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

Staten Island Clergy Day

Connecting the Courts And The Community:

Understanding How The Courts Work – Housing Court – Family Court Overview – Raise The Age Law

 Tuesday, January 29, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.19

Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, NYS Courts Office for Justice Initiatives
Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson

Hon. Desmond Green, Administrative Judge, Richmond County Supreme Court
Hon. Thomas Aliotta, Supreme Court Justice, Richmond County Supreme Court
Hon. Helene Sacco, Judge, Richmond County Family Court
Hon. Kimberley Slade, Judge, Richmond County Housing Court
Rev. Chloe Breyer, Executive Director, Interfaith Center
Michelle Smith, Esq., Chief of Staff, NYS Courts Office for Justice Initiatives
Hasan Shafiqullah, Esq., Attorney in Charge, Immigration Unit, Legal Aid Society
Aaron Scheinwald Esq., Acting Director, Storm Response, New York Legal Assistance Group
Lisa Zayas, Esq., Special Counsel, NYS Courts Office for Justice Initiatives
Denise Colon-Greenaway Esq., Special Counsel, NYS Courts Office for Justice Initiative
Nelly Bunay-Andrango, Director of Programs, NYC Family Justice Center

Richmond County Supreme Court
18 Richmond Terrace, Room 210
Staten Island, NY 10301
-Enter on Schuyler Street near Richmond Terrace-


RSVP to Shante Thomas at or call 646-386-5405

Download the flyer as a PDF HERE.


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 consists of Alfred Johnson, DMin, Director; Justina Serlin, DMin, Program Assistant; and Rondee Gaines, PhD, Work Study Student and Communications Associate; as well as, other student research and program 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.