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

    A View from the Margins: Book review of Saskia Sassen’s Expulsions

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    2014 Congress on Urban Ministry speaker Saskia Sassen's newest book "Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy" is troublingly honest and yet resiliently hopeful. Here, SCUPE's very own Dr. Clinton Stockwell, director of the GTUS program, reviews the book and highlights the core themes around which Sassen's work is based.
  2. Mark Hannan

    Close the Gap

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    Help close the gap on economic injustice. Join our campaign to make the 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry accessible to change-makers from every economic background! Your donation will help make the SCUPE 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry an inclusive and impactful event, accessible to the very community members we are focused on supporting as we work toward building a just economy.
  3. Mark Hannan

    Congreso de Ministerio Urbano

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    Congreso de Ministerio Urbano 2014: “Como construir una economía justa” El Congreso de SCUPE del 2014 sobre Ministerio Urbano será una actividad emocionante con ponentes de alto nivel, talleres y artistas enfocados en uno de los temas más pertinentes de nuestro tiempo: la justicia económica. En esta ocasión, el XVII Congreso de SCUPE reunirá a una miríada de líderes en pro de la justicia económica, con el fin de empoderar al pueblo de Dios para ser agente de cambio, al interior de sus comunidades y congregaciones.

Up-Coming Classes

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)
TBD
October 3-4, 17-18, 24-25
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

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)

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

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)

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