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The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies offers Advanced Degrees such as Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry through the State of Florida. This year’s spring intensive is hosted on Amelia Island, FL in March 2024. Enrollment is always open and all classes are taught online with in-person gatherings for our fall and spring intensives and a year-end retreat leading up to Ordination/Graduation. Contact us today at for more information.

Announcing New 2024 Certificate Programs: Spiritual Director & Interfaith Community Chaplain Certificates

TNS is always looking for ways to expand our offerings to meet the needs of the greater community. Professionals who are trained from an interfaith approach bring a level of flexibility that is lacking in some of the more structured training programs. Our classes meet online and require a weekly commitment with ongoing peer group support and supervision. Please contact us today for more information.

The New Seminary Participates at Parliament of the World's Religions

In 1893, the Parliament of the World’s Religions became the world’s premier interfaith convening of civic, spiritual, and grassroots changemakers in Chicago, IL. Global leaders such as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, Nobel Peace Laureates Desmond Tutu and Shirin Ebadi, and President Jimmy Carter have addressed the Parliament Convenings throughout their history.  In 2023, TNS participated in POWR with a featured panel of pioneering thought leaders including TNS’ Exec. Dir. The Very Reverend Dr. Jay Speights, Dr. Andrew Vidich, Sheikha Maryam Kabeer, Sister Dr. Jenna, and Jasbir Bhatia Singh along with an illuminating service offered by The Interfaith Temple Team Rev. Drs. Stacy Lee GoForth and Samora Smith (TNS’ Assoc. Dir.)

Congratulations to The New Seminary Class of 2023


In June 2022, TNS hosted a groundbreaking workshop featuring Caroline Myss, a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality, mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition, joined by prominent medical and healing experts like Dr. Fariba Aswari, Director of John Hopkins’ Breast Cancer Center, Don Dolce, Director and Founder of Queens Medical College, Rev. Dr. James Speights, Director of The New Seminary, and others.  Above is a video clip excerpt from the workshop.  Look out for more exciting offerings this fall 2022.

The New Seminary is currently accepting New Students for the 2022-2023 Academic year.  We offer distance-learning programs for International students. Please contact Dr. Jay Speights at for more information.



The New Seminary will celebrate its Class of 2021’s Ordination and Graduation online on Friday, June 18th, 2021  Our Featured Speakers this year are Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake, the Senior Director of The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples founded by the late Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman and Dr. Andrew Vidich, founder of the NY Interfaith Counsel and Comparative Religion professor at TNS.


  • TNS is Currently Accepting New Students for the 2021-2022 Academic year.  Please contact Dr. Jay at for more information.

The New Seminary will sponsor a Women’s Sacred Circle for The 62ND MEETING OF THE UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN, March 12, 10:30pm, entitled, The Praise, Wisdom and Faith of Rural Women,  at The Armenian Convention Center, Gould Hall, New York. Civil Rights Icon Fannie Lou Hamer’s neice, Minister Vester Taylor, will discuss her life, faith, power, courage, and the wisdom she garnered from years of  hard work on a Mississippi Delta Plantation that sustained her through years of fighting for justice and equality. She became one of the most noted activists of The American Civil Rights Movement. Join us as we honor her legacy and that of all rural women through prayer, song and reflection.


  • TNS SPRING INTENSIVE — The Spring Intensive for 2018, will be held at The Amelia Island Marriott Residence Inn, Amelia Island, FL from March 16- 18.



Contact us at (914)429-3876 to begin the enrollment process.