Featured Updates from General Seminary
Last night at General Seminary, the Rev. Canon Nontombi Naomi Tutu and other leaders at Conservation South Africa, FreshMinistries, and other organizations throughout the Anglican Communion for the launch of the Desmond Tutu Program to End Global Hunger launched a new program that offers solutions to these problems and how the church could participate in that mission.
One of the great joys of teaching at General is having the resources of the world’s cultural capital at your doorstep. My colleagues are accustomed to offering our students invigorating ways to explore New York City as an integral part of their education. Rev. Emily Wachner empowers students through field education placements, as they become contributing members of church communities around the city. Dr. Kevin Moroney leads students to explore some of New York’s holy sites and architectural wonders in a course called The Sacred City. Dr. Michael Battle brings his students learning about prison ministry to a juvenile detention center in Queens, to deepen their understanding of what it means to be arrested and confined as a youth. To see and experience the medieval world, Dr. Clair McPherson leads his students to the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum.
Thirty-one students were formally welcomed into General Seminary’s community on Thursday, September 27, constituting the largest incoming class in five years.
Certainly there are times in most conversations when our own opinions, experiences or suggestions are called for. But when someone asks us an open, honest question—and then listens closely to an unhurried response—we may feel like we’ve been given a precious gift. And this practice works in all aspects of life. We all can benefit from asking open, honest questions—and listening well to the answers.
God mysteriously opened doors for me to serve as the mission coordinator for the Mar Thoma Mission Board. It has been a great privilege to serve in this role right from the very beginning of the Light to Life mission project and it continues to be a truly rewarding experience the more I get involved.
Affirming the new students and their vocational discernment, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President, said, “Some of you have received a call that was mystical; you can go to a calendar and point at the date you received it. Others have received a bit more of a ‘slow-burn’ call. One thing after another happened over a period of time, and now you are looking around and wondering how you wound up here at New Student Orientation at General Seminary. Regardless of which it is, I want for you to know something. Remember this, each one of you: your call is valid. Your call is valid.”
MATRICULATION HOMECOMING 2019
The 198th Matriculation Ceremony Evensong and Celebratory Dinner
This special set of days is a time to welcome home our beloved alumni and greet our new students. It is a time to formally welcome all new students to the seminary community: with a Matriculation Ceremony held during Evensong (Thursday Sept. 26th, 2019). Evensong is followed by a reception and dinner. There are also a number of campus-wide activities open to all, happening around these momentous events, including: A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. J. Robert Wright (Sept. 26th) and Preaching Advent Workshop (Sept. 27th).
If you are a student (new or current), faculty-member, or staff person at General, please RSVP for the welcome dinner here: https://matriculationdinner.eventbrite.com
If you are an alum, please RSVP here: https://matriculationhomecoming2019.eventbrite.com. This link is ONLY for alums, not current students, staff, or incoming students.
Those aspiring to loving relationships, be it with family or God, must be prepared for lavishly inefficient uses of large amounts of time.
Representatives of General Seminary were among the supporters of The Wild Goose Festival, held annually in the North Carolina mountains. Formed in 2010, the Wild Goose Festival is “a four-day spirit, justice, music and arts festival.” This year’s festival included many public leaders of progressive Christianity including William Barber II, Barbara Brown Taylor, Nadia Bolz-Webber, and Marianne Williamson. Despite storms and rain connected to Hurricane Barry in the gulf, 4,000 people attended the festival this year.
For the second year in a row, a healthy summer downpour showered the Close until the festivities of the Garden Party began. But the rain did little to dampen the merriment of the occasion. Neighbors and friends of General Seminary sloshed through puddles on 21 Street in their festive summer attire to come together in fellowship. And upon arrival, they were met with hospitality and a lively jazz trio that kept the pace of the celebration.