The Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion at New York Theological Seminary

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The Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion
New York Theological Seminary

1. Create multi-disciplinary and multi-focused learning opportunities for students, scholars, practitioners, and/or faith leaders for thriving and effectiveness in ministry for the urban ecology. • Receiving training for and developing research projects in urban, faith-based congregational and community projects that call for positive change in the urban ecology,
2. Collaborate with regional agencies, institutions of higher learning, and community organizing groups, around projects and programs that improve the urban ecology. • Participating with multi-disciplinary and interfaith learning experiences that spur mechanisms for thriving in urban ministry,
3. Be an active, vibrant, and contributing part of the academic and practical fabric of the vision and mission of NYTS, always connecting issues of urban theology and practice with the NYC area and community at large. • Collaborating with community organizations that cultivate healthy urban environments,
4. Develop a research center that can be available to assist faith-based urban programs (e.g., newsletters, interactive websites, and consultation teams) • Researching congregational and faith-based organizational dynamics, culture, history, and contemporary issues that promote effectiveness in urban ministry for today and for tomorrow,
• Making a contribution to the developing mission and ministry of NYTS through the work C-SPUR.


Upcoming Events

In Partnership with C-SPUR and the New York State Department of Health Aids Institute

End the Aids Epidemic by 2020 Initiative

Download the flyer as a PDF HERE.

The Center for the Study and Practice of Religion and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute are conducting a focus group with faith leaders in NYC to discuss:

  1. How can faith communities contribute to identifying undiagnosed persons and connect them to care.
  2. What can faith communities do to support persons in care to realize viral suppression.
  3. How can faith communities promote PrEP and PEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) to reduce new HIV infections.
  4. What challenges faith communities might face, participating in this initiative, and what the NY State Department of Health can do to support faith communities engagement in this process.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

New York Theological Seminary
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500, Conference Room A
New York, NY 10115

To RSVP Please Contact:

Carol Tyrell
Coordinator Faith Communities Project,
New York State Department of Health



Rondee Gaines

Limited Space Available

For more information contact:
The Rev. Dr. Alfred Johnson, Director, C-SPUR

Intersection of Faith & Health:
Addressing the Spiritual Care Needs of Persons Who Identify as Transgender or Non-Binary (TG\NB)

Faith Forum & Training for Clergy & Spiritual Care Leaders

Download the flyer as a PDF HERE.

Friday, November 30, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Interchurch Center, Sockman Lounge
475 Riverside Drive
(entrance on Claremont Ave. & 120th St.)
New York, NY 10115

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027


Pre-register by November 23, 2018

Please register at

or contact Liz Greenwood at 1-800-692-8528 or via email:
if you are unable to access the link.



As of September 1, 2017, Rev. Dr. Alfred Johnson has been appointed Director of the Center for the Study and Practice of

Urban Religion (C-SPUR) at New York Theological Seminary (NYTS). Read more here.


About C-SPUR

The Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (C-SPUR), formerly the Ecologies of Learning Project (EOL), is a research and action Center based at New York Theological Seminary. Founded by the late Dr. Lowell W. Livezey, former Professor of Urban Studies and Religion, NYTS received a grant in 2004 for the Ecologies of Learning project which developed into the Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Religion (C-SPUR) in 2009.

The C-SPUR staff currently consist of The Rev. Moses O. Biney, Ph.D as Research Director and The Rev. Lori D. Hartman as the Director of Development and Administration, as well as Student Research Assistants as needed for various projects.

As an interactive network of scholars, seminary students, clergy, and community leaders in metropolitan New York, C-SPUR is committed to producing knowledge and events that are useful and empowering to communities of faith, neighborhoods, government and private agencies. C-SPUR accomplishes this by including members of NYC communities in planning and research, to help strengthen and transform our City and empower religious communities as agents in the City. We share our findings and sponsor public events, strengthening communities of faith as agents in the City.

At C-SPUR people work together to learn about the impact of communities of faith in New York City and beyond. We conduct research to determine how churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other religious organizations shape the City, and how changes in the City affect these institutions. The goal of C-SPUR is to help religious leaders, scholars, public officials and secular organizations understand communities of faith and the role of religion in urban life.