BBH1004:  Bible 1: Introduction to the First Testament; 4 Cr. (Yr. A, Required)

Prof: Jin Hee Han     jhan@nyts.edu                                                                      Rm. tba

This course presents an overview of the First Testament (the Hebrew Bible commonly known as the Old Testament) with a particular emphasis on the formation of the biblical literature and the background of the culture and history of ancient Israel. Special attention will be paid to the literary structure of the biblical narrative and the social history of the biblical tradition. Implications for theological reflection and ministry will also be explored. This course is the first component of the Bible Sequence of the first year of the Masters’ programs and is followed by Bible 2: Exegesis Practicum (January) and Bible 3: Introduction to the Second Testament (Spring). 

 

BBN3064: Pastoral Readings of Paul’s Letters: Urban & Minoritized Perspectives

Prof. Efrain Agosto               eagosto@nyts.edu                                                    Rm. tba

Through critical readings of the Apostle Paul’s epistles, this course examines pastoral issues in Paul’s first century C.E. urban congregations. The letters will be read and discussed with a view toward ascertaining Paul’s thought and action on such aspects of ministry (diakonia – service) as the nature of church (ekklesia – “assembly”), the proclamation of good news (the preaching – kerygma – of the gospel - euangelion), creation of communities of faith (evangelism and church planting), teaching/nurture, leadership, authority, conflict, pastoral care, and social justice. The role and impact of the ancient urban and imperial environment upon the Pauline assemblies will be fundamental to our study. Issues in modern ministry, including ministry in the city, especially from the perspective of US minoritized communities of color – African American, Latinx, and Asian American, will also inform classroom discussion of and student assignments on the Pauline texts.

BLM2504 Black Lives Matter; 4 Cr.

Prof: Rev. Dr. C. Vernon Mason and Dr. Willie Dwayne Francois III

Sep. 8 – Dec. 15; (6-9:30 PM) 

Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Black teenager, Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, three Black women, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullers and Opal Tometi started Black Lives Matter (BLM) in July 2013.  On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was executed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. BLM inspired multi-racial demonstrations and non-violent protests in all 50 states in the US, and in countries all over the world.

 

BLM is being taught by Dr. C. Vernon Mason who will be joined by Dr. Willie Dwayne Francois III, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, M.Div., Harvard and D.Min., Candler School of Theology. This course takes an interdisciplinary look at racism and power, tracks a history of US religions and Black social movements, and explores identity and intersectional approaches to justice. It will expose the learner to the socio- political dimensions of theologies nurtured through Black people’s experiences.  We will develop definitions of Black Liberation in theological discourse and move away from the speculative approach to theology toward more pragmatic and active approaches to human freedom and the upending of oppressive structures.

BTM1004:  Critical Interpretation & Ministry in a Spiraling Global Digital Culture; 4 Cr. (Yr. A, Required)

Prof. Humberto Alfaro              halfaro@nyts.edu                        Rm. tba

 

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of theories and practices associated with critical theological reflection in the context of a spiraling global digital culture energized by rapidly evolving technologies like artificial intelligence. Questions guiding this course include: How is

global digital culture influencing our interpretation of the Bible, shaping our practice of ministry, sculpting our theologizing, and influencing our spiritual formation? How is global digital culture a medium for neocolonialism and racism? How is global digital culture affecting the ways people work and play; how they experience and assess beauty; how they build communities and understand sexuality and how they protest? Most fundamentally, does global digital culture herald a new chapter in how we understand ourselves? The course will provide resources, tools and strategies for effective leadership, preparing students to engage in relevant, restorative, revolutionary, prophetic and transformative ministry and promoting love and respect for creator and creation in a spiraling global digital culture.

  • HTU1014:  Church History 1; 4 Cr. (Yr. B, Required)

Prof. Cassandra Perry                     cperry@nyts.edu                                 Rm. tba

 

This course provides an introductory survey to the history of Christianity in its global context, beginning with the early church.  Attention is paid to the relationship between Christianity and urban life in a variety of contexts, the wider social and political context in which churches have lived out their ministries, the role of women and others who have been socially marginalized through history, and the development of theological ideas in diverse cultural locations.  While the major scope of the course covers earliest Christianity to the dawn of the modern world, a brief survey of the history of Christian churches over the past five centuries is provided at the end of the course.

HTU2054:  African Spirituality in the American Diaspora: 4 Cr. 

Prof. Moses Biney                                    mbiney@nyts.edu                   Rm. tba

The course will examine Africa’s spiritual gifts to the world as found particularly in the Americas. Through lectures, films and discussions,  the course will explore the roots, religious 

expressions, and some of the social-cultural and political dynamics involved in the creation of the Black Church and post 1965-African immigrant churches in America, Afro-Brazillian Candomblé, Cuban and Cuban-American Santeria, Haitian Vodou, and the Rastafarian Movement of Jamaica. Attention will be paid to the role of the African heritage and religious imagination in the creation and shaping of community, identity and spirituality among African peoples in the Americas.  Issues such as syncretism, continuity and change, cultural camouflage, and globalization of religion will also be discussed. 

MMW2164: Church Seasons & Rituals: 4 Cr. Elective

Prof. Edward Hunt               drhunt3@gmail.com                                      Rm. tba

 

One attends Seminary to learn all those things that will assist and guide them for their entire ministry. But with all the learning you can still find yourself in a state of awkwardness when it comes to performing the Rites and Rituals of the church. This class will assist you to be better prepared to masterfully exercise your Liturgical skills as well as your academic skills.

We at NYTS desire that you be not only prepared academically to serve the church but that when you leave the seminary you will be comfortable in the operations of the various Rites and Rituals of the church. During the course of study we will cover the following subjects: Baby Dedications, Baptism at Church, Home and Hospital, Dedication of Home / Business, Funerals, Meaningful Lord’s Supper (Communion) – Church, Home and Hospital, Planning and understanding the Lectionary Calendar, Reasons for the Order of Service, Rites of Passage and Confirmation and Wedding that are common and based on denomination. This class is to assist you to be ready and comfortable to exercise your skills in any setting without fear.

MPC1004:  Introduction to Pastoral Care & Counseling (in English); 4 Cr

(Required for MAPCC; otherwise an elective)

Prof. Insook Lee                               islee@nyts.edu                                 Rm. tba

 

This course introduces you to theories and methods of pastoral care and counseling. As an introductory course, emphasis is on pastoral identity, critical self-reflection, and self-awareness. One of the premises is that pastoral care and counseling is not an individual act but a community work of faith. This course addresses such matters as illness, death, grief, loss, marriage, family, addiction, violence, sexuality, spirituality and religion. In exploring these issues, the course gives continuous attention to the social and cultural dimensions of care including gender, class, and race. Integration of psychological and spiritual approaches is highlighted as methodology.

MPC3254: Pastoral Diagnosis; 4 Cr.

(Prerequisite: MPC1004: Intro to Pastoral Care)(Required for MAPCC; otherwise an elective)

Prof. Insook Lee            islee@nyts.edu              Rm. tba

 

In this course, students become familiar with the basic theories and methods of mental health diagnosis and spiritual assessment in the context of pastoral care and counseling. The readings and written assignments are designed to train students to conceptualize and evaluate the spiritual, mental, and emotional health of people in suffering. Methods include the DSM-5 and Paul Pruyser’s spiritual assessment. Treatment planning is also discussed from a multidimensional perspective of mental health.

MRE2304:  Curriculum Design & Religious Education; 4 cr. (Elective)

Prof. Kathleen Turner    Email: kturner@nyts.edu       

 

This course will examine two important areas in religious education: how to design and execute curricula in the local church or in an educational setting. Emphasis will be placed on the theories and practice of curriculum as a means for transformation and empowerment of persons involved in education at all levels.  The course will explore theories of teaching and how people learn. Opportunity will be provided for students to develop skills in organizing education curricula in the local church, including the church school, Bible study, retreats, leadership training, and boards of Christian education. The course will explore the critical role of church leaders, ministers of education, and teachers in helping to shape the future of religious education.

MRL2234: The Urban Leadership Seminar 4 Cr.

Prof. Alfred Johnson                   ajohnson@nyts.edu                           Rm. tba

The United Nations world population study reports that more than half of the world population now lives in urban areas and that by 2050 nearly 70% will live in cities. The church and the world will need leadership  that is well informed, reflective and highly trained. Relevant, restorative and even revolutionary faith leadership will be critical in order to meet the needs of  this rapidly growing global movement. 

It will study both secular and religious, biblical and historical theories of leadership and organizational behavior, such as: transformational, appreciative, servant, adaptive, ethical, gender, multi-cultural and situational leadership concepts. This course will seek to project the faith leadership behaviors that will be relevant, restorative and even revolutionary for the now and future church, especially in the urban context. Students will also be able to assess their own leadership and administrative styles through a series of leadership inventories and ascertain their strengths and needs for future development to meet future challenges for the urban world culture.

TMU5004:  Practice of Prophetic Ministry; 4 Cr.

(Yr. D, Required; for MDiv Students expecting to GRADUATE in May 2021 ONLY)

Prof: Rafael Reyes, III & Keith Russell               rreyes@nyts.edu           Rm. tba

 This is a required course for GRADUATING M.Div. Seniors ONLY (candidates for May 2019 Commencement).  It will focus on the integration of learning and belief as it relates to the practice of prophetic ministry.  Attention will be given to developing a systematic treatment of classical Christian doctrines in the context of how the practice of prophetic ministry informs and is informed by doctrine.  Specific attention will be given to the nature and scope of prophetic ministry.  How each student has personally appropriated belief and practice will be presented and examined.

TTU1002: Introduction to Theological Education; 2 Cr. (Yr. A, Required for New Students)

Prof. Rafael Reyes, III (et. al.)          rreyes@nyts.edu                                Rm. tba

Wed. Sep. 9, 2020, Fall Retreat September 12, 3 online discussions, asynchronous online work. 

 

This required course is an introduction to theological education as well as the academic resources NYTS provides to aid in your formation and ministerial identity. Since this is an online, asynchronous course, you will be required to do the readings and respond to forum discussions online, with opportunities to meet online several times throughout the semester. In the forum discussions, the class will discuss practical issues of workload, finance, time management, and curricular structure will be examined. The class will also discuss the role of critical thinking throughout the seminary experience, followed by research, writing and citations development. The course is a 2 credit Pass/No Credit course.

TTU1014: Introduction to Theology
Prof. Rafael Reyes, III
Email: rreyes@nyts.edu
Room: Online

This foundational course asks the major questions that Christians, in their multiple contexts, have faced through time and addresses them by adventurously testing the most influential responses that Christians have given to them. This course will “seek understanding” of these questions by exploring the variety of Christian understandings of God, God’s relation to the world, Christ, the Spirit, Trinity, creation, the intercultural and interreligious contexts of the church, and the quest for God’s kingdom-to-come. The class encourages students to address these topics in relation to contemporary intellectual, cultural, ethical, social, and political issues, as well as its application to practical and ministerial situations.