Chelsea Square is undergoing the most comprehensive renewal it has seen in 100 years. Four buildings have been re-pointed and re-roofed with historically appropriate slate shingles: Lorillard, Edson, White, and Sherred. Six buildings have been fully renovated: Chelsea 2,3,4, Kohne, Dodge, and Eigenbrodt, while Chelsea 8,9, and Hoffman Hall (including the stately Refectory), have been outfitted to serve as the Desmond Tutu Center.
One of the key results of these efforts has been a dramatic reduction in the percentage of the operating budget designated for facilities maintenance, from over 40% in 1999 to 24% today.
Important work remains to be done. The master plan created by the architects Beyer Blinder Belle calls for a full renovation of West building, Pintard, and Dehon. Finally, and most importantly, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd must be re-pointed and re-roofed. All of these projects can only be undertaken with significant philanthropic support from all who care about theological education on Chelsea Square.
The Seminary seeks support for the Chelsea Square Conservancy, a special fund dedicated to enhancing our historic gardens and grounds. Even if you have already made a gift to the annual fund this year, we invite you to consider providing additional gift support to strengthen and nourish the Seminary's horticulture. We are blessed to have an exceptional group of volunteers known as the Chelsea Square Executive Committee, whose gifts of time and talent continue to make the Seminary a beautiful place for all who live, work, study and visit here. If you are interested in becoming involved at this level please contact Donna Ashley at 212-243-5150 ext. 388.
Gifts to the Conservancy contribute directly to the annual bulb planting, the long-term care for our sixty trees, and the maintenance of our gracious lawns.
The Seminary's buildings and horticulture are often cited as one of New York City’s hidden treasures. We invite you to stop by next time you are in the neighborhood.
In all seasons, the Close is uniquely beautiful.
For further information, please contactDonna Ashley
VP of Institutional Advancement
212-243-5150, ext. 388
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Friends of the Tutu Center
With the opening of The Desmond Tutu Center, The General Theological Seminary is extending its mission beyond the Close, inviting all of God's people to join us in prayer, professional development and discussion. The Gala grand opening celebration and the inaugural conference of the Desmond Tutu Education Center, Reconciliation at the Roundtable: God's Call in the 21st Century were wonderful events in the life of the Seminary.
The Friends of the Desmond Tutu Center offers support to the programs and conferences offered at the Center, including the Center for Peace & Reconciliation. Programs and conferences welcome distinguished guests to discuss timely issues for people of faith everywhere. Please check back as we continue to build this exciting addition to our GTS community.
The General Theological Seminary is a living, breathing community comprised of faculty, staff, alumni/ae, current students, and you, our friends. Friends of the General Theological Seminary give of their time and talent to us in a variety of ways. Some serve as members of our Board of Trustees and various committees or who partner with us, acting as a liason between their business, parish or community group. Such a diverse community contains many talents including those who may offer a course for professional development to our students and alumni/ae, or speak at a Paddock lecture.
There are many ways to get involved. If you have a particular interest in our library, you may consider joining the Friends of St. Mark's Library. Here you will contribute your thoughts and ideas on maintaining the wonderful library that is a gift not only to our students, but to the surrounding community. Perhaps you have a "green thumb". Every day visitors and seminarians alike are refreshed by the beauty of our gardens. The Chelsea Square Committee members help to plan and maintain these wonderful gardens, and could use you!
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Throughout General’s long history, the capacity to admit seminarians of academic excellence and gifts for ministry without regard to their financial resources has remained critical to our mission.
Thanks to generations of generous benefactors, a wide variety of scholarships are available. These are the stories of just a few of our inspiring seminarians and the crucial scholarships supporting their formation and leadership training.
Hershey Mallette comes to GTS from the Diocese of North Carolina with a degree in public history and a passion for engaging history to spiritual needs. She credits her decision to be formed and matriculated at General as a “true exercise of faith.” Although other institutions promised full tuition, after visiting General she felt “God was calling [her] to grow in this community, as there is a clear commitment to both learning and living the Anglican Tradition. “
Learning she was the 2012 recipient of The William Cooper and Kate Avis Pike Scholarship, Hershey felt her faith affirmed with funding that “allowed [her] to follow God’s call to the Close!” She states, “by their provision I have the leisure to study, volunteer, and explore all the opportunities New York City has to offer.”
The Rev. Stephen Holton received his M.Div. from General in 1988 and after 19 years as Rector of St. Paul’s on the Hill in Ossining, N.Y., has returned to “refresh and reinvigorate his ministry” with renewed theological discipline and scholarship. His STM project springs from a passion for bringing together different faiths around common worship and he believes the “history, theology, and liturgy of Anglicanism make the Episcopal Church the perfect place for Interfaith work, and General Seminary, the ideal foundation for that continued study.”
Fr. Holton is a recipient of a scholarship established by Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis in honor of its former Dean, The Very Rev. Robert Giannini, a 1967 graduate and Chairman of our Board of Trustees from 2001-2006. “It is exciting,” says Fr. Holton, “that a church can be responsible for re-inventing both a life and a ministry, and contribute to my future aspiration: gathering together a neighborhood for a program of common prayer, food, and ministry that will appeal not only to those of all faiths, but to many who have lost faith.”
Kathleen ‘Kat” Killian hails from the Diocese of Southeast Florida with a background as a modern dancer and life experience running her own studio in the practice of yoga and spirituality.
Kat also spent time in service as a lay chaplain to the homebound and in nursing homes. A call to the ministry grew quite naturally: “I saw that everyone who came for healing and yoga was seeking something deep,” says Kat, “and this moved me along in my spiritual journey.”
As a cradle Episcopalian, Kat came to General “for its history! I didn’t want to go anywhere else; I want to be immersed in the foundation and heritage of the Anglican tradition that GTS offers, as well as the variety of perspectives that illuminate future possibilities for our Church.”
Kat was thrilled and surprised when offered The Esther Morse Scholarship – “I felt called to be here, and then the money came, an unexpected but much needed support for my formation.”
Betsy Ivey is a Candidate in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, with a life devoted to social services, an ecumenical background, and a M.Div. already under her belt. As a former member of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas she taught Sunday school and brought her B.A. in History to service in St. Thomas' Historical Society.
With aspirations for the priesthood and greater historical scholarship, Betsy came to General to pursue an STM that would strengthen her Anglicanism and increase her knowledge of the history of the Episcopal Church. As the recipient of a scholarship honoring the Rev. Willett Nicoll Hawkins, a graduate of 1896, Betsy is delighted to join a heritage of scholars “more interested in what a person does, than in who a person is.” She looks forward to doing her diaconate in Harrisburg, PA, ministering in St. Paul's, a diverse urban church.
Matthew Welch is a junior M.Div. student from the Diocese of Washington where he worked for the U.S. Government for nine years. He served two years as a diplomat in Jerusalem, and the experience bound together the roots and history of his faith with the pressing need to live out the Gospel of Christ in a hurting world. Matt says, "If I was on the Mount of Olives watching someone's house be demolished by the local authorities, I never thought, 'I can't believe I'm on the Mount of Olives!' but rather 'How is the message of the man who descended this mount 2,000 years ago relevant to what I'm seeing here and now?'"
Matt chose GTS because he wanted to explore his faith and its application in ministry in an urban setting. "In New York City, there are a thousand opportunities on every street corner to see God at work." He is the recipient of the Martha Ferris Scholarship in honor of her husband, Fr. Eversly Smart Ferris, GTS Class of 1926. "There is absolutely no way I could honor God's call without this scholarship," he argues, adding "In this difficult economic climate, and at a time when most young people like me are 'spiritual but not religious', supporting new ministries, and particularly seminarians, is more critical than ever." He notes that he is particularly pleased to be receiving a scholarship named in honor of a woman, "because it underscores the vibrant contributions of all peoples in our church."
The Rev. Mary Julia Jett came to GTS from the Diocese of Montana, and will receive both her M.Div. and
STM with the Class of 2013. Jett is the current recipient of The Dr. Robert C. Dentan Scholarship, established by a member of the Class of 1970 in honor of the much admired former professor of Old Testament Literature and Learning. The scholarship is available to students excelling in Old Testament and Hebrew Studies, and provided Mary Julia with the opportunity to complete both degrees concurrently.
In her current post as an assisting priest at St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square, NYC, she enjoys exploring how people can relate to today’s church through its history. Most importantly, she points out “A sound knowledge of the Old Testament leads to better knowledge of our New Testament traditions and greater respect for other traditions and faiths.” She is committed to bringing academic excellence to pastoral and sacramental work, and has just been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Early Christianity at Union.
Leonard Scott Lipscomb hails from the Diocese of Virginia, finding his most genuine engagement with God through the Episcopal Church after a faith journey experiencing Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Quaker denominations. Seeking to continue his journey with [his] “feet planted firmly in both academic and liturgical worlds”, Scott chose General for its ability to “keep the core traditions and legacies of Anglicanism alive while being part of modern society.”
Scott's M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies is being supported by The Rev. Dr. Caleb R. Stetson Scholarship, established by the widow of the 1898 graduate who was rector of Trinity Wall Street from 1921-1932.
He looks to teach, write, and research, with the desire to “make theology authentic to tradition and accessible to the contemporary world,” so he may serve to “build bridges between clergy and lay people.”
As General looks forward to its upcoming bicentennial, we see a vigorous future firmly rooted in a robust heritage, with profound thanksgiving for the community that has partnered, and continues to partner, in the legacy of preeminent training for leaders for the Church.
No institution can fulfill their duty without a healthy scholarship fund, as well as the presence and growth of endowed scholarships established through legacy gifts. We are eternally grateful to those who came before us, and gave generously to support the continued availability of funds for superb candidates.
Please find below a listing of our Institutional Advancement and Alumni/ae Relations Team. Our office is always available to hear your suggestions or concerns and answer any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you.
Donna Ashley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Jonathan Silver, Director of Development, Alumni/ae Liaison
The General Theological Seminary
Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni/ae Relations
440 W. 21st Street
New York, NY 10011