In January of 2005, NYTS launched under the direction of the late Dr. Lowell Livezey, a new project entitled Ecologies of Learning. Funded by a major grant from the Lilly Endowment, Ecologies of Learning quickly grew to become a major resource not only for NYTS but for the churches and the wider religious community of the New York Metropolitan region. In 2009 Ecologies of Learning became the Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (CSPUR). Its programs continue to reach far beyond the Seminary’s classrooms to engage pastors, lay people, congregations, denominational leaders, church agencies, educators, and students in interactive learning processes designed to help increase their understanding of the diverse urban ecology in which churches and other religious institutions are situated. The goal is to help students, teachers, scholars, church leaders, and others use knowledge of urban religion more effectively in ministry and practice.
The Center for World Christianity
Established in 2004 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Center for World Christianity seeks to support the Seminary’s mission to prepare men and women for ministry in a global context. As an academic field, World Christianity encompasses the traditional areas of mission studies, ecumenical studies, and the study of world religions. The work of the Center at NYTS builds upon these disciplines as it seeks to move beyond them to engage areas of ministry in global urban contexts more intentionally. Programs of the Center include special courses, an annual major lecture, publication of the online Journal of World Christianity, research professor appointments, and a variety of collaborations with other institutions such as Auburn Seminary. Additional support for faculty and students interested in better understanding and engaging Christianity as a truly world religion today is also available.
Eleanor Moody-Shepherd Resource Center for Women in Ministry
Since 1986, the EMS Resource Center for Women in Ministry sought to expand the commitment to “Gender Justice” through conferences, other learning experiences, and fellowship events designed to support lay and ordained women of faith. The Resource Center serves as an organizing forum for concerns and needs of women within the NYTS constituency. In its mission to facilitate dialogue among women in ministry, it pays particular attention to women’s ministries in a variety of cultural contexts, including African-American, West Indian, European-American, Korean, and Latina. The Center hosts monthly gatherings throughout the course of the school year, and in June of each year sponsors one or more intensive courses and a conference. Programs of the Center are open to both men and women.