Sturdy shoes, for the twelve apostles and for new seminarians alike, are necessary gear. Sturdy shoes help us keep walking when we want to quit and go home.
“How are the boys?”
It’s a perfectly reasonable question and I hear it all the time from friends and colleagues whom I haven’t seen for a while. When I signed the big book at Matriculation in the fall of 2002 as a member of the Junior MDiv class, I had three children under five: identical twin four-year-old boys and an infant son.
The Gwendolyn Simmons Arts Fund at The General Theological Seminary was established for the purpose of encouraging students to take advantage of the many cultural opportunities available to them in New York City by providing a financial subsidy for attendance.
Guidelines for the Arts Fund are as follows:
· Each full-time student may submit one ticket each academic semester from a cultural activity, including theatre, ballet, opera, and art galleries (sports activities are not included). They will be reimbursed one-half the cost, up to $50.00 per ticket.
· Students may also submit one ticket stub each academic semester for their spouse, for which they will be reimbursed one-half the cost, up to $50.00. The stubs must be submitted in the term in which the student attended the event.
· Ticket costs for children, friends, and other family members are not covered by The Arts Fund and are totally at the student‘s expense.
· The Arts Fund is administered by the Advancement Office. Bring your ticket stub(s) to Jonathan Silver or A.J. Flagiello (Seabury 202/203) for submission to the business office for reimbursement.
The Arts Fund reimbursement program was made possible through the generosity of the late Joseph A. Davenport III, a former trustee and longtime friend of both the Seminary and the Arts. Davenport named the fund in honor of the late Gwendolyn Simmons, with whom he served on the Board. Simmons was a greatly respected teacher, leader of the Church, and lover of the arts. She was a member of the Bishop’s Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, receiving the first-ever Servant of Education Award from the organization.
Both Davenport and Simmons were recipients of General’s distinguished Clement Clarke Moore Award. In memory of the great faith, support, and presence of these two leaders in our community, please take advantage of the Arts Fund to experience the grace of culture in New York City.
This fall semester, the Rev. Dr. April Stace will lead a workshop and teach an intensive course at General called Translucent: A Spiritual Care for Trans* Families. Stace has worked with and been close to the spiritual lives of the trans* community since her chaplaincy, both in and, perhaps especially, outside of the church. “In a lot of ways,” says Stace, who also has a trans* partner, “being with [my partner] during various stages of the transition and coming out process is the best experience I have."
Welcome & Orientation Weekend kicked off on Thursday August 30th with worship, food, and fellowship in Chelsea Square. In a hot, but spirit-filled Chapel of the Good Shepherd, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, '04, Dean and President, welcomed the students who chose General Seminary for the next step in their theological education. From as far away as Japan and China, and as close as West 23 Street, the new students sat in communion together for the first time.
General is thrilled to welcome the Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker to our faculty as Associate Professor of Biblical Studies. She comes most recently from teaching the Old Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. However, her extensive education has spanned a considerable range of places, from upstate New York (B.A., Hamilton College) to Paris (studying art history) to Manhattan (M.Div., Union Theological Seminary) to Central America (studying liberation theology) to Connecticut (S.T.M., Ph.D., Yale University), and now to Chelsea Square.