Refectory Menu

GTS Menu Week of October 1st

All Lunches include: Salad, Fruit, Sandwiches, and Dessert

All dinners include: Salad, Fruit, and Dessert


Roast Beef

Roasted potatoes

Roasted vegetables

Chicken bean soup


Jerk Chicken

Rice and Beans

Steamed Vegetables

Corn Chowder


Burgers & Hotdogs


Carrots and peas


Roast pork loin

Pumpkin spoon bread

Broccoli with garlic

Tortellini soup


Stir fry beef

Rice pilaf

Stir fry vegetables

Carrot Ginger soup


Lemon Crusted Baked Fish

Wild rice pilaf

Grilled vegetables

Tomato soup






Save the Dates 2018/19

Thursday, October 18:

New Student Dinner at the Deanery (Moore 4) 6:15 – 8:15.  All new students in the incoming class along with your spouse or significant other are invited to have refreshments and dinner at Dean Kurt and Cathleen Dunkle’s apartment.  Please RSVP to


Wednesday, October 24:

The Colloquy @ General (The Close / 21st Street Room) 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm | “Prayer as the antidote to guilt” with Dr. Luigi Gioia.  Luigi Gioia is a Benedictine Monk, lecturer in Systematic Theology and a spiritual writer. He undertook his doctoral studies at Oxford University, was Professor at the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo in Rome and is now a Research Associate of the Von Hügel Institute at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Say it to God: In Search of Prayer which was chosen as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2018 and of Touched by God. The Way to Contemplative Prayer. For questions, contact

Friday, October 26:

Translucent Conference (Seabury Auditorium) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | A one day conference for clergy, seminarians and others who minister to the spiritual well-being of trans* individuals and their families.  Registration online:


Monday, October 29:

The Scottish Connection (Hobart Room) 6:15-8:15 | Join the rest of the class in “Church and Communion: Anglicanism Past, Present and Future” as we welcome The Rt. Rev’d Dr. Robert Gillies, retired Bishop of Orkney and Aberdeen in the Scottish Episcopal Church.  Bishop Gillies will teach about the important links made between the US and Scottish Episcopal Churches, from the consecration of Samuel Seabury to shared Eucharistic Prayers. For questions, please contact The Rev’d Dr. Chuck Robertson:


November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 4  

Messiah Sing (Chapel of the Good Shepherd) 4:00pm (rehearsal) 6:30 pm (performance| Dr. Eric Barreto, Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton University.  For questions, 


Wednesday, December 5:

The Colloquy @ General (The Close / 21st Street Room) 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm | Dr. Eric Barreto, Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton University.  For questions, 

Tuesday, December 11:

‘Twas a Night Before Christmas (Chapel of the Good Shepherd) Following Community Eucharist at 5:30.  Bring a neighbor and a friend to the Community Eucharist and join us after for the annual reading of ‘Twas a Night Before Christmas.  We’ll we celebrate the beginning of Advent and the ending of Michaelmas Term with light refreshments. For questions, please contact  


2019 Travel Seminars:

South African Travel Seminar with Professor Michael Battle, January 9-16, 2019.  Contact for more information.

Holy Land Travel Seminar with Dean Michael DeLashmutt, January 6 -21, 2019. Contact for more information.

Thursday January 3 – Monday January 7, 2019:

GOE Hospitality | Sponsored by the Community Council, the student body sponsors meals, hospitality and fellowship for ordination-track students taking the General Ordination Exams on Thursday Jan 3, Friday Jan 4, and Tuesday Jan 8.  For more information, contact the Community Council. 

Wednesday, Jan 30:

The Colloquy @ General (The Close / 21st Street Room) 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm | speaker TBD  For questions, please contact

Thursday, Jan. 31 - Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019:

Center for Christian Spirituality – Retreat (Holy Cross Monastery).  Contact Anne Silver for details:  Seats limited 

Monday, Feb. 11:

Paddock Lectures (Seabury Auditorium) 11:00-12:30 / 3:00-4:30 .  Join us for two thrilling lectures by one of the leading luminaries in Anglican thought, The Rt. Rev. Rowan Williams.  Space will be limited.  Registration details will be available through 

 Convocation Evensong (Chapel of the Good Shepherd) 5:30-6:30.  The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will preach.  Reception to follow. 

Wednesday, March 6:

Ash Wednesday (Chapel of the Good Shepherd) 9:00 | Imposition of Ashes followed by a Quiet Day.  No classes are in session.


Wednesday, March 27:

The Colloquy @ General (The Close / 21st Street Room) 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm | Dr. Tim Wu - Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology at Columbia Law School.  For questions, please contact 


Thursday, April 4:

Spring Follies (Seabury Auditorium) 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Organized by the Community Council, this spring talent show will feature the gifts of our talented Seminary community.  More information to come!

2019 Commencement Activities:

Thursday, April 25

Graduates Dinner (The Deanery) 6:00pm – 9:00pm |

Friday, May 10:

BBQ in honor of Graduating Students (Patio) 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Organized by the Community Council, this BBQ celebrates our graduating students. 

Monday May 13:

Blessing of the rings and crosses Evensong (Chapel of the Good Shepherd) 5:30

Tuesday May 14:

Baccalaureate service.

Wednesday May 15:






This semester, get ahead with the Writing Support Center!

October 15 - Ebooks

October 22 - Citations/Turabian

October 29- Developing a Thesis / Academic Writing Standards

November 5 - Key Resources to Know

Remember that Caitlin is always available for one-on-one appointments for assistance at any point in the writing process - researching, outlining, drafting, or revising. 


Contact Caitlin with any questions: / 646-717-9747

The Mary Magdalene Sculpture on display in The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library Foyer

Mary Magdalene as disciple, witness, and prophet is one of our strongest role models for understanding the elements that emerge as one enters into a spiritual journey. This installation explores the arc of The Magdalene’s witness through healing, discernment, abiding, and transformation. For hundreds of years the emphasis on her character as a prostitute has overshadowed her vital role as a close follower of Jesus and the first witness to the resurrected Christ; obscuring her significant example of spirituality. These four sculptures are dedicated to spiritual elements I believe The Magdalene exemplifies for us, and are always intended and extended for the community in her prophetic exclamation, “I have seen the Lord!” These elements do not follow in a necessary order but cycle within us as we grow into deeper awareness of the movement of the divine encounter. -Heather K. Sisk

This project is based on the subject of my Masters Thesis in Spiritual Direction from The General Theological Seminary and was funded in part through a grant awarded by the Episcopal Evangelism Society in 2010. These pieces act as three dimensional icons to accompany a retreat based on The Magdalene as role model for a spiritual journey which is accessible to all of us. The retreat has traveled since 2012.

Annual Commemoration of the Benefactors

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Evensong, The General Theological Seminary will hold its

annual observance offering a special Prayer service in Commemoration of our Benefactors. In

this service we express our remembrance and gratitude to those who have given generously to

the Seminary that its doors continue to remain open to everyone in our own time.

During the service, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President, reads aloud from the

pulpit our historic bidding prayer. The prayer praises God for our founders, Bishops Theodore

Dehon, John Henry Hobart, and William White, devoted laymen Clement Clarke Moore, Jacob

Sherred, and John Pintard, as well all those who have built and maintained the Seminary,

particularly Dean Eugene Augustus Hoffman and his family, who designed, funded, and oversaw

the construction of the Close as we now know it.

The observance is also an opportunity to remember all former Benefactors, Deans, Faculty, and

Staff who departed this life in the faith of Christ, giving of their means and life and love in

commitment and devotion to the continuance of the Seminary’s mission.

The event brings together members of Seminary community–students, faculty, staff, alumni,

trustees, and friends–in thoughtful remembrance. The annual Commemoration of Benefactors

has been observed at General Seminary since the Eve of All Saints 1890.

Chapel Schedule


9:50 AM Holy Eucharist by the Preparing the Feast Class
5:30 PM Evensong


9:50 AM Matins
5:30 PM Community Holy Eucharist


9:50 AM Advising Groups
5:30 PM Simple Evensong


9:50 AM Holy Eucharist - Rite I
5:30 PM Evensong With Commemoration of the Benefactors


9:50 AM Morning Prayer
5:30 PM Evening Rite


Applications Now Being Accepted for United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

If you have questions contact Jennifer Allen at, she has served as a delegate twice and wants YOU to be one, too!  

Applications accepted for Episcopal delegates to March 2019 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
Application deadline: October 26, 2018

[September 18, 2018] Applications are being accepted for Episcopal delegates to represent the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, March 11th – 22nd, 2019. The priority theme for this meeting is: “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”

The Episcopal delegation will consist of one delegate from each province of the Episcopal Church as well as a delegate from the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. The intent is to have the delegation as a whole reflect the diversity of the Episcopal Church, with priority given to those whose life experiences and advocacy speak most directly to the theme.

While in New York, Episcopal delegates will observe the official UNCSW meetings at United Nations headquarters and represent the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church through advocacy at the United Nations. They will be expected to participate in conference calls prior to the UNCSW meeting and evaluations, reports and follow-up actions once back home.

Delegates may be of any gender and at least 19 years old. They should be able to speak to the priority theme and willing to participate in advocacy at UNCSW. Anyone considering applying should have a relevant role at the parish, diocesan and/or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a process for reporting back to the local community after participating in UNCSW.

Youth (ages 15-18) may also apply. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, preferably a parent or legal guardian.

Delegates are expected to be in New York City March 8 - 22 for the UNCSW meeting or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates are responsible for their own travel, housing, program expenses and fundraising. A limited amount of scholarship funding may be available to support candidates who might not otherwise be able to attend due to financial constraints.

Following a review of the applications, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will choose the delegates. All applicants will be notified by the end of November.

Application is available in English here and in Spanish here. Deadline is October 26th.

For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Representative to the United Nations,

UN Women:
The Episcopal Church and the United Nations:
Anglican Communion Representation at the United Nations:  
Global Partnerships:
The Episcopal Church:

FASPE Seminary Application Now Open

Visiting Auschwitz with a group of interfaith seminary students was an incredibly powerful experience. Although no one can ever truly process or understand the devastation of the Holocaust, this visit allowed us all to see the ways in which religious doctrine and ethical principles can be used to justify enormous evil. Clergy members under the Nazis had immense power and influence over their communities. Many often used this power to encourage hateful ideologies and actions, all in the name of their religions. FASPE has helped me to see that, as a religious leader, I have the power to make a different choice. 

Deena J. Gottlieb, FASPE Seminary Fellow 2018

My name is Ellen Gilley, and I am the Director of Programs and Strategy at FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics). 

I am excited to announce that FASPE is now accepting applications for its 2019 Seminary Fellowship Program, and I am writing to ask for your help in sharing this opportunity with your students and recent graduates.

FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership taking place in Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz). FASPE Seminary is non-denominational and open to graduate students studying to be religious leaders or scholars (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program).

FASPE Seminary begins by analyzing the decisions, actions, and impact of German and international clergy in enabling Nazi policies.  The program underscores the reality that moral codes governing clergy of all religions can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. It then draws on this historical example to help Seminary Fellows both grasp their role as influencers in their professional, religious, and broader communities as well as confront the ethical issues currently facing religious leaders of all faiths. By studying professional ethics at the sites of Nazi actions, our Fellows experience the importance of professional ethics in an immersive, powerful, and personal way.

The Fellowship is fully funded, and we will be awarding the 2019 FASPE Seminary Fellowship to 12 to 18 applicants.  

Your students and recent graduates are who we aspire to attract to FASPE Seminary: intellectually and socially engaged, emotionally mature, and with the desire and capacity to impact their faith communities and broader communities.

I would greatly appreciate you providing the details of this opportunity to your students, recent graduates, faculty, staff, and broader community. The relevant information is provided below in an email-friendly format and contained in a PDF available through this link

Please contact me with any questions, and if you would like more information on the program, please visit our website

Best regards,

Ellen Gilley
Director of Programs & Strategy, FASPE

Please Share: Summer Ethical Leadership Fellowship for Graduate Students and New Clergy 

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Seminary program.  

FASPE Seminary is a fully-funded, two-week fellowship program in professional ethics and ethical leadership that begins by examining the actions and choices of German and international clergy in enabling Nazi policies. It then draws on this historical example to help Seminary Fellows both grasp their role as influencers in their professional, religious, and broader communities as well as identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing religious leaders. The program takes place in Germany and Poland at the sites of Nazi actions, allowing Fellows to benefit from the power of the place and immersive, contextual learning. 

Program Dates: Saturday, June 15 - Friday, June 28, 2019. 
Fully-funded: All program costs are covered, including travel, lodging, and food.  
Interdisciplinary: FASPE Seminary Fellows travel with Fellows in the FASPE Medical program. 
Itinerary: Fellows will travel to Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz). 
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program and preparing to serve as religious leaders (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program) OR have received such a degree between May 2017 and January 2019. 


FASPE programs are non-denominational. Candidates of all nationalities, religions, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

To learn more about FASPE and to apply, please visit: 

For a list of previous Fellows, please visit 

Completed applications are due by Monday, December 17, 2018. 

If you have any questions, please contact  Ellen Gilley, Director of Programs & Strategy at  

Call for Grant Applications for the Seminary Consultation on Ministry

Applications are available on request. Please email if you are interested in receiving a copy of the application and directions. Applications are due to Dean Delashmutt’s office by end of business day, October 26th.

Jennifer Allen is a recipient of the SCOM grant for 2018. She is happy to speak with any student interested in the grant to provide additional information. She can be reached at

Hello and greetings.  

It is SCOM Grants season once again!

As a reminder, SCOM Grants provide funding to students of accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church to facilitate "cross-cultural experiences that enhance learning and preparation for ministry". 

Eligible students are full-time students from accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church who are preparing for ministry in the Episcopal Church or in the Anglican Communion and who will return to seminary after completion of the project.  

The deadline for 2019-2020 Seminary Endorsed SCOM Grant Applications to be received by SCOM is November 2, 2018 (11:59 pm CDT).  Each seminary should set its own application deadline to allow for faculty review and endorsement of applications in advance of the November 2 application deadline. General Theological Seminary is requiring an October 26th (by end of day) deadline, in order to ensure processing in time for final submission.

Please send any SCOM related emails and new or changed seminary representative contact information to

Call For Papers

Call for Papers


54th International Congress on Medieval Studies- Western Michigan University-Kalamazoo, MI

 May 9-12, 2019

 Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality of New York (3 sessions):

 Remembering Breathing: Technologies of Prayer in Medieval Mysticism (2sessions);

 The Medieval Beguines: A Radical Phenomenon of Proto-Feminism (1 session)



Alina N.Feld

Phone: (516) 375-8198


Session 1 and 2. Theme: “Remembering Breathing: Technologies of Prayer in Medieval Mysticism" (2 sessions)

Presently, we are witnessing a new turn in the phenomenology of the body and its spiritual senses. Besides the hermeneutics of the heart that has been familiar to mystics of all traditions from Meister Eckhart, Margarete Porete and the Byzantine hesychasts to Sankara, Ibn al-Arabi or Kabir, breathing itself is now emerging as having been paradoxically forgotten in Western thinking, even more so than Being. These two sessions will continue and take further the conversation on breathing, gendered breathing, and respectively prayer, initiated by Bruce Ellis Benson and Norman Wirzba, The Phenomenology of Prayer, edited by (New York: Fordham University Press, 2005) and Lenart Skof and Petri Berndtson, Atmospheres of Breathing (Albany: Suny Press, 2018).

A philosophy of breathing and a hermeneutics of the heart will provoke a radical transformation both of our thinking, cultural frame, and foundations. As a consequence, moving across religious and philosophical traditions will acquire unexpected and new relevance, while the study of comparative mysticism will emerge not only as the prime matter for inter-faith theo-poetics but also as valuable material for contemporary science.

The two sessions presently proposed will be a segue to the 2018 session dedicated to the body in the hesychast tradition. They will be an occasion to engage in a hermeneutics of the heart as a subtle organ and level of consciousness; philosophy of breathing, and pneumatology; reconsideration from this perspective of the relation between human and non-human nature (theology, ecotheology), as well as in a comparative study of Christian and non-Christian mystical traditions necessarily based on the body, breathing, and the heart.

The papers presented in these sessions will be collected in a volume.

Session 3. Theme: “The Medieval Beguines: A Radical Phenomenon of Proto-Feminism”

Feminist theology has been both dependent on and critical of, the different types of secular feminist theory and their attitudes to sex and gender. It complicated the matter by introducing the question of God. Can Biblical and Christian tradition provide the resources to transcend its own quite evident patriarchal bias or not?

Feminist theologians Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carolyne Bynum, Elizabeth Johnson, Serene Jones, identify proto-feminism in women mystics of the Middle Ages from Hildegard of Bingen to Julian of Norwich, but especially in the beguines, Hadewijch of Antwerp, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Marguerite Porete. The radical theology of the medieval mystics cost them condemnation, ostracism, persecution, even their life as in the case of Porete. From their socio-economic autonomy to their political strategy of establishing authority, to their heterodox theological experiences and views that challenge medieval scholasticism, they emerge as a unique phenomenon, and a vigorous revolutionary movement.

Questions of gendered mystical experience, ontological difference between sexes, of the nature of ultimate reality and theological language arise. The beguines propose uncommon theological claims—God as mother, women’s spiritual equality in redemption, reversal of accepted roles and hierarchies, transcendence of dualism, affirmation of ultimate fluid identity. With this approach difference transcends duality and leads to plurality and gender fluidity without a loss of embodiment while traditional, stereotypical visions of masculinity and femininity are dissolved and subverted in the divine itself. The beguine movement emerges as a sui generis avantgarde of postmodern thinking enacted by contemporary thinkers such as Luce Irigaray and Judith Butler.

I envision a number of sessions on this theme—spread over a couple of years—each centered on different medieval figures in conversation with contemporary feminist thinkers.

Holy Land Pilgrimage



2019 Holy Land Pilgrimage(2-credits)

January 6-20, 2018

Dr. Michael W. DeLashmutt


Pilgrimage concretizes our faith-life, giving it both flesh and blood, soil and water.  Like the best of spiritual disciplines, pilgrimage teaches one not just to find God in moments of transcendence, but also in the mundane and the everyday. A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a multi-layered experience which transforms the heart and challenges one’s world view. 


In this pilgrimage course to the Holy Land, students will be exposed to be given opportunity for spiritual growth, prophetic advocacy, learn about diverse ministries of service, encounter (and begin to understand) people from different faith traditions, denominations, and worship alongside Anglicans from throughout the communion, see first-hand something of the complex political situation in the middle east, all the while immersed in the lands of the Bible.  To borrow language from Archbishop Suheil Dawani, in the Holy Land, you encounter both the foundation stones of our faith while experiencing the ‘living stones’ of Arab Christians in Palestine and throughout the region. 


This course will be offered in collaboration with St. George’s College, Jerusalem.  Students from General will learn alongside seminarians from other Episcopal Seminaries. 


Only 9 seats are available, so reserve your spot soon!


Learning Outcomes


Through this course, students will…

·       Engage with Scripture in the context of the biblical lands

·       Reflect on the intersection of text, location and political context

·       Practice and refine personal hermeneutical skills

·       Engage with peers from other parts of the Anglican Communion

·       Engage with Palestinian Christians as well as with Jewish and Muslim perspectives

·       Refine their sense of Anglican identity and mission in the global context



What does it cost?


Matriculated full-time students at General Seminary will earn 2-credits through this course.  For these students, tuition is at no additional tuition required.  Alumni wishing to participate in this course pay a $50 administrative fee.  General learners, auditors and friends of the seminary will pay an addition $500 administrative fee. 


Housing, meals, transportation


Admin Fee


Matriculated Students

Housing, meals, transportation $2,800

Airfare $1,100

Admin Fee $0

Total $3,900


Housing, meals, transportation $2,800

Airfare $1,100

Admin Fee $50

Total $3,950

Friends, Auditors, General Learners

Housing, meals, transportation $2,800

Airfare $1,100

Admin Fee $500

Total $4,400

Prices may increase, depending on enrollment and normal fluctuations in airfare. 


What’s included?

The price includes: accommodation at St. George’s College in Jerusalem, breakfast and dinner (daily), tips and taxes, transportation, guided tours, lectures and entrance fees to sites listed in itinerary. 

 The price does not include: travel insurance, personal expenses, lunches, beverages at meals, souvenirs.  An additional supplement (above) is required for those wishing to stay in a private room. 

How do I Register?


For Matriculated full-time students

Registration is a two-step process.  First, to secure housing and airfare, students wishing to register for the course MUST make a non-refundable deposit to the Seminary of $600 by November 5th.

 A further $2300 is due on Nov 6th.

A final payment of $1000 is due on Dec 6th. 

 To receive academic credit for the course, students must register on Populi for the Holy Land Study Course when registration for January/Epiphany Term has been opened (mid-October).  Full-time matriculated students will not be charged additional tuition for the 2 academic credits. 


For Alumni, Friends, Part-time students, and General Learners

Registration is a two-step process.  First, those wishing to participate on this course (for credit or for audit) must register for the course through  Registrants will need to make a $1,100 deposit by Nov. 5th.  This includes the Seminary’s administrative fee ($500, refundable before Nov 5th) and the non-refundable deposit ($600).  As with matriculated students, a further $2300 is due on Nov 6th.  A final payment of $1000 is due on Dec 6th. 

 Sample Itinerary

Sunday, January 6 (Departure)

19:00           Leave General Seminary for JFK


Flight DL 468

Date 1/6/19

Origin JFK

Destination Tel Aviv

Depart Time 23:39

Arrival Time 17:25 (1/7/19)

Monday, January 7 (Arrivals)

Dress Code: Casual

20:00           Welcome and Orientation (College Lecture Room)


Tuesday, January 8 (Jerusalem, where the pilgrims gather)

Dress Code: Casual


07:00           Eucharist

07:30           Breakfast at the Guest House

08:30           Introduction to College Staff / Library Orientation / Gift Shop / Pay Tuition Fees

09:30           Course Introduction (Lecture Room)  

10:30           Coffee Break (Common Room)

11:00           Lecture 1: Theology in the (after) shadow of Empire

12:30           Lunch at the Guest House

13:30           Lecture 2: Theology of the Land

14:30           Jerusalem overview (by bus)

16:30           Small group reflections

18:00           Evening Prayer

19:00           Dinner at the Guest House

20:00           Lecture 3: Introduction to the Haram Al Sharif


Wednesday, January 9 (Jerusalem: one city, three faiths)

Dress Code: Modest


07:00           Eucharist

07:30           Breakfast

08:15           Depart by bus for visit to the Haram Al Sharif

09:30           St. Anne’s Church and Pool of Bethesda

10:30           Church of the Holy Sepulchre

12:15           Lunch in the Old City

13:15           Western Wall/Wailing Wall and Davidson Center

15:15           Group Photo (College Entrance)

17:00           Small group reflections

18:00           Evening Prayer

19:00           Dinner at the Guest House

20:00           Lecture 4: Christian communities in the Holy Land


Thursday, January 10 (Palestinian Liberation Theology)

Dress Code: Modest


07:00           Eucharist

07:30           Breakfast

08:15           Lecture 5: Reading the Bible with Palestinians in Palestine

09:15           Bus to Yad Vashem

12:00           Coop Craft Store

13:30           Lunch in Bethlehem

14:30           Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

16:00           Prayers by the wall at Rachel’s Tomb

17:00           Small group reflections

18:00           Evening Prayer

19:00           Dinner at the Guest House


Friday, January 11 (Jerusalem)

Dress Code: Casual


07:00           Eucharist

07:30           Breakfast

09:30           Depart for Israel Museum

13:00           Back to the College

13:30           Lunch at Guest House

16:00           Evening visit to Western Wall for Shabbat Prayers

19:00           Dinner at the Guest House

20:00           Small group reflections


Saturday, January 12 (River and Wilderness)

Dress Code: Casual


07:30           Breakfast

08:15           Depart for Judean wilderness

                               Wadi Qelt

10:00           Baptism of Jesus Site

                               Renewal of Baptism Promises

11:30           Jericho, view Mount of Temptation

                               Sycamore tree (Zacchaeus)

                               Hebron Glass

13:00           Lunch at the Guest House

                     Research & writing time

17:00           Small group reflections

18:00           Evening Prayer

19:00           Dinner at the Guest House


Sunday, January 13

Dress Code: Casual


07:00           Breakfast

08:00           Eucharist

08:30           Depart for Caesarea Maritima

13:00           Lunch

16:00           Back to the College

17:00           Small group reflections

18:00           Evening Prayer

19:00           Dinner at the Guest House

20:00           Lecture 6: Qumran and Dead Sea Scrolls


Monday, January 14 (Masada and Qumran)

Dress Code: Casual


06:30           Early Breakfast

07:15           Depart for Masada          

08:30           Visit the Excavations at Masada

12:00           Lunch at Qumran

13:00           Visit the Excavations at Qumran

14:00           Kahlia Beach, Dead Sea

15:30           Back to Jerusalem

17:00           Small group reflections

18:00           Evening Prayer     

19:00           Dinner at the Guest House


Tuesday, January 15 (Nablus)

Dress Code: Modest


07:00           Eucharist

07:30           Breakfast

08:30           Depart for Nablus, Jacobs Well and the Samaritan woman

11:00           Visit the Good Shepherds Church, Rafidia

12:15           Lunch

13:30           Visit Tel Balata

15:00           Return to Jerusalem

17:00           Small group reflections             

18:00           Evening Prayer

19:00           Dinner at the Guest House

20:00           Lecture 6: Children of Abraham


Wednesday, January 16 (The Patriarchs’ Road)  

Dress Code: Modest


07:00           Eucharist

07:30           Breakfast

08:15           Depart for Hebron area

09:00          Efrata Settlement

11:00           Visit Makhpela (Patriachs’ and Matriarchs’ tomb)

12:00           “Oaks of Mamre”

12:30           Lunch in Hebron

14:00           Depart back for Jerusalem

17:00           Small group reflections

18:00           Evening Prayer

19:00           Dinner at the Guest House

20:00           Lecture 7: Nazareth in the First Century

Thursday, January 17 (Nazareth) 

Dress Code: Casual


07:00           Eucharist

07:30           Breakfast

08:15           Depart for Beth Shean via Jordan River Valley 

10:30           Beth Shean excavations

13:00           Lunch

14:15           Overview of Nazareth from Mount Precipice

15:00           Check into Sisters of Nazareth

17:30           Small group reflections

18:30           Dinner


Friday, January 18 (Nazareth)

Dress Code: Modest


07:00           Eucharist

07:30           Breakfast

08:30           Begin walking tour of Nazareth Old City
                               Basilica of the Annunciation

                               Synagogue Church

Holy Cave
          El Babour Galilee Mill

                               St Gabriel’s Church, Mary’s Well

12:00           Lunch at Awtar

14:00           Visit with students at Christ School, Nazareth

15:30           Excavations beneath Sisters of Nazareth Convent

18:00           Evening Prayer

18:30           Dinner

20:00           Conversation with local Christians


Saturday, January 19 (Lakeside and Banias)

Dress Code: Modest


07:00           Eucharist

07:30           Breakfast

08:30           Bus departs for lakeside holy places

09:00              Church of the Multiplication, Tabgha

09:30              Capernaum

10:15              Mt of Beatitudes

12:30           Lunch at Banias Springs

13:30           Walking tour of Banias Springs

                               Grotto of Pan

                               Palace of Agrippa II

15:30           Bus leaves for Nazareth

17:00           Small group reflections

18:00           Evening Prayer

18:30           Dinner


Sunday, January 20 (Haifa and Akko)

Dress Code: Modest


07:00           Breakfast

08:00           Check out

08:15           Bus depart for Haifa

                               Overview Bahai Gardens

10:30           Worship at St Luke’s Church, Haifa

12:30           Lunch by Mediterranean Sea in Akko

13:30           Tour Crusader Fortress and Tunnels, Akko

15:30           Bus departs Tel Aviv Airport

23:35           Depart Tel Aviv on DL 469


Monday, January 21 (Home)

5:35             Arrive to JFK

















An Evening of Peace and Reconciliation For Clergy and Church Leaders


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Are you concerned with the divisiveness we see all around us?

Do you want to engage more deeply in dialogue with other faith traditions?

Do you want to contribute as an agent for peacemaking in the world?


Please join us for

An Evening of Peace and Reconciliation For Clergy and Church Leaders

Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:30pm - 9pm

Marble Collegiate Church Loft 1 West 29th Street

New York, NY 10001

Featured Speakers

Rev. Dr. Michael Bos, Senior Minister, Marble Collegiate Church

Rev. Chloe Breyer, Executive Director, The Interfaith Center of New York

Rev. Aaro Rytkonen, Executive Director, Al Amana Centre

Canon Sarah Snyder, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director of Reconciliation/Rose Castle Foundation


By participating, you will:

·       Hear esteemed speakers discuss the importance of Peace and Reconciliation work in the religious field and world

·       Learn specific tools to use as an agent of reconciliation in your church, community, and even in your own family

·       Gain access to curriculum that can help teach others the skills of reconciliation

·       Network and meet other leaders with whom you can collaborate on this important work


All are welcomed, but space is limited! Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, please email Lesley Mazzotta:


The Al Amana Centre is building on 125 years of history between Christians and Muslims in the Sultanate of Oman, carrying the legacy of the Reformed Church in America there. Located in Muscat, Oman, the Centre builds trust and peace between Christians and Muslims through interfaith encounters, intercultural immersion and dialogue facilitation. The Centre hosts and accompanies groups for peace building and reconciliation and teaches that face-to-face interactions and dialogue are some of the best ways to help people correct misunderstandings about each other and corrupt false cultural stereotypes.


The Rose Castle Foundation creates hospitable spaces where those in profound conflict can meet face-to-face. Based in the north of England, Rose Castle was once was a place of conflict and defense, but is now a symbol of peace and hospitality. The Foundation exists to equip a new generation of faith leaders to be reconcilers in their communities. Training through practical peace-making and mediation strategies, Rose Castle prepares leaders to transform conflicts within and between faith communities, institutions and nations.

Featured Speakers


Rev. Dr. Michael Bos is a pastor, author, interfaith proponent, family guy, and adventure seeker. He is Senior Minister at Marble Collegiate Church, president of The Collegiate Churches of New York and serves as chaplain of the Collegiate School, where he also teaches Islam. He also coauthored two books, A Church Beyond Belief and Fragmented Lives: Finding Faith in an Age of Uncertainty. Michael established an interfaith center in the Arabian Peninsula, and developed programs with institutions such as Princeton Theological Seminary, the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation, and the U.S. State Department. Working with the U.S. Embassy and government of Oman, he helped establish a first of its kind program on religious diplomacy in the Middle East for the top chaplains in the U.S. armed services. For his work in bringing together Christians, Muslims, and Hindus in Oman to aid low-income workers, he received the U.S. Ambassador’s Award for Community Service.


Since 2007, the Rev. Chloe Breyer has directed The Interfaith Center of New York, a nationally- recognized nonprofit that works with hundreds of grassroots religious leaders from twelve faith traditions to catalyze partnerships with civic officials to resolve social problems plaguing New York City. Issues include police reform, immigration concerns, and countering Islamophobia. Breyer also serves as Associate priest at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Harlem. She is a member of the Episcopal-Muslim Relations Committee and after 9/11 worked with NYC’s Afghan community to rebuild a bombed mosque in Afghanistan—returning many times for health and education-related projects. Breyer is the author of The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary (Basic Books 2000) and she received her Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. Her dissertation was on interfaith activism, Christian peacemaking, and Islamophobia (2017).


Peace be with you, assalamu alaykum. Rev. Aaro Rytkonen joined the Al Amana Centre in April 2017 as the Executive Director. Aaro believes we all are created equal, and there is so much we can learn from each other. He has been working for the last decade to build peace and support religious actors in their peace building efforts, among others in Central African Republic, Mozambique and Somalia. His previous working experience includes World Council of Churches, Conference of European Churches, FinnChurchAid, Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers and Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland. Aaro is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church and now is privileged to work for peace and reconciliation by leading the unique organization of Al Amana Centre.


Canon Sarah Snyder is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation. This role has a particular emphasis on supporting the Anglican Church in contexts of violent conflict or post-conflict and helping the Church to be an agent of reconciliation and conflict-transformation. A theologian who specialises in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, Sarah brings wide-ranging international experience of peace-building and dialogue. She has worked for many years to promote faith-based reconciliation, most recently as Director of Partnerships with Religions for Peace International, an organisation affiliated to the United Nations. Sarah has also directed the Cambridge International Summer Schools for faith leaders from conflict zones. A trained mediator, she has experience both of working with communities and with senior religious leaders. Sarah is Founding Director of the Rose Castle Foundation, an international centre of reconciliation, based in the north of England.

How do I find out what's going on at General?

The start of the new year is here!  Between the start of class, various Friday events, and Matriculation, how do you keep track of it all!?!

There are several great resources for keeping up to date with events in and around the Close.

  • Of course, the first point of call is always your General email address ( This is where you'll receive almost all of your official communication from the Seminary.  
  • The next place to check are the General Seminary Google Calendars.  These are accessible through your Google Calendar (make sure you are logged in under your email).  For instructions, see this helpful tutorial.  There are four calendars that you'll want to search for:
    • Academic Affairs (search for: This includes term dates, academic events, faculty meeting dates, and important student life dates
    • Public (  This is the same calendar that's shared on our website and includes all events that are open to the public and members of the Seminary community.
    • Chapel (  This includes all chapel services (as with the Public Calendar) and also the Rota information for services.  This is especially helpful for those serving in the Chapel!
    • Close Calendar (  This features most of the information related to events on the Close that may or may not pertain to Seminary life.  
  • We have regular official offerings from the Communications Office that similarly help keep you in the loop:
    • Penguin Post - a weekly email summary of upcoming events, including what's on the menu in the refectory
    • Up Close - a monthly email summary of activities in and around the Seminary Community
    • General Seminary Quarterly - a print publication which offers deeper dives into the work of the Seminary and our alumni
    • The General Seminary Facebook Page - Our Facebook Page is a great source for up-to-date information about the goings on at the Seminary and a fun way to share your own experiences of Seminary Life (we're also on Instagram and Twitter).
  • Students who use Facebook, might find the "Close Community Group" as a helpful way to communicate with your neighbors.  
  • Bulletin Boards - It might seem a bit old fashioned, but the Bulletin Boards in the Mail Room are a great way to share information with all of your neighbors in Chelsea Square!

Tutu Travel Seminar


To register for the course, please visit: and register there for a travel course (i.e. pay the $500 deposit). Fill out the information necessary for payment and include the South African Travel Seminar as you check out of the electronic shopping cart (write this in the comment section). The GTS Registrar will email you information regarding final payment and academic course credits. If you have any questions, please email:

Archbishop Tutu's Legacy

1. A theology of Ubuntu

2. Restorative Justice

3. Spirituality & Justice

4. Interreligious Dialogue

Desired Outcome

Deeper knowledge and experience of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's legacy so as to celebrate how the church can be part of the solution rather than purveyor of the problem. 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 training will be held at General Theological Seminary, June 11 - 15, 2018. This training will help prepare you to participate in a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium either with the atrium at General Seminary or perhaps in a future parish ministry.

Several seminarians are taking the Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this June. Come join us and learn more about this wonderful children's program.  Even if you never work in an atrium, this training experience is like a retreat -- refreshing, thoughtful and rich with theological content and conversation. 

If you are interested, please contact the instructor, or anyone from the Good Shepherd Atrium. The cost is $250 for members of the General Seminary community.  

The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer

Th.D Student

General Theological Seminary


Community Cookout

Join us for a Community Cookout honoring our graduates on May 11 at 5:00 pm. Burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options, and sides will be served on the patio. Refreshing beverages and live music will be provided. This is the perfect time to unwind after finals and spend some time with friends before they head on to other places.

Incarnation Center Spiritual Life Coordinator

Incarnation Camp and Conference Center

Spiritual Life Coordinator (Summer)

 Incarnation Center is a camp and conference center located in Connecticut’s shoreline region (about 2 hours from NYC and Boston). Established in 1886 by the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Incarnation Camp is the longest running co-ed summer camp in the US. Today Incarnation is home to a variety of summer and year-round programs, including: overnight summer camps, day summer camps, a nature center, a retreat center, ropes course, working farm, after-school programs and community-oriented outdoor skills workshops.

Mission: Individual growth, discovery of life and renewal of faith are at the heart of Incarnation Center, a ministry of the Episcopal Church. We welcome all to our conference, retreat, camp and nature center programs and facilities in a beautiful environment where people, ideas and spirit flourish.

Incarnation Camp seeks a Spiritual Life Coordinator to join our team for the summer of 2018. The SLC will work closely with the Center’s chaplain to facilitate spiritual life for Incarnation’s campers and young adult staff members.  This is a great opportunity for someone currently enrolled in an MDiv program (or equivalent/ recent graduate/ discerning seminary education). Incarnation will work with the student and their school to coordinate academic credit, if possible.


•            Working with the Center’s Chaplain to coordinate spiritual life for the Camp’s various programs

•            Working with camper units to organize camper-led chapel for Sunday evenings

•            Pastoral care for campers and camp staff as needed

•            Coordinating spiritual offerings for summer camp staff

•            Other responsibilities/ learning opportunities as identified in learning agreement



•            Passion for working with and teaching children and young adults in the outdoors

•            Experience teaching Religious Education in a diverse setting

•            Willingness to be open to other people’s beliefs and worshipping styles

•            Enthusiasm, sense of humor, willingness to act goofy, patience and adaptability

•            Experience working in a summer camp setting a plus! General comfort level working/ camping outdoors

•            Currently enrolled in an M.Div. program (or similar/ recent graduate/ discerning seminary)

•            Passion for camping, outdoor ministry and working with youth



•            Summer stipend

•            Paid Training (CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Life guard)

•            Room and board provided

•            Ability to take part in extended wilderness adventures (hiking on the Appalachian Trail, Canoeing on the CT River, biking up the New England coast, etc.)

•            Access to 740 acres of property and mile-long, private lake

•            Work in a dynamic and exciting environment with staff from all over the world

Dates: June 18- August 18, 2018 (approx.). Please submit resume and letter of interest to Dana: Questions? Call Dana, (860) 767-0848 ext. 106