Posts for November 2012

  • *** Notice to New Students *** by Kyna

    If you have been accepted as a student, you must pay for your degree program costs prior to December 10, 2012, in order to activate your student status at the Foundation.  If payment is not received by this date, your account will be deactivated.  If you choose to reactivate at a later date, you will be subject to the program costs and guidelines set forth in the Student Handbook in use at the time of reactivation. 

    Do you have questions about your student status?  Contact us now.

  • Rev. Dr. Paul C.B. Schenck by Kyna

    Rev. Dr. Paul C.B. Schenk from the Diocese of Harrisburg was at the Foundation recently and shared his experience with GTF on video.

  • Oxford Foundation Fellowships Now Available by Kyna

    We are now accepting applications for the Oxford Foundation Fellowship.  This fellowship is designed as a post-doctoral, short-term, independent study opportunity for established academics and ministry professionals desiring to take advantage of residency and research facilities in Oxford, England.  Several Oxford Foundation Fellowships are offered annually. These fellowships are suitable for academics and ministry professionals needing to take a short-term sabbatical for topic-specific research in religious studies, theology and related fields. 


    Radcliffe Camera of the University of Oxford

  • Faculty to Head Selection Committee for Krister Stendahl Medal by Kyna

    The Rev. Dr. Hugh R. Page, Jr., has accepted an appointment by the Foundation as Chairman of the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies Selection Committee.  We are happy to welcome him as head of this new committee which will lead the annual selection of an outstanding scholar in the field of Biblical Studies to receive this distinguished award.  In honor of Stendahl’s legacy as a biblical scholar and in appreciation of his involvement and interest in the mission and commitment of the Foundation to religious pluralism, we established the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies in 2009.

  • Register now for the Winter Institute in Florida by Kyna

    Study this winter in Florida with a renowned religious studies scholar and earn credits toward your degree!  If you'd like to graduate in 2013 and need to complete Units of Study or want to choose the Non-Project Option, or if you are looking for a unique course related to your professional ministry, the Winter Institute could be a good choice for you. 

    Register by December 3, 2012, to secure your place in the Winter Institute 2013 in Oviedo, Florida.  (Learn more about this Institute by reading below or clicking here for complete details.)


  • “Reverend Professor,”or A Look at Clergy Who Teach by Kyna

    An increasing number of ordained clergy are turning to collegiate teaching as either a supplement to their ministry or as an alternative to parish service.  Given the rise in the “adjunct” professorial phenomenon in America – nearly 70% of all U.S. college faculty now hold non-tenure track status ( – owing to financial constraints, universities and colleges are turning to part-time faculty to fulfill their teaching staff needs.  Given their graduate training in the cognate fields in the humanities as well as the social and behavioral sciences and, to be honest, in view of the flexibility of their daily schedule, clergy are finding that this situation makes them readily available for, and often interested in, an intellectual diversion to parish drudgery and routine by teaching a course or two at the local college.  Happily, college deans are finding them a great resource as well.

  • New Sacred Music Study Opportunities by Kyna

    Students in the Sacred Music program studying for the M.S.M. or D.S.M. can now take advantage of three new E-Tutorials offered by Dr. Vivan Robles Dettbarn-Slaughter, Professor of Sacred Music.  Focusing on Hildegard of Bingen, a practicum in church music, and religious studies in musicology, these E-Tutorials can help students complete their coursework requirements for their M.S.M. or D.S.M. degree.

  • We Are A Community of Scholars: The Right Revd John Tinsley by Kyna

    As an educational institution providing advanced training for credentialed professionals, the Graduate Theological Foundation prides itself on its affiliation with distinguished international scholars who have contributed to the work of this community as Faculty, Fellows, and Honorary Fellows.


    The Right Revd John Tinsley was an instrumental figure in the history of the Graduate Theological Foundation.  Bishop of Bristol, England, he was the official representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury (the late Lord Robert Runcie) to the Foundation in 1982.  Bishop Tinsley was a longtime friend, supporter, and both faculty member and member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.  He is a cherished member of our Community of Scholars.  (Read more about him and other scholars in our community by clicking here.)

    Many years ago, we established a named professorship in honor of Bishop Tinsley.  Longtime faculty member, friend of the Foundation, and Oxford University professor, The Revd Canon Dr. Vincent Strudwick is the Bishop John Tinsley Professor of Anglican Theology here at the Foundation.  You can visit his faculty profile by clicking here.


    Ernest John Tinsley (22 March 1919 – 20 July 1992) was Bishop of Bristol (UK) from 1976 to 1985. The son of a Lancashire farmer, he was educated at Durham University and was ordained an Anglican priest in the Church of England in 1943, serving curacies in Durham and South Westoe.  Subsequently, he was Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Theology at Hull University, Examining Chaplain to the Archbishop of York and to the Bishop of Sheffield, being made Professor of Theology at Leeds University in 1962 where he was made Dean of the Faculty of Arts three years later.