A letter from our President and Dean

If you spend much time at General you will hear me say a phrase that practically becomes shopworn, but it never does. It's like earthly good news and we say it constantly: welcome home.

Come for chapel or lunch in the refectory. Sit in on a class. Hang out on the Close and visit with friends. This is a Christian place open to all people. Our language is Jesus and our accent is Episcopalian. Come and let us say to you in words, symbols, and actions: welcome home to General Seminary.

The Mission

Adopted in 1999 and reaffirmed in 2015, our Mission Statement reflects the Seminary's commitment to education and formation for the whole people of God: Educating and Forming Lay and Ordained leaders for the church in a changing world.

The Close

Located on the west side of Manhattan in New York City, the General Theological Seminary is frequently noted for the beauty of the gardens on its campus, called the Close. The seminary's Close is characterized by a row of neo-Gothic buildings and tree-shaded lawns uncharacteristic of its urban setting.

The Neighborhood

The General Theological Seminary sits in the heart of Chelsea, a neighborhood known as a center of the New York art world. The cultural opportunities found in this ethnic and socially diverse neighborhood are unparalleled. A favorite attraction for seminarians is High Line Park, a 1.45-mile-long elevated park featuring beautiful landscapes, and views of the city and the Hudson River.


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