DESCRIPTION OF COURSE: This course offers an introduction to the diversity of Christianity as expressed in a variety of communities and cultures within New York City. Students will have the opportunity to reflect with various community leaders about the theological, historical, and social realities that have shaped the Christian witness of their particular community. The format for the semester will provide learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom there will be discussion of readings as well as historical, theological, and sociological reflection and analysis of key issues - poverty, race, gender, class, civil religion, immigration - that continue to impact how Christianity is practiced in an urban context. Outside the classroom there will be five site visits that will give the students the opportunity to engage community leaders in their own lived context.

Professor: Dr. Samuel Cruz

Teaching Fellows: Nixon Cleophat, Makito Nagasawa, Joe Strife