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Partnerships & Collaborations
NYTS has long been challenging the historic divides in theological education between theory and practice, between the academy and the church, or between theology and other disciplines of learning. To do so effectively, the Seminary has often developed partnerships with various other institutions of education or with organizations committed to practical training and learning. Already in the 1920s the Seminary was offering a joint degree program with New York University that led to a PhD in psychology with an emphasis on spiritual counseling. That program was succeeded by a long-standing relationship with the Blanton-Peale Institute that continues today. Some collaborative efforts are tied to specific degree programs as the collaboration with ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Others are intended to provide further resources for students, churches, or the wider faith community. With these efforts NYTS is actively seeking to take theological education beyond its own institutional borders.
ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal was founded by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, or “Reb Zalman” as he preferred to be known, who is widely considered to be the Zaide or “Grandfather” of both the Havurah small group fellowship movement and the wider Jewish Renewal movement that combines the socially progressive values of egalitarianism, the joy of Hasidism, the informed “do-it-yourself” spirit of the Havurah, and the accumulated wisdom of centuries of world religious traditions in a transdenominational approach to revitalizing Judaism. The ALEPH Ordination Program offers through four programs a comprehensive curriculum of study and practice for rabbis, cantors, rabbinic pastors and mashpi’im (spiritual directors), embracing both traditional modalities of learning and prayer and the exploration of new learning, ritual, art, music, and prayer experiences. While they are not formally accredited, the ALEPH Ordination Program leads to ordinations that are recognized by Jewish congregations. NYTS gives graduates of the ALEPH Ordination Program advanced standing toward the NYTS MDIV and DMin. For more information on ALEPH and on the Jewish Renewal movement, visit their website at aleph.org/what-is-jewish-renewal.
Auburn Theological Seminary
Auburn Theological Seminary is an institute for religious leadership that faces the challenges of our fragmented, complex, and violent time. Historically related to the Presbyterian Church USA, the Seminary envisions religion as a catalyst and resource for a new world—one in which difference is celebrated, abundance is shared, and people are hopeful, working for a future that is better than today. Auburn’s programs include The Center for Church Life that seeks to renew church life and leadership through non-degree education; The Center for Multifaith Education that seeks to increase multifaith understanding, dialogue, and action; and The Center for the Study of Theological Education that seeks to strengthen other theological schools through educational research and consulting. For more information contact Auburn at (212) 662-4315 or visit the web page at auburnsem.org.
The Blanton-Peale Institute is a multifaith, non-sectarian educational and service organization that was founded in 1937 by the internationally famous pastor and author, the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale (of Marble Collegiate Church), and the eminent psychiatrist Dr. Smiley Blanton. Blanton-Peale continues today to bring together spirituality and psychotherapy in programs that provide for psychological, emotional and spiritual health. Among its educational offerings are a full
residential training program that leads to licensure in psychotherapy and a pastoral studies program in Korean. Through a collaborative agreement, students in the Blanton-Peale psychoanalytic training program who are accepted into the NYTS Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling are granted one year of advance standing toward the DMin degree. NYTS also regularly refers students and others who are dealing with emotional or psychological concerns to Blanton-Peale’s mental health clinic.
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Hispanic Summer Program
The Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) is an ecumenical program that seeks to supplement and enrich theological and ministerial education at the graduate seminary and university level with summer courses and other activities directly addressing Hispanic or Latino/a history, ministry, and theology. HSP seeks not only to heal the denominational and confessional divisions among Latinos/as in North America, but to restore connections and build bridges between Hispanics or Latinos as and non-Hispanics or non-Latinos/as by enhancing the awareness and appreciation that non-Hispanic scholars, ministers, and administrators have of Latina/o contributions to the past, present, and future of the churches and wider society in North America. Each summer HSP offers a 13-day graduate program of study in theology and religion at one of the more than 30 institutions supporting the organization. Faculty members come from among the ranks of graduate theological schools in North America, while students come from the various supporting institutions. All courses are fully accredited at the graduate degree level and are transferred upon completion to a student’s record at any of the participating institutions. NYTS became a member of HSP in 2007 with representation on its governing board, and encourages students to consider its summer program when selecting their courses. For further information, visit the HSP web page at hispanicsummerprogram.org.
Leadership Foundations (LF) is a faith-based non-profit organization that seeks to develop and support an international network of local leadership foundations that are engaged in social and spiritual renewal of the world’s cities. Beginning with the work of Reid Carpenter, who founded the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation in 1978, LF today has grown into a network of more than 40 local leadership foundations around the world. NYTS is collaborating with Leadership Foundations both internationally and in the New York metropolitan region to build capacity for religious leaders in the city. For further information about LF, including its current Strategic Partners and a list of cities in which local leadership foundations can be found around the world, visit its website at leadershipfoundations.org.
The Living Pulpit
The Living Pulpit is a highly regarded quarterly journal for preaching that was established in 1992. As of the April 2008 issue, the journal is published entirely online. Dedicated to “the art of the sermon,” The Living Pulpit seeks to provide resources for preaching and to develop a fuller dialogue between preachers and teachers in the theological community. The journal is published by a separate non-profit corporation of the same name whose administrative offices are located within NYTS. Dr. Jin Hee Han, NYTS Professor of Biblical Studies serves as the Editor in Chief. For more information visit The Living Pulpit web page at www.pulpit.org, or call (212) 870-1299.
New York Divinity School
New York Divinity School (NYDS) of the New York Evangelical Seminary Fund, Inc., is a non-accredited school of theological education committed to Biblical doctrine and mission and seeking to educate, equip, and empower Christian people of all ethnicities to excel in Biblical nurture, ministry and leadership in the New York metropolitan region. NYDS offers several master’s level certificate programs. NYTS will recognize up to 30 credits of coursework completed in the NYDS master’s level certificate programs for advance standing toward the NYTS MDiv degree, and up to 24 credits of coursework completed in the NYDS master’s level certificate programs for advance standing toward one of the NYTS MA degrees. For more information on NYDS, visit its website at nydivinityschool.org/cms/
New Theological Seminary of the West
The New Theological Seminary of the West is a recently-launched program of theological education located in Southern California. The school is working closely with local churches and denominational bodies in the region to develop programs for accredited theological education, and has received associate status with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. NYTS is working with NYTWest to help support its degree offerings by opening select classes for NYTWest students to take through cross-registration, and by recognizing a year of work toward the NYTS DMin. For more information on NTSWest visit their website at ntswest.org or email them at email@example.com.
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZCCC) is a pioneer in the field of Contemplative Care and in training certified chaplains. Integrating Buddhist contemplative practices into professional training, it is the first and only Buddhist organization in North America to be fully-accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as a Clinical Chaplaincy Training Center. NYZCCC is also registered with New York State Education Department as licensed professional school. Since 2011 NYTS and NYZCCC have been collaborating to provide an avenue for candidates pursuing chaplaincy through the Center to gain advanced standing at NYTS in several master’s degree programs for work they have completed through NYZCCC. For more information on NYZCCC and its programs, contact:
The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM)
TFAM is a multi-denominational, trans-national coalition of Christian churches and ministries founded in 2000 by the Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, Bishop and Senior Pastor of City of Refuge UCC in Oakland, CA. TFAM provides networking, accountability, fellowship and resource facilitation for religious leaders, teachers and laity who are moving towards a theology of radical inclusivity which, by its very nature, requires an equally radical social ministry, reaching to the furthest margins of society to serve all in need without prejudice and discrimination. TFAM’s primary membership is African/African American, and/or LGBTQI/same-gender-loving people. Its overriding purpose is to support religious leaders and laity in moving towards a theology of radical inclusivity which, by its very nature, requires an equally radical social ministry, reaching to the furthest margins of society to serve all in need without prejudice or discrimination.