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

    Crooked Rooms & Cut Dead

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    Consider This: African Centered Theological Education is a vehicle through which persons can engage in the process of realigning themselves and standing upright upon experiencing misrecognition. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God so that you will be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Philippians 6:13 (ESV)
  2. 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.
  3. 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...

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Up-Coming Classes

Interfaith & Intercultual Ministry Intensive (GTUS)
Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana
January 5-9; 12-16, 2015
Mondays to Fridays 9am-5pm
M 302

Non-Violence in a Culture of Violence; Previously: Urban Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence (GTUS)
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
January 12-17, 2015
Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm
S-H 306

Introduction to Theology (CAATS)
Dr. Howard Wiley
January 12 – March 16, 2015
Mondays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Theo 320

New Testament Survey (CAATS)
Dr. Nolan Shaw
January 14 – March 18, 2015
Wednesdays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Bib 303

History of Christianity: An African Story (CAATS)
Dr. David Daniels & Dr. Isaac Laudarji
January 15 – March 19, 2015
Thursdays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Hist 310

Urban Principalities & the Spirit of the City (GTUS)
Rev. Bill Wylie Kellerman
February 6-7; 13-14; 20-21, 2015
Fridays, 1pm – 9pm; Saturdays 8:30am – 4pm
B-Th 302

History of the Latin@ Church in the U.S. (ALTE)
Dr. Carmelo Alvarez
February 6-7; 27-28; March 13-14; 27-28, 2015
(Friday/viernes 6pm - 9pm y Saturday/sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Proctor Conference Course (CAATS)
Faculty TBA
February 7-12, 2015
Time & Location TBA
Eth 431

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