Certificate Program in Radical Inclusion Studies

The Certificate Program in Radical Inclusion Studies (CPRI), offered by close collaboration between The Fellowship Institute of Theology (FIT) and NYTS, is a non-degree course of study that gives a voice and power to the experiences of Urban LGBTQI People of Color and Allies for Religious Leadership, Justice and Transformation, Social Activism and Entrepreneurial Ministry.

All teaching and learning is conducted at the professional graduate level, utilizing both online and in-person intensive formats.Upon successful completion of 30 credit hours (representing 360 contact hours of learning), NYTS will award candidates a Certificate in Radical Inclusion Studies. CPRI is a non-accredited program. NYTS will recognize the Certificate of Radical Inclusion Studies for up to 24 credits of advanced standing toward the accredited Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree and Master of Arts (MA) degrees at the Seminary.


The CPRI welcomes applications from women and men who possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, who seek to increase in both biblical literacy and spiritual understanding, and who desire to be better prepared for ministry. No application fee is required.


For further information, contact:
Director of the Certificate Programs
New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-1211


The Curriculum


CPRI Announcment


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The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

Born of City of Refuge United Church of Christ, Refuge Ministries and the Yvette A. Flunder Foundation, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) is a coalition of Christian churches and ministries which recognize the need for networking, accountability, fellowship and resource facilitation. 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.

TFAM is multi-denominational and trans-national, representing churches and faith-based organizations from the USA, Canada, Africa, Asia and Mexico. 
The primary TFAM membership is African/African American, and/or LGBTQI/same-gender-loving. 
TFAM’s key concern is that every member of every affiliated organization be provided with the necessary tools to mature the individual’s call and the vision of inclusivity as understood by each member.

Espousing that the issue of culturally-competent theological education is a justice issue, TFAM meets the demands of a vibrant and emerging population of religious professionals by preparing them for ministries in their communities of origin or within the context of the communities they are called to serve. 
While mainline denominations continue to see a decline in the number of persons pursuing theological education and church attendance, TFAM is seeing the opposite, particularly as LGBTQ/same-gender-loving individuals within African and African-American communities and beyond claim their voices. Seminarians of color making the tremendous investment of pursuing graduate-level theological education deserve one that honors the contextual nuances and rich traditions of their religious experience as well as the challenges of doing ministry in emerging contexts.


The Fellowship Institute of Theology

The Fellowship Institute of Theology provides a space wherein the starting point for theological reflection embraces the transnational experiences of urban LGBTQI people of color and their allies.

FIT is linked in a continuum of preparation for prophetic leadership through

  • Radical Inclusion 101, a 6-week theological primer offered to City of Refuge UCC/TFAM members introducing students to biblical scholarship, history, language and principles for liberated reading
  • Refuge Institute, practical leadership training that promotes compliance with principles of Safe Church with courses in Mandated Reporting, Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention, Ministerial Boundaries, Church Risk Management and Clergy Self-Care.
  • the Pacific School of Religion Theological Education & Leadership Host Site Program, providing logistical and tactical support for students with limited computer skills or Internet access, need coaching or mentoring, or may otherwise benefit from group study
  • Refuge Student Ministries, a networking and peer support cohort group of COR/TFAM seminarians in the Bay Area
  • Project Access, which offers mentoring, remediation and support for those in discernment or enrolled in theological education. For those graduates who have entered into religious service, PA offers platforms for networking, launch of ministry and opportunities for prophetic public witness

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