Our new community hospitality room, located in Seabury Hall on the street level adjacent to the front desk, will be open to all on Monday, 28 January. Lydia’s is named for St. Lydia, a disciple of Paul who showed hospitality to Paul and his companions at Philippi (see Acts 16:11-15). In the near future, we will hold a formal dedication of the space but it is now essentially completed, with the exception of a buffet counter to be installed soon. We especially want to thank the GTS Staff for their willingness to share this room which had served as lunchroom and gathering space for some of the staff. At its December meeting the Community Council agreed to fund the improvements and furnishings and to provide the labor to create Lydia’s. And the Advanced Degree Students voted to allocate all of their budget ($400 this year) toward this renovation.
The idea for Lydia’s grew out of our Hurricane Sandy experience when this room became the community gathering place, being the only place on campus to get news and to charge cell phones. We hope that the sense of closeness as community we shared then will continue and expect that as staff, faculty, students and guests pass through the 21st Street gate area throughout the day, Lydia’s will be a convenient place to pause, to rest, and to greet others in the community.
Beginning on Monday, the seminary will provide a complimentary light breakfast in Lydia’s each morning that classes are in session. Breakfast will no longer be served in the Refectory. Coffee, tea and cocoa will be available at no chargefrom 7:00 to 9:30am, and then continue to be available throughout the day at $1.00 per cup. Any modest proceeds will be used to continue to provide this hospitality.
The Community Council thanks all who contributed ideas, labor and support to create Lydia’s. We look forward to seeing you there!
Walt Kindergan Community Council President