General Seminary Shows Large Presence at General Convention

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The General Theological Seminary had a major presence at this summer's General Convention, the triennial meeting of The Episcopal Church's legislative body, held July 5-12, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Beginning July 2, GTS leaders, trustees, faculty, and students hosted GTS special events and booths, greeted deputies and alumni/ae, and helped tell the wider Episcopal Church about the seminary.

GTS had not one, but two booths in General Convention's exhibition hall.

Booth #319 was a gathering place where visitors could meet GTS leaders and learn about the seminary. Prospective students, for example, could speak with William Webster, the Director of Admissions, as well as current students. Alumni/ae were able to greet Donna Ashley and Jonathan Silver, whose work in the seminary's Institutional Advancement office includes keeping up to date with alumni/ae.

Behind this gathering place was Booth #418, dedicated to GTS Digital Formation, the Seminary's initiative as an e-seminary for the 21st century. The booth featured the Seminary's new technology for distributive learning and connection-making. Booth #418 also offered special QR code name badge stickers, a glimpse into new educational webinars, and presented beautiful videos showing life, ministry, and learning at GTS. Here, too, guests were able to discuss the Seminary's ideas about how social media and digital technology can be effective tools for communicating the gospel.

As a special offering at Booth #418, GTS faculty offered six live, lunchtime presentations via video conference. Visitors came to greet their once or future teachers! Click here to see the schedule of speakers.

Throughout General Convention Alex Martin, M.Div '13, live- tweeted @GeneralSeminary news and information from GTS which were relayed to the General Seminary Facebook page. He has summarized his experience in a short essay: “Why now, more than ever, I’m incredibly proud to be an Episcopalian.”

GTS News also posted stories to update those interested in our activities at General Convention.