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.


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    Our Speakers

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    Check out the great group of speakers we have gathered for our 17th Congress on Urban Ministry which takes place June 23-26 in Chicago, IL. These leading voices stand at the intersection of faith and social justice and will guide us through prayer, worship, learning, and discernment for action, so that we can Together Build a Just Economy.
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    Together… Building a Just Economy

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    TOGETHER…. In the theme of the Congress on Urban Ministry means exactly what it sounds like. A Just Economy can’t be built alone. It must be done TOGETHER. That means YOU ARE NEEDED at the table. Your church, community, institution must be represented. Your voice, your passion, your energy and your commitment are critical to the conversations we hold and commitments we make.
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    Schedule for the 2014 Congress!

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    2014 Congress on Urban Ministry: Together Building a Just Economy On June 23-26, 2014, church and community leaders involved in what it means to live in and care for the city will gather in Chicago, IL for the Congress on Urban Ministry. We will gather to collaborate and conspire towards a new vision for the city by tackling the toughest urban issues with context-driven theology and cutting-edge theory. Building upon a 35+ year history of addressing social ills in solidarity with “the least of these”, the 2014 Congress will tackle the issues of poverty, exploitation, and faithful living towards a economic justice. We believe that our collaboration at the gathering this coming June can create a flash-point of change in our society as together we build a Just Economy. Take a look at the schedule for our time together.
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    Programa ALTE Invitacion cordial a la Orientacion/Open House

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    Les extendemos una invitación cordial a nuestra orientación/open house, previsto para el martes 8 de Julio; adjunto encontraras el volante que proporciona información detallada sobre la ubicación y el horario; favor de notar se les ofrece estacionamiento gratis en el parte trasera del edificio/ We invite to attend the ALTE Program Open House Orientation scheduled for Tuesday, July 8th, attached is the flyer which provides detailed information on the location and time. Please note there is free parking in the back of the building. Le pedimos confirmacion de su asistencia mediante este correo electrónico/ We ask that you RSVP via this email alte@scupe.com / o llámenos al /or give us a call at (773) 252-3929 or (312) 726-1200. Miramos adelante a oír de ustedes/ We look forward to hearing from you.

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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