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Summers at General 2010

17 March 2010

 

"Summers at General" Offers Unique Learning Opportunities

 

New York City – The General Seminary’s Summers at General program includes a fascinating array of six summer courses, each one week long, enabling participants to explore their faith and expand their theological understanding while enjoying the beauty of the Seminary’s landmarked campus in the heart of the Big Apple.  These courses may be taken at a special summer rate of $400 with no fees, or they may be taken for graduate-level credit at regular tuition rates.  Accommodations are available on campus in the Desmond Tutu Center.  Registration can be done online.  Click on the large "Summers" button on the home page of www.gts.edu

••• Miriam, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Jesus are only a few of the Marys that have shaped Christian prayer for centuries. You can join a noted expert on women in the Bible, GTS Professor of New Testament Deirdre Good, along with Director of General’s Center for Christian Spirituality, the Rev. Jeanne Person, for Praying with Mary: a Practicum.  Participants will explore the origins of the figure of Mary in the Christian tradition and explore both ancient and contemporary ways of praying with her as prophet, teacher, contemplative, mystic, and visionary. Participants will experience and reflect on a variety of prayer practices including the rosary, listening to Miriam-Mary music and praying with art at the Metropolitan Museum. $400 or choose 3 credits.  Offered through the seminary's Center for Christian Spirituality.  (Monday, May 24-28, course AT345)

••• Nearly 2,800 years ago a herdsman from the Kingdom of Judah appeared at a sanctuary of the Kingdom of Israel and began to prophesy to the inhabitants of that kingdom. Thus began a process that culminated in what we now know as the Book of Amos. Join GTS Professor Emeritus Richard W. Corney for Two Years Before the Earthquake: From Amos the Prophet to Amos the Book for an exploration of why Amos’ words were preserved and how they were applied to later generations by the compilers of the Book of Amos. $400 or choose 1 credit. (Tuesday, June 1-4, course OT80)

••• General Seminary’s Dean and President Ward B. Ewing, a Class A (non-alcoholic) trustee of Alcoholics Anonymous, has followed its famous 12-step precepts in his own life for the past 40 years. He notes, “The spirituality of the Twelve Steps has offered me strength, flexibility and openness to God in my practical living.” Join Dean Ewing and the Seminary’s Chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke, for Twelve Step Spirituality and learn how the steps can provide a guide for spiritual health and growth for people in all walks of life.  $400 or choose 2 or 3 credits.  Offered through the seminary's Center for Christian Spirituality.
  (Monday, June 7-11, course AT80)

••• "Contemplative prayer is a grace-filled attentiveness to God that initiates and sustains a change of consciousness, leading to deepening love of God and neighbor,” says GTS Adjunct Professor David Keller. Join him this summer for Contemplative Prayer: a Practicum and explore the necessity of intentional daily experience of God as a fundamental source of spiritual discernment, vision and energy for our lives. Participants will develop a design for sharing contemplative prayer in a parish or other institutional setting. $400 or choose 3 credits.  Offered through the seminary's Center for Christian Spirituality.  Co-sponsored by the Contemplative Ministry Project.
 
(Monday, June 14-18, course AT322)

••• Since the founding of Trinity Church in 1696, sacred spaces of Episcopal congregations have been key elements in the religious environment of New York City. In Churches as History: The Episcopal Church in New York City,  Dr. Ronald Young, Adjunct Professor at GTS, will be your expert guide to understanding the varied histories of seven Episcopal churches throughout city, each of which will be visited and toured.  Although diverse in character, heritage, and mission, together they provide a lens to examine and understand key themes and trends in American religious history and, in particular, the history of the Episcopal Church.  $400 or choose 2 or 3 credits.  (Monday, June 21-25, course CH60)

••• Known to generations of General Seminary students, senior Professor J. Robert Wright is the author or editor of seventeen books and over 170 essays and articles. Historiographer of the Episcopal Church and past president of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, Prof. Wright offers Ecumenism and Anglicanism on the High Line.  The course focuses on Anglican/Episcopal relations with the Eastern, Roman, and Lutheran churches, on the proposed Anglican Covenant and on churches that have broken away owing to past and recent controversies. A key question for the course is “Wherein does Anglican unity consist?”  The course will be taught, in part, from the perspective of the High Line, the newly opened and immensely popular elevated park running along the Seminary’s western border.  $400 or choose 3 credits.  (Monday, June 28-July 20, course CH70)

In addition to these courses, the Summers at General program includes daily worship opportunities in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, and, starting in July, Pilgrimage: Sacred Sites of New York,  offered through Journeys Unlimited New York and the Seminary’s Desmond Tutu Center, a 60-room conference and guest facility on the GTS campus. New York City in the summer is an international center of cultural, intellectual, and leisure-time activities.

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Congratulations to Mark Richardson

16 March 2010

 

Dean Ward Ewing Offers Congratulations to Prof. Mark Richardson

New York City – The Very Rev. Ward B. Ewing, Dean and President of The General Theological Seminary has offered the Rev. Dr. W. Mark Richardson, Professor of Systematic Theology at GTS, his warmest congratulations on being elected President and Dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a seminary of the Episcopal Church in Berkeley, California. CDSP’s Board of Trustees announced the decision in a March 11 press release.


“While our immediate response is one of sadness that Mark and his wife Brenda will be leaving General Seminary, we offer him congratulations and pledge our prayers for his successful ministry,” Dean Ewing said in a message to GTS faculty and students. The Dean called Professor Richardson “a fine teacher, a brilliant scholar, and a splendid colleague.” He added that Professor Richardson will be completing the present term at GTS and that a farewell event would be announced in the near future. The CDSP release reported that he will take up his duties there on July 1, 2010.

Professor Richardson joined the GTS faculty and began teaching systematic theology at GTS in September of 1999 following a nine-year ministry at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, where he had been responsible for program, operations, and publications.  At General, he continued his scholarly interests in the relationship between science, philosophy and theology, his wide-ranging expertise expanding study options for all GTS students.  In addition to his annual course offerings in systematic theology and the relationship between philosophy and theology, he created and taught new courses on divine and human agency, Christology, the Trinity, Eschatology, Soteriology, and connections between theology and the theory of evolution. His far-reaching professional activities often resulted in his bringing speakers from around the globe to the GTS campus. His chairing of two weeklong Science and the Spiritual Quest conferences held at General (a project of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences) resulted in a series of lectures by internationally renowned scholars on the intersection of emerging sciences and theology.


In addition to his teaching duties at GTS, Prof. Richardson served on the seminary’s Leadership Team, a group of senior administrators charged with advising the Dean on significant matters in the life of the school.
 
 

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Ted Gerbracht is GTS Senior Vice President

14 December 2009

 

General Seminary Welcomes Ted Gerbracht as Senior Vice President

 

New York City – When Frederick W. “Ted” Gerbracht took up his new job as the chief academic officer at General Seminary in early November, it was clear that his academic credentials were impressive:  an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, three master’s degrees (Asian Studies, History, and Business Administration), and a Ph. D. in History from New York University.  Equally well suited to his new job is his depth of experience in the Episcopal Church. For ten years he served as treasurer of the Diocese of Long Island and he has had an equally long tenure as a member of General’s Board of Trustees and as the Seminary’s treasurer—positions from which he recently resigned in order to join the GTS staff. Gerbracht has served on Long Island’s Diocesan Council and as a trustee of its estate endowment.  He is also a member of the Chinese Convocation of the Episcopal AsiaAmerica Ministries Consultation which provides scholarships for theological education.  A lifelong resident of Long Island, Gerbracht  is an active member of  St. Jude’s Church, and teaches the history of Christianity at the Diocese’s education center, the Mercer School of Theology.

 

But for all his academic and church experience, Gerbracht’s new job as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is very much a second career. For 39 years he worked in the information technology area of the banking industry, retiring in mid-2006 from Credit Suisse, where he managed a staff of over 50 and an annual budget of $16 million.  Earlier in his career, staffs of up to 250 reported to Gerbracht and the budgets he managed topped $100 million.  In addition to Credit Suisse, his resume details high level positions at Merrill Lynch and Chase Manhattan Bank.  For all three corporate giants, Gerbracht’s specialty was information technology management, but even this work was intertwined with education. “As an executive I was still a teacher and mentor to those who worked for me,” says Gerbracht. “The enterprise of education has been always central to my work life.”

 

At GTS Gerbracht will support the faculty by providing key administrative functions, including oversight of the academic office, support for curriculum development, recruitment and oversight of adjunct faculty, administration of the academic budget, and the development of new academic programs. While a member of the Board of Trustees, Gerbracht served pro bono as Special Assistant to the Dean charged with the creation of new short-term courses at GTS. “We will miss Ted on our Board,” said the Seminary’s Dean, the Very Rev. Ward B. Ewing, “but I am delighted he accepted this new position, where I know he will contribute in even more significant ways.”

 

“I owe the beginning of my love for General to my daughter,” said Gerbracht, speaking of the Rev. Marjorie Gerbracht-Stagnaro, a 1995 GTS graduate who now serves as a school chaplain in Washington, D.C. “Through Marjorie I came to know and love the Seminary, and to have high regard for its faculty and programs.  After my first ‘retirement’ in 2000, I offered my services to Dean Ewing, and I have been fully committed to the Seminary ever since.”  Gerbracht and his wife June have three other grown children and five grandchildren—one of the reasons he is on campus only four days a week.  

 

 

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