GTF Alumna honored as ‘Woman of Distinction’

by Graduate Theological Foundation • May, 11, 2020
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New Students

by GTF Education • March, 11, 2020
Five Graduate Theological Foundation students were activated in February. Congratulations and welcome! more...

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GTF Names First Professor of Animal Theology in the United States

by GTF Education • March, 10, 2020
We at the GTF are very pleased to announce our most recently addition to our faculty, Dr. Clair Linzey of the Oxford Centre fro Animal Ethics Dr. Linzey has been appointed the Francis Power Cobbe Professor of Animal Theology. Dr. Linzey will play a pivotal role in the development of the GTF's Certificate in Faith and Animal Ethics, a joint venture with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. more...

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Faculty and Alumni News

by Graduate Theological Foundation • February, 27, 2020
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GTF Administration Meets with SET Faculty in Cuba

by Graduate Theological Foundation • February, 26, 2020
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2020 Homecoming Graduation

by Graduate Theological Foundation • February, 26, 2020
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2020 Summer Study Opportunities in Oxford or Rome

by Graduate Theological Foundation • February, 26, 2020
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New Students - February 2020

by Graduate Theological Foundation • February, 26, 2020
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Announcements

by Graduate Theological Foundation • January, 24, 2020
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GTF Faculty News

by Graduate Theological Foundation • January, 24, 2020
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New Students

by Graduate Theological Foundation • January, 23, 2020
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Fording Streams – Oxford, UK

by Graduate Theological Foundation • January, 23, 2020
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Registration is Open: Oxford Theology Summer School 2020

by Graduate Theological Foundation • January, 23, 2020
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GTF Announces Leadership Transition

by Graduate Theological Foundation • January, 13, 2020
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Oxford reflections, what to see and do

by Graduate Theological Foundation • September, 29, 2014
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Christmas in Guyana: Preparation and Celebration

by Kyna • December, 24, 2012

In Guyana, formerly British Guiana and a tropical country, the main thrust of the celebration of Christmas is to have the best home ready for the Christ Child.  This home has two dimensions.  It is external as well as internal.

First, the external home is the physical home.  From mid-November, new curtains and chair coverings are made or, at the least, the old ones are washed and ironed.  The same is true for bed sheets and pillow cases. The furniture is also stripped of varnish and polish from the previous year, sandpapered and refinished.

No celebration is complete without food and drink.  Usually, two types of cakes are made, one with the red cherries and raisins and the other, known as “black cake” because of its color, is made with minced prunes and raisins which are soaked in rum since the beginning of the year.  Local drinks are made separately from ginger, sun-dried sorrel, and the mauby bark, and wine from the jamoon fruit.

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The Christmas Season at All Saints’ Anglican Church

by Kyna • December, 18, 2012

The Anglican traditions around the seasons of Advent and Christmas typically include a good deal of music.  At All Saints’ in Edmonton, Canada, we are very blessed to have Jeremy Spurgeon as our Music Director.  In addition to leading an excellent choir and providing us with spectacular classical hymns on the organ and grand piano, Jeremy invites a brass band to join us for the 11 pm Christmas Eve service. 

In the hours leading up to Christmas Eve services, the chancel and sanctuary areas are massed with poinsettias and cedar branches.  A very large crèche (approximately 5 feet tall, four feet wide, and two feet deep) is placed below the chancel steps.  This particular crèche has a special history for us because it was handmade by a parishioner many years ago.  The figures of the Holy Family, the wise men, the shepherds, and the animals were all hand carved by this same fellow.  Every year the service begins with the Bishop blessing the crèche. Then the lights are lowered and the service continues by candlelight.

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Hanukkah: A Perspective from a Senior Care Facility

by Kyna • December, 13, 2012

Hanukkah may not be everyone’s favorite Jewish  holiday, but I’m sure it ranks among everyone’s top two or three. And this is easy to understand. It’s a happy time, usually occurring when most other people are celebrating the season. And the fact that we give each other Hanukkah presents doesn’t hurt either!

Every year, I am asked many times what does Hanukkah celebrate. Of course, the people asking don’t want a long answer explaining the historical context of the victory of the Maccabees. They want a sound bite. So I give them one: The holiday celebrates the miracle of how a little jar of oil, enough to last only for one day, lasted for eight. That’s why we light candles on all eight nights of the holiday.

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A Look Back at Our First 50 Years: The History of the Graduate Theological Foundation

by Kyna • December, 12, 2012

The roots of the Foundation reach back to the convening of Vatican II in 1962, when the Conference on Religious Development was formed to undertake theological and religious education programs in the context of the newly emerging ecumenical relationships among the various Protestant and Catholic communions.   During the following years, the Conference conducted a variety of residential programs at the Conference Center at Madison, Connecticut, for professionals in ministry and education, and members of religious communities.  During the early days and up to the present, Father Robley Whitson, formerly head of theology at Fordham University, and his faculty colleague in spirituality at Fordham, the late Professor Ewert Cousins, were the creators of this grand initiative.


Fr. Robley Whitson

 

Dr. Ewert Cousins

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Professor Christoph Tietze on Christmas at Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco

by Kyna • December, 10, 2012

Christmas time at St. Mary’s Cathedral cannot be considered without also including the season of Advent. The music during the Masses highlights the themes of hope and expectation. Gregorian Chant is very prominent in our choices. During this season, our children’s choirs are busy visiting senior residences and caroling for them. Each year, we also collaborate with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church across the street in an Advent Lessons and Carols service. This year, the service was at St. Mark’s and featured works by Tavener, Moore, Britten, and Tschesnokoff. An entertaining highlight is our annual Cookies and Carols fundraiser, involving all cathedral choirs. A small part of the evening includes caroling for about 100 homeless men who are sheltered in our conference center for two weeks over Christmas. The weekly concerts included Vytenis Vasyliunas (Germany), organist; Lyle Sheffler, classical guitar; myself on the organ; and Angela Kraft Cross, organist.

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