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MATRICULATION HOMECOMING 2019
The 198th Matriculation Ceremony Evensong and Celebratory Dinner
This special set of days is a time to welcome home our beloved alumni and greet our new students. It is a time to formally welcome all new students to the seminary community: with a Matriculation Ceremony held during Evensong (Thursday Sept. 26th, 2019). Evensong is followed by a reception and dinner. There are also a number of campus-wide activities open to all, happening around these momentous events, including: A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. J. Robert Wright (Sept. 26th) and Preaching Advent Workshop (Sept. 27th).
If you are a student (new or current), faculty-member, or staff person at General, please RSVP for the welcome dinner here: https://matriculationdinner.eventbrite.com
If you are an alum, please RSVP here: https://matriculationhomecoming2019.eventbrite.com. This link is ONLY for alums, not current students, staff, or incoming students.
Those aspiring to loving relationships, be it with family or God, must be prepared for lavishly inefficient uses of large amounts of time.
Representatives of General Seminary were among the supporters of The Wild Goose Festival, held annually in the North Carolina mountains. Formed in 2010, the Wild Goose Festival is “a four-day spirit, justice, music and arts festival.” This year’s festival included many public leaders of progressive Christianity including William Barber II, Barbara Brown Taylor, Nadia Bolz-Webber, and Marianne Williamson. Despite storms and rain connected to Hurricane Barry in the gulf, 4,000 people attended the festival this year.
For the second year in a row, a healthy summer downpour showered the Close until the festivities of the Garden Party began. But the rain did little to dampen the merriment of the occasion. Neighbors and friends of General Seminary sloshed through puddles on 21 Street in their festive summer attire to come together in fellowship. And upon arrival, they were met with hospitality and a lively jazz trio that kept the pace of the celebration.
Many of my hopes are being realized now. When I began work on this topic during my doctoral studies (in the early 2000’s), there were very few published books that engaged the topic of children in the Bible. Slowly resources began to emerge, but over the past ten years publications have proliferated at an unprecedented rate.
The Sunday following All Saints was an occasion for a special lesson in a parish where I was recently serving in Manhattan. The reading for that day was John 11:32-44, the story of Jesus raising Mary and Martha’s brother Lazarus from the dead. The older children read the passage out loud while the younger children listened. I had questions about how that passage related to the lesson on saints that I had prepared that day, but kept silent about them.
Studying theology is one of the great joys and challenges of being in seminary. When will I have the time to engage the great theologians again at this level? Once I’m in a parish (good Lord willing), how will I be able to carve out the time to read Tanner, Coakley, Farrer, and…Williams? And, if I do find the time, how will I struggle through difficult concepts and challenging ideas without sitting in a classroom with my peers and faculty? With these thoughts in mind, I was hugely comforted when Rowan Williams stated during the Paddock Lectures on February 11th that Thomas Merton, Karl Barth, and Austin Farrer helped keep him sane during his early years of learning theology.
The Chapel of the Good Shepherd was packed with dignitaries, faculty, the Board of Trustees, current seminarians, alumni and friends. The 2019 Paddock lectures were concluding not only by conferring Honorary Doctorates to former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. Anticipation was building to witness a sermon by Curry, whose preaching has made him beloved to a worldwide audience.
Two primates of the Anglican Communion made a historic visit in New York City yesterday on the campus of General Seminary. The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and the Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church both attended the seminary’s Convocation, receiving the degree of honoris causa. Williams lectured to the community earlier in the day and Curry preached at Evensong.