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!

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

Wellness Groups Up and Running: Walking, Yoga, Centering Prayer/Meditation


Dear Community Members, Our Wellness Groups are up and running!  Come sit in meditation, take a balanced and healing yoga class, learn different approaches to spiritual walking, and reach a state of openness and communion through hand drumming... all together with your GTS friends and colleagues!

These wellness groups are open to ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS EVERY TIME: students, spartners, faculty, administration, and  staff.  There is NO COST to invest in yourself through our wellness groups!  You may come as a beginner to any group at any point in the term, and do not have to be taking the course "Wellness and Holistic Spirituality" to take part... so to repeat: All are welcome!

Please see individual course descriptions below.  I hope many of you will avail yourselves of these opportunities.



 Centering Prayer/Meditation

Wednesdays, 5:00 pm to 5:20 pm

Meet in Oratory (top of Sherred Hall)

We will meet each Wednesday afternoon and sit in silence with God until the Angelus Bells bid us to Chapel at 5:20 pm.  We then may have just a few minutes of brief conversation before heading off to Chapel.  We do not plan any organized discussion or reading that often is associated with Centering Prayer groups because most of us have enough other study to do and time at this hour is limited.  This will simply be an opportunity to sit in silence with God and let God enfold you for a few minutes. If you are not familiar with Centering Prayer, please come a few minutes early and we can discuss it briefly.  Basically, Centering Prayer is simply sitting in silence with God, while trying to empty your busy mind of any thoughts that distract you.  It is amazing how refreshing and spiritually renewing this can be.  And everyone succeeds the first time!! Those who would like to join us and want to practice another form of silent meditation are welcome as well.


Healing Yoga

Saturdays, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

First session: Saturday, October 13

Meet in the Oratory

(Yoga mats and props provided… or feel free to bring your own)

All are welcome to Healing Yoga, facilitated by Kathleen “Kat” Killian, BA Dance, and RYT Interdisciplinary Yoga. Having taken her first yoga class at age 16, and becoming a professional modern dancer in NYC, Kathleen has studied, practiced, and taught movement of all kinds for many years. She previously owned her own yoga studio and healing center, and developed a unique system of yoga. Classes are a blend of hatha and kundalini yoga, and designed to open the heart, calm the mind, and balance the body through simple postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and prayerful meditation. Instruction and modifications are offered throughout class, each person working to their own level and pace. Come as you are, in comfortable clothes!


Spiritual Walking

Tuesdays, 1:30pm to 2:30pm (Weather Permitting)

First Walk is October 9 (For Those Here During Fall Break)

Meet Briefly in the Chapel for Spiritual Preparation

This Wellness group will take spiritual walks in the Chelsea neighborhood. Each week you will learn a different approach to spiritual walking. Examples include contemplative approaches such as paying attention to the breath, noticing a color, repeating a mantra or scriptural text, dropping pebbles in prayer, and being mindful of the body. Others involve human interaction and relationship, such as practicing loving-kindness, embodying a scriptural scene (Ignatian spirituality), walking in pilgrimage to a sacred place, and, come Advent, Stations of Christ's Nativity. Some walks will be slow and meditative, others brisk, but never so strenuous as to require a shower afterwards. Guiding the walks will be the Rev. K. Jeanne Person, Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality, and Michael Foley, one of our senior M.Div. students. To sign up for the individual walks, click here.


Drumming Circle

Still to come... more info on the way!!!

Reiki Master Liz Grohowski to offer therapeutic work at GTS

Dear Community Members, Liz Grohowski, spartner of student Rebecca Barnes, will begin offering Reiki healing work at GTS.  Liz is an advanced Reiki Master with much experience, and is offering the healing, balancing, and grounding work of reiki for the same low rate for community members as our cranio-sacral and reflexology work: $20/session.

Please click here  to sign up for a session!  Liz will be on campus weekly, on various days, so please find a slot that works for you!  Reiki can be a wonderful part of one's wellness and self-care.  Sessions will be held in the new Spirituality and Wellness Room on the lower level of Moore.  Please sign up for no more than three sessions in one semester so as to leave room for others; thanks!

Don't Miss This Wellness Seminar

This is the "capstone" Wellness Seminar of our Easter Term.  Be sure you don't miss it. Matthew Ellis, Executive Director of National Episcopal Health Ministries, will be at GTS on Friday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Seabury Auditorium to present on the work and ministry of the NEHM.  We are very excited about welcoming Matt to our campus, and please do your best to support him (and make a good show for GTS!) by coming to this good event, the “capstone” for the 2011-2012 Wellness Program.  Matt will help you understand how to incorporate wellness ministries and programs into your parish, your community, and your life!

F.A.R. and Wide Scholarship - J.K. is going to Tanzania

General Seminary Initiates F.A.R. and Wide Scholarship ProgramFirst recipient, J.K. Melton,  will represent GTS in Tanzania this summer

The General Theological Seminary (GTS) announces the F.A.R. and Wide Scholarship in Mission and World Anglicanism which allows one matriculated General student to travel to a foreign nation to experience the mission activity being carried on there by the Episcopal Church.  The Scholarship takes its name from the bishops who helped initiate the program:  the Rt. Rev. Leo Frade (Diocese of Southeast Florida), the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander (Diocese of Atlanta), and the Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam (Diocese of New York).  The duration of stay will be from three to six weeks.  This summer’s scholarship recipient is GTS senior J.K. Melton.  He will work in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika (Tanzania) under the mentorship of the Rev. Sandra McCann, M.D., an official missionary of the Episcopal Church.

“We are so pleased to offer a structured and supported opportunity to engage in mission.  J.K. will be the first of many GTS students to advance their experience and understanding of the worldwide church through the F.A.R. and Wide program, which is much more than a ‘mission trip’,” said the Rev. Dr. James Reho, GTS Chaplain and director of the program.

“The F.A.R. and Wide Scholarship encourages students to live into the missional foundation of their calling and to relate their theological work to a deep and globally-oriented praxis upon their return, so essential to the church remaining relevant and vibrant in today’s world.  The F.A.R. and Wide program will enrich not only the experience of the student scholars chosen, but the entire General Seminary community as we renew our work in ‘forming and educating leaders for the church in a changing world.’  We look forward to the many new relationships and horizons that will open through this program, and are deeply grateful to Bishops Frade, Alexander, and Roskam for their support.”

The particular work engaged by future scholarship recipients will be determined by the needs of the mission area, the skills and interests of the selected student, and the work currently underway. Upon return, the recipient will help to raise awareness of the program, both on the GTS campus and church-wide and will assist in future funding efforts for the scholarship.

The F.A.R. and Wide Scholarship in Mission and World Anglicanism covers all travel costs as well as food and lodging. “I am very excited—and quite humbled—to represent General Seminary in Tanzania this summer,” said J.K. Melton. “In my prior global mission experience, I have visited the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Liberia. In those visits, I learned that relationship is at the heart of mission.  Not only do those relationships deepen my experience of Christ, they have transformed my understanding of the Church as it is expressed through the world-wide Anglican Communion. Such relationships are vital to being and maintaining a global communion.”

Upon the announcement of the first recipient of the scholarship, Bishop Catherine Roskam wrote, “This scholarship is very close to my heart, not just because I am one of the bishops for whom it is named, but because of the transformative global perspective it offers the recipient. I strongly believe that we are neither "first world" nor "two thirds world" but one world--God's world-- interconnected, each with gifts to offer the other in a spirit of mutuality and trust, each with shared responsibilities to further the cause of justice, peace and the care of God's creation.  The Anglican Communion is a treasure, particularly well suited to enable this kind of connection in service of God's mission.”

Events Next Week

Sunday, April 22* No special events scheduled

Monday, April 23 * Inter-Seminary Dialogue, Academy of Jewish Religion, Riverdale - 7-9:00pm

Tuesday, April 24 * Community Solemn Holy Eucharist, Chapel, 6:00pm * "Breakfast for Dinner" in 20th and 21st St. Rooms in Seabury, 7:00pm

Wednesday, April 25 * No special events scheduled

Thursday, April 26 * New Jersey Nat'l Guard Chaplain Lunch, Tutu Ctr. Rm 4, 12:30pm

Friday, April 27 * National Episcopal Health Ministries Wellness Seminar, Seabury Auditorium, 9-11:00am * Taboo Yardies, film screening and reception - GLBT event, Seabury Auditorium, 7:00pm

Saturday, April 28 * No special events scheduled