New York City

Reflect on Vocation and Art in a Dynamic Urban Center

In this immersion experience, the streets and public spaces of New York City itself become a classroom for theological learning as you experience art and dialogue with working artists. Through interaction with both the national and international arts culture, you will have a unique opportunity to reflect upon your own work, theology, and aesthetics, and to locate yourself in the larger arts conversation outside the walls of the seminary.


The center of the NYC immersion is the week of classroom and experiential learning in New York. Those taking the course for credit will begin the readings and online discussions two or three weeks before arriving in NYC. In New York, students live together at Hephzibah House on the Upper West Side just off of Central Park. You’ll further explore the topics covered in class by visiting galleries, parks, and museums, navigating the various neighborhoods and enclaves of the city. While evenings are generally free time, expect to see one show as part of the course.

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July 10-21, 2017


Program fee per course: $450 (collected upon registration), in addition to tuition for course credit
Housing: (TBD)


TC518 Calling: The History, Theology, and Experience of Christian Vocation
TC517 Theological Method for Worship, Theology, and Art (fulfills the Brehm WTA Touchstone requirement)


TC518: Todd Johnson, William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts, and Dale Savidge, Visiting Professor of Theology and Theatre
TC517: Todd Johnson, William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts (with Makoto Fujimura and others)


"The city was our textbook, and exegesis expanded to include paintings and plays. As a visual artist I was challenged to integrate the creative process with faith not in the safe solitude of my studio, but with others. In my work today I'm often reminded of—and influenced by—the stories of the people I met in New York City."