Featured Updates from General Seminary
The story of Mary and Martha always leaves me a bit defensive. Feels like Martha gets a bad rap. After all, she’s the one who is doing all the things: inviting, planning, purchasing, cleaning, cooking, greeting at the door, serving, and cleaning up again.
Cuba is personal. As debate went well into the evenings in committee at the 79th General Convention in Austin—culminating with the readmission of the Diocese of Cuba into the Episcopal Church after 52 years—I could not help but remember my first experience with the island.
The elderly woman in the hospital bed motioned toward the television and said, “No, don’t pray for me, pray for those children. Pray that they are reunited with their families.” This lady, who had fled the Soviet Union in the 1990s, understood what it meant to leave country and family behind.
“How are the boys?”
It’s a perfectly reasonable question and I hear it all the time from friends and colleagues whom I haven’t seen for a while. When I signed the big book at Matriculation in the fall of 2002 as a member of the Junior MDiv class, I had three children under five: identical twin four-year-old boys and an infant son.
As the candle was lit and the cedar wood essential oil passed around to apply to their wrists, forty voices began to sing, “God is here, As true as the air I breathe.”
This fall semester, the Rev. Dr. April Stace will lead a workshop and teach an intensive course at General called Translucent: A Spiritual Care for Trans* Families. Stace has worked with and been close to the spiritual lives of the trans* community since her chaplaincy, both in and, perhaps especially, outside of the church. “In a lot of ways,” says Stace, who also has a trans* partner, “being with [my partner] during various stages of the transition and coming out process is the best experience I have."
Welcome & Orientation Weekend kicked off on Thursday August 30th with worship, food, and fellowship in Chelsea Square. In a hot, but spirit-filled Chapel of the Good Shepherd, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, '04, Dean and President, welcomed the students who chose General Seminary for the next step in their theological education. From as far away as Japan and China, and as close as West 23 Street, the new students sat in communion together for the first time.
The 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church was held in Austin, TX in July 2018. General Seminary was well-represented and active in all operations. Current student Jennifer Allen ‘20, served on the House of Deputies Committee on Sexual Violence and Exploitation.