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Commencement

188th Commencement of the General Theological Seminary\nChapel of the Good Shepherd-ticket required\n440 West 21st Street
Wed. 19 May, 2010 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Film Screening: Little Town of Bethlehem

Hosted by the Desmond Tutu Center, Little Town of Bethlehem, a documentary film, tells the stories of three men of three different faiths in Israel-Palestine and explores each man’s choice of nonviolent peace action amidst a culture of overwhelming violence. The film examines the struggle to promote equality through nonviolent engagement in the midst of incredible violence that has dehumanized all sides. Sami’s story begins as a young boy living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank; Yonatan’s starts on an Israeli military base; and Ahmad’s begins in a Palestinian refugee camp. A panel discussion follows the film.\n 
Sat. 2 Oct, 2010 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Rethinking Christianity in the 21st Century

A Special Invitation from GTS President Lang Lowrey\nRethinking Christianity in the 21st Century\n by noted theologian Jeffrey Small\nThe Desmond Tutu Center, \n180 10th Ave, New York City  \nApril 4, 2011 at 7pm\n \n What is the fastest growing religious group in the US? Those who say that they are “not-religious.” On April 4 at 7:00 p.m. acclaimed theologian Jeffrey Small will deliver a public lecture at the Desmond Tutu Center. Small believes unlike the age of the Biblical writers, we live in a world ruled by science, technology, and secular thought – a world that is interconnected in ways that a few decades ago was unimagined. Small addresses provocative questions such as:  What is the future of Christian thought in this modern, secular age? How do we conceive of God today? How do we reconcile science and religion without watering down either one? How can we be true to both our intellects and our souls: our minds that must see the world in logical terms and our hearts which yearn for a greater spiritual connection? \n \nJeffrey Small has taught public speaking at Harvard and has lectured to hundreds of students on the topics of religion in the 21st century and the common spiritual themes present in the world’s religions. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary.  In addition to his presentation he will sign copies of his debut novel The Breath of God, a thriller that melds eastern and western spirituality. The Breath of God hits bookstores nationally in March 2011. \n \nPlease call 212-243-5150 x 285 with any questions.\n \nClick Here (http://www.jeffreysmall.com/JeffreySmall.com/Speaking.html) for more information about Jeff Small.
Mon. 4 Apr, 2011 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Exploring and Discovering Spiritual Gifts: Christian Vocations

Keynote Speaker:\nMr. Bert Jones\n\n1st Vice President of the Union of Black Episcopalians\nWith keynote speaker, Mr. Bert Jones, 1st Vice President of the Union of Black Episcopalians\nPresented by General Seminary’s Students of Color Association\n \nFree to people of all denominations who feel a call to ministry—lay ministry or ordained.\nParticipants are asked to register in advance with Brandt Leonard Montgomery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \nor (205) 451-8946. \n 
Sat. 9 Apr, 2011 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Jeff Golliher Book Release

Please join us as we welcome as author and Episcopal priest, Jeff Golliher, speaks and we celebrate the release of his new book Moving Through Fear.
Thu. 28 Apr, 2011 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Baccalaureate Service

Evensong Rite I\nChapel of the Good Shepherd\n440 West 21st Street
Tue. 17 May, 2011 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Commencement

189th Commencement of the General Theological Seminary\nChapel of the Good Shepherd-ticket required\n440 West 21st Street
Wed. 18 May, 2011 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Abigail Disney on Women, War & Peace

A Conversation with Abigail Disney:\nWomen, War and Peace and the Christian Response\nFriday, September 16, 6 pm to 8 pm\nDesmond Tutu Center\n \nWhat if you looked at war as though women mattered?\n \nAbigail Disney knows the effects of war on women and the powerful role women can play in peacemaking. Creator of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, an award-winning film about women who demanded peace for Liberia, Disney is now making Women, War & Peace, a  PBS documentary series this fall presenting the stories of women in four war-torn countries: Bosnia, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Liberia. The series reveals how women, in modern warfare, have become primary targets and are suffering unprecedented casualties, yet are also emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace.\n \nIn a preview event, Abigail Disney will visit General Seminary to discuss religious aspects of women, war and peace. Interviewed by the Rev. Chloe Breyer, GTS ’00, Director of The Interfaith Center of New York, Disney will address both the negatives and positives: In what ways has she seen religious doctrines, institutions or leadership pose a stumbling block for women in peacemaking? How have women’s faith beliefs and communities contributed to their desire and efforts for peace?\n \nEvent attendees will receive a toolkit designed to equip faith communities for education and advocacy. The toolkit includes short descriptions of the films in the Women, War and Peace series, discussion questions, take-action suggestions, a directory of peace negotiations, and descriptions of key United Nations resolutions, as well as a faith reflection. \n \nThe $20 ticket price includes the event, the toolkit and a reception.\nTo purchase a ticket online through PayPal,\nvisit the donation page (http://anglicanwomensempowerment.org/donate-to-awe) of Anglican Women's Empowerment.\nYou may also send a check payable to "Anglican Women's Empowerment"\nto Inez Saley, 760 George St., Teaneck, NJ 07666. \n \nA Conversation with Abigail Disney is jointly sponsored by \nAnglican Women’s Empowerment, Fork Films, and General Seminary. 
Fri. 16 Sep, 2011 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Patrick Cheng on Radical Love

\n\nThe GLTB Community at General Seminary presentsPatrick Cheng on Radical LoveAnnual Fall ReceptionFriday, September 30, 7:00 pm\n\n \nPatrick Cheng will give a short presentation on his new book Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. The evening will then continue with a book signing and reception.  \nCheng is an ordained minister, prominent scholar in the field of queer theology and advocate for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Cheng is a featured columnist on religion for the Huffington Post. He gave the sermon at the 2011 Heritage of Pride Evensong at St Luke's In the Fields, New York. Expected in 2012 is his current project, From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ.\nThe event will be held at General Seminary's new Keller Library. Visitors to the seminary are very welcome to attend!
Fri. 30 Sep, 2011 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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GTS Flag Football @ GTS

General Theological Seminary fightin’ Penguins are going to be in action twice in the coming weeks! Please come support our flag football team in New York on Saturday November 19th (at the field on 10th ave and West 27th street), and again down at Virginia Theological Seminary on Saturday, December 3rd. We will be taking on teams from Lutheran School of Theology at Philadelphia, Union Theological Seminary and the VTS Friars, in what promise to be spirited contests. Last year, our home crowd helped the Penguins overcome both Virginia and Yale in tight games, and we need your support again!\nPlease come support your Penguins!\nTimes are TBA.\n\n
Sat. 19 Nov, 2011 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

On Tuesday evening, November 29th, 8:00 p.m., a performance of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol will be presented in our Refectory by four members of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's company of actors. We are told Artistic Director, Terry O'Brien, has pared the original text to its essence and that the actors will present the story to us, taking different parts. It will be an engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking performance. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has been presenting Shakespeare for 25 summers in Garrison NY, receiving critical acclaim from the critics of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Please join us for this wonderful event, made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.\n \nThis event is free, but there are limited seats. Please call 646-717-9735 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to reserve your seat. Remember to let us know your contact information and number of seats you are requesting. 
Tue. 29 Nov, 2011 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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GTS Flag Football @ VTS

General Theological Seminary fightin’ Penguins are going to be in action twice in the coming weeks! Please come support our flag football team in New York on Saturday November 19th(at the field on 10th ave and West 27th street), and again down at Virginia Theological Seminary on Saturday, December 3rd. We will be taking on teams from Lutheran School of Theology at Philadelphia, Union Theological Seminary and the VTS Friars, in what promise to be spirited contests. Last year, our home crowd helped the Penguins overcome both Virginia and Yale in tight games, and we need your support again!\nPlease come support your Penguins!\nTimes are TBA.
Sat. 3 Dec, 2011 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Chelsea Square Conservancy Garden Party

The Chelsea Square Conservancy Garden Party


Featuring Chelsea Winds Recorder Ensemble 

presenting

Garden Music

Gregory Eaton   David Hurd   Barrie Mosher   Anita Randolfi


Thursday, June 21, 2012

6:00 - 8:30pm

Concert: 6:30pm

Reception: 7:30-8:30pm

The General Theological Seminary

440 W. 21st Street, N.Y., N.Y. 10011

RSVP: 646-717-9735 or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information: Jonathan Silver 646-717-9705


Program to Include:

Sumer Is Icumen In -- Anonymous

Concerto -- J.B. de Boismortier

In the Garden -- David Goldstein

'Peanut Butter' Prelude & Fugue -- Glenn Shannon

The Liberty Bell March -- John Philip Sousa

Renaissance Dances -- Tielman Susatio

This concert is a part of Make Music New York -- makemusicny.org


Now in its sixth year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham”, is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 460 cities around the world — a global celebration of music making.

Thu. 21 Jun, 2012 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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A Conversation about Jesus' Wife

 

Prof. Shaner transcribes in red the black text
of the original fragment translated as
“she will be able to be my disciple.”

Deirdre Good and Katherine Shaner, Professors of New Testatment at General Theological Seminary, are hosting this informal webinar about a fourth-century fragment from a papyrus codex, written in Coptic, that includes an electrifying sentence suggesting that Christians in the late second century believed Jesus had been married. The fragment is intriguing both for what it says and for what it does not say. The webinar will provide amply opportunity for questions and discussion.

To register, click here.

For interesting commentary, read this GTS news story.

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Blessing of the Animals

Bark, meow, chirp, roar! GTS will bless the beloved pets of our community, pets of our Chelsea neighbors, and all those who care for them, at the annual Blessing of the Animals liturgy on Sunday, September 30, at 4:00pm, on the lawn near the Chapel (or indoors, if weather requires).

Will your pet surprise the Rev. Robyn Neville, who will preside for the liturgy and bless creatures great and small?

Dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, birds, snakes, walking sticks, all are welcome!

O God, you have looked upon your creation and declared it good: We thank you for the animals with whom we share this earth and particularly those which you have given into our care. We pray that you will guard them and all living creatures, tending to their necessities, relieving their suffering, and protecting them from exploitation. Help us to see in our pets the beauty and glory of your creative hand. As you called St. Francis to proclaim the oneness of all your works, grant to us gentle and generous spirits, that we, like him, may be instruments of your loving providence and peace; in Christ’s name. Amen.

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Sweet Dreams: A Documentary

To learn more about the Sweet Dreams screening,
and to purchase tickets, click here.

Ingoma Nshya

 

In 1994, Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide. Yet women are helping to rebuild the human spirit. Kiki Katese decided to start Ingoma Nshya, the drumming troupe in which women, 60 strong, pound out rhythms of joy. These women also opened Rwanda’s first and only ice cream shop, helped by Jennie and Alexis of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream. The women named the shop Inzozi Nziza, or Sweet Dreams.

The evening at GTS will include the screening, a tasting of Blue Marble ice cream, and a conversation with co-director Rob Fruchtman. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Ingoma Nshya.

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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 Free or Die

Love Free or Die


General Theological Seminary's
Seabury Auditorium 

Tuesday, November 13, 7:45pm

Followed by
A Conversation with
the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson


Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by the GLBT Students of General Seminary

To register and help us plan, click here.
To view the official trailer, click here.
 

LOVE FREE OR DIE is about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his husband Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay, partnered man or woman to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. In 2003, his consecration as bishop, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since.

 

This documentary follows Bp. Robinson from small-town churches in the New Hampshire North Country to Washington’s Lincoln Memorial to London’s Lambeth Palace, as he calls for all to stand for equality – inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to change history. 


Bp. Robinson is a 1973 graduate of General Seminary. 

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Join GTS Professors for Online Webinar about Recent Turkey Trip

Pergamon_crop.jpgThis past January, GTS students, professors, alumni/ae, trustees, and friends traveled to Turkey to tour the archaeological finds at ancient cities that were important centers for the development of earliest Christianity. This webinar will be a presentation of photos and reflections from the group of travelers and will give the wider GTS community an opportunity to reflect with trip participants about what they saw, experienced, and most of all, will take away from the trip. Profs. Deirdre Good and Katherine Shaner, who led the trip, will moderate the webinar.

Title: GTS Professors Present Their Trip to Turkey 2013

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

To Register go to: 

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/920446390

Tue. 19 Feb, 2013 7:30 pm - 8:30 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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