Advanced Latino/a Theological Education

Advanced Latino/a Theological Studies program at SCUPE

Creating Pathways That Serve Church and Community

Latino/a church leaders in the United States continually seek ways to meet the diversity of challenges the church and community face. ALTE seeks to assist these leaders in their theological preparation to undertake such a task.

The ALTE (Advanced Latino/a Theological Education) Program is a regional partnership of the Instituto Bíblico Ebenezer, Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) and two ATS accredited seminaries: Western Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  The program provides Latino/a church leaders, who possess varying levels of education, the access to graduate theological education.

Advanced Latino/a Theological Education programMultiple Pathways: ALTE provides multiple pathways to obtain accredited education and continuing education in a culturally-sensitive and contextually-based curriculum.

ALTE’s curriculum is developed from a Latino/a perspective and is taught in the community by nationally known bilingual instructors, such as Dr. Daniel Rodriguez-Diaz, Dr. Daniel S. Schipani and others.

The ALTE classes are held during evenings, weekends or weeklong intensives.  All eight classes are to be completed within a 2-year period by students in a cohort group.

ALTE classes are accredited at the graduate level by either Western Theological Seminary or Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. These classes can be transferred into an accredited Master’s of Divinity (M. Div.) or Master’s of Arts (M.A.) in Theology degree program.

ALTE is also seeking to have classes accredited by colleges and universities toward an accredited Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.) degree.

ALTE one-day workshops serve as continuing education opportunities.

Advanced Latino/a Theological Education programParticipants:  ALTE seeks to reach pastors, Bible Institute teachers and alumni, as well as other Latino/a faith leaders, who have had some college, and want to pursue either an accredited B.A. degree, or M. Div. or M.A. in Theology degree.

In addition, all Latino/a faith leaders, regardless of formal education, can enroll in continuing education workshops.

Tuition: Cost per class is comparable to graduate level accredited seminary degree programs across the country.  However, students accepted into the ALTE program may apply for scholarship support which helps make the ALTE program accessible to all qualified individuals.

Advanced Latino/a Theological Education

Participants:  ALTE seeks to reach pastors, Bible Institute teachers and alumni, as well as other Latino/a faith leaders, who have had some college, and want to pursue either an accredited B. A. degree, or M. Div. or M. A. in Theology degree.

In addition, all Latino/a faith leaders, regardless of formal education, can enroll in continuing education workshops.

Tuition: Cost per class is comparable to graduate level accredited seminary degree programs across the country.  However, students accepted into the ALTE program may apply for scholarship support which helps make the ALTE program accessible to all qualified individuals.

Downloadable Forms:
ALTE Application for Admission
ALTE Course Registration
ALTE Pastor’s Reference

These forms are Adobe PDF files that can either be printed and filled out or completed and emailed to ALTE.

Contacts:
Iris Alvarado, Administrative Assistant, Advanced Latino/a Theological Education (ALTE) iris@scupe.com

Dody Finch, Registrar, 312-626-1215 or dody@scupe.com


ALTE’s two-year degree-bound program is based on a curriculum that incorporates Latino/a theological perspectives, and historical, social and ministry contexts as the foundation for learning and application to ministry. ALTE’s curriculum includes eight courses (held during week nights or weeklong intensive weekends).

ALTE PROGRAM COURSES
(2012 – 2014)

Pastoral Care in the Latino/a Community – This course examines perspectives and issues that emerge in the practice of pastoral care and counseling with Latino/a. The church plays a central role in the functioning of the Latino/a family and community life.  Caring for the needs of hurting and struggling people is a large part of this mission. This course will focus on the development of pastoral skills and techniques for visitation, empathetic listening, providing support in crisis, and collaborating with community systems and organizations that provide social and mental services. The course will also explore the nature and function of culture from the theological and psychological perspectives.  Special focus will be on identifying specific theoretical and practical issues related to the intercultural and spiritual dimensions of care and counseling for members of the Latino/a culture and community, both churched and “unchurched.”
Faculty: Dr. Daniel Schipani, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Approved for credit by Western Theological Seminary
Offered Spring: 2012

History of the Latino/a Church in the United States – This course provides an overview of the Latino/a church in the United Sates from the perspective of a Latino/a theological framework. The course traverses through the various epochs, conflicts and schisms throughout the history of the Latino/a church. In addition, the course explores the ecclesiology of various denominations, local churches and religious practices. Students are also asked to present a project where they examine an historical period or situation that has changed or impacted the Latino/a church.
Faculty: Dr. Daniel Rodriguez-Diaz, McCormick Theological Seminary.
Approved for credit by Western Theological Seminary
Offered: Summer 2012

Biblical Studies: Proclaiming the Good News of the Old Testament – An introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures with a focus on preaching and teaching the good news of salvation and liberation, and the message of the Kingdom of God in the context of Latino/a churches.  The course will examine how the genres of the text affect its potential meaning and expose students to some of the biblical studies tools and methods that will allow them students to engage the text with integrity in sermon preparation.
Faculty: Dr. Timothy Sandoval, Chicago Theological Seminary
Approved for credit by Western Theological Seminary
Offered: Fall 2012

Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Theology – This course explores the emerging theological expression given utterance to by U.S. Latino/a theologians.  Attention will be given to the historical unfolding, characteristics, main exponents, core themes, and ongoing issues of this theological tradition.  Besides offering a perusal of Latino/a theologies, the course also offers an introduction to Latino/a culture and the U.S. Latino/a experience
Faculty: Dr. Nancy Bedford, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Approved for credit by Western Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Offered: February 15-16, March 8-9, April 5-6 and 19-20
(Friday 6-10pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:00pm)

Urban Ministry in the Hispanic Context – The complexity of the urban context requires the attention of the Latino/a church and special skills of every ministry leader.   This course provides theological reflection and practical experiences of urban ministry in the Hispanic context.  This course will explore the urban environment and its global connections and how these factors impact how we see and do ministry in today’s urban communities with Latino/a residents.  The intersection between the biblical mandate and perspective of the city will be discussed along with an exploration of what these means for the development of an urban theology for the Latino/a context.
Faculty: Dr. Daniel R. Rodriguez, McCormick Theological Seminary
Approved for credit by Western Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Offered: May 17, 18, 31; June 1, 14, 15, 28, 29
(Fridays 6-10pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:00pm)

Christian Education in the Latino/a Community – This course examines to content and use of Christian Education as a discipleship and tool for mobilizing the congregation for spiritual and social ministry.  An examination of the role of cultural education and history as key components in the sharing and development of Christian Education programs that meet the personal and leadership development needs of Latino/a churches and communities.  Students will examine methods of using Christian education that contribute to the clarification of the church’s ministry role in the community and the readiness of its members to serve.
Faculty: Dr. Daniel Schipani, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Approved for credit by Western Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Offered: Fall 2013

Biblical Studies:  Pauline Letters – This course studies Paul’s life, letters, and thoughts in light of the historical and cultural context, and the impact of his writings on Christianity. Selected passages are explored focusing in historical and social aspects, Greco-Roman understandings and practices, and Pauline theology.  Special attention is given to the themes of justification, faith, grace, life in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, apostolic authority, the Church, Christianity and Judaism, and Pauline eschatology. Paul’s letters have impacted the development of Christianity from its origins to its present. This course explores the significance of Paul’s letter for the Hispanic ministry and its application for preaching and teaching in the Latino Church.
Faculty: Dr. Salatiel Palomino-López
Approved for credit by Western Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Offered: February 7-8, 21-22, March 14-15, April 4-5

Church Leadership and Administration in the Latino/a church – Today’s church and denominational leaders are equipped as biblical teachers and preachers. Effective pastoral leadership also includes awareness of the importance of managing budgets, volunteers and staff. This course will address the challenges existent in the church and issues that evolve in the process of managing a church and or ministry.
Faculty: TBA
Approved for credit by Western Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Offered: Summer 2014

Immigration in Theological Perspective – Immigration continues to be a focal point for the Latino/a Church. This course shall explore the theme of immigration in theological perspective.  Regardless of the respective denominations, immigration issues touch the lives of Latino/as involved in the church. Students will look at the human and religious experience and relate migratory issues with Christian traditions. In addition, the course will study reasons people migrate and the historical, political, legal, cultural and social dynamics of migration in the United States.
Faculty: TBA
Approved for credit by Western Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Offered: Fall 2014

 

 

The following was the ALTE course schedule for 2009-2012:

ALTE PROGRAM COURSES:

  • History of the Latino/a Church in the United States
  • Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Theology
  • Biblical Studies: Proclaiming the Good News of the Old Testament
  • Urban Ministry in the Hispanic Context
  • Pastoral Care in the Latino/a Community
  • Christian Education in the Latino/a Community
  • Church Leadership and Administration in the Latino/a Church
  • Immigration Theology and Changing Demographics

ALTE WORKSHOP THEMES:

  • Hospice Care in the Latino/a Community
  • Pastoral Care in the Latino/a Community
  • Responding to Ministry Call
  • Practical Theology in the Latino/a Context
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Latino/a Christian Education
  • Bible Institutes and Theological Education
  • Homiletics in the Latino/a Church
  • Church Leadership and Administration

Up-Coming Classes

Cuidado Pastoral en la Comuniad Latin@ (ALTE)
Dr. Daniel S. Schipani
September 5-6, October 3-4 & 31, November 1 & 14-15
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

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

Eco-Justice: A Vision for a Sustainable City (GTUS)
TBD
October 3-4, 17-18, 24-25
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

Public Issues In Urban Ministry (GTUS course page)
TBD
October 17-18, November 7-8; December 12-13
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

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