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This afternoon, we agreed that seven former faculty members will be returning. The following is a joint press release that explains this matter:
The Board of Trustees, Dean, and Faculty of General Theological Seminary jointly announced that they have today reached an agreement regarding the immediate issues which have led to heated debates within and without the walls of the nation’s oldest Episcopal seminary. The resolution involves an ongoing process of reconciliation, a reinstatement of all of the returning faculty members on a provisional basis, and a re-affirmation of the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and the Dean.
Spokespersons for all involved stated that they supported the resolution and looked forward to implementing together the mission of GTS to educate and form leaders for the changing church in a changing world, as it has successfully done for almost 200 years.
Regarding chapel, we will continue for the time being with the present schedule and services. I will work with all concerned in the coming weeks to hear your views and suggestions on how each liturgy should develop over time.
Reconciliation, as I am sure we will hear later tonight, will require much of all of us. I encourage all to join in fully; I will walk with you on this with an open heart. You are not alone.
I look forward to seeing everyone this evening in Seabury Auditorium at 7pm.
The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President | The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church