Bringing eminent scholars and spiritual teachers to the seminary is made possible by donations to lecture's endowment, established by a generous grant from the estate of Kay Butler Gill, a graduate of General Seminary and the Center for Christian Spirituality.
Kay Butler Gill started attending the program in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Christian Spirituality in 1987. Over the course of five summers, she complete the academic work required and in 1992 began a second career in Spiritual Direction. Kay cared about the spiritual life: After her education and formation here, she spent many years serving the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, offering retreats and quiet days and holding, as she so eloquently described it, “spiritual conversations with others.”
Her husband, the Rev. Jim Gill, Class of 1954, describes her graduation in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd as a highlight of their fifty-four years of marriage. Kay died on September 30, 2008 and in thanksgiving for her education at General she designated the legacy gift establishing the fund for the annual CCS lecture.