Rowan Williams to Lead General Seminary Paddock Lectures in February; Michael B. Curry to Preach


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Rowan Williams to Lead General Seminary Paddock Lectures in February;

Michael B. Curry to Preach


NEW YORK CITY – Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, will lead “45 Years of ‘Being Christian’: Rowan Williams at General Seminary” in the seminary’s annual Paddock Lectures. The presentation will feature his bestselling catechetical work, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer in addition to his reflections on a life of ministry, academia, and ecclesiastical leadership.

Prior to his ordination, as a graduate student in 1974, then 23-year-old Rowan Williams travelled to General Seminary in New York City for his first overseas lecture in the United States. Through the next 45 years, Williams has visited the seminary several times as priest, bishop, professor, and Archbishop of Canterbury, and returns to Chelsea Square on February 11, 2019.

“General is excited to Welcome Home Rowan Williams,” said the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President of General Seminary. “We are honored that his first public lecture in the United States was at General 45 years ago. And now, we can commemorate his distinguished career and life in ministry by learning not only from his extended thoughts on Being Christian, but also from reflections on a life fully lived in ministry.”

Following the Paddock Lectures on Monday, the seminary will host its Convocation in the historic Chapel of the Good Shepherd, which will include the conferral of honorary degrees on Williams as well as Michael B. Curry, the Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. Curry will preach the homily during the service.

“We are always grateful to have the presence of Bishop Curry whose commitment to following Jesus in the Way of Love is appreciated now more than ever, and nowhere more enthusiastically than among each of us at Chelsea Square,” continued Dunkle.

About the Paddock Lectures

The Paddock Lectures will take place on Monday, February 11, 2019 on the campus of General Seminary located at Chelsea Square, 440 West 21 Street in New York City. There will be two lectures scheduled: the first at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 2:30 p.m. A luncheon served in the Refectory will occur between the two lectures at 12:30 p.m. Convocation and conferral of honorary degrees will take place at 5:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. The event registration fee is $75, which includes admission to all of the day’s activities, including lunch and the evening reception. The rate for alumni of General Seminary is $50. Registration is now open via Eventbrite at As the event is expected to sell out, early registration is strongly recommended.


About General Seminary

General Seminary’s mission statement was adopted in 1999 and reaffirmed in 2015: Educating and forming lay and ordained leaders for the church in a changing world. As we live out this mission, we seek to be and to become a community for whom ongoing and deepening conversion to new life in Christ is a constant goal. Our purpose is to invite and call others to that life of conversion by our own understanding of the Christian faith — biblical, historical and theological — and our ability to reflect on that faith. Located in historic Chelsea Square, our students have the diversity and opportunity of experiences that New York City has to offer.  Visit us online at