Center for World Christianity and the City
City Seminary of New York's Center for World Christianity and the City is intended to bring into view changes at the intersection of the city and religion. With New York City as a classroom, our research seeks to break boundaries between urban, sociological, theological, religious and other disciplines.
Current projects include the study of African Christianity in New York and New Transnational Church Movements. In both cases, we are looking at concrete local communities and movements that are both local and global, with New York City as a connection point. Other areas of research include congregational case studies and neighborhood surveys. Students are involved in research and documentation.
We believe that drawing attention to trends such as the growth of innovative urban ministries and churches, mobile religion, diffusion through cross-cultural encounter, and pneumatic catholicity can aid the church, academy, and wider public in understanding the diverse roles played by faith in the city. We also believe that such study can encourage and affirm churches in their work. Awareness and engagement with changes in the city and world Christian community are also essential to the continual renewal of theological learning.The Global New York Church Project