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:

Auburn Seminary
Black Religious Scholars Group (BRSG)
Blanton Peale
Bloomfield College
College of New Rochelle School of New Resources
Exodus Transitional Community
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)
Fordham University
Hispanic Summer Program
Leadership Foundations
The Living Pulpit
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
Pillar College
The Riverside Church
Roberts Wesleyan College


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 alumnae and 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 then seek to link the partnership with sources of funding and even 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. In its first years, FCLI has a special interest in programs for people returning from prison, community health and children of poverty.

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



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 is 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 degree. 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 the Institute or Clinic at:
7 West 30th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 725-7850



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 further information, visit The Living Pulpit web page at, or call (212) 870-1299.



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

CNR NYTS Partnership

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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



Fordham University


Founded in 1841, Fordham University is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition. It was established as St. John’s College by the Right Rev. John Hughes, Coadjutor-Bishop (later Archbishop) of New York, on old Rose Hill Manor in the village of Fordham, then part of Westchester County. St. John’s College was the first Catholic institution of higher education in the northeastern United States. The name Fordham is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words “ford” and “ham,” meaning a wading place or ford by a settlement. The College’s name was officially changed to Fordham University in 1907. Today, Fordham draws students from across the country and the world who want to live and learn while immersed in the diversity and opportunity of a world capital. Students choose from more than 60 majors in liberal arts, sciences, and business, and complete a rich core curriculum that spans literature, history, science, theology, philosophy, and the arts. With its two distinctive residential campuses, Jesuit traditions of academic excellence, and the great city of New York as its partner, Fordham offers students virtually unlimited opportunities for learning and personal growth.

Through collaborative planning with Fordham University, it is possible for students at NYTS to pursue a Masters of Social Work degree (MSW) at Fordham while doing the MDiv at NYTS. Separate applications must be made to NYTS and to Fordham for this programs.

For further information, contact the Office of the Academic Dean at NYTS by calling 212-870-1208.



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 is currently in the process of applying to New York State Department of Education (NYSED) for a license to operate a private career school in New York State at the post-graduate level. Since 2011 NYTS and NYZCCC have been collaborating to provide an avenue for candidates pursuing chaplaincy through the Center to apply courses completed at NYZCCC toward the Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC) degree at NYTS. NYTS recognizes coursework completed at NYZCC in Buddhist scriptures, history, and philosophy, and in contemplative care for transfer credit toward the MAPCC, fulfilling requirements for scripture, history and religious identity.

For further information, contact:
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
119 West 23rd Street, #401
New York, NY 10011
(212) 677-1087



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 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


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