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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    Manifesto for People of Faith

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    “Without giving priority to the word “Together” there cannot be any serious attempt to build a just economy. SCUPE sought to demonstrate the primacy of “Together” this by partnering with Interfaith Worker Justice, and by bringing together key church and community leaders to conversation with each other. We think of this Congress as a first catalyzing event. Its manifesto for people of faith provides a robust platform for building such a movement.
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    Allan Boesak at the 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry

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    The 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry is in session! SCUPE is knee deep in the action packed third day of our national conference but we wanted to share a bit of the exciting happenings of the gathering. The following is an excerpt of Rev. Dr. Allan A. Boesak's plenary sermon from Monday night - representing the worshipful culmination of our joint conference time with Interfaith Worker Justice. This partnership and the exciting new ground our two organizations have been exploring link together workers' struggles for economic justice with the Gospel march towards the Kingdom of God.
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    Workshops at the 2014 Congress

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    The 2011 Congress will be home to an incredible offering of workshops on a wide-range of topics of concern to people of faith, urban congregations, social justice activists, theologians, and individuals committed to building a Just Economy. The 45 workshops offered over the 3-and-a-half day conference are organized across four different workshop-sessions and thematically amongst the following eight tracks... You will find a full listing of workshops here in PDF format.
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    Rain and the Rhinoceros: Privatization of the Common Good

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    Bill Wylie-Kellermann - SCUPE professor, pastor, Detroit community activist, and 1/2 of the teaching team for the 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry's graduate level theology course "Good News for the City: Together Building a Just Economy" - shares his poignant reflection on privatization, Emergency Management in Detroit, and the necessity of faith-filled response.

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2014 Congress on Urban Ministry

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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