SCUPE - Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education

SCUPE is committed to developing transformative leaders for 21st century cities.

Using its distinctive method of contextual learning, the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) prepares seminary students, pastors, church leaders and community leaders to research the unique assets and needs of their communities, create strategic partnerships, and work together for justice and community transformation. Its academic courses offer tools to navigate the rich multi-cultural, multi-religious dynamics as well as the complex economic and political realities in today’s globally-connected cities. SCUPE’s programs are geared to equip leaders to change lives, revitalize congregations, and transform cities.

SCUPE partners and collaborates with seminaries, universities, denominations, churches, organizations, community groups, and individuals seeking ways to participate in God’s mission in the world.


  1. Shanta Premawardhana

    Naming White Theology and Claiming African, Latino, Asian Inclusivity

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    By Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, President, SCUPE Pictured L to R: From Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Manhong Lin (Dean), and Rev. Dr.Chen Yilu (Executive Vice President);and Rev. Dr. Limuel Equina, Executive Director of FTESEA. Not pictured:  Rev. Dr. H.S. Wilson from India. A delegation of Asian theological Educators...
  2. Shanta Premawardhana

    SCUPE Welcomes Interim Academic Dean

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    SCUPE welcomes The Rev. Dr. M. Susan Harlow as the interim Academic Dean An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Harlow has taught for over 20 years in institutions of theological education. A graduate of Hollins University, she earned her Master of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological...
  3. Shanta Premawardhana

    Congratulations, Graduates!

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    Heartiest congratulations to fourteen students from SCUPE’s Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS) and Advanced Latino/a Theological Education (ALTE) programs, who received Certificates in Urban Ministry on Saturday, September 20th at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Some of them had completed their M.Div. degrees through the Samuel...
  4. Mark Hannan

    Thanks for Making our CAATS 10 Year Celebration a Success!

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    The Center for African American Theological Education (CAATS) just celebrated its 10 year anniversary and audio recordings of the proceedings are available here! Many academic and church leaders, as well as former and current students, joined us in exploring how teaching methods that center the African American experience can shape theological education and Urban Ministry for the 21st Century. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us in celebrating this important milestone in SCUPE’s journey.

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Up-Coming Classes

Introduction to Theological Writing (CAATS)
Dr. Katara Patton Washington
September 22 - December 8 (Mondays)
Mondays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Inter. R 361

Desarrollo económico en la comunidad latina (ALTE)
Dr. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes & Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart
September 19-20, October 17-18, November 7-8, December 12-13
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Introduction to Biblical Studies (CAATS)
Dr. Afri Atiba
September 24 - December 10 (Wednesdays)
Wednesdays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Bib. R301

Pastoral Care in the African American Church (CAATS)
Dr. Danielle Buhuro
September 25 - December 11 (Thursdays)
Thursdays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Min. R 340

Public Issues In Urban Ministry (GTUS course page)
Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana & Dr. Clinton Stockwell
October 17-18, November 7-8; December 12-13
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

Interfaith & Intercultual Ministry Intensive (GTUS)
Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana
January 5-9, 12-16
(Mondays to Fridays 9am-5pm)

Urban Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence (GTUS)
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
January 12-17
(Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm)

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