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Theology and Children with Jerome W. Berryman

In this weekend course, the first in General Seminary's new certificate program in the Spiritual Guidance of Children, Distinguished Visiting Professor Jerome W. Berryman will present a history of theologians’ views of children and the experiences on which they were based, from the Gospels to the present. The themes that emerge from this history, such as ambivalence, ambiguity, indifference ,and grace, will be discussed towards the development of a new "doctrine of children."
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The Spirituality of Children with Jerome W. Berryman

In this three-day course, Distinguished Visiting Professor Jerome W. Berryman will guide students in reflecting on five perspectives on children's spirituality: spiritual masters, historians, psychologists, educators, and their based on memories of their childhoods. Together, the class will develop a general theory of children's spirituality to inform each student's ministry and spiritual practice.
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Children's Spirituality in Worship

In this weekend-day course, Liturgics Professor Patrick Malloy will guide students in exploring worship as children experience it. The Presence of God is mediated in worship through the things of creation — human bodies, human touch, words spoken and sung, music played and heard, food and drink blessed, divided and shared, fragrant oil and smoke, deep silence. All who celebrate the liturgy together, especially children, experience the Holy One not only with the intellect, but also with senses and intuitions. The course will also examine the principal structures — the liturgical day and year, and the worship space — that give order and meaning to the Church’s Common Prayer. Students may take this course for a grade or for pass-fail credit.
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Robin Jensen on the Visual Arts & Spirituality

Training the Heart to See: The Epiphanic Nature of the Visual Arts\nThe 2011 Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality\nDelivered by Robin M. Jensen\nGeneral Theological Seminary, Seabury Auditorium\nReception Following\n \nIn the second century, Bishop Irenaeus of Lyons argued that humans must see God in order to live and, thus, become immortal by such vision. His assertion undergirds a claim that the visual arts are essential to the life of faith and a core dimension of spiritual formation. They shape our idea of the divine and, at their best, direct our gaze to life-giving truth.\n \nRobin M. Jensen is the Luce Chancellor's Profess of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University. Her historical research concentrates on Christian practices and non-textual expressions of the faith of the early Church. Her books include Understanding Early Christian Art and Face to Face: The Portrait of the Divine in Early Christianity, which examines the development of the portrait of Jesus and the question of the visual image of God in Christian theology and devotional practice.\n \n \nGeneral Admission is $10, although the seminary will welcome all guests regardless of ability to pay.
Tue. 15 Mar, 2011 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Contemplative Eucharist with Jonathan Linman

Entering More Deeply into the Paschal MysteryA Contemplative Eucharist\n\nA Contemplative Eucharist is a liturgy, or worship service, that offers you time to savor the mysteries of the Christian faith. This liturgy, on the afternoon before Holy Week begins, will invite you into a profound experiential understanding of the Paschal mystery: the passion, death, and rising to new life of Jesus Christ. Over the course of three hours, you will dwell deeply with scripture passages for this Lenten day, in silence and conversation, and receive with a contemplative intentionality the gifts of bread and wine. The quickening work of the very Spirit of God will open your mind, body and heart to the mystery.\n\nThis Contemplative Eucharist  will be in keeping with the themes of the book Holy Conversation: Spirituality for Worship by Jonathan Linman, who will serve as presider and spiritual guide. Professor Linman is Bishop's Assistant for Formation in the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and former a Professor of Ascetical Theology and Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Seminary, where he continues to teach. Sharing in the planning and leadership of this Contemplative Eucharist will be students in Professor Linman’s course this term, Liturgical Spirituality Practicum.\n\nThe afternoon will conclude with a reception and book signing.
Sat. 16 Apr, 2011 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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John Philip Newell on A New Harmony

A New Harmony: The Spirit, the Earth, and the Human Soul\n The 2012 Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality\nDelivered by John Philip Newell\nGeneral Theological Seminary, Seabury Auditorium\nReception Following\n\nA scholar, peacemaker, and poet, John Philip Newell is an internationally acclaimed teacher of Celtic spirituality and a passionate seeker of peace among the great spiritual traditions. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now widely sought as a speaker and spiritual guide. His many books include Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Praying with the Earth, and A New Harmony. \n In this lecture, he will present a threefold approach to new harmony: remembering the essential harmony deep within all creation, facing and confronting the depths of broken harmony in the world today, and seeking the sacrifices and practices of transformation that will allow a new harmony.\n A major annual event since 2003, the Kay Butler Gill Lecture heralds the place of Christian spirituality as a scholarly field within the theological academy. \n\nGeneral Admission is $10. To reserve your ticket, click here (
Tue. 13 Mar, 2012 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mary Magdalene as Spiritual Guide

Mary Magdalene as Spiritual Guide\n\n\nA Quiet Afternoon in Women's History Month\n\nSaturday, March 31, 2:00-5:00pmReception, 6:00pmSeabury Auditorium  \n\nTo Register, Click Here (\n\n\nThe story of Mary Magdalene reveals what it means to be fully present to God and to bear witness to God’s life-giving acts. She is, therefore, a model for all who seek a deeper relationship with the holy and for any who would serve as a spiritual companion to others. This quiet afternoon will invite you to experience spiritual direction through the story of Mary Magdalene. The day will include readings, group exercises and prayer relating to Mary Magdalene that will lead you into reflection on four aspects of the spiritual journey: recognition/forgiveness, silence/discernment, memory/transformation and witnessing/abiding. The day will be accompanied by four original sculptures of Mary Magdalene that are meditations on the arc of her ministry and witness.\n \nLeading the quiet afternoon will be Heather Sisk, a sculptor and spiritual director in New York City who earned her M.A. in Spiritual Direction from General Theological Seminary.\nThis event is made possible by a grant from the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church.\n 
Sat. 31 Mar, 2012 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Earth Day Contemplative Eucharist

Celebrating the Sacred and Earthly Gifts of \nWater, Oil, Bread, and Wine\n\nA Contemplative Eucharist in Honor of Earth Day\n\nSaturday, April 21, 1pm to 5pm\nGeneral Seminary's Seabury Auditorium\n\n\nTo register, click here (\nA Contemplative Eucharist is a worship service that offers you time, spaciousness and leisure to savor the mysteries. Held on the weekend of International Earth Day, this experience will invite you to reconnect with Mother Earth, and God in Christ, through contemplative and sacramental exploration.You will spend time, in silence and in conversation, dwelling with the many meanings of water, oil, bread, and wine. You will ponder sacred and secular associations with these signs. You will pray ecological prayers. All of this in keeping with the church’s Eucharistic worship and unfolding over the course of the afternoon. Serving as presider and spiritual guide for the afternoon will be the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Linman, author of Holy Conversation: Spirituality for Worship. He is Bishop's Assistant for Formation in the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and also the professor for General Seminary's Liturgical Spirituality course this spring. Sharing in the planning and leadership of the Contemplative Eucharist will be students in the course.
Sat. 21 Apr, 2012 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Skype and Spiritual Direction Webinar

On Monday, June 11, at 1 p.m., GTS Digital Formation will host its next hour-long webinar, in partnership with the seminary’s Center for Christian Spirituality, on the topic of Skype and Spiritual Direction. This free webinar, with guest presenter Lindsay Boyer, will explore the use of the video conferencing tool Skype for spiritual direction and pastoral ministry. To register for the webinar, open to all, click here.

Boyer, who earned her S.T.M. in Spiritual Direction from GTS in 2003, is a spiritual director in New York City who uses Skype for spiritual direction with groups. Originally not one to embrace technology, Boyer was at first reluctant to use Skype in her ministry. To her surprise, she has found that Skype can enhance intentionality in her sessions: The use of video chat requires her directees to focus in a new way. Furthermore, “digital technology adds intentionality to silence,” she believes. “It helps to make silence not just an absence of noise.” Skype also provides accessibility and flexibility for her directees who no longer have to travel to participate in spiritual direction.

In the webinar, Boyer will share the process of how she learned to use technology skillfully in her practice and will address both benefits and disadvantages in using new media for a ministry influenced by ancient spiritual practices. The webinar will also explore other digital tools, in addition to Skype, for long distance ministry and communication.

During the webinar, participants will be invited to ask questions by tweeting and through the Webinar’s chat feature. The webinar will address questions during the final 15 minutes of the session.

The goal of GTS Digital Formation is to help clergy and lay leaders throughout The Episcopal Church to appreciate the importance of understanding the use and effects of social media for ministry, as well as its theological foundations and implications. For more information about GTS Digital Formation go to:

Mon. 11 Jun, 2012 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Practicing Centering Prayer with the Sacred Breath

Path of Centering Prayer

To learn more about the workshop, and to register, click here.

While the basic teaching on Centering Prayer generally focuses on the use of the sacred word, it is also possible to practice Centering Prayer with other sacred symbols. In this afternoon retreat-like workshop, you will explore the sacred breath as a way of deepening your own practice of Centering Prayer.

The workshop will be led by David Frenette, author of the newly released The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God. Since 1984, he has been teaching Centering Prayer under the guidance of Fr. Thomas Keating, an architect of Centering Prayer.

In the workshop, Frenette will teach how the practice of Centering Prayer with the sacred breath may be particularly appropriate at certain seasons of the spiritual journey. He'll also reveal how this contemplative practice may help you to realize that God, like the breath, is always within you.

The workshop, appropriate for both experienced practitioners and beginners, will include:

• new teachings on how to practice Centering Prayer with the sacred breath
• discussion of how contemplative attitudes may be brought into all aspects of life
• extended practice of Centering Prayer.

Fri. 9 Nov, 2012 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Love Bids Me Welcome

A Contemplative Eucharist:  Love Bids Me Welcome
Friday, March 1, 2013
2:00pm to 5:00pm
General Seminary's Seabury Auditorium
To Register, Click Here 

A Contemplative Eucharist is both a worship service and, like a quiet day or retreat, a time set apart. This Eucharistic liturgy will unfold over the course of an afternoon, offering you time and spaciousness.  The theme of the Eucharist will be the poetry of George Herbert (1593-1632), an Anglican divine and priest whose religious poetry is cherished for its imagery, beauty and theology.

Serving as presider and spiritual guide will be the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Linman, author of Holy Conversation: Spirituality for Worship. He is Bishop's Assistant for Formation in the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and also the professor for General Seminary's Liturgical Spirituality course this spring.  Sharing in the planning and leadership will be students in the course.

They cordially invite you to come dwell deeply with scripture and poetry, in silence and conversation, to sing hymns whose words are poetry by Herbert, and to receive with a contemplative intentionality God's love given in gifts of bread and wine.

Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack'd anything.

 "A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here";
Love said, "You shall be he.
"I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
"Who made the eyes but I?"

 "Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My dear, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
So I did sit and eat.

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James Martin, S.J.: Rejoice Always

"Rejoice Always: Joy, Humor and Laughter in the Spiritual Life"

The 2013 Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality

Delivered by Father James Martin, S.J.

Thursday, April 11, 7:00pm, Seabury Auditorium

Tell Us You'll Come and Rejoice: Click Here

Who says religion needs to be gloomy? Father Martin will speak on how true faith leads to joy, how the saints and spiritual masters used humor, and how laughter is a gift from God.

A nationally renowned spiritual teacher, the Rev. James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, author, and culture editor of America, the national Catholic magazine. His books include the newly published Between Heaven and Mirth and the best-selling The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.

A major annual event since 2003, the Kay Butler Gill Lecture heralds the place of Christian spirituality as a scholarly field within the theological academy.


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Forgiveness with Barbara Crafton


What It Is and What It Isn't

A Quiet Day & Lunch with 
Barbara Cawthorne 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

9:00am to 3:00pm

General Theological Seminary

To register, click here.

Peter asked Jesus how many times he must forgive a brother who had wronged him. Seven? But no: It was seventy times seven. Which is 490. Most of us have a hard time doing it even once! 

Might that not be because we have some unhepful ideas
about what constitutes forgiveness? 

We will explore this possibility, and emerge from our time together with renewed hope about dealing with a consistent and often painful human problem.

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest and author. She heads The Geranium Farm, an institute for the promotion of spiritual growth. The Farm publishes her Almost-Daily eMo, a meditation read online by tens of thousands worldwide.

Her many books include collections of essays (The Sewing RoomYes! We'll Gather at the RiverSome Things You Just have to Live With); daily meditations (Let Us Bless the Lord (Vols 1-4)Meditations on the PsalmsFinding Time for Serenity; a book of poetry (Blessed Paradoxes), a meditation about the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (Mass in Time of War) and, most recently, teaching about how people of faith experience depression (Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet). 

Sat. 8 Jun, 2013 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age


Bishop Charleston

OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age

Presented by Bishop Steven Charleston 
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00pm
To register, click here

What defines spirituality in an age of digital communication? What defines community in a global culture of information villages?

The technological parameters of post-modern networking are expanding exponentially. They are re-shaping and re-defining what we understand as the context for spirituality.

In 2011, Bishop Steven Charleston began testing a simple spiritual exercise. Each morning he compresses a single spiritual thought into a few concise words and posts them on Facebook, the largest social network in human history.

The result has been the development of a unique spiritual community: an inter-religious, international congregation of people from many distinctive backgrounds, all linked by a shared response to a spiritual vision that is both pragmatic and poetic. When he began offering this spirituality Bishop Charleston had four people who were part of his circle of contact. Today there are thousands, and still growing.

In the 2014 Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality, Bishop Charleston will speak about his experience in creating this new form of spiritual community and how it may tell us something about the evolution of faith into the far horizons of both the human spirit and human technology.

Bishop Charleston is a Native American elder from the Choctaw Nation, a Bishop in The Episcopal Church, and the founder of Red Moon Publications. Thousands read his spiritual meditations posted daily on Facebook, some of which have been collected in his two books, Hope as Old as Fire and Cloud Walking, widely acclaimed for their deep spiritual vision and for their ability to bring people of widely different faith journeys together. He also is author of the newly published novel The Bishop of Mars.

He has served as the national director for Native American ministries in The Episcopal Church, the Bishop of Alaska, and the President and Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently, he is Visiting Professor of Native American Theology at the Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University.

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