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Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Ministry With GLBT People

Presented by Dr. John Rumple.\n\n \nHow can Episcopal churches develop an informed and holistic ministry to GLBT people coming from fundamentalist Christianity?-Renewing a relationship with Scripture-Recovering from “reparative therapy” and similar “ex-gay therapies”-Regaining a sense of family and community-Resources for clergy and parishionersDr. John Rumple, Ph.D. has shared with churches and universities his pastoral insights for helping GLBT people overcome fundamentalist religious backgrounds, and is currently pursuing Holy Orders in The Episcopal Church.\n\n\n 
Fri. 8 Apr, 2011 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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

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Tue. 19 Feb, 2013 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Shake Hands with Biblical Hebrew

Shake Hands with Biblical Hebrew:
A One-Day Seminar with Prof. Robert Owens

Thursday, May 30, 10:00am to 4:00pm 

To Register, Click Here

Hebrew Biblical Text 

Many students of the Bible would like to know something about the Hebrew language of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, yet will never have opportunity to take a proper class. They might include adults who participate in Bible study in their local parishes, busy clergy who did not study Hebrew during seminary, college students who are studying ancient world history, and people interested in learning about a language that has shaped a religion both ancient and contemporary.

Taught by the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Owens, Professor of Old Testament at General Seminary, this one-day seminar will provide a very basic acquaintance with the Hebrew language. 

What is the Hebrew script and how does it work? How did Hebrew come into existence? What connections does it have to Arabic, Aramaic, Egyptian, and other near-by ancient languages? How do nouns and verbs work in Hebrew, and why is it said that Hebrew verbs have no tenses?  

What kind of insights can one get from reading the Old Testament in Hebrew instead of in English? When should one NOT believe a biblical commentary?

In exploring these questions, we will look at a number of Hebrew manuscripts.

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The Paddock Lectures 2013

Media, Meaning and Ministry in the Digital Reformation:

The Paddock Lectures by Dr. Elizabeth Drescher


DrescherClr2010Dr. Elizabeth Drescher will deliver this year’s prestigious Paddock Lectures on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Dr. Drescher is a truly dynamic speaker, scholar and researcher on issues critical to ministry: the spiritual lives of the religiously unaffiliated, spiritual and pastoral implications of the increasing integration of digital social media in everyday life, and how communities of faith can minister in a world of dramatically expanded religious, spiritual, and epistemological boundaries.


The lecture series, “Media, Meaning, and Ministry in the Digital Reformation,” will examine the roots of digital reformation, introduce Dr. Drescher’s research on the spiritual lives of religious “nones,” and explore the digitally integrated, postmodern, and expanding universe of belief, spirituality, and institutional religion across geographies and generations.


The public is welcome to attend any or all of the lectures. For more information click here, and to register, go to or click here.

The Lectures have become a highly anticipated feature of GTS' annual Alumni Gathering. If you are a member of the alumni community and wish registration information for the full gathering, which includes the Paddock Lectures, please click here.


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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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St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Spring Lecture Series: How Armenians Pray

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Spring Lecture Series

How Armenians Pray: 
Glimpses into the Heart of an Ancient Christian Spirituality

What are the spirit, ethos and peculiarities of Armenian prayer? What do these qualities tell us about the distinctive Christian witness of this ancient church? What insights might Armenian Christianity offer to others who seek meaningful faith today?

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About The Presenter:
Michael Daniel Findikyan is an ordained priest and vartabed of the Armenian Orthodox Church, Professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, and recurring Visiting Professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has authored numerous studies on the liturgies of the Christian East including a monograph on the historical development of the Armenian Daily Office. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Zohrab Information Center of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Seabury Auditorium
The General Theological Seminary
440 West 21st Street
New York City

A wine and cheese reception will follow.

See the How Armenians Pray flyer here.
For more information, please call 914-636-2003 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wed. 23 Apr, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority

Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority: Embodying the Paradox Inside and Out

A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 29, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Optional lunch 12:30–1:30 p.m.

at The General Theological Seminary
440 West 21st Street
New York City

Lunch and Program: $20
Program Only: $10
Net proceeds will go to the Global Women’s Fund.

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Talley-and-Bishop-300x225Jesus called his disciples to lead as one who serves, saying of himself, “I am among you as one who serves.” Yet Jesus taught as one having authority, and gave authority to his disciples to do works in his name and to “bear fruit, fruit that will last.”

How best can ordained women—indeed all those called to ordained ministry—find balance in embodying the paradox of being a servant-leader, while bearing fruit in an authentic way? Please join us for a theologically inspired discussion in which we will explore this vital topic, its invitation and challenges, and as women, discern ways to express our individual clerical style of authority and service, right down to the clothes we wear.

Join us as we discuss:
•  Women’s issues of balancing authority and servanthood at the altar, in church, in public
•  Discovering and expressing one’s individual clerical style
•  Best resources for women’s clergy-wear: from collars to blouses, dresses, albs, and chasubles

Leading off our discussion will be our distinguished guest, the Right Reverend Chilton R. Knudsen, Assistant Bishop, Diocese of New York.

Our panelists representing the neighboring dioceses and The General Theological Seminary:
•  Diocese of Long Island: The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Missional Vitality
•  Diocese of New Jersey: The Rev. Ophelia Laughlin, Rector of St. George’s by the River, Rumson, NJ
•  Diocese of Newark: The Rev. Lauren Ackland, Rector of Grace Church, Madison, NJ
•  Diocese of New York: The Rev. Deacon Denise LaVetty, Interim Director of Deacon Formation Program
•  The General Theological Seminary: The Rev. Dr. Amy Lamborn, Professor of Pastoral Theology

The Rev. Danielle Thompson, Chaplain, GTS, will be our moderator, and the Rev. Canon Jeanne Person, Canon for Pastoral Care, Diocese of New York, will also participate in the event.

Tue. 29 Apr, 2014 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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