May 20, 2011
New York City – Trustees of The General Theological Seminary (GTS) meeting on May 17, 2011 unanimously approved the appointment of two new members to the Seminary faculty. The Rev. Dr. Amy Bentley Lamborn will become Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and the Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson will become Visiting Associate Professor of Ascetical Theology. The two scholars were selected by Seminary search committees and presented for Board approval by General’s Interim Dean, the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee. “We are delighted to be able to add to the Seminary’s faculty two new professors, both of whom are excellent teachers and possess the highest levels of scholarly ability,” said Bishop Lee. Both professors will begin teaching at GTS in the fall of 2011.
The Rev. Dr. Amy Bentley Lamborn, the Seminary’s new Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, currently serves as Theologian-in-Residence at Christ Church, Bronxville. Dr. Lamborn received both her M.Phil. (2007) and her Ph.D. in Psychiatry and Religion (2009) from Union Theological Seminary. Both degrees were earned with distinction. She earned the M.Div. degree from the University of the South (1996). Ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1998, she is currently an analyst-in-training with the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association. She has previously served as adjunct professor at Auburn Theological Seminary and Marymount Manhattan College and a lecturer at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Lamborn is well published. Her most recent paper is "The Fourth/Reduction: Carl Jung, Richard Kearney, and the Via Tertia of Otherness" for the Fall 2011 Psychology and the Other Conference in Boston. She is the recipient of many awards including the Robert Wood Lynn Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching. She is currently at work on a book entitled Figuring the Self, Figuring the Sacred: Imagining Unity and Multiplicity in Depth Psychology and Theology.
The Rev. Dr. Clair W. McPherson, the Seminary’s new Visiting Associate Professor of Ascetical Theology, has taught at a variety of colleges and seminaries, including Union Seminary and General Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity (1982), Seabury-Western in Chicago, the University of Missouri, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned his Doctorate in medieval literature (1980), with a specialty in Old English and Latin. He is currently Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Gallatin School and at Fordham College Lincoln Center. Among the papers Dr. McPherson has presented have been “Spirituality and The Arts,” at the Spirituality Summit, Charlottesville, North Carolina, 2003-2004; and “Satan in Gregory the Great,” at the Medieval Academy, Harvard, 2006; “The Genoels Diptych: an Early Medieval Paradigm” at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2010, and "Medieval Time" at the Medieval Forum, Plymouth, New Hampshire, 2010. He has published three books on Spirituality, translations, original poems, book reviews, and has served as Contributing Editor of Spirituality and Health. His current project is The Angels: a Study in Medieval Tradition.
In other trustee actions, retiring professor of Ascetical Theology, Dr. Elisabeth Koenig and professor of New Testament, the Rev. Dr. John Koenig were elected Professors Emeriti/ae of the Seminary, having served with distinction for 25 and 33 years respectively. Both departing professors were honored at a lovely reception in Seabury Auditorium on May 4. Trustees also received with gratitude a beautiful portrait in oil of Professor J. Robert Wright, the gift to the Seminary of Paul and Mitzi Noble. Bishop Lee also noted with pleasure that the Seminary’s Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, the Most Rev. Peter Carnley AC will be returning to GTS to teach once again this fall.
The Seminary’s selection process continues for a New Testament professor with a scholarly concentration in the Pauline and Johannine texts. Bishop Lee successfully petitioned the trustees to empower their Executive Committee (which meets more frequently than the full Board) with the right to approve the search committee’s New Testament candidate so that all three professors would be able to begin teaching at the Seminary in the fall of 2011.
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