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, such as the Doctor of Ministry in Multifaith Ministries offered with Auburn Seminary. Others are intended to provide further resources for students, partner churches, and others in the wider religious community. As one observer has put it, with these efforts NYTS is actively seeking “to redefine theological education as we know it.”

We have ongoing partnerships with the following organizations:

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Auburn Seminary
Black Religious Scholars Group (BRSG)
Blanton Peale
Bloomfield College
Christ the King Diocese of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC)
College of New Rochelle School of New Resources
Exodus Transitional Community
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)
Fordham University
Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives
Hispanic Summer Program
Intersections
Leadership Foundations
The Living Pulpit
New Theological Seminary of the West
New York Divinity School
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
Pillar College
The Riverside Church
Roberts Wesleyan College
The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM)

 


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 DMin. Through a unique collaboration, candidates who complete the ALEPH Ordination Program can receive up to 60 credits in transfer toward a Master of Divinity degree or advanced standing in the Doctor of Ministry degree programs at NYTS. For more information on ALEPH and on the Jewish Renewal movement, visit their website at at aleph.org/what-is-jewish-renewal.

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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.

NYTS participates with Auburn in a number of creative programs, including the Doctor of Ministry in Multfaith Ministry, which is offered in collaboration with Auburn’s Center for Multifaith Education. NYTS students in the Master of Divinity degree program who are members of the Presbyterian Church USA are invited to participate with Auburn in their program of support and education for Presbyterian students. For further information, contact Auburn at (212) 662-4315 or visit the web page at auburnsem.org.

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Blanton-Peale Institute

 
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.

NYTS also regularly refers students and others who are dealing with emotional or psychological concerns to Blanton-Peale’s mental health clinic.

For further information, contact:
7 West 30th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 725-7850
info@blantonpeale.org

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Christ the King Diocese of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC)

 

Christ the King is a mission oriented diocese within the CEEC that embraces the ancient-future faith and the convergence of charismatic, evangelical, and sacramental strands of Christianity. As an urban apostolate, Christ the King brings contextuality to convergent ministry, life and practice. A key element of the mission of Christ the King is the training of clergy and worship communities within the urban context, gathered around the Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit in the fellowship of the apostolic tradition and faith passed on to the Apostles, and through them to believers of all ages.

The Institute of Convergence Studies is a collaboration between Christ the King and NYTS collaborate offering theological education within the convergence movement, relevant to the urban context and committed to sacramental life. Courses in The Institute are conducted at the graduate level, and candidates who complete the full 24-credit curriculum are awarded a non-accredited Certificate in Convergence Studies jointly by NYTS and Christ the King Diocese. For those wishing to go on to earn an accredited graduate degree, NYTS recognizes the Certificate in Convergence Studies for 18 credits in advanced standing toward its 90-credit Master of Divinity degree, and for 12 credits in advanced standing toward one of its 48-credit professional Master of Arts degrees. For more information on the Certificate in Convergence Studies, contact the Director of Certificate Program at NYTS.

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College of New Rochelle School of New Resources

 

The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources, which began in 1972, offers an undergraduate liberal arts degree program designed to address the needs of adult learners in a complex urban environment. The nontraditional program takes seriously the maturity of its students, recognizing that most have family and career commitments they cannot abandon. Students are at the heart of the school’s educational process that emphasizes the value of a liberal education, the legitimacy of experiential learning, and the adult student responsibility for assisting in the development of their curriculum. With seven branch campuses, located throughout New York City and southern Westchester, the School of New Resources serves a population as diverse in age and ethnic background as New York itself.

Since 1979 the School of New Resources has had a working relationship with NYTS that includes an agreement to grant students holding the NYTS Certificate in Christian Ministry credits toward their bachelor degree. Students who have completed the NYTS Certificate in Christian Ministry at NYTS may apply at any of the seven branch campuses of the School of New Resources and will receive 18 credits if they are admitted and enroll in the program.

For further information, contact:
Office of the Dean
School of New Resources
College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, New York 10805
(800) 288-4767
http://www.cnr.edu/SchoolofNewResources/SchoolofNewResources

CNR NYTS Partnership

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Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

 

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), a 93-year-old nonprofit organization with a membership network of nearly 200 community-based and faith-based organizations, promotes the social and economic well-being of greater New York’s most vulnerable by advocating for just public policies and strengthening human services organizations. NYTS collaborates with FPWA on a number of programs, including the FPWA “Faith and Justice Fellowship.” Each year FPWA offers up to 10 non-residential fellowships to faith-based leaders for advanced study in the areas of prophetic witness and policy advocacy. Fellows in the program may take up to 6 credits of academic coursework at NYTS (including the “Going Home” travel course that takes students each spring through Alabama and Mississippi to study the history of the Civil Rights Movement) for credit toward a degree or as continuing education. Participants enroll in the courses through NYTS following regular enrollment procedures and receive full scholarship support, either as tuition or continuing education fees. NYTS faculty members also work closely with FPWA in supporting the Fellows as mentors and teachers through the course of their program.

For further information on the Faith and Justice Fellowship program, visit the Federation’s website at fpwa.org/our-work/faith-based-initiatives/faith-based-advocacy-opportunities/faith-justice-fellowship/

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Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives

 

The Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives (FCLI) is the social action arm of New York Theological Seminary. FCLI serves the Seminary’s alumni, partner congregations and friends as they identify the social and human needs of their communities, and create and sustain community based organizations and programs to address these needs. FCLI is an intermediary. It gives foundations, individual philanthropists and government funders access to an already existing network of community based hubs and leaders. And it brings NYTS linked organizations together with others to explore opportunities for collaboration and to structure partnerships that advance a shared program initiative. FCLI may also provide fiscal agency services. As it fosters partnerships, FCLI provides a suite of incubation services for start-up organizations and technical assistance services for existing organizations. Given the long-standing commitments of NYTS to the city, FCLI has a special interest in programs of urban ministry.

For further information, contact:
Craig King, Acting Executive Director
Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-1211

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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.

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Leadership Foundations

 

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 70 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 at  leadershipfoundations.org.

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The Living Pulpit

 

The Living Pulpit is a highly regarded journal for preaching that was established in 1992 and is published on a quarterly basis. 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.

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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 transfer up to 30 credits of coursework completed in the NYDS Master’s level certificate programs toward the NYTS MDiv degree, and up to 24 credits of coursework completed in the NYDS Master’s level certificate programs toward one of the NYTS MA degrees. For further information on NYDS, visit its website at nydivinityschool.org/cms/

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New Theological Seminary of the West

 

The New Theological Seminary of the West is a recently-launched seminary 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 it launch its degree offerings by opening select classes each semester online for NYTWest students to take online through cross-registration. NYTS recognizes work completed by students in the Southern California region and studying at NTSWest in a doctoral cohort for one-year advanced standing toward the NYTS DMin. For further information on NTSWest, visit their website at ntswest.org or email them at info@ntswest.org.

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New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

 

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYZCCC) is a pioneer in the field of Contemplative Care. Integrating Buddhist contemplative practices into professional training, it is the first and only Buddhist organization to be fully-accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as a CPE Clinical Chaplaincy Training Center in North America. NYZCCC and NYTS collaborate in offering the Center’s Foundations in Contemplative Care Training Program, a non-accredited certificate program operating at the advanced graduate level. Persons who have completed the Foundation program at NYZCCC receive credit toward the Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) degrees at NYTS. For more information on NYZCCC and its programs, visit their web page at http://zencare.org/

For further information, contact:
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
119 West 23rd Street, #401
New York, NY 10011
(212) 677-1087
francesca@zencare.org
http://zencare.org/contemplative-care-training-program/certificate-programs-contemplative-studies

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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.

The Fellowship Institute of Theology is a collaboration between TFAM and NYTS that offering theological education that honors the rich traditions and contextual nuances of religious experience of urban LGBTQI people of color and their allies doing ministry. Courses in The Institute are conducted at the graduate level, and candidates who complete the full 30-credit curriculum are awarded a non-accredited Certificate in Radical Inclusion jointly by NYTS and TFAM. For those wishing to go on to earn an accredited graduate degree, NYTS recognizes the Certificate in Radical Inclusion for 24 credits in advanced standing toward its 90-credit Master of Divinity degree, and for 18 credits in advanced standing toward one of its 48-credit professional Master of Arts degrees. For more information on the Certificate in Radical Inclusion, contact the Director of Certificate Program at NYTS.

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