Spring Term Courses Offer Unique Learning Opportunities at General Seminary

January 21, 2010

New York City – Beginning in February the General Theological Seminary will offer a new roster of courses in which participants can explore their faith and expand their theological understanding while enjoying the beauty of the Seminary’s landmarked campus in the heart of the Big Apple. All courses may be taken for graduate-level credit, and accommodations are available on campus in the Desmond Tutu Center. To register and for further information (including full course descriptions) visit www.gts.edu or contact Director of Admissions, William Webster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212-243-5150 ext. 280.

World Religions Prayer Practicum

In our increasingly pluralistic society, Christian spirituality is being strengthened by the encounter with other faith traditions. Participants in this course will gain a basic familiarity of the world religions and an ability to guide others in authentic Christian spiritual practices informed by interfaith understanding. Adjunct Prof. C. McPherson. Six Saturdays: February 12 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 2 & 16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.


A theological, experiential and practical exploration of Christian discernment from New Testament times to the present, with special emphasis on its social and political implications. Human embodiment and desire are also studied as special influences on the process of discernment.   Prof. Elisabeth Koenig. Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

What is Islam?

This course is an introduction to the common religious, cultural and political base of what is popularly called Islam, concentrating on fundamental origins of the faith found in the Quran and in the career of the Prophet Muhammad, considering as well the beliefs and observances shared by most Muslims and some of the differences among them.  Adjunct Prof. Frank Peters, Wednesdays 1:30-3:20 p.m.

Faith, Film, and Popular Culture

Participants will discover the homiletical, scriptural, theological insights that movies can offer those who preach and teach the faith in the North American context. Screenings are followed by insightful analysis and interpretation.  Prof. Mitties DeChamplain, Mondays 1:30-4:20 p.m.

Children’s Spirituality in Literature and Film

The voices of children in literature and film are drawing keen interest from scholars around the world utilizing new models of literary, filmic, cultural, multi-cultural, psychoanalytic, theological, and feminist criticism. Students will examine books and films for children and those capturing experience of childhood for adults while learning to apply recognized critical standards, in addition to insights from their own perspectives.  Prof. Elisabeth Koenig, March 7-11 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 pm.

In God we Trust: Theology and the Marketplace

An engaging exploration of the marketplace where religion and economics meet, using theology to connect a vision of the world as an expression of God's grace with economic measures that account for future generations and the sustainability of the whole environment. Adjunct Prof. Susan Lee. Mondays 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The General Theological Seminary, located in the heart of New York City, educates and forms leaders for the church in a changing world. Founded in 1817 as the first theological seminary of the Episcopal Church, General offers certificate and degree programs including the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Theology. The Seminary is also home to the Desmond Tutu Center, a full-service conference center with sixty modern guest rooms.

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