Opportunities to Meet Professor Candidates

Three candidates to be our new Church History professor will visit GTS in the coming weeks and you have an opportunity to meet them. Each will give a lecture on a Friday morning and will follow with lunch with students - you and your classmates.  Please take this opportunity to show these candidates that we have a vibrant and interested community of learners here at General.

Friday - 30 November 10:30 am - Lecture by Dr. Andrew Irving, Seabury Auditorium 12:30 pm - Lunch with Andrew Irving - get your lunch from the Refectory or bring your lunch and join us in Mathews Room downstairs.

Friday - 7 December 10:30 am - Lecture by Dr. Alison Beech 12:30 pm - Lunch with Alison Beech - get your lunch from the Refectory or bring your lunch and join us in Mathews Room downstairs.

Friday - 14 December 10:30 am - Lecture by Dr. Alexander Hwang 12:30 pm - Lunch with Alexander Hwang - get your lunch from the Refectory or bring your lunch and join us in Mathews Room downstairs.

Two Classes Begin Next Week

The Michaelmas 2012 Module-2 (m-2) classes begin the week of Monday, October 22nd. Each is a six-week course.

PT11: Change and Conflict Management in the Church, taught by C.K. Robertson, starts on October 22nd at 6:30 p.m in the Seabury Close Room.

CS100: Shepherding Transformation: Leadership for Change, taught by President Lowrey, starts on October 23rd at 1:30 p.m in Sherred 1B.

GOE Prep Session Schedule

General Ordination Examinations (GOE) prep sessions have been scheduled.  All persons taking the GOE this winter should attend these prep sessions.  Note also that the sessions will also be available after the scheduled date via video on the website:

Date:                   Time:                         Location:                      Lecture:

Oct. 17                11:00am                    Seabury Aud.               Mullin– Church History

Oct. 24               11:00am                     Seabury Aud.               Neville– Church History

Nov. 7                 11:00am                    Seabury Aud.               Moore- Liturgics

Nov. 9                   3:30pm                    Sherred 1A                   Shaner/Good– NT

Nov. 28               11:00am                    Seabury Aud.               Lamborn- Ministry

Dec. 5                  11:00am                   Seabury Aud.               Carnley-Christian Theology

Dec. 7                  10:30am                   Seabury Aud.               McPherson- GOE overview

Dec. 7                    1:30pm                   Seabury Aud.               Owens– OT

There will be a few additional lectures to add to the schedule at a later date.

The lectures hope to give students an insight to the GOE subjects of:

  • (1)     The Holy Scriptures
  • (2)     Church History, including the Ecumenical Movement
  • (3)     Christian Theology, including Missionary Theology and Missiology
  • (4)     Christian Ethics and Moral Theology
  • (5)     Studies in Contemporary Society, including Racial and Minority Groups
  • (6)     Liturgics and Church Music
  • (7)     Theory and Practice of Ministry

Rubin Museum University Open House Weekend - Free Admission for Students Sept. 8-9

Greetings from the Rubin Museum of Art, we are pleased to invite you to our University Open House Weekend: September 8th and 9th - 11:00 am -  6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Free museum admission for all students, faculty, and staff with a valid college or university ID!

Bring your college ID to the Rubin Museum of Art during our University Open House and you will gain free admission to the museum and the chance to explore the art, culture, and sacred traditions of Himalayan Asia.  If you’re a faculty member, you can attend free gallery tours of our collections as well as discussions dedicated to using the museum for innovative curricular connections.  If you’re a student, you can take a self-guided scavenger hunt or attend a gallery talk that will transport you to the distant lands and peoples of the Himalayas. Enter a raffle to win an adorable stuffed yak, the ideal companion on long treks.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Laura Lombard, Manager of University Programs & Partnerships: llombard@rmanyc.org or call (212) 620-5000 ext. 246.

A Season for Renewal - Engaging the Bible in Mainline Churches

The New York Theological Seminary on Riverside Drive will present a forum titled: A Season for Renewal: Engaging the Bible in Mainline Churches on Monday, June 18th at the American Bible Society Auditorium, 1865 Broadway, from 1:00 - 5:30 pm.  Lunch will be provided but reservations are required.  Our own Dr. Deirdre Good will be a panelist.  Season for Renewal Flyer - Jun 2012

Thursday event: "Not for Solace Only . . ."

On Thursday, 12 April, Fr. Andrew Wright, an M.Div. graduate of General and a current Th.D. student, will defend his dissertation, “Not for Solace Only: Real Presence and Eucharistic Intimacy.” Doctoral students are invited to the defense in the 21st Street Room at 1:30pm. At 3:30pm, Fr. Wright, then Dr. Wright, will make a presentation of his work to the entire GTS community in the combined 21st Street / Close Room.  He will demonstrate how modern theologians, in response to the possible failure of classical approaches to speak to modern ears, are searching for contemporary language to express the Church’s experience of Jesus in the Eucharist.  Fr. Wright has focused on the concept of “intimacy” as a way to defend both the objective reality and the inter-subjectivity of the Eucharistic presence.

Immediately following the presentation, a reception will be held in Fr. Malloy’s apartment.  All who come to the dissertation presentation are invited to celebrate with Dr. Wright, his friends, and the faculty.


GTS Faculty on the Road

The seminary's faculty enjoy engaging the wider church through guest teaching, preaching, and retreat and quiet day leadership. Here are a few of their upcoming events you may attend. Sunday, February 12, 10am Amy Bentley Lamborn Spiritual Issues in Mental Health Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX

Sundays, February 12 & 19, 10:00am Robert J. Owens The Meaning of the Lord's Prayer Grace Church, New York City

Wednesday, March 14, 7:00pm Clair McPherson Sacred Space: A Conversation Oratory Church of St. Boniface, Brooklyn, New York

Sundays, April 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 13 20, 10:00am Deirdre Good Virtual Pilgrimages Trinity Wall Street, New York City

Tuesday, April 17, 6:00pm J. Robert Wright If I Forget You, O Jerusalem Trinity Wall Street, New York City

Adjunct Faculty

February 19, 10:00am James Reho Presiding and Preaching at St. Peter's Episcopal, New York City

February 24-26 David Keller Listening to the Life Within A weekend retreat at the Trinity Conference Center, West Cornwall, Connecticut

Saturday, February 25, 9:00am to 1:00pm K. Jeanne Person Beloved Prayers, Freshly Prayed A Lenten Quiet Day at The Episcopal Church of St. James, Montclair, New Jersey



Faculty Candidate Visits

The first of several visits this winter by candidates for our open faculty positions will occur on Thursday, 15thDecember.  The search committee has invited Mr. Kenneth Reynhout to the Close that day to meet further with students and faculty with respect to his application for our professorship in Systematic Theology and Ethics.  Students are invited to have informal lunch discussion with him in the Refectory, and faculty are invited to a reception with him late that afternoon.  He will give a lecture shortly after lunch to which all are invited.  That Thursday comes at the end our final exam schedule, but we hope all will make an effort to attend his lecture and to meet him.  Student assessments are very important as various candidates are considered for our faculty.  Next week, exact times will be posted, and Mr. Reynhout’s CV will be made available. Prof. Robert Owens (for the search committee)

Faculty Note


Dr. Elisabeth Koenig, Professor of Ascetical Theology, gave a retreat day entitled “Discernment for All of God's People” for members of the three Commissions on Ministry (lay, diaconate, and priesthood) of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, on October 2, 2010 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, New Jersey.  She also presented a paper called “Spiritual Formation at General Seminary” for The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality’s workshop:  “What Is Meant by ‘Spiritual Formation’ in the Shaping of Religious Leaders?” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference on October 29, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  On Good Friday, 2011, she was the preacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego, California.