Stanley Hauerwas drops out of General Theological Seminary lecture series after controversy

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Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has decided to not to give a series of lectures he was supposed to give at General Theological Seminary. Photo © Duke University, Photography by Jim Wallace

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has decided to not to give a series of lectures he was supposed to give at General Theological Seminary. Photo © Duke University, Photography by Jim Wallace

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(RNS) The Christian ethicist said he does not want to be seen as taking sides in a conflict between the administration and its faculty.

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  • Ann Twiggs

    I think this whole thing is an underhanded way for the church to sell the property for millions of dollars and fill the Episcopal church coffers. GTS is over.

  • Jo Benson

    As an Episcopalian, I am saddened and outraged at what has happened. As a schoolteacher for almost forty years, I am appalled that such an emergency situation is not immediately addressed by the trustees. I cannot believe that the Dean is trying to hold on to his power and position in the face of his behavior, or that he would be allowed to do so. In regular secular academia, any one of Rev. Dunkle’s remarks and attitudes would be grounds for immediate dismissal. How can this behavior be accepted as a part of religious academia (inappropriate, condescending talk and language, and refusal to meet with faculty who are begging for help)? The world is watching. Would Jesus himself turn away from a group of people in crisis? Would a parent? Would a principal or school board? Isn’t this the Christian Church of God we are talking about? Get real, get off your high horses…..for the sake of the future of the church and of the millions of Christians whose names and public faith are being tarnished by such selfish ungodly behavior. Do not make us embarrassed to be Episcopalians.

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  • Mark

    Conservatism and “traditional,” male centered theology strike a potentially lethal blow to GTS. Make no mistake, this is an underhanded move by the board to secure future funding from conservative benefactors who will remain nameless and will refuse to underwrite a shaky investment, ie, progressive theological views.

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  • Ash

    But that is the thing. When it comes down to it and what led to the boards actions, has nothing to do with Dunkle’s comments. This is about power and control. These professors wanted control of things the board could not give them. They did not like changesvin the schedule Dunkle made – or it could be they did not like that Dunkle could make those changes (because I remember talk of similar change when I was a student there beforevDunkle) The entire injustice thing and the comments Dunkle made, which remember are only allegations they made, we have not heard from Dunkle and they have not been proven, is a distraction from what this is really about – power. Not many people would support them if they just focused on the power play. It would not make for interesting news either.

  • Ash

    I want to also add. I was a student there until I was unjustly dismissed by these very people. Ironic yes? I have seen a side of these people that few have. They treated me very badly – many of the very things they accuse Dunkle of. I was left homeless and destitute after being given two days to vacate my dorm. I lost hundreds of dollars worth of property. By this “Christian” school. I was discriminated against, bullied and intimidated.

  • len sive

    The Episcopal Church continues to demonstrate its near-complete absurdity. Shori couldn’t have done more damage to the church if she had had the devil for her mentor. And now this–eight faculty contra their president. I don’t know who is to blame because I don’t know all the facts. But THAT it happened is enough to show how irrelevant the Episcopal Church is today.
    Sunday at church, the sermon was “descriptive’, ie, not existential; there wasn’t a smile on anyone’s face–and this is “church?”

  • George Waite

    The biggest “shaky investment”? Theological education, of any flavor/type. With all churches shrinking, “Progressive” and Fundiegelical alike, these places are teaching a skill that’s in rapidly declining demand-and they charge much too much to do it, too.

  • George Waite

    That has been church for at least forty years-why are you only now noticing?

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  • Charles

    There is no room in leadership of any type of institution let alone a religious
    one were the Dean of that institution is not accountable simply because of
    his position. Power is a very corruptible vise that needs it checks and balances
    which in this case seems to have failed those that needed it the most. Its
    a sad day for a religion struggling to finds its was in todays society.

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  • Michael Smythe


    Contact me. Michael

  • Polly

    Hi Len,
    Where are you now?
    David & Polly in Durham NC