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.