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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

WALLS-ORTIZ GALLERY ON THE MOVE

"Summer in the Garden" Outdoor Art Exhibition

Dream for the Peace of the City

What sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and textures do you associate with summer in the city? What colors and feelings, people and places do you think of in a garden in the city?

This outdoor exhibition features artwork created during nature-inspired workshops with artists from the Fisher Center led by Huibing He at the New York Public Library and Fresh Oils Community Garden in the fall of 2019 and spring / summer of 2022.

We invite you to see and sense the world anew through the colors and textures of summer captured in these multimedia works. Public hours are 12 PM - 3 PM on Tuesdays from October 4 – November 1. We also invite you to join us for our Community Conversation about the exhibition, on Tuesday October 11 from 6 PM - 8 PM, by RSVPing here.

On display at the Fresh Oils Community Garden (West 119th Street between St Nicholas Ave and Frederick Douglass Blvd, enter at the gate with the crocheted flowers). In addition to this multimedia installation, you can view our in-progress community textile installation at the Fresh Oils garden, also created in collaboration with the Fisher Center.

The Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center is currently “on the move” in the neighborhood. We are hosting outdoor events at the Fresh Oils Community Garden located on West 119th St between St. Nicholas Ave and Frederick Douglass Blvd. For questions, please email wogc@cityseminaryny.org.

City

pray and break bread.NEW YORK CITY
pbb.NEW YORK HARBOR Staten Island
November 19, 2022 | 9:45 AM - 12 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, Dream for the Peace of the City...

pray and break bread (pbb).NYC is one of City Seminary of New York’s core practices. Each year we visit different neighborhoods in the five boroughs for a time of learning from ministry leaders, Scripture reading, prayer walking, and eating food specific to each neighborhood. This year we will focus on the theme Dream for the Peace of the City. As we walk, pray, and eat together, we will consider the ways we dream as individuals and together for the flourishing of our churches and communities.

Join us in person for pbb.NEW YORK HARBOR Staten Island. Our Fall 2022 Ministry Fellows cohort will lead us in a time of learning, prayer, and fellowship over food. Please RSVP here for more details. Pray in solidarity with us if you can't join us on that day, using the pbb.NEW YORK HARBOR handout, which you can find here.

World

Ministry in the City Hub

As congregations in cities across the nation and world face new challenges and responsibilities amidst our uncertain times, we are pleased to share the news that The Lilly Endowment, Inc. has awarded City Seminary of New York a grant to establish a Ministry in the City Hub.

As congregations in cities across the nation and world face new challenges and responsibilities amidst our uncertain times, we are pleased to share the news that The Lilly Endowment, Inc. has awarded City Seminary of New York a grant to establish a Ministry in the City Hub.

Supported by a three-year, $3.3 million grant, the Hub will provide time and space to gather, share, learn, encourage and cultivate the healing and hopeful work God is doing in cities nationally. This project is co-directed by Dr. Maria Liu Wong and Rev. Dr. Mark R. Gornik. Our program coordinator is April Picon, and program assistant, Rex Agyemang. In 2022, we are thrilled to announce that the Endowment has awarded a five-year $15 million grant to deepen and push outward the work of the HUB.
 
We are grateful to The Lilly Endowment, and want to remember and honor the life and friendship of The Rev. Dr. John Wimmer, our first Program Officer at The Endowment, who passed away in 2020.

Thank you for continuing to pray with us as we seek to serve Christ in our neighborhood, city and world.

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.

NEIGHBORHOOD + WORLD

WALLS-ORTIZ GALLERY AT LARGE

Creative Community Care Virtual Residency

Co-directors: Dr. Maria Liu Wong and Sarah Gerth van den Berg

Curatorial program assistant: Sasha Hallock

The Creative Community Care Virtual Residency brings together eight Christian artists in an exploration of creative practices in extending care through community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath from March - December 2021. The spring 2022 collaboration residency will prepare for fall 2022 online public programming, and a group exhibition in 2023.

Join us for a series of free, online public art workshops designed by artists from the Creative Community Care Virtual Residency. 

"Nurturing Spaces": September 22, 2022 7 PM - 8:30 PM (led by Naomi Kuo and de'Angelo DIA)

"Collective Testimony": October 20, 2022 7 PM - 8:30 PM (led by DeAmon Harges and Alysia Harris)

"Resting in Sound and Image": November 3, 2022 7 PM - 8:30 PM (led by Olga Lah and Julian Reid)

REGISTER HERE

A joint project of the Ministry in the City HUB and Walls-Ortiz Gallery at City Seminary, the Creative Community Care Virtual Residency brought together socially-engaged Christian creatives from Charlotte, Chicago, Corsicana, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and New York City for peer mentor support, learning, and sharing during 2021. Residents developed local projects in their respective cities, exploring creative practices of care in the context of community. Projects engage the concerns and questions of the pandemic period (mutual aid, care re-imagined for social distance, etc.) at the intersection of the arts, learning, faith, and the city. Learn more about the projects here.

These workshops were designed collaboratively by residents to engage the public with themes and questions that emerged from their projects. They invite exploration of practices that catalyze reflection and possibility.

We are grateful for the support of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for this project and workshop series.

Creative Community Care virtual residents (from left to right, top to bottom): Alysia Harris, Julian Reid, Olga Lah; de'Angelo Dia, Sophia Dawson; Naomi Kuo, DeAmon Harges, Naomi Lawrence

City

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 and ministry leaders 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 (fall and spring), pastoral portraits, and an annual reunion. New groups are formed and meet throughout the year.

Due to current circumstances related to COVID-19, these sessions will meet online via Zoom (or hybrid) until further notice. Attend an online open house or email us for more information.

This is for pastors (and their spouses) who are new to pastoral leadership, those seeking peers who have been pastoring for several years, or others are transitioning into retirement. This is also for those serving in an official ministry leadership capacity in a church or ministry context.

Retreat dates for 2022 are: March 11 and October 7. Our annual reunion will be hosted on November 10, 2022. Join us to learn more. Email Geomon at learning@cityseminaryny.org.

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

COMMUNITY

MARK R. GORNIK

Director, City Seminary of New York

Co-Director, Ministry in the City Hub

Pastor, Community of St. Luke, 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.

NEIGHBORHOOD

Walls-Ortiz Gallery at Home

Virtual Yarn Circle

Build for the Peace of the City

Join us for a bi-weekly virtual yarn circle from June until August 2021, as we support the Chinatown Yarn Circle project, a collaboration with Harlem artist Naomi Lawrence and community organizer Tina Lin.

Join us for a bi-weekly virtual yarn circle from June until August 2021, as we support the Chinatown Yarn Circle project, a collaboration with Harlem artist Naomi Lawrence and community organizer Tina Lin. Be part of a large-scale civic awareness and community solidarity yarn mural that will be installed in Columbus Park (in Manhattan's Chinatown) in October 2021.

Come to learn basic stitches to make a 2 1/2 inch square, flex your crochet creativity and make flowers or leaves, or just come and hang out for conversation. Materials pickup in person at the Lower East Side People Care Garden (25 Rutgers St, NYC) on August 1 and 8, 3:30 PM - 5 PM) or at the Fresh Oils Community Garden (Harlem; by appointment only).

Register for a virtual yarn circle date at the link below, or email wogc@cityseminaryny.org for more information.

CITY

Bible for Life

In this new Bible for Life non-credit, intensive short course, we look at the Biblical story as a journey.  How is God a God of our journey, and what roadmaps are we given along the way?  What is our journey like? The courses are taught by Mark Gornik and City Seminary faculty.

 

Bible for Life Summer 2022

We Make the Road by Walking: A Journey from Genesis to Revelation

In this new Bible for Life non-credit, intensive short course, we look at the Biblical story as a journey.  How is God a God of our journey, and what roadmaps are we given along the way?  What is our journey like?

Our learning journey together will take us from Genesis to Revelation, with stops including the Prophets, Psalms, Gospels, and New Testament letters. 

Course Instructors: Mark Gornik and City Seminary faculty

This course meets the prerequisite requirement for applying to the City Seminary of New York Graduate Center Master of Arts in Ministry in the Global City.  

Thursday, June 30, 2022 @ 6:30-8 PM EST

Thursday, July 7, 2022 @ 6:30-8 PM EST

Thursday, July 14, 2022 @ 6:30-8 PM EST

Thursday, July 21, 2022 @ 6:30-8 PM EST

Thursday, July 28, 2022 @ 6:30-8 PM EST

All classes will be held on Zoom. There is no cost for this course.

For more information, please contact learning@cityseminaryny.org.

WORLD

MINISTRY IN THE CITY HUB GRANTS

2020-21

As part of a multi-year grant awarded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to create the Ministry in the City Hub, City Seminary of New York is pleased to announce a series of grants that further the work of doing, thinking about, and connecting together around ministry in cities across North America. We are truly inspired by the commitment of these churches, educational institutions, and community organizations.

As part of a multi-year grant awarded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to create the Ministry in the City Hub, City Seminary of New York is pleased to announce a series of grants that further the work of doing, thinking about, and connecting together around ministry in cities across North America. We are truly inspired by the commitment of these churches, educational institutions, and community organizations.

 

Prophetic Ministerial Leadership and Creative Responses to COVID-19 Challenges in Inner-City Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry at Boston College

Building Capacity for UniteBoston's Bridge-Building Work at Unite Boston

Community Greater than COVID (Community > COVID) Initiative at Esperanza Health Center, Philadelphia

Design for Cultural Exchange and Racial Reconciliation Among Children at Real Community Covenant Church in Marion, Indiana

"The Timothy Project" at DSI International, New York City

 Urban Ministry Leadership Cohort at Seattle Pacific Seminary, Seattle

 

We're grateful to the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for the opportunity to support these six groups and their important community work.

COMMUNITY

MARIA LIU WONG

CSNY/WTS MA 2007

Provost, City Seminary of New York

Director, Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center

Co-Director, Ministry in the City Hub

Fellowship Group Leader, Redeemer Presbyterian 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.

Neighborhood

Planting for Peace,

A Justice Seedbed Project

2019 - 2020

Co-directed by Adrienne Croskey and Maria Liu Wong

The Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center is "on the move" in the neighborhood.

The Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center has been "on the move" in the neighborhood starting Fall 2019.

Last summer, we launched Planting for Peace, a Justice Seedbed Project, with a group exhibition exploring creative ways to respond to our environment's call for care. This past year, we partnered with the New York Public Library in East Harlem to host monthly art workshops for the Fisher Day Center. During the spring, we hosted weekly virtual art-making gatherings for a community outdoor yarn installation in collaboration with local artist Naomi Lawrence in the Fresh Oils Community Garden (163 St. Nicholas Ave.). We installed this bright colorful sign of hope in September 2020 and hope to continue adding to the collaborative work, as we meet together to crochet (virtually and eventually in person, socially distanced) over conversation and food.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see who we're connecting with in the neighborhood...

Above image: Clematis Vine Installation, Naomi Lawrence and the Walls-Ortiz Gallery community, Acrylic yarn, burlap, chicken wire, glue

City

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. In these COVID-19 times, being equipped for ministry in a complex world is more important than ever before. Download the brochure here.

If you are interested in applying for the upcoming cohort (spring 2023 start), attend an online open house. Note: Ministry Fellows Program and Bible for Life courses are prerequisites for admission.

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

MIRIAM ACEVEDO

MF 2009-10

Vice President, City Seminary of New York

Director, WE LEAD NYC

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 daytime series of conversations with local partners and international scholars in the arts and public faith...

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. With the Walls-Ortiz Gallery "on the move," we will hold our Brown Bag Lunch Talk series at Hope Campus, 302 West 119th St, 3rd Flr, NYC, and other locations in the neighborhood.

Check back soon for details on upcoming events.

City

Ministry Fellows Program

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

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.

The Ministry Fellows 2022 cohort will meet Thursday evenings via Zoom (6:30p-8:30p) and one Saturday (9:30a-3:30p) per month in person. Classes will run from September to November 2022. Tuition is $500, with scholarships available for financial need. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster are required to participate in the program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is filled. Apply now!

Please attend an online open house to learn more about the program. The Ministry Fellows Program is a prerequisite for application to our Master of Arts Program in "Ministry in the Global City."

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.

CITY

LIBRARY

City Seminary of New York's (CSNY) library and reading room, located on Hope Campus, is focused in four specific subject areas: Global Christianity (defined as works on Christianity in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the West Indies), Urban Ministry and Mission Studies, Biblical Studies, and Applied Theological Studies.

City Seminary of New York's (CSNY) library is focused in four specific subject areas: Global Christianity (defined as works on Christianity in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the West Indies), Urban Ministry and Mission Studies, Biblical Studies, and Applied Theological Studies. Because of our specialization in Global Christianity, we have internationally published materials that are not available anywhere else in the city. 

The library has a small but focused collection of journals mainly within the subject area of Missions Studies and Global Christianity. Additionally, we subscribe to more general theological journals and a small number of journals that examine urban Christianity, as well as the American Theological Library Association's journal database ATLAS, an online full-text collection of major religion and theology journals. 

We welcome pastors, ministry leaders, researchers, and students to use our library as a resource on campus during library hours (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 1-6 PM). Books are for reading-room access only. Contact library@cityseminaryny.org for more information.

COMMUNITY

GEOMON GEORGE

Dean, City Seminary of New York

Coordinator, Thriving in Ministry Initiative

Co-Director, MA MIGC 2023

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.

CITY

10th Annual Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry (WILAM)

Build for the Peace of the City

How do we become God’s shalom, glimpses of grace in our neighborhoods, city, and world? We gathered for the 10th Annual Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry to explore this question together on Jan 21 and 22, 2022 (10a-1p). Through prayer, worship, contemplative reflection, panel discussion, and workshops, this gathering was a space for becoming God’s shalom together and embodying care.

Since 2013, women in leadership and ministry from across the city have gathered annually for a time of learning and retreat from the everyday challenges and opportunities of "being" in the city. In a year when we feel these challenges and opportunities more keenly than ever, we focused our time on how we could "Care for the Peace of the City." This gathering created intentional space for restoration of the body and spirit through the arts and reflection, as well as engagement of the mind through panels and conversation.

We asked: What does it mean to flourish as women in leadership and ministry in a city filled with uncertainty and complexity? How do we become God’s shalom, embodying care in our neighborhoods, city, and world?

As a way to continue building relationships formed or deepened at our annual gathering, we are hosting informal lunchtime fellowship meals "together apart." We will meet on the wonder.me platform for Friday lunch on the following dates:

Friday, May 6, 2022 12-1 PM EST

Friday, July 15, 2022 12-1 PM EST

Friday, September 23, 2022 12-1 PM EST

Friday, December 9, 2022 12-1 PM EST

To participate, please email events@cityseminaryny.org and indicate which dates you will attend. A Seamless card for your lunchtime meal will be sent to those who RSVP by noon the day before each lunch date. These gatherings are meant for women pastors and ministry leaders in the metro New York area to connect and build community. We are grateful for the support of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for this work (Thriving in Ministry initiative).

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

Vivian Grubb

CSNY/WTS MA 2007

Faculty, City Seminary of New York

Bishop, 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

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

City

WE LEAD NYC

A Youth Seminary Initiative

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. The program is open to high school students (rising 9th–12th graders), college freshman, 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. The program is open to high school students (rising 9th–12th graders), college freshman, and their church youth leaders. Email us to learn more (learning@cityseminaryny.org).

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

SARAH GERTH VAN DEN BERG

MF 2019-20

Dean of Pedagogy and Curriculum,            City Seminary of New York

Co-Director, MA MIGC 2023

Fellow, Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center

Fellowship Group Leader, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

As an educator, lifelong learner, and creative, I enjoy designing and curating learning experiences for theological education.

As an educator, lifelong learner, and creative, I enjoy designing and curating learning experiences for theological education. I love drawing on the arts, place, and community to spark ways of thinking and doing theology together in a global city and learn alongside the vibrant body of students at City Seminary.

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

World

No longer "wandering and lost," Brian expressed a sense of home in God, in the body of Christ, and in the city of Toronto.

"No longer "wandering and lost," Brian expressed a sense of home in God, in the body of Christ, and in the city of Toronto."

Mark R. Gornik and Sarah Gerth van den Berg
"One Day I Walk: Pilgrimage and Finding our Way Home,"
Empire Remixed, 2020

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

City

8th Annual Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry (WILAM)

Grow for the Peace of the City

At this year's women's symposium, we unpacked ways to "grow for the peace of the city." 

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. The symposium, which began in 2013, focuses on the annual seminary theme. The year we will unpack ways to "grow 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.

How does life in the city shape our growth, and how does our growth contribute to the peace of the city? How might our lives be the water, nutrients, and soil for the growth of others? How can the stories of Biblical women inspire our approaches to growing? Our 8th Annual Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry was spent collaboratively reflecting and learning in response to this year's theme, Grow for the Peace of the City. 
 

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

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