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Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 03, 2014

OMG: Spirituality in the Digital Age (Thu. 3 Apr, 2014 7:00 pm)


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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Churches in Chelsea: Walking in the Path of Jesus (Sat. 12 Apr, 2014 2:00 pm)


Chapel lithographOn two saturdays, March 22, at 10 a.m. and April 12, at 2 p.m., The General Theological Seminary will join Chelsea churches for a live outdoor stations of the cross procession. The path will begin at St. Paul’s, continue to the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at General Seminary, and finish at St. Peter’s. Neighbors, friends, visitors, parishioners, clergy, seminary students are all welcome to participate in this “Walking the Path of Jesus” lenten procession while visiting sacred and historic spaces in Chelsea.

This event is free and open to all . Light refreshments will be offered at the conclusion of the Stations in the St. Peter’s Rectory.



Participating groups:
• German Evangelical Lutheran St Paul’s Church (built 1897)
• Trinity Grace Church (shares space with St. Paul’s)
• The General Theological Seminary (built 1888)
• St. Peter’s Chelsea Episcopal Church (built 1838)
• Chelsea Community Church (shares space with St. Peter’s)

To RSVP and for further information, click here.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Spring Lecture Series: How Armenians Pray (Wed. 23 Apr, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Prospective Students' Visiting Day (Mon. 28 Apr, 2014 8:00 am)

Prospective students of all kinds are invited as a group to learn more about GTS, tour the Close, and attend classes, as well as meet, worship, and dine with students, faculty, and staff. 

Partners and spouses are also welcomed

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If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ordained Women Called to Servanthood and Authority (Tue. 29 Apr, 2014 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

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.

Register at

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.

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