Trustees of The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church (GTS) agreed unanimously to institute a new educational conference center on the Seminary’s historic property in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.
“This decision is truly historic,” said Board chair the Very Rev. Robert Giannini about the new plan to accommodate 60 guest rooms with conference facilities and Archbishop Tutu Center at GTS.
Rev. Robert said, “Besides providing the entire Episcopal Church with an educational conference center in the heart of our nation’s most international city, this bold initiative will make it possible for General to undertake the kind of continuing education programs and conferences that are so critical to meeting the needs of the church in a changing world.”
The board of GTS plans to acquire a faculty-rank director for the Tutu Center to sponsor research, institutes, and lectures that “promote peace and work toward an end to violence and injustice at home and abroad.”
Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel laureate, former spiritual leader of the Anglican Church of South Africa and visiting professor at GTS, preached at the Seminary’s annual baccalaureate service which followed the meeting of the Seminary’s trustees.
Construction on the new education complex will begin in the next year.