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Episcopalians: Sullivan shares with Executive Council seminary's reaction to report on potential church center move to GTS
Fri, 6 Dec 2002 16:37:04 -0500
December 6, 2002
Episcopalians: Sullivan shares with Executive Council
seminary's reaction to report on potential church center move to
(ENS) The Rev. Rosemari Sullivan, executive officer of the
General Convention Office, today shared with members of the
church's Executive Council a General Theological Seminary (GTS)
news release. The release was in reaction to a subcommittee
report to the council that raised questions about a potential
move of the Church Center to the seminary campus.
Sullivan said in a brief covering memo, "While you not doubt
realize, as we do, that the subcommittee's report was part of an
ongoing process and not a decision, the General Seminary has
apparently chosen to view this report from a different
(Text of the memos from the subcommittee and Griswold are
available on the web site of the General Convention Office at
The text of the December 5 seminary news release:
GTS Responds to Decision on 815 Relocation
New York City - Responding to the Presiding Bishop's
endorsement of an advisory committee's decision to terminate the
proposed plan to move the Episcopal Church Center to the campus
of The General Theological Seminary (GTS), the Very Rev. Ward B.
Ewing, Dean and President, expressed disappointment but
underscored his confidence in alternative plans for the
redevelopment of the Seminary's historic campus in the Chelsea
district of Manhattan. Details of the decision may be found the
Episcopal Church's web site www.episcopalchurch.org.
"We at the Seminary are understandably disappointed by this turn
of events," said the Dean at a special meeting of the GTS
faculty and administration held at 2 pm today. "It was an
exciting vision held by many throughout our Church. But in the
end, no partnership can be truly effective without the shared
enthusiasm and commitment of both parties."
The Dean also cited the considerable amount of time, talent, and
money that had been expended on the project to date but said
that many of the studies would be invaluable in the ongoing
discussions with other development partners. "We are looking
toward the future. Besides the great resource of the Chelsea
Square property, GTS is blessed with a generous endowment;
enrollment is the highest it has been in fifteen years; we have
an outstanding faculty and staff; and innovative outreach and
continuing education programs are underway - all of these are
evidence of the Seminary's enduring commitment to serving the
Church in a changing world."
>From Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, where he serves as
dean, the Very Rev. Robert Giannini, chairman of General's Board
of Trustees expressed surprise at the recent developments. "My
understanding was that Executive Council had approved moving
forward and that Bishop Griswold had expressed his endorsement
of their action. Though regrettable, I'm in agreement that such
a move needs to have the complete support of all parties
Asked what he would say to the Seminary's student body gathering
for a special meeting this evening at 7 pm, the Dean Ewing
commented, "I will express some sadness, of course, but also my
very real and renewed confidence that, with their help, the help
of the our alumni/ae, our trustees, our many benefactors and,
certainly, the support of the national Church by whom we were
founded, GTS will pursue the great calling it has followed for
the last 186 years in providing the finest in theological
training and formation for Church's future leaders."
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