Located in the heart of Manhattan, the New York City campus was founded as a commuter-based campus with an ecumenically rich and diverse student body. Representing Lutheran, Catholic, Evangelical and African-American denominational backgrounds, many of the students already have pastorates and are seeking their academic credentials. Others are exploring the possibility of a new career in the ministry. Still others are looking to enhance their current vocations with a theological/ spiritual understanding that affirms them personally and enriches them professionally. The Extension Center offers exciting and enriching field education opportunities in the international, interfaith, and social ministry arenas. Because of the unique opportunities presented by ministry in the metropolitan area, the seminary offers a number of courses that are particularly relevant to students in an urban context.
An additional strength of the New York City campus is the ongoing seminar program aimed at both students and the ministerial and theological community of the New York area. Building on its seminar series, ―Conversations in Ministry, the Seminary will continue to host clergy roundtables on a regular basis to address issues of concern to the wider faith community of metropolitan New York City. Open House events introduce interested students and applicants to UTS, where they may sit in on selected classes to see firsthand what UTS has to offer.
As part of its commitment to urban ministry and social action, the New York City campus formed the Urban Church Community Assistance Development Project (UCCDAP) that brings the seminary, students and churches involved in community development together to enhance and expand the community development programs of the urban church. The seminary also partners with the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) to sponsor prayer breakfasts and other clergy-based programs.