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. Mark Hannan

    John Briscoe: An Appreciation

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    SCUPE President Shanta Premawardhana reflects on the life of friend, colleague, and collaborator John A. Briscoe. John taught me the “fun” of fundraising. He advised, agitated, cajoled, played on guilt, and spun the message to show off to the world your good side. He had one aim: to get those of us in non-profit leadership the funds (the ability, or the power) to do the important work of Justice. John Briscoe died on December 8, 2013 following a stroke and heart failure in Lakeville, CT. He was 76 years old.
  2. Mark Hannan

    Greed: How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time?

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    Greed: How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time? Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana President, Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) The following is a synopsis of the Greeley lecture on peace and justice given by Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana at the Center for the Study of...
  3. Mark Hannan

    Ministering to Latin@s with the Pastoral Letters

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    Join SCUPE's ALTE program for a breakfast workshop on: Doing Latin@ ministry in light of the Pastoral Letters or how to revitalize ministry through the challenges of these Bible passages. The workshop will take place at the Iglesia Misión del Valle and will feature Dr. Manuel Villalobos who is currently an adjunct faculty member at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL.

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Up-Coming Classes

Transformación urbana desde los márgenes (ALTE)
Rev. Dr. Zaki L. Zaki
April 25-26, May 2-3, 16-17, 23-24
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Womanist Theology (CAATS)
Dr. Joanne Terrell
Independent Study

Restoring Urban Communities (GTUS)
Dr. Mary Nelson
May 2-3, 9-10, 16-17
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

La justicia social en el contexto latino (ALTE)
Dr. Richard F. Morrisroe
May 30-31, June 13-14, 27-28, July 11-12
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Dimensions and Dynamics of Urban Ministry (GTUS course page)
Dr. Yvonne Delk
June 2-6, 9-13
(Mondays to Fridays from 9am-5pm)

Interfaith Intensive: Christian Theology’s Encounter with the Urban Multi-Religious World (GTUS course page)
Dr. Paul Knitter; Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana; and Rev. Dr. Charles Amjad-Ali
June 2-7
(Monday to Saturday from 9am-5pm)

Good News for the City: Together Building A Just Economy (GTUS)
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
June 23-26
*Location: Taught in conjunction with the national conference: the Congress of Urban Ministry. Fees include event registration.

Perspectiva teológica de la Inmigración (ALTE)
Rev. Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez
July 18-19, August 1-2, 15-16, 29-30
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Eco-Justice: A Vision for a Sustainable City (GTUS)
Dr. Clinton Stockwell; Pam and Lan Richert of the Eco Justice Collaborative
Fall 2014 - TBA
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

Desarrollo económico en la comunidad latina (ALTE)
Dr. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes & Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart
TBA (September - October)
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Public Issues In Urban Ministry (GTUS course page)
Rev. Dr. Dave Frenchak
Fall 2014 - TBA
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

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

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