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Stanley Hauerwas drops out of GTS lecture series

Stanley Hauerwas drops out of GTS lecture series

Breaking from Religion News Service:

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has declined a series of lectures he was scheduled to give at New York’s General Theological Seminary in November in the wake of the crisis roiling the school.

On Wednesday (Oct. 8), the Christian ethicist said he does not want to get in the middle of a controversy involving the resignations or firings of eight faculty.


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Dana Fenton

I would expect nothing less from a respected Christian Ethicist like Hauerwas. I hope that some organization asks him to lecture here in Manhattan in the near future

James-Clifton Spires

I am a relatively new member of St. Mary;s Episcopal Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky.

The discord between Dean Dunkle, the General Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees, and the GTS Faculty has ramifications beyond the campus. The news reports about the problems at GTS are alarming to membvers of local parishes following the problem.

Why has the GTS’ troubles been allowed to reach this point? What sort of message is this sending to the world outside Episcopalianism? Now, we have a distinguished speaker refusing to appear on a campus because of internal religious politics.

This seems to me NOT the direction Christians should be handling their problems with each other — the dean, the trustees and the faculty are just punishing the students who came to GTS in good faith. As Shakespeare once wrote, in Romeo and Juliet, “All are punish’d. All are punish’d.”

Eric Hinds

Well said Donald–I will add an Amen.

The Rev. T. Scott Allen

Bless him!

Donald Schell

Thank God for the simplicity of this witness and choice.

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