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Welcome to City Seminary of New York's website. Here you will find many ways to learn more and get involved...

Welcome to City Seminary of New York's website. Here you will find many ways to learn more and get involved. Click on NEIGHBORHOOD, CITY, and WORLD here and above to find out more about our learning communities and areas of scope.

Attend an open house for our youth seminary WE LEAD NYC, Bible for Life course, Ministry Fellows Program, and a new MA degree in "Ministry in the Global City." For more information, email learning@cityseminaryny.org.

Mission

The mission of City Seminary of New York is to seek the peace of the city through theological education. Here we come together as neighbors, families, churches, and friends to listen for what God is doing in the city. We become God's peace by learning and growing together through the practices of ministry including Scripture, the arts, the senses, prayer, pilgrimage, and the classroom. Together we cultivate transformative and experiential learning, embody a model of applied theology, and develop generations of leaders for ministry.

Neighborhood

Urban Pilgrimage 2019: Medellin and Sao Paulo

March 30 - May 18, 2019

Curated by Anthony Artis, Sarah Gerth van den Berg, Maria Liu Wong, and Jenny Tibbels

Journey with us to Medellin and Sao Paulo. We invite you to wonder about how the stories of these cities illuminate aspects of your own context... 

In January of 2019, the first cohort of the MA in Ministry in the Global City program went on a pilgrimage to Medellín & São Paulo. As Father Emmanuel Katongole explains, pilgrimage is a way of life, a way of listening and feeling the dust beneath our feet as we learn from cities and churches around the world. Many of our cohort came to New York by way of other global cities, and immediately saw connections to Medellín and São Paolo, which you can read about in the journal excerpts displayed.

As you journey with us, we invite you to wonder about how the stories of these cities illuminate aspects of your own context. How might you be an everyday pilgrim in the city, attentive to the forces of urbanization, spiritual life of the city, and encounters with the suffering, joy, and humanity of your neighbors?

Featuring work by the MA in Ministry in the Global City Class of 2020

Above Image: Medellin, Colombia, Mitchell Kelly, 2019

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Master of Arts Degree:
Ministry in the Global City

With the global city of New York as the classroom and the focus and background of every course, the MA degree program prepares students for the challenges of living and thinking theologically in a growing and changing, increasingly diverse world Christian church...

With the global city of New York as the classroom and the focus and background of every course, the MA degree program prepares students for the challenges of living and thinking theologically in a growing and changing, increasingly diverse world Christian church. It equips those living in the global city for ministry and leadership practice across generations, cultures, and traditions. Download the brochure here. If you are interested in applying for the upcoming cohort (Summer 2020 start), consider enrolling first for the Ministry Fellows Program or Bible for Life course. These are both pre-requisites for admission. Admissions for our next cohort beginning in Summer 2020 opens in Spring 2019. Attend a mandatory open house for more information.

WORLD

Just Show Up

One way we hear God together is through the words of Scripture. Just Show Up (JSU) is a way of meeting regularly in community for extended listening and reading of Scripture...

One way we hear God together is through the words of Scripture. Just Show Up (JSU) is a way of meeting regularly in community for extended listening and reading of Scripture. In the Bible for Life and across program areas, City Seminary shares in this movement and the practice of the public reading of Scripture.

Community

We Are CSNY

One thing that most may not associate with theological education is “family.” But family is what is at the heart of our community, and the relational strength of City Seminary of New York.…

One thing that most may not associate with theological education is “family.” But family is what is at the heart of our community, and the relational strength of City Seminary of New York. It may seem an odd place to start, but this is how theological education is emerging in our context: couples, siblings, adult children and retired parents, extended family, church members and colleagues have come through our non-degree certificate program in urban ministry, seeking to be on the “same page” with regards to faith, ministry, and life. They have deepened and expanded our community of ministry learning and practice across generations, cultures, and traditions.

Above Image: Ministry Fellows alumna, food entrepreneurs, and sisters Janet Chung and Ann Chung Mellman.

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Thriving in Ministry

Become part of a growing community of pastoral ministry and leadership practice across church traditions and networks in the metropolitan New York area.

Become part of a growing community of pastoral ministry and leadership practice across church traditions and networks in the metropolitan New York area. The goal of the Thriving in Ministry initiative at City Seminary of New York is to walk alongside pastors from the diverse Body of Christ in our city to nurture networks of mutual support, care, and well-being in a complex and ever-changing urban context. This is done through pastoral conversation collaborative inquiry groups, reflective praxis groups, spiritual direction retreats, pastoral portraits, and an annual reunion. 

This is for pastors who are new to pastoral leadership, those seeking peers who have been pastoring for several years, or others are transitioning into retirement.

Many thanks to the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for their generous funding and support.

WORLD

The city is the seminary... All roads lead to New York. The whole world is there. A vision of world Christianity is already being lived out, right there in New York City.

"The city is the seminary... All roads lead to New York. The whole world is there. A vision of world Christianity is already being lived out, right there in New York City."

Emmanuel Katongole
“The Wonder of It All,”
Duke Faith and Leadership, 2009.

COMMUNITY

MARK R. GORNIK

Director, City Seminary of New York

Pastor, Community Chapel of St. Luke's, New York, NY

City Seminary of New York is a truly unique place to be. It is where the diverse Body of Christ comes together in a new "Ephesian moment" in our global city, learning and walking in mutuality...

City Seminary of New York is a truly unique place to be. It is where the diverse Body of Christ comes together in a new "Ephesian moment" in our global city, learning and walking in mutuality. From my community development days in Sandtown to the building of an evolving ecosystem of theological formation in New York City, my journey has been shaped by friendship and the movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst.

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pray and break bread.NEW YORK CITY
pbb.SNUG HARBOR Staten Island
April 25, 2019 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Join us for a time of communal scripture reading, prayer walks around the neighborhood, and a taste of New York’s City diverse cuisine focused on the year’s theme, Learn for the Peace of the City...

Join us for a time of communal scripture reading, prayer walks around the neighborhood, and a taste of New York’s City diverse cuisine focused on the year’s theme, Learn for the Peace of the City. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather! We will be outside for most of the time.

We will meet at the Staten Island Ferry (Manhattan side) at 10:45 AM to catch the 11:00 AM ferry to Staten Island. From there, we will take the S40 bus for a 15 minute ride to Snug Harbor Cultural Center. If you are coming from Staten Island, meet us at the front of Snug Harbor at 12:00 PM. 

Similar to pbb.WHERE YOU ARE NYC, if you're not able to join us in person, please pray with us "virtually" during your lunch hour using the handout provided. Post a photo or comment on Facebook to let us know who is praying with us.

Click here for upcoming pbb dates in 2018-2019.

WORLD

Ministry in the city begins with what is right in front of us, perhaps right under our feet or just out of the way, but unfolds in ways that fit into the context.

"Ministry in the city begins with what is right in front of us, perhaps right under our feet or just out of the way, but unfolds in ways that fit into the context.

Look around, pray, think, share this journey with others, wait on the Spirit, try to see afresh what is right in front of you, and take the time that is needed. Because no two settings, neighborhoods, or cities are alike, the Gospel takes shape in the local."

Mark Gornik and Maria Liu Wong,
Stay in the City: How Christian Faith is Flourishing in an Urban World, 2017

COMMUNITY

MARIA LIU WONG

CSNY/WTS MA 2007

Dean, City Seminary of New York

Director, Walls-Ortiz Gallery

Fellowship Group Leader, Redeemer Presbyterian Church Downtown, New York, NY

 

At City Seminary, I have the privilege to cultivate spaces for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to interact in creative ways. We interpret Scripture together with our bodies in tableau...

At City Seminary, I have the privilege to cultivate spaces for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to interact in creative ways. We interpret Scripture together with our bodies in tableau and practice hospitality with neighbors through food and art-making. This process is a way that we "become" God's peace in the city, living out our faith in unexpected ways as well as pointing others to Christ.

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Ministry Fellows Program

Register for the Spring 2019 Cohort. Understand the city better, experience the broader church, get equipped for ministry, and become formed for leadership...

Register for the Spring 2019 Cohort. Understand the city better, experience the broader church, get equipped for ministry, and become formed for leadership. Through experiential learning, dialogue and reflection, prayer, worship, and wrestling with Scripture, walk together with a diverse community of ministry leaders for a season. Attend an open house to learn more.

WORLD

Christ's completion as we have seen, comes from all humanity, from the translation of the life of Jesus into the lifeways of all the world's cultures and subcultures through history.

Christ's completion as we have seen, comes from all humanity, from the translation of the life of Jesus into the lifeways of all the world's cultures and subcultures through history. None of us can reach Christ's completeness on our own. We need each other's vision to correct, enlarge, and focus our own; only together are we complete in Christ.

Andrew Walls
“The Ephesian Moment,”
The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History, 2002.

COMMUNITY

MIRIAM ACEVEDO

MF 2009-10

Director of Operations,

City Seminary of New York

Minister, Damascus Christian Church of Hunts Point, Bronx, NY

I began my journey at City Seminary in the very first Ministry Fellows Cohort in 2009. Since then, I have come to be known as "the glue that holds things together"...

I began my journey at City Seminary in the very first Ministry Fellows Cohort in 2009. Since then, I have come to be known as "the glue that holds things together" in my role coordinating operations and leading the community as a prayer warrior. 

NEIGHBORHOOD

Brown Bag Lunch Talks

Brown Bag Lunch Talks are a new daytime series at the Walls-Ortiz Gallery starting in the fall of 2018...

The Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series is a lunchtime gathering held on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring. This is an opportunity for us to dialogue and to interact with local partners and international scholars in the arts and public faith. Bring your lunch and join us for conversation at our new gallery space at 2230 Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the St. Luke/Triangle Building. Enter on St. Nicholas Avenue.

February 6, 2019 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

Meet Algernon Miller, the artist behind the Frederick Douglass Circle memorial located at West 110th Street and 8th Avenue. Engage in dialogue around his inspiration for the design and the impact of public art in the local community. Drinks will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. This event is free and open to all.

CITY

Bible for Life

The Bible for Life course is a non-credit, seven-session weekly Tuesday evening course that provides an overview of the Bible...

The Bible for Life course is a non-credit, seven-session weekly Tuesday evening course that provides an overview of the Bible. Students come to understand their place in the unfolding story of God's relationship with creation, from Genesis through Revelation. The course is taught by a faculty team including Geomon George and Mark Gornik. The next round of this course will be offered in Fall 2019. 

COMMUNITY

GEOMON GEORGE

Associate Dean,

City Seminary of New York

Pastor, International Gospel Church of Connecticut, Norwalk, CT

As an administrator, faculty member, and pastor, I enjoy introducing people to our learning communities as well as walking alongside students and alumni over time...

As an administrator, faculty member, and pastor, I enjoy introducing people to our learning communities as well as walking alongside students and alumni over time. It has been a joy to play the role of mentor as well as co-learner over meals, on walks around the city, and in prayer together.

Neighborhood

Conversations with Harriet and Frederick: Stories Told, Journeys Unfold

December 13, 2018 - February 28, 2019

Curated by Anthony Artis, Adrienne Croskey, Sarah Gerth van den Berg, Maria Liu Wong, and Jenny Tibbels

Explore the legacies of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass through the perspectives of contemporary artists.

Explore the legacies of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass through the perspectives of contemporary artists. Douglass advocated for freedom and justice as an orator and writer while Tubman journeyed under the cover of night through the Underground Railroad. This portion of Conversations with Harriet engages ways in which their legacies continue in the public and private domains, making visible the stories of lesser known journeys and inviting us into dialogue and inspired action.

Artwork by Maria de los Angeles and Mahtab Petrami, Carol Fields, Naomi Kuo and Queens Memory, Nate Ladson, Camilo José Vergara, and Kim Worthmann.

Above Image: MLK Jr. Mural through Chain Link Fence Frederick Douglass Blvd at West 154th Street, Harlem, Camilo José Vergara, 2009, Digital C-Print, 20 x 30

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We Lead NYC

A Youth Seminary Initiative

This youth seminary program runs one Saturday per month from October 2018 through May 2019. The program is open to high school students (rising 9th–12th graders) and their church youth leaders. Open houses for 2019-20 will begin in Spring 2019. 

This youth seminary program runs one Saturday per month from October 2018 through May 2019. The program is open to high school students (rising 9th–12th graders) and their church youth leaders. The goal of WE LEAD NYC is to nurture youth communities in the city for lives of purpose and joy through leadership development, spiritual formation, and ministry practice. We cultivate active Listening as a practice, encourage vocational Exploration as a journey, equip Ambassadors to build bridges, and root Disciples in the Word.With the city as our classroom, engage in experiential learning, Scripture reflection, prayer, worship, and fun. Open houses for 2019-20 will begin in Spring 2019. 

WORLD

At City Seminary of New York, we have found that ministry in the city is most generative and sustainable when it begins with the senses...

"At City Seminary of New York, we have found that ministry in the city is most generative and sustainable when it begins with the senses, with our everyday experiences as embodied beings with diverse callings and vocations. Our approach to ministry begins with how we see, hear, taste, smell and touch the city."

Mark R. Gornik and Carrie Myers
"Sensing the City -- Practicing Christianity in an Urban World"
Duke Faith and Leadership, 2014

Community

Vivian Grubb

CSNY/WTS MA 2007

Faculty, City Seminary of New York

Pastor, True Holy Church "City of Refuge," Brooklyn, NY

My relationship with City Seminary is a match made in heaven. I was introduced to the seminary at a time when I was desperate for direction and tools for doing ministry in the urban context of New York City...

My relationship with City Seminary is a match made in heaven. I was introduced to the seminary at a time when I was desperate for direction and tools for doing ministry in the urban context of New York City. I not only found a seminary but I found a community that embraced me and helped to mold my theological view of ministry in the city. It is the only place that I know of where I can say you will truly learn how to view ministry in the city. 

NEIGHBORHOOD

City to Sea: Coney Island

September 13 - November 16, 2018 (extended)

Curated by Rebecca Locke &

David Kendall

Presented by City to Sea artists and community residents in association with Goldsmiths, UOL, UK at the Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center. Through photography and audio visual installations, the exhibition explores narratives of Coney Island, from amusement parks and rides to the ongoing recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Above Image: Mermaid Ave, Konstantin Sergeyev, photograph, 2015

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7th Annual Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry (WILAM)

Learning for the Peace of the City

At this year's women's symposium, we will unpack ways to "learn for the peace of the city." An integral part of this gathering is intentional space for quiet and restoration of the body and spirit through the arts and reflection, as well as the engagement of the mind through panels and conversation. 

Every January, women involved in leadership and ministry from across the city gather for a time of learning, sharing, reflection, and retreat from the everyday challenges and opportunities of "being" in the city. This year we will unpack ways to "learn for the peace of the city." 

How does learning create peace in our city? How do we as women facilitate learning and engage as learners in our communities? How can the lives of Biblical women Ruth and Esther inspire our approaches to learning?

Download more details here.

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