OTM Profile Workshop Update

Dear Upcoming Graduates, You may remember that our scheduled OTM (Office of Transition Ministry) workshop was "snowed out" when GTS shut for a snow day on Friday, February 8.  That workshop was to be led by the Rev. Victoria (Tori) Duncan, Missioner for Transition Ministry.  Tori and I have been working with her, and GTS', calendar to find some potential overlap, and have been unsuccessful.

Several of you during our recent CPG dinner event let me know that the workshop was no longer needed, as the majority of you have now completed, or were in the process of completing, your OTM Profiles.  Given this, we will not continue to try and reschedule this workshop.  Rather, if you are having particular difficulties with your OTM Profile (either logistical or philosophical), please reach out to me directly;  I will help you if I can, and if I cannot, I will forward your query on to the Rev. Tori Duncan.

Please remember that you should not engage the OTM Profile without your bishop's permission and knowledge.  Thanks to you all for your patience around this, and sorry that we were snowed out!



GTS Safety Brigade is back!

The GTS Safety Brigade is now recruiting!  In our efforts to ensure a safe environment for our residents and visitors, we are looking for two volunteers (who will be returning to campus for the 2013-2014 academic year) from each residence hall to join the GTS Safety Brigade.  Safety Brigade officers will be trained by Anthony Khani and other world-renowned experts in building evacuation plans and safety protocol.  This is not to take the place of residents' familiarity with such plans and protocols, but rather is to create another level of safety and knoweldge in our common life. If you are interested in joining the Safety Brigade, please contact Chaplain Reho ( or 646-717-9748) with your name and the building you wish to serve.  Thanks to all for considering!

Living Compass Certification Workshop FREE to matriculated GTS students & faculty/staff


Living Compass Coaching Certification Workshop.   The Living Compass Faith and Wellness Ministry is a new ministry that is helping Episcopal Churches across the country do the following:

  • strengthen the wellness and wholeness of individual members
  • create deeper, authentic community between members
  • provide programs that are easily accessible nonmembers in the community
  • provide programs that can be easily offered off-site in other settings in the community

Living Compass is flexible and adaptable to each local context.  It provides resources to run small groups, adult and youth formation classes, and parenting wellness groups/classes, in addition to resources for teen and youth programs.  Living Compass is also an effective tool for one-to-one pastoral care and spiritual direction.

Participants in this workshop will receive the training and certification necessary to offer all Living Compass programs.

The format of this day will be highly collaborative and participatory.

WHEN: Friday, April 5, 2013.  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Seabury Auditorium


The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, D. Min, LMFT

Scott is the creator of the Living Compass Faith and Wellness Ministry.  Living Compass is a comprehensive, parish-based, “train the trainer” faith and wellness ministry for the Episcopal Church.  Scott serves as the founding director of The Samaritan Foundation for Church and Family Wellness, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Scott has thirty years experience as an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, rector, pastoral counselor, and spiritual director.

Upcoming Retreat Explores Role of Social Justice in Ministry

Have you ever wondered what role social justice plays in your ministry? The Office of the Chaplain, Deployment and Formation will sponsor a Social Justice Retreat for GTS students. This retreat will explore activism in ministry by examining the life story of an Episcopalian martyr, Jonathan Daniel. Come to this workshop to examine the role activism plays in your ministry and begin to set the groundwork for activist relations in your current or future communities.

  • When: April 13th, 2013
  • Where: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
  • 225 W 99th St, New York, NY 10025
  • Time: 9am-5pm
  • Who: General Seminary Clergy & Seminarians

Facilitator Bios:

Timothy Connell is a 2011 graduate in the Masters in Applied Theatre, CUNY – SPS. He has been working as an applied theatre practitioner/teaching artist in the NYC area creating original pieces of theatre with various groups from elementary aged young people, to middle school students to senior citizens.  Most recently he was the theatre director/acting teacher for Urban Stages Summer Theatre Camp. As a professional theatre artist, he has worked as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director and storyteller on Broadway, Off- & Off Off Broadway, National & International Tours and Regional Theatre across the country.

Maggie Keenan-Bolger is a graduate from the City University of New York where she earned her Masters in Applied Theatre using theatre to activate, educate and facilitate. She is currently an MFA candidate at Goddard College where she is doing extensive research into queer and feminist populations using theatre as a medium for community building.  She has worked for a number of New York arts organizations including Urban Stages, The Creative Arts Team and The Leadership Program.  She has worked with a variety of communities including LGBT homeless youth, seniors, women and students in the New York Public School system. An accomplished performer, Maggie has also performed on and off-Broadway, has been seen on The Good Wife and is in the upcoming movie Admission with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.

Yoga Workshops for the GTS Community, Easter 2013


YOGA at GTS: SCHEDULE, Easter 2013

YOGA FOR EVERY-BODY. No experience needed. The GTS Community is invited to come, enjoy, relax, and renew. Each yoga class is a particularly focused session (see above) yet also a complete class. Relaxation will always be offered at the end of each class. As well, you will learn a simple and easy “take-home” exercise each week (no more than 3 minutes long) to use at home if so desired.


2/28, Thursday 6:15-7:45pm (starts after Evening Prayers) MECHANICS OF BREATH/PRANAYAM


3/8, Friday 9:30-11am: MEDITATION/FOCUS

3/23, Saturday 9-10:30am:  CORE STRENGTH


4/12, Friday 9:30-11am: BALANCE/ALIGNMENT

4/20, Saturday 9-10:00am: VINYASA/SUN SALUTATION

4/25, Thursday 6:15-7:45pm: RESTORATIVE

All classes are taught by GTS student and long-time yoga teacher Kat Killian, and take place in the sacred environment of the Oratory.

All About Depression: A Wellness Workshop Feb. 21

Whether depression hits you, a child or spouse, a friend or colleague, it affects the entire web of relationships.  The truly depressed person cannot be “cheered up” and may, without wishing to, drag others down into the doldrums. In this informative seminar, participants will learn the difference between the “blues” and serious depression, a bio-chemical as well as emotional condition.  Interweave Founder and Executive Director Robert Corin Morris will speak from his own experience dealing with depression.

There will be survival tips for both the depressed and those who love them, lessons drawn from behavioral and cognitive psychology, and suggestions for exercise, diet and helpful meditations.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sherred 1B

No RSVP Required.

Call for Resumes from Upcoming Grads!

Dear Upcoming Graduates,

 As you may be aware, last year GTS began compiling-- and sending out to a very large and receptive audience-- an e-book composed of resumes of our upcoming graduates, along with cover letters from the Dean and myself (as Director of Deployment).
We hope to continue this (new) tradition.  Please send me an electronic copy of your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) as a .pdf file before December 15 (including all your contact information within the resume/CV); that way we can compile this book and have it ready to go right after the New Year has come!
Whether or not you are "released" from your diocese, please submit your resume; your status may change, and nowhere in the booklet do we say that those included are free to look around.  Interested parties are asked to contact you directly, so you need not fear getting in trouble with diocesan authorities.
Thanks for participating in this project; the more who participate, the stronger the e-book is!

OTM Workshop Scheduled for Feb. 8: reminder


Dear Upcoming Graduates,

On Friday, February 8, the Rev. Tori Duncan, National Program Officer for Transition Ministry, will present a two hour workshop introducing the OTM (Office of Transitional Ministry) Profile to those who will be coming up toward graduation.  Please ensure that you're able to attend this important workshop!

WHERE: 21st St Room

WHEN: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Feb. 8, 2012

WHO: All upcoming grads who will utilize the OTM Profile.  If you are an M.Div. Middler and your diocese approves, you too are welcome!!!

Proclaim LGTBQ retreat to be held April 2013 in CA

Dear Community Members,
Please be aware that the ELM Proclaim retreat will be held next April at Bishop's Ranch in California.  This retreat, affiliated with the ELCA, is geared toward  LGTBQ students moving toward (or thinking about moving toward) ordination.  You can read about the retreat here: Proclaim Retreat 2013.  It is open to non-Lutheran participants.  If you have  any questions, please contact:
Randy A. Nelson