Refectory Menu

GTS Menu Week of December 3rd to 7th

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

All dinners include: Salad, Fruit, and Dessert


Roast pork loin

Glazed sweet potatoes

Sautéed vegetables

Split pea soup


Beef Stroganoff

Buttered noodles

Vegetable medley

Lemon vegetable rice soup


Butlered Hors d’oeuvres in back of the chapel


Grilled bratwurst with onion

Potato salad

Cucumber salad

Lentil soup


BBQ Chicken

Baked beans

Carrots and peas

Corn chowder


Shrimp jambalaya

Dirty rice

Corn on the cob

Tomato bisque






The Way of Love

WORSHIP: Gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and dwell with God

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. - Luke 24:30-31

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them to the Lord. - Book of Common Prayer, 361

When we worship, we gather with others before God. We hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, give thanks, confess, and offer the brokenness of the world to God. As we break bread, our eyes are opened to the presence of Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are made one body, the body of Christ sent forth to live the Way of Love.

For Discernment and Reflection
- What communal worship practices move you to encounter God and knit you into the body of Christ?
- How will (or do) you commit to regularly worship?
- With whom will you share the commitment to worship this week?

Additional resources can be found at

PRAY: Dwell intentionally with God daily

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him,

“Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1
“Lord, hear our prayer.” - Book of Common Prayer

Jesus teaches us to come before God with humble hearts, boldly offering our thanksgivings and concerns to God or simply listening for God’s voice in our lives and in the world. Whether in thought, word or deed, individually or corporately, when we pray we invite and dwell in God’s loving presence.

For Reflection and Discernment
- What intentional prayer practices center you in God’s presence, so you can hear, speak, or simply dwell with God?
- How will (or do) you incorporate intentional prayer into your daily life?
- With whom will you share in the commitment to pray?

Additional resources can be found at

LEARN: Reflect on Scripture each day, especially on Jesus’ life and teachings.

“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23
Grant us so to hear [the Holy Scriptures], read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them.  – Book of Common Prayer, 236

By reading and reflecting on Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus, we draw near to God and God’s word dwells in us. When we open our minds and hearts to Scripture, we learn to see God’s story and God’s activity in everyday life.

For Reflection and Discernment
- What ways of reflecting on Scripture are most life-giving for you?
- When will (or do) you set aside time to read and reflect on Scripture in your day?
- With whom will you share in the commitment to read and reflect on Scripture?

Additional resources can be found at

TURN: Pause, listen and choose to follow Jesus

As Jesus was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. – Mark 2:14
“Do you turn to Jesus Christ ...?” – Book of Common Prayer, 302

Like the disciples, we are called by Jesus to follow the Way of Love. With God’s help, we can turn from the powers of sin, hatred, fear, injustice, and oppression toward the way of truth, love, hope, justice, and freedom. In turning, we reorient our lives to Jesus Christ, falling in love again, again, and again.

For Reflection and Discernment
- What practices help you to turn again and again to Jesus Christ and the Way of Love?
- How will (or do) you incorporate these practices into your rhythm of life?
- Who will be your companion as you turn toward Jesus Christ?

From The Episcopal Church at

Additional resources can be found at

One World Girl Empowerment Days on Broadway!

Just in time for the holidays, tickets are available to One World Girl's 2019 Broadway Spring Series! Purchase tickets to our Empowerment Days for theater-loving girls in your life!! 

  • THE PROM, 

    Saturday, March 9, 2019


    Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • WICKED, 

    Saturday, June 1, 2019

One World Girl Empowerment Days on Broadway are all-day events (10:30am – 4:30pm). They start with a panel of Broadway artists who share the behind the scenes magic and mayhem of working in the business, followed by a Broadway Workshop (Improv / scene study / musical theater, it’s different every time!) to inspire your creativity and inner performer, lunch and conversation and a matinee performance of a Broadway show. 



An Anglican Benedictine Community


When:  Thursday, January 31, late afternoon, to Saturday, February 2, early afternoon




Topic: "Ways of Prayer"

Retreat Leader:  Brother Bernard Delcourt, OHC

Retreat will include talks by the retreat leader, silent periods, and opportunities to pray the Offices with the monks.


Accommodations:  Single rooms, shared bathrooms


Fee for Retreat:  $80 (2 nights, 6 meals)

To Register:   Password:  gogeneral

Advent Activities

We will be holding THREE Advent Events that you don’t want to miss!

On December 4th, we will be holding our Advent Community Meal!

Join us for a special meal to mark the start of Advent and the end of the term. All are welcome. Students on meal plans and their families, the cost of the meal is included in their plan. Those not on a meal plan can join by buying a $18 meal ticket at front desk. We hope everyone can join us!

During Evensong on December 10th, we will be holding our annual Christmas Pageant! This is the event that you don’t want to miss this season! 5:30 PM on Monday, December 10th. Don’t miss it!

On December 10th, after Evensong, we will hold our annual reading of The Night Before Christmas. And, we’ll be serving hot chocolate in back of chapel. All are welcome, especially kids

Penguin Raft Party


On Wednesday, November 28th, we encourage all who would like to participate to wear Penguin Pajamas to classes and advising!

What this is: a chance to show off your penguin pajamas

What this is not: a chance to nap during class

All members of our community are invited to participate!

(While wearing pajamas remember to maintain the same level of modesty and dignity (?) with which you would normally dress.)

Winter Hat Drive

Have mad knitting skills you would like to share? Have extra winter hats hanging about? A winter knitted hat drive is being organized for the men in a halfway house at the behest of Brother Paolo. We need a total of 24 hats. If you would like to knit one please contact Diana Leavengood for yarn/needles/patterns. If you are unable to make a hat but want to help out please feel free to donate a gently used or new hat. We already have seven hats! Thank you for your generosity of spirit and kindness by given the gift of warmth.

CPE Lunch Table

Do you have questions about CPE? Do you plan to complete CPE in 2019? If so, please join Professor Emily Wachner for a CPE Lunchtable in the refectory, to learn more about what to expect from CPE, and how to apply. Please contact Mother Emily by email if you have questions about CPE but are unable to attend this lunch

2019 ECF Fellowship Application is Now Available!

Since 1964, ECF has awarded 225 Fellowships to individuals pursuing advanced academic studies and special ministries with the aim of educating and equipping future lay and clergy leaders.

ECF is pleased to announce that the application for the 2019 Fellowship is now open.

Please forward this email to an emerging scholar or ministry leader who you think would benefit from ECF’s support. We believe that by supporting individuals at an early stage in their ministries, scholars and ministry leaders can make a lasting impact on the wider Church.

All applicants to the Fellowship Partners Program should bear the following in mind:

  • ECF is committed to strengthening the leadership capability of the Episcopal Church. Applicants to the academic and ministry tracks are asked to describe how they will be developing the next generation of leaders for the Episcopal Church, whether in the context of academia, a local congregation, through a church-wide initiative, or in another setting.

  • An ECF Fellowship provides both financial support and networking opportunities. ECF has typically awarded three to four Fellowships per year. New awards range up to $15,000 for the first year and are renewable for an additional two years. In addition to this financial support, new Fellows join a wide network of past Fellows and ECF partners with them so that they may share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with the wider Church.

  • The selection process for an ECF Fellowship is highly competitive. A strong application requires a significant investment of time and effort and ECF encourages all applicants to begin this process early. Applications are due on March 15, 2019. ECF will announce the 2019 Fellows in late May of 2019.

Please visit the ECF website to learn more about the Fellowship Partners Program, the application process, and be sure to review our list of Frequently Asked Questions. You will find our complete list of all ECF Fellows here. Please contact Kjerstin Besser, Associate Program Director, if you have any questions about this program or the application process.

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness with author and speaker Austin Channing Brown

In a time when nearly all institutions claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, Austin Channing Brown offers a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. She writes in riveting detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric — from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.

Join Austin Channing Brown as she discusses her book and invites us to confront apathy, recognize God's ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness — if we let it — can save us all.

Doors open at 6:00pm. Program begins at 6:30pm, followed by a reception and book signing.

Copies of Brown’s I’m Still Here will be available for purchase at both events.


Save the Dates 2018/19

2019 Travel Seminars:

South African Travel Seminar with Professor Michael Battle, January 9-16, 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.  [AA |Pub| PP]

Wednesday, Jan 30:

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

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

Center for Christian Spirituality – Retreat (Holy Cross Monastery).  Contact Anne Silver for details:  Seats limited  [AA |Pub| UpC | PP]

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  [AA |Pub| UpC | PP]


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.  [AA |Pub| UpC | PP]

Tuesday, March 5:

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! [AA |Pub| UpC | PP]


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. [AA | PP]


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  [AA |Pub| UpC | PP]


2019 Commencement Activities:

Thursday, April 25

Graduates Dinner (The Deanery) 6:00pm – 9:00pm | [AA |Pub| UpC | PP]

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.  [AA  | PP]

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:


A Journey to the Sultanate of Oman

Join our ecumenical women’s group of clergy and lay leaders for a ten-day trip to the beautiful country of Oman.

Hosted by the Al Amana Centre in Muscat, Oman, an RCA ministry, working internationally to

foster understanding, acceptance, trust and peace between Muslims and Christians.

October 16 – 26, 2019

Oman is a stunning contrast of desert, mountain and coastal landscapes; historic forts and ports; distinctive arts and crafts; and lavish sacred mosques interspersed with arresting contemporary architecture. A country known for its warm hospitality and safe environment, it strikes a perfect balance between a traditional past and its modern, bustling, open society. It is easy to see why Oman is described as “the jewel of Arabia.”

The capital city, Muscat, will be our home as we immerse ourselves in the beauty of the land and its people. We will begin our trip by deepening our understanding of Muslim religion/culture and Christian-Muslim relations and having an overnight retreat at Jebel Shams Mountain, the Grand Canyon of Oman. We will travel to the historic towns of Al Hamra and Misfat Al Abreen, visit ancient Nizwa Mosque and Fort, worship at the Protestant Church of Oman, tour Sultan Qaboos’ Grand Mosque, explore the Hindu Temples, engage in Scriptural Reasoning, shop at local souqs, visit Oman’s National Museum, dine on traditional Omani fare and take a sunset Dhow cruise around Muscat’s exquisite coastline. Along our way, we will meet the women of Oman and engage in meaningful dialogue to explore the cultural, religious and societal similarities and differences between us as women of faith. Finally, we will discuss ways to continue these important conversations when we return home to our own spiritual communities.

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime journey as we open our hearts and minds to this magnificent country, shed our false stereotypes and build deeper respect for Christian-Muslim relations.

$2,350 per person*

For more info, contact Lesley Mazzotta: or 917-623-4554.

*Trip cost inclusive of lodging, all meals, local transportation, lectures, in-country trips/excursions and RCA administrative fees. Airfare not included.

Charles Hefling Student Essay Competition

The winning essay will be published as an article in the ATR, and the author will receive a prize of $750.

Essays on any topic of interest to readers of the ATR are eligible. Special consideration will be given to submitted essays that further the journal’s commitments to creative engagement with Christian tradition and to interdisciplinary inquiry that includes literature and the arts, philosophy, and science. Papers written to fulfill course requirements, as well as essays arising from independent study are welcome.


The Hefling Prize is limited to students enrolled in a Master’s-level degree, diploma, or certificate program at an ATR Supporting Institution (The General Theological Seminary is an ATR Supporting Institution).


Submissions for the Hefling Prize should be sent as a word processing file in an e-mail attachment to: and should include:

  • a cover letter giving the author’s name and postal and e-mail addresses;

  • A précis of the essay, in 150 words or less; and

  • an essay of about 5,000 words in length, and not exceeding 7,500 words, including notes.

To ensure anonymity in judging, the author’s name should appear only on the cover letter.


The deadline for submitting an essay to this year’s competition is June 14, 2019

[Editor’s note: It is important to note that this award is not given every year]