Thinking back over the lives of the alumni I knew, I think about my life. As I find out about what these people's lives were like, I am often astounded by the beauty of them all, the faithfulness they showed. I think of all the lives that were touched, sacraments celebrated, sore hearts healed, the work for social justice. A few had brilliant careers, but so many of us don't -- in our own estimation. So, I want to remind us that in the big picture each and every one of us is a kind of miracle." To read the full text of Brother Clark's sermon click here.
The alumni gathering was joyous and thoughtful, marked by the knowledge that last year's event had to be cancelled in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. A special feature of the event was the three-part series: The Paddock Lectures. Dr. Elizabeth Drescher, author of the noteworthy Tweet if You [Heart] Jesus and arguably the Episcopal Church's authority on religion and social media, was the dynamic and provocative presenter. Speaking on "Media, Meaning, and Ministry in the Digital Reformation," her visit drew the largest group of alums, faculty, students, and visitors to Seabury Auditorium in recent memory. Many alumni, led by the Rev. Colin Chapman '12, tweeted the event just as Drescher would have predicted.
Nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award are now being accepted through January 1, 2014. The award will be decided by the Alumni Executive Committee at its winter meeting. For complete information on the Call for Nominations, click here.