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

    Nomondo’s Cry: Where Theology Begins

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    “Nomondo cries for all our children” preached Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak in his sermon opening SCUPE’s Congress on Urban Ministry (June 23, 2014). Dr. Boesak is a theologian from South Africa and a veteran of the struggle against apartheid together with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and late president Nelson Mandela. Boesak’s main point is also SCUPE’s distinctive theological method. Our theology begins not by reading great works of theological literature of a bygone era, or even by reading scripture. It begins by listening to Nomondo’s cry. That’s our starting point. Our theology today must begin in listening to the cries of the mothers of the victims of the spate of police brutality and gun violence that we are witnessing: Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and many others.
  2. Shanta Premawardhana

    CAATS is Celebrating 10 Years!

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    Join us in Celebrating! SCUPE will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS) with a two-day event September 19-20. With a distinctive African-centered model rooted in urban contextuality we have been offering graduate and certificate level theological education to African American women and men for ten years now. I am writing to extend a personal invitation to you to attend this important occasion. The CAATS 10th Anniversary celebration will comprise three unique events...
  3. Mark Hannan

    The Centrality of African Centered Theological Education

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    I received much more than what I bargained for. As an emerging scholar, CAATS cultivated my scholarly interests, which are rooted in the Black Church and the African American religious experience... I learned that Africentricity is an orientation, a location, position, and perspective that empowers African people to become the subjects of an evolving historical narrative, and not merely disembodied objects on the fringes of historical consideration.
  4. Mark Hannan

    An Open Letter from Detroit Religious Leaders and Allies

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    To Detroiters we say, alert, defend and protect your neighbors from shut-off. To Faith communities we say, become stations of water distribution (for information and guidance on this call 1-844-42WATER), as well as places of education, community and resistance. To Water workers, we say refuse to cut off your fellow citizens. To the Water Board, we say reverse this inhuman policy: turn their water back on. To the City Council, we say stop compounding this travesty with rate increases and other complicity. Revive and implement the Water Affordability Program. To the Governor we say: cease privatization and call off this action taken under emergency management.

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2014 Congress on Urban Ministry

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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