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!



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.

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.

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!!!

Wellness Workshop: Chanting and Song as Spiritual Practice


Please join us on Thursday, September 20, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Seabury Auditorium for our second Episcopal Wellness Program workshop!  This workshop will feature acclaimed song/chant leader Ana Hernandez, who will help us deepen our understanding of voice, song, and chant as communal and personal spiritual practice.  Ana leads workshops around the world, and her "Music Makes Community" workshops are always popular and powerful. For more information on Ana, check out

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

Summer and Fall Crossroads Ministry Anti-racism workshops in NY/NJ


Crossroads Ministry ( is an organization that "organizes to dismantle institutional racism by identifying structures that maintain systemic racism and inequality, and replacing them with new structures that are liberating, life giving and just." [from their website].  Crossroads has worked with seminaries and Episcopal dioceses and has a very good reputation. If you are interested in learning from this excellent organization, please note that the following workshops in the greater NY area are taking place this July and September. Note: these workshops are NOT "official" anti-racism trainings sponsored by The Episcopal Church, so if you would like one of these offerings to count for your official training, please check in with your diocese and with Bonnie Rountree in Human Resources to make sure that will be possible.

July 23-25, 2012 New York City Undoing Racism Workshop Multi Faith & Congregations Monday, July 23, 9 AM – 5 PM; Tuesday, July 24, 9 AM – 5 PM; Wednesday, July 25, 9 AM – 1 PM Inter Church Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115

Friday, September 28th-Sunday, September 30th People's Institute for Survival and Beyond- Undoing Racism Training, Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19-21 South 2nd Avenue, Highland Park, NJ more info: