Summer Study at NYTS

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June Courses


emsWomen in the Second Testament: “How Women Were Leaders and Mentors” (3 Cr., BBN2413)
June 11, 13, 18 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
June 8, 15 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room A
Professor Eleanor Moody-Shepherd

This course will seek to help students understand the role of women in the New Testament as a paradigm for understanding women’s role in salvation history.  The exploration of the text will be through the social, political, and theological perspectives of the time in which the women lived.  Given those realities, the class will struggle with the church’s dilemma in addressing the role of women in the leadership and cultic functions in the contemporary church.   Students must read the assigned reading before coming to class, which will be posted on “Moodle” by May 1.


schaferHospitality: The Politics of Empathy in Religion and The State (3 Cr., EMU2913)
June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
June 8 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 314 (EXCEPT: June 10, Multi-Purpose Room, 1st Floor)
Professor Jill Schaeffer

Empathy and Agape are related thoughts on how to love the “Other.”  Agape, God’s natural affection for creation and intent upon its well-being and empathy, the human equivalent towards one’s neighbor, are found in political and religious life as far back as Gilgamesh, the Sumerian tyrant who suffered and became a beloved king  (ruled between2800 – 2500 BCE); the Hindu concept dharma appearing int he Rig Vedas (1500-1200 BCE) practices confirming and harmonizing with the cosmic order,  and the Tao of Lao Tzu, (500BCE) the Way of Harmonious Compassion in the cosmos.  Focus rests upon how one relates to many, how “I” relate to someone(s) other than myself. Order and flourishing can be maintained and enriched by these “good” or “right” relationships among self, world and transcending truth.   This course highlights moments and artifacts of empathy in a few contemporary political and religious systems and, by doing so, also demonstrates how a lack of political or religious empathy through strategies of indifference and violence harms the very “systems” of order and flourishing it pledges to protect.


Writing Skills for Theological Education (3 Cr., MMU0133)
June 1, 8, 15, 22 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 321
Professor Esther Owens

This is an intensive writing course designed to give training in the fundamentals of expository and argumentative writing.  The main emphasis is on giving students practice in organizing ideas into coherently structured and effective essays, using as a focal point their own unique experiences.  Students are encouraged to look deeply into these experiences and to see them from shifting points of view.

In the course, writing is viewed as a means of communication as well as a means of inquiry, a way of thinking.  To this end, the course focuses on analyzing the organizational patterns of various modes of writing and of paragraphs in relation to their development of entire essays.  Problem-solving strategies for writing and concepts of critical thinking are explored.  In addition to an examination of the four basic forms of writing, the research procedure and exegetical approaches are introduced.  A study of grammar is incorporated into the study of writing, based on the needs of the students enrolled.


CritesGroup Counseling (3 Cr., MPC2623)
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
June 8 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 318
Professor Dorothea Crites

Today Pastoral Care and Counseling in congregations and in agency settings rely upon and benefit greatly from our understanding of group theory and process.  This course will explore the history, theological perspective and process of working with individuals in group contexts and with group experience as a whole.  Aspects of group theory and process will be explored through readings, discussions, and in-class group process.  A primary goal of the course is to assist students with knowledge of group dynamics leading to more effective leadership in groups in their professional roles. Students will develop their own proposal for a group.


ortiz-cruzStrategies for Effective Teaching (3 Cr., MRE2513)
June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
June 15 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 320 (EXCEPT: June 10, Room 20T and June 24, Multi-Purpose Room 1st Floor)
Professor Maritza Ortiz-Cruz

This course will introduce students to a variety of strategies, methods, and techniques for teaching religion and theology in various environments. The course also offers students the opportunity to examine each of these strategies and to evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies for meeting their school and program expectation. Students will acquire a working knowledge of contemporary models of religious education through readings, theoretical analysis, case studies and personal reflection.  They will be able to decipher methodologies, theories and models germane to their communities or congregational context that will contribute to social transformation.


turnerYouth & Family Ministry; (3 Cr., MYM2003)
June 3, 10, 17, 24 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
June 8, 15 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Additional Sessions TBA
Riverside Church, Room 316 (EXCEPT: June 10, Room 15T and June 24, Room 20T)
Professor Kathleen Turner

This course explores how shifting social and cultural dynamics in the 21st Century have impacted ministry to youth and families in urban communities.  Participants will be exposed to various models, theories and practical skills needed to design effective family and youth ministries that are responsive to emergent trends and challenges.


alfaroSpiritual Formation: “Following the Movement of the Spirit” (3 Cr., TTU3273)
June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
June 8 (9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room A
Professor Humberto Alfaro

This course is about HOW to live a spiritual life in a world of constant motion and change. The course explores how to integrate the life of the mind to the heart following the movements of the Spirit knowing that every movement varies with the individual and with one’s season of life and community of faith. The movements of the Spirit are never static, absolute, or perfectly completed. We do not have to graduate from one movement to another before continuing our journey. In this course we will examine the following inner movements of the Spirit: 1) From False Identity to Agape Identity, 2) From Fear to Love, 3) From Shame to Vulnerability, 4) From Loneliness to Solitude, 5) from Life’s Illusion to the Prayer of the Heart, 6) From Bitterness to Forgiveness and 7) From Exclusion to Inclusion. We will study the movements of the Spirit from a biblical and theological perspective in the light of the Eastern and Western traditions scrutinizing the writings of Athanasius, Ephrem the Syrian, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nazianzus, Maximus the Confessor, Gregory Palamas, Saint Anselm, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Sergius Bulgakow, and Karl Rahner. We will carefully explore the following questions: What exactly is meant by spiritual formation and the movements of the Spirit (vero eorum spirituali formatione motus est Spiritus)? What are the origins of the term and the development of the concept in the intellectual history of ideas? Is there a divine promise of spiritual formation and the movements of the Spirit implicit in the teaching of Scriptures? What are the constellations of interpretations of spiritual formation? What are the possibilities, path and vertigo of spiritual formation and the movements of the Spirit? What are the contemporary theological, ethical and ministerial problems, if any, with the integration of the life of the mind to the heart and the polarities of our inner ecology? What is the ministerial relevance of spiritual formation and the movements of the Spirit as an experiential possibility?


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July Courses


MarshallHistory of the African American Church (3 Cr., HTU2063)
July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
July 13, 20 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Multi-Purpose Room, 1st Floor
Professor Jermaine Marshall

This course provides a critical analysis into the origins, development, and growth of African American Christianity. The course will focus on the trajectory of African American Christianity from the traditional indigenous spirituality of Africa to the religious experiences of African Americans in the African Diaspora. While the course will focus on African American Christianity in the United States the course will also highlight the syncretism of other religious traditions in other parts of the African Diaspora such as Brazil and the Caribbean.

The course will interpret the history of the African American Church through an examination of slave religion, development of the independent Black Church movement with special emphasis on the seven historically Black denominations (African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal, National Baptist Convention USA, Incorporated; National Baptist Convention of America, Unincorporated; Progressive National Baptist, Church of God in Christ), the Great Migrations, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, the development of Black and Womanist theologies, the Black Mega Church, and Challenges for the future of the African American Church.


HuntChurch Seasons & Rituals (3 Cr., MMW2163)
July 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Chapel of the Cross (3rd Floor)
Professor Edward Hunt

One attends Seminary to learn all those things that will assist and guide them for their entire ministry.  But with all the learning you can still find yourself in a state of awkwardness when it comes to performing the Rites and Rituals of the church. This class will assist you to be better prepared to masterfully exercise your Liturgical skills as well as your academic skills.

We at NYTS desire that you be not only prepared academically to serve the church but that when you leave the seminary you will be comfortable in the operations of the various Rites and Rituals of the church.  During the course of study we will cover the following subjects:  Baby Dedications, Baptism at Church, Home and Hospital, Dedication of Home / Business, Funerals, Meaningful Lord’s Supper (Communion) – Church, Home and Hospital, Planning and understanding the Lectionary Calendar, Reasons for the Order of Service, Rites of Passage and Confirmation and Wedding that are common and based on denomination.  This class is to assist you to be ready and comfortable to exercise your skills in any setting without fear.


BushnellHealing Trauma (3 Cr., MPC2633)
Begins On Site July 13 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Continues with Distance Sessions, July 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Concludes On Site July 27 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 330
Professor Sandra Bushnell

Students will (1) gain an understanding of various types of trauma, its effects on the brain, and the special issues of survivors of abuse (2) develop a Biblical basis for healing trauma (3) learn and apply the Catholic-Protestant theology of Spirit Christology by practicing an effective prayer model for healing trauma and (4) learn a support group approach. Historic urban models in NYC and other areas will be reviewed along with some contemporary secular models. This hybrid course is beneficial for those overseeing or involved in the ministries of marriage, youth, addictions, abuse, sex trafficking, chaplaincy, and healing.


NicardoTheories & Practices of Organizational Leadership & Development (3 Cr., MRL2303)
July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
July 20 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Additional distance sessions TBA

Riverside Church, Multi-Purpose Room 1st Floor (EXCEPT: July 20, Room 20T)
Professor Nicardo Delahaye

This course provides a broad introduction to the predominant biblical and theological frameworks for leadership in the Christian tradition. Each student will gain insight into the best practices of leadership in the church, ministry organizations and the marketplace. Special focus will be given to specific leadership topics such as organizational theory, strategic leadership, servant leadership, systems thinking, vision casting, conflict resolution, and change management. This practical yet critically nuanced course is intended to aid students in gaining an appreciation for their unique leadership style and to develop strategies to enhance their leadership in religious and nonprofit settings.


HenryYouth, Church and Crisis in Ministry (3 Cr., MYM1013)
July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
July 6, 20 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Room 311
Professor Tamara Henry

This course provides an understanding of the developmental, social and cultural crises impacting the lives of contemporary youth, within and beyond the church.  Drawing insights from theology, psychology, sociology and education, participants will explore theories and concrete strategies for helping youth negotiate the real-life difficulties that impinge on faith formation during the adolescent and young adult years.



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August Courses


hanJonah in the Whale of a Digital World (3 Cr., BBH2133)
Aug 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
NYTS Office, Conference Room A
Professor Jin H. Han

The story of Jonah and the big fish continues to inspire the imagination of all generations. In this course, we first approach the enchanting book of Jonah by exploring how it has been read, seen, and heard in art and literature through the centuries. We will also explore and devise effective ways to convey our finds through modern digital media in our times. In consonance with the agenda of the course, a good number of the sessions will be conducted through electronic tools online and offline. No prior technical knowledge is required. To benefit fully from the course, however, one will need willingness to learn new things and a laptop or desktop computer with stable internet connectivity.


HuntPreaching Under Construction (3 Cr., MMP2153)
Aug  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Rm: Chapel of the Cross, 3rd Fl.
Professor Edward Hunt

Come and rediscover the joy of sermon preparation and preaching again as if for the first time!  There will be interaction and an exciting time for all involved.  Each student will be required to bring at least five of his or her best sermons.  We will work with your sermons, examine your style and challenge your delivery skills.  We also work on reaching a deeper depth and meaning in sermon development and thinking.  Finally, we will also visit and examine the wonderful art of Celebration in Preaching.


HenryYouth, Culture and Pedagogy in Religious Education (3 Cr., MRE2523)
Aug 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
Aug 3, 17 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Riverside Church, Multi-Purpose Room 1st Floor (EXCEPT: Aug 3, Room 15T)
ProfessorTamara Henry

This course explores the intersection between youth, culture and pedagogical practice within religious education.  In particular, it probes the challenges in engaging and religiously educating contemporary youth and young adults and examines how resources that emerge from popular youth cultures can fund more effective teaching and learning practices within youth and young adult ministry today.



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Tuition and Registration


To register, please fill out the corresponding form and email it to

Courses are open to clergy and other religious leaders who are seeking continuing education opportunities, as well as members of a Partner Church seeking to enhance their leadership skills.

A “Partner Church” is any church or other religious community that has supported the Seminary over the past several years through a gift or in-kind contribution.
Enrollment may be limited for some courses.

Continuing Education Units are available upon request at the completion of each course.

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