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Welcome to City Seminary of New York's website. Here you will find many ways to learn more and get involved...

Welcome to City Seminary of New York's website. Here you will find many ways to learn more and get involved. Click on NEIGHBORHOOD, CITY, and WORLD here and above to find out more about our learning communities and areas of scope.

Attend an open house for our youth seminary WE LEAD NYC, Bible for Life course, Ministry Fellows Program, and a new MA degree in "Ministry in the Global City." For more information, email learning@cityseminaryny.org.

Mission

The mission of City Seminary of New York is to seek the peace of the city through theological education. Here we come together as neighbors, families, churches, and friends to listen for what God is doing in the city. We become God's peace by learning and growing together through the practices of ministry including Scripture, the arts, the senses, prayer, pilgrimage, and the classroom. Together we cultivate transformative and experiential learning, embody a model of applied theology, and develop generations of leaders for ministry.

Neighborhood

Planting for Peace,

A Justice Seedbed Project

2019 - 2020

Co-directed by Adrienne Croskey and Maria Liu Wong

The Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center is "on the move" in the neighborhood.

The Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center has been "on the move" in the neighborhood starting Fall 2019.

Last summer, we launched Planting for Peace, a Justice Seedbed Project, with a group exhibition exploring creative ways to respond to our environment's call for care. This past year, we partnered with the New York Public Library in East Harlem to host monthly art workshops for the Fisher Day Center. During the spring, we hosted weekly virtual art-making gatherings for a community outdoor yarn installation in collaboration with local artist Naomi Lawrence in the Fresh Oils Community Garden (163 St. Nicholas Ave.). We installed this bright colorful sign of hope in September 2020 and hope to continue adding to the collaborative work, as we meet together to crochet (virtually and eventually in person, socially distanced) over conversation and food.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see who we're connecting with in the neighborhood...

Above image: Clematis Vine Installation, Naomi Lawrence and the Walls-Ortiz Gallery community, Acrylic yarn, burlap, chicken wire, glue

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Master of Arts Degree:
Ministry in the Global City

With the global city of New York as the classroom and the focus and background of every course, the MA degree program prepares students for the challenges of living and thinking theologically in a growing and changing, increasingly diverse world Christian church...

With the global city of New York as the classroom and the focus and background of every course, the MA degree program prepares students for the challenges of living and thinking theologically in a growing and changing, increasingly diverse world Christian church. It equips those living in the global city for ministry and leadership practice across generations, cultures, and traditions. In these COVID-19 times, being equipped for ministry in a complex world is more important than ever before. Download the brochure here.

If you are interested in applying for the upcoming cohort (fall 2020 start), attend an online open house. Note: Ministry Fellows Program and Bible for Life courses are prerequisites for admission.

World

Ministry in the City Hub

As congregations in cities across the nation and world face new challenges and responsibilities amidst our uncertain times, we are pleased to share the news that The Lilly Endowment, Inc. has awarded City Seminary of New York a grant to establish a Ministry in the City Hub.

As congregations in cities across the nation and world face new challenges and responsibilities amidst our uncertain times, we are pleased to share the news that The Lilly Endowment, Inc. has awarded City Seminary of New York a grant to establish a Ministry in the City Hub.

Supported by a three-year, $3.3 million grant, the Hub will provide time and space to gather, share, learn, encourage and cultivate the healing and hopeful work God is doing in cities nationally. This project will be co-directed by Dr. Maria Liu Wong and Rev. Dr. Mark R. Gornik. Our program coordinator is April Picon.
 
We are grateful to The Lilly Endowment, and want to remember and honor the life and friendship of The Rev. Dr. John Wimmer, our first Program Officer at The Endowment, who recently passed away.

Thank you for continuing to pray with us as we seek to serve Christ in our neighborhood, city and world. 

Community

We Are CSNY

One thing that most may not associate with theological education is “family.” But family is what is at the heart of our community, and the relational strength of City Seminary of New York.…

One thing that most may not associate with theological education is “family.” But family is what is at the heart of our community, and the relational strength of City Seminary of New York. It may seem an odd place to start, but this is how theological education is emerging in our context: couples, siblings, adult children and retired parents, extended family, church members and colleagues have come through our non-degree certificate program in urban ministry, seeking to be on the “same page” with regards to faith, ministry, and life. They have deepened and expanded our community of ministry learning and practice across generations, cultures, and traditions.

Above Image: Ministry Fellows alumna, food entrepreneurs, and sisters Janet Chung and Ann Chung Mellman.

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Thriving in Ministry

Become part of a growing community of pastoral ministry and leadership practice across church traditions and networks in the metropolitan New York area.

Become part of a growing community of pastoral ministry and leadership practice across church traditions and networks in the metropolitan New York area. The goal of the Thriving in Ministry initiative at City Seminary of New York is to walk alongside pastors and ministry leaders from the diverse Body of Christ in our city to nurture networks of mutual support, care, and well-being in a complex and ever-changing urban context. This is done through pastoral conversation collaborative inquiry groups, reflective praxis groups, spiritual direction retreats (fall and spring), pastoral portraits, and an annual reunion. New groups are form and meet throughout the year. Due to current circumstances related to COVID-19, these sessions will meet online via Zoom until further notice. Attend an online open house or email us for more information.

This is for pastors (and their spouses) who are new to pastoral leadership, those seeking peers who have been pastoring for several years, or others are transitioning into retirement. This is also for those serving in an official ministry leadership capacity in a church or ministry context.

We will be holding our annual reunion on December 7, 2020. Join us to learn more. Email Geomon at learning@cityseminaryny.org.

Many thanks to the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for their generous funding and support.

WORLD

Just Show Up

One way we hear God together is through the words of Scripture. Just Show Up (JSU) is a way of meeting regularly in community for extended listening and reading of Scripture...

One way we hear God together is through the words of Scripture. Just Show Up (JSU) is a way of meeting regularly in community for extended listening and reading of Scripture. In the Bible for Life and across program areas, City Seminary shares in this movement and the practice of the public reading of Scripture.

COMMUNITY

MARK R. GORNIK

Director, City Seminary of New York

Co-Director, Ministry in the City Hub

Pastor, Community of St. Luke, New York, NY

City Seminary of New York is a truly unique place to be. It is where the diverse Body of Christ comes together in a new "Ephesian moment" in our global city, learning and walking in mutuality...

City Seminary of New York is a truly unique place to be. It is where the diverse Body of Christ comes together in a new "Ephesian moment" in our global city, learning and walking in mutuality. From my community development days in Sandtown to the building of an evolving ecosystem of theological formation in New York City, my journey has been shaped by friendship and the movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst.

City

pray and break bread.NEW YORK CITY
pbb. ASTORIA Queens
November 7, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for a time of communal scripture reading, prayer walks around the neighborhood, and a taste of New York’s City diverse cuisine focused on the year’s theme, Build for the Peace of the City...

pray and break bread (pbb).NYC is one of City Seminary of New York's core practices. Each year we visit different neighborhoods in the five boroughs for a time of learning from ministry leaders, Scripture reading, prayer walking and eating food specific to each neighborhood. As we journey together, we come to know and love our city more, build community, and experience God's presence in the city in ways we might not otherwise notice.

On November 7, 2020, at 9:45 AM we gather either on Zoom or on the corner of 8th St and Astoria Boulevard  for pbb. ASTORIA Queens. Our PBB team, April, Rex and Daniel, will lead us in a time of sharing, fellowship and prayer as we learn more about the neighborhood from co-hosts Danielle Cummings and Amy Pan. Please join by RSVPing for the Zoom link and password, and/ or follow along here with our handout.

For more information, please email events@cityseminaryny.org. #pbbWHEREYOUARE2021

WORLD

The city is the seminary... All roads lead to New York. The whole world is there. A vision of world Christianity is already being lived out, right there in New York City.

"The city is the seminary... All roads lead to New York. The whole world is there. A vision of world Christianity is already being lived out, right there in New York City."

Emmanuel Katongole
“The Wonder of It All,”
Duke Faith and Leadership, 2009.

COMMUNITY

MARIA LIU WONG

CSNY/WTS MA 2007

Provost, City Seminary of New York

Director, Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center

Co-Director, Ministry in the City Hub

Fellowship Group Leader, Redeemer Presbyterian Downtown, New York, NY

 

At City Seminary, I have the privilege to cultivate spaces for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to interact in creative ways. We interpret Scripture together with our bodies in tableau...

At City Seminary, I have the privilege to cultivate spaces for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to interact in creative ways. We interpret Scripture together with our bodies in tableau and practice hospitality with neighbors through food and art-making. This process is a way that we "become" God's peace in the city, living out our faith in unexpected ways as well as pointing others to Christ.

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Ministry Fellows Program

Understand the city better, experience the broader church, get equipped for ministry, and become formed for leadership...

Understand the city better, experience the broader church, get equipped for ministry, and become formed for leadership. Through experiential learning, dialogue and reflection, prayer, worship, and wrestling with Scripture, walk together with a diverse community of ministry leaders for a season. Please attend an online open house to learn more about the program offered in multiple formats (9-month regular season, 4-month weekly intensive, 3-weekend intensives). The Ministry Fellows Program is a prerequisite for application to our Master of Arts Program in "Ministry in the Global City."

WORLD

Ministry in the city begins with what is right in front of us, perhaps right under our feet or just out of the way, but unfolds in ways that fit into the context.

"Ministry in the city begins with what is right in front of us, perhaps right under our feet or just out of the way, but unfolds in ways that fit into the context.

Look around, pray, think, share this journey with others, wait on the Spirit, try to see afresh what is right in front of you, and take the time that is needed. Because no two settings, neighborhoods, or cities are alike, the Gospel takes shape in the local."

Mark Gornik and Maria Liu Wong,
Stay in the City: How Christian Faith is Flourishing in an Urban World, 2017

COMMUNITY

MIRIAM ACEVEDO

MF 2009-10

Vice President, City Seminary of New York

Director, WE LEAD NYC

Minister, Damascus Christian Church of Hunts Point, Bronx, NY

I began my journey at City Seminary in the very first Ministry Fellows Cohort in 2009. Since then, I have come to be known as "the glue that holds things together"...

I began my journey at City Seminary in the very first Ministry Fellows Cohort in 2009. Since then, I have come to be known as "the glue that holds things together" in my role coordinating operations and leading the community as a prayer warrior. 

NEIGHBORHOOD

Brown Bag Lunch Talks

Brown Bag Lunch Talks are a daytime series of conversations with local partners and international scholars in the arts and public faith...

The Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series is a lunchtime gathering held on select Wednesdays during the fall and spring. This is an opportunity for us to dialogue and to interact with local partners and international scholars in the arts and public faith. Bring your lunch and join us for conversation. With the Walls-Ortiz Gallery "on the move," we will hold our Brown Bag Lunch Talk series at Hope Campus, 302 West 119th St, 3rd Flr, NYC, and other locations in the neighborhood.

Check back soon for details on upcoming events.

CITY

LIBRARY

City Seminary of New York's (CSNY) library and reading room, located on Hope Campus, is focused in four specific subject areas: Global Christianity (defined as works on Christianity in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the West Indies), Urban Ministry and Mission Studies, Biblical Studies, and Applied Theological Studies.

City Seminary of New York's (CSNY) library is focused in four specific subject areas: Global Christianity (defined as works on Christianity in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the West Indies), Urban Ministry and Mission Studies, Biblical Studies, and Applied Theological Studies. Because of our specialization in Global Christianity, we have internationally published materials that are not available anywhere else in the city. 

The library has a small but focused collection of journals mainly within the subject area of Missions Studies and Global Christianity. Additionally, we subscribe to more general theological journals and a small number of journals that examine urban Christianity, as well as the American Theological Library Association's journal database ATLAS, an online full-text collection of major religion and theology journals. 

We welcome pastors, ministry leaders, researchers, and students to use our library as a resource on campus during library hours (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 1-6 PM). Books are for reading-room access only. Contact library@cityseminaryny.org for more information.

WORLD

Christ's completion as we have seen, comes from all humanity, from the translation of the life of Jesus into the lifeways of all the world's cultures and subcultures through history.

Christ's completion as we have seen, comes from all humanity, from the translation of the life of Jesus into the lifeways of all the world's cultures and subcultures through history. None of us can reach Christ's completeness on our own. We need each other's vision to correct, enlarge, and focus our own; only together are we complete in Christ.

Andrew Walls
“The Ephesian Moment,”
The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History, 2002.

COMMUNITY

GEOMON GEORGE

Dean, City Seminary of New York

Coordinator, Thriving in Ministry Initiative

Co-Director, MA MIGC 2023

Pastor, International Gospel Church of Connecticut, Norwalk, CT

As an administrator, faculty member, and pastor, I enjoy introducing people to our learning communities as well as walking alongside students and alumni over time...

As an administrator, faculty member, and pastor, I enjoy introducing people to our learning communities as well as walking alongside students and alumni over time. It has been a joy to play the role of mentor as well as co-learner over meals, on walks around the city, and in prayer together.

Neighborhood

Urban Pilgrimage 2019: Medellin and Sao Paulo

March 30 - May 18, 2019

Curated by Anthony Artis, Sarah Gerth van den Berg, Maria Liu Wong, and Jenny Tibbels

Journey with us to Medellin and Sao Paulo. We invite you to wonder about how the stories of these cities illuminate aspects of your own context... 

In January of 2019, the first cohort of the MA in Ministry in the Global City program went on a pilgrimage to Medellín & São Paulo. As Father Emmanuel Katongole explains, pilgrimage is a way of life, a way of listening and feeling the dust beneath our feet as we learn from cities and churches around the world. Many of our cohort came to New York by way of other global cities, and immediately saw connections to Medellín and São Paolo, which you can read about in the journal excerpts displayed.

As you journey with us, we invite you to wonder about how the stories of these cities illuminate aspects of your own context. How might you be an everyday pilgrim in the city, attentive to the forces of urbanization, spiritual life of the city, and encounters with the suffering, joy, and humanity of your neighbors?

Featuring work by the MA in Ministry in the Global City Class of 2020

Above Image: Medellin, Colombia, Mitchell Kelly, 2019

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Bible for Life

The Bible for Life course is a non-credit, intensive short course that provides an overview of the Bible...

The Bible for Life course is a non-credit, intensive short course that provides an overview of the Bible. Students come to understand their place in the unfolding story of God's relationship with creation, from Genesis through Revelation. The course is taught by a faculty team including Rev. Dr. Geomon George and Rev. Dr. Mark Gornik.

This fall, a pilot course, Food, Breath and Psalms, will take place on Wednesday evenings (Sep 16, 23 and 30, 2020) from 7-8:30 PM via Zoom. This is builds on the Bible for Life course, and is offered at no cost. For more information, please contact learning@cityseminaryny.org.

WORLD

At City Seminary of New York, we have found that ministry in the city is most generative and sustainable when it begins with the senses...

"At City Seminary of New York, we have found that ministry in the city is most generative and sustainable when it begins with the senses, with our everyday experiences as embodied beings with diverse callings and vocations. Our approach to ministry begins with how we see, hear, taste, smell and touch the city."

Mark R. Gornik and Carrie Myers
"Sensing the City -- Practicing Christianity in an Urban World"
Duke Faith and Leadership, 2014

Community

Vivian Grubb

CSNY/WTS MA 2007

Faculty, City Seminary of New York

Bishop, True Holy Church "City of Refuge," Brooklyn, NY

 

My relationship with City Seminary is a match made in heaven. I was introduced to the seminary at a time when I was desperate for direction and tools for doing ministry in the urban context of New York City...

My relationship with City Seminary is a match made in heaven. I was introduced to the seminary at a time when I was desperate for direction and tools for doing ministry in the urban context of New York City. I not only found a seminary but I found a community that embraced me and helped to mold my theological view of ministry in the city. It is the only place that I know of where I can say you will truly learn how to view ministry in the city. 

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WE LEAD NYC

A Youth Seminary Initiative

The goal of WE LEAD NYC is to nurture youth communities in the city for lives of purpose and joy through leadership development, spiritual formation, and ministry practice. The program is open to high school students (rising 9th–12th graders), college freshman, and their church youth leaders.

The goal of WE LEAD NYC is to nurture youth communities in the city for lives of purpose and joy through leadership development, spiritual formation, and ministry practice. We cultivate active Listening as a practice, encourage vocational Exploration as a journey, equip Ambassadors to build bridges, and root Disciples in the Word. With the city as our classroom, engage in experiential learning, Scripture reflection, prayer, worship, and fun. The program is open to high school students (rising 9th–12th graders), college freshman, and their church youth leaders. This year, our format will be different from the past year's monthly Saturday sessions, adjusted to our pandemic times. Email us to learn more (learning@cityseminaryny.org).

World

No longer "wandering and lost," Brian expressed a sense of home in God, in the body of Christ, and in the city of Toronto.

"No longer "wandering and lost," Brian expressed a sense of home in God, in the body of Christ, and in the city of Toronto."

Mark R. Gornik and Sarah Gerth van den Berg
"One Day I Walk: Pilgrimage and Finding our Way Home,"
Empire Remixed, 2020

COMMUNITY

SARAH GERTH VAN DEN BERG

MF 2019-20

Dean of Pedagogy and Curriculum,            City Seminary of New York

Co-Director, MA MIGC 2023

Fellow, Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center

Fellowship Group Leader, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

As an educator, lifelong learner, and creative, I enjoy designing and curating learning experiences for theological education.

As an educator, lifelong learner, and creative, I enjoy designing and curating learning experiences for theological education. I love drawing on the arts, place, and community to spark ways of thinking and doing theology together in a global city and learn alongside the vibrant body of students at City Seminary.

Neighborhood

Conversations with Harriet and Frederick: Stories Told, Journeys Unfold

December 13, 2018 - February 28, 2019

Curated by Anthony Artis, Adrienne Croskey, Sarah Gerth van den Berg, Maria Liu Wong, and Jenny Tibbels

Explore the legacies of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass through the perspectives of contemporary artists.

Explore the legacies of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass through the perspectives of contemporary artists. Douglass advocated for freedom and justice as an orator and writer while Tubman journeyed under the cover of night through the Underground Railroad. This portion of Conversations with Harriet engages ways in which their legacies continue in the public and private domains, making visible the stories of lesser known journeys and inviting us into dialogue and inspired action.

Artwork by Maria de los Angeles and Mahtab Petrami, Carol Fields, Naomi Kuo and Queens Memory, Nate Ladson, Camilo José Vergara, and Kim Worthmann.

Above Image: MLK Jr. Mural through Chain Link Fence Frederick Douglass Blvd at West 154th Street, Harlem, Camilo José Vergara, 2009, Digital C-Print, 20 x 30

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8th Annual Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry (WILAM)

Grow for the Peace of the City

At this year's women's symposium, we unpacked ways to "grow for the peace of the city." 

Every January, women involved in leadership and ministry from across the city gather for a time of learning, sharing, reflection, and retreat from the everyday challenges and opportunities of "being" in the city. The symposium, which began in 2013, focuses on the annual seminary theme. The year we will unpack ways to "grow for the peace of the city." An integral part of this gathering is intentional space for quiet and restoration of the body and spirit through the arts and reflection, as well as the engagement of the mind through panels and conversation.

How does life in the city shape our growth, and how does our growth contribute to the peace of the city? How might our lives be the water, nutrients, and soil for the growth of others? How can the stories of Biblical women inspire our approaches to growing? Our 8th Annual Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry was spent collaboratively reflecting and learning in response to this year's theme, Grow for the Peace of the City. 
 

NEIGHBORHOOD

City to Sea: Coney Island

September 13 - November 16, 2018 (extended)

Curated by Rebecca Locke &

David Kendall

Presented by City to Sea artists and community residents in association with Goldsmiths, UOL, UK at the Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center. Through photography and audio visual installations, the exhibition explores narratives of Coney Island, from amusement parks and rides to the ongoing recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Above Image: Mermaid Ave, Konstantin Sergeyev, photograph, 2015

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