Refectory Menu

GTS Menu Week of February 18-22

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

All dinners include: Salad, Fruit, and Dessert


Beef Goulash

Buttered noodles

Roasted pepper medley

Creamy chickpea soup


BBQ Chicken

Mac & Cheese

Garlic broccoli

Potato and sausage soup


Fish Teriyaki

Sesame noodle

Vegetable stir fry

Miso soup


Corned beef

Potatoes & herb

Cabbage & carrots

Vegetable soup


Turkey Stew

Mashed potatoes

Green beans

Carrot fennel soup


Chicken adobo

Rice pilaf

Snow pea medley

Corn velouté






Important Library Resources

Writing Support Center and the Library

By request, we are trying a different schedule for writing workshops this week: we will be meeting on Tuesday from 3:30-4 pm (as usual) and Friday from 10:30-11 (new). 

This week we will be discussing Annotated Bibliographies: what they are, why they're helpful, and how to produce them

As always, feel free to make an appointment to work on your writing projects. Email Caitlin at
The full schedule for the semester is:

  • Feb. 18-22: Annotated Bibliographies

  • Mar. 4-8: Thesis Statements/Outlining Your Paper

  • Mar. 11-15: Building Paragraphs & Using Quotations/Paraphrases

  • Mar. 25-29: **Thesis Writers- Formatting & Planning

  • Apr. 1-5: Formatting and Conventions of Academic Papers

  • Apr. 8-12: Citing in Turabian

  • Apr. 15-19: Cover Letters & Personal Statements

    Working on writing assignments? Make an appointment with Caitlin ( to discuss any questions or concerns. 

Save the Dates 2018/19

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 | The Rev. Dr. Hillary D. Raining. Taking Flight: Bringing Ancient Spiritual Practices to Modern Spiritual People. 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:


The Way of Love

REST: Receive the gift of God's grace, peace, and restoration 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - John 14:27
Blessed are you, O Lord ... giving rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent. - Book of Common Prayer, 113

From the beginning of creation, God has established the sacred pattern of going and returning, labor and rest. Especially today, God invites us to dedicate time for restoration and wholeness - within our bodies, minds, and souls, and within our communities and institutions. By resting we place our trust in God, the primary actor who brings all things to their fullness.

For Discernment and Reflection
- What practices restore your body, mind, and soul?
- How will you observe rest and renewal on a regular basis?
- With whom will you commit to create and maintain a regular practice of rest?

GO: Cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus

Jesus said to them, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." - John 20:21
Send them into the world in witness to your love. - Book of Common Prayer, 306

As Jesus went to the highways and byways, he sends us beyond our circles and comfort, to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God with our lips and with our lives. We go to listen with humility and to join God in healing a hurting world. We go to become Beloved Community, a people reconciled in love with God and one another.

For Discernment and Reflection
- To what new places or communities is the Spirit sending you to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God?
- How will you build into your life a commitment to cross boundaries, listen carefully, and take part in healing and reconciling what is broken in this world?
- With whom will you share in the commitment to go forth as a reconciler and healer?

BLESS: Share faith and unselfishly give and serve

"Freely you have received; freely give." - Matthew 10:8
Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People: We will, with God's help. - Book of Common Prayer, 305

Jesus called his disciples to give, forgive, teach, and heal in his name. We are empowered by the Spirit to bless everyone we meet, practicing generosity and compassion and proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ with hopeful words and selfless actions. We can share our stories of blessing and invite others to the Way of Love.

For Discernment and Reflection
- What are the ways the Spirit is calling you to bless others?
- How will (or does) blessing others - through sharing your resources, faith, and story - become part of your daily life?
- Who will join you in committing to the practice of blessing others?

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?

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Additional resources can be found at

Summer School At Utrecht University

In 2019 a summer school in Old Catholic theology in its Ecumenical Context will be offered again, from 7-12 July. The course offers a concise introduction to the theology, history, and spirituality of the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht.

Taught in the beautiful medieval city of Utrecht, students will study with the faculty of the Old Catholic Seminary based there. The course includes excursions to an Old Catholic parish, to the Catharijneconvent, the main Dutch museum of religious art, and through the city of Utrecht itself.

More information can be found under this link, or be obtained by contacting the course director, prof. dr. Peter-Ben Smit ( University and permanent education credits can be earned through this course. A course sheet is available here.

The Diocese of New York Responds to the Federal Government Shutdown

Food Assistance for Those Affected by the Federal Government Shutdown

Many Episcopal churches in the Diocese of New York and beyond operate food ministries. If you are affected by the federal shutdown or know somebody who is, please click on the links below to get information about nearby food pantries and meal programs.

Note: We strongly recommend that you contact the programs before visiting them to make sure they can be of help in this situation.

Click here for the Episcopal Asset Map's list of food pantries and meal programs in the Diocese of New York and surrounding dioceses

Other resources:

New York Common Pantry

Food Bank for NYC


A Litany for Those Affected (from Province II)

We have also posted this information at this page on the diocesan website. If you have additions or corrections, please email so that we can update it.

Job Board

St Peter’s, Chelsea - Seminarian to Lead Formation Programs

St Peter's, Chelsea is looking for a Seminarian who would be available to lead Sunday School and preach a Children's sermon 1-2 times per month beginning this February.  They are also open to inviting a Seminarian to teach an adult forum or lead a discussion during their coffee hour.  If you are interested, please contact: The Rev'd. Deacon Denise LaVetty, Director, Diaconal Formation Program (Episcopal Diocese of New York) and  Deacon (St. Peter's Chelsea) Tel: 917-991-1040 E:

Grace, Hastings on the Hudson - Christian Formation Director

Grace Episcopal Church, Hastings-on-Hudson, is looking for a Christian Formation Director to help with the spiritual growth of our youngest members.  The position would involve teaching Sunday School on Sunday mornings and helping with Family Ministry events. Grace Church currently has no programming for youth, however, we hope to grow the Christian Formation Director position to include youth ministry in the fall of 2019.

The expectation would be that the Christian Formation Director be at Grace Episcopal Church for two hours on Sunday (9:30am-11:30pm), spend one hour during the week in consultation with the Interim Rector (which can be done over the phone), one hour during the week planning, and an accumulated one hour of email communication with parents throughout the week, for a total of five hours per week.  We offer a stipend of $200/week.

Interested applications can email their cover letter and resume to the Interim Rector, the Rev. Martha Korienek, 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

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.