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

    SCUPE Welcomes Interim Academic Dean

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    SCUPE welcomes The Rev. Dr. M. Susan Harlow as the interim Academic Dean An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Harlow has taught for over 20 years in institutions of theological education. A graduate of Hollins University, she earned her Master of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological...
  2. Shanta Premawardhana

    Congratulations, Graduates!

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    Heartiest congratulations to fourteen students from SCUPE’s Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS) and Advanced Latino/a Theological Education (ALTE) programs, who received Certificates in Urban Ministry on Saturday, September 20th at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Some of them had completed their M.Div. degrees through the Samuel...
  3. Mark Hannan

    Thanks for Making our CAATS 10 Year Celebration a Success!

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    The Center for African American Theological Education (CAATS) just celebrated its 10 year anniversary and audio recordings of the proceedings are available here! Many academic and church leaders, as well as former and current students, joined us in exploring how teaching methods that center the African American experience can shape theological education and Urban Ministry for the 21st Century. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us in celebrating this important milestone in SCUPE’s journey.
  4. Shanta Premawardhana

    NFL and Domestic Violence – Lessons from Jimmy Carter

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    Suddenly last week, everyone in the media was talking about domestic violence. The video of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice beating his fiancée unconscious and dragging her out of the elevator was followed by questions swirling in the media on whether the NFL saw the video before it gave him a slap-on-the-wrist two-game suspension... Our task at SCUPE is to educate Christian seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders, to interpret our religious text properly and with integrity. If we were to take President Carter’s call seriously, we would be doing that with Muslims, Jews and members of other faiths as well.

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Up-Coming Classes

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

Christology and Culture (GTUS)
Dr. Jim Perkinson
March 13-14, 20-21, 27-28; 2015
Fridays 1pm-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm
M 304

The Art of Prophetic Preaching in the Urban Context (GTUS)
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III; Rev. Martha Simmons, J.D.; Dr. M. Susan Harlow
April 10-11, 17-18, 24-25; 2015
Fridays 1pm-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm
M 306

Restoring Urban Communities (GTUS)
Dr. Mary Nelson
May 1-2, 8-9, 15-16; 2015
Fridays 1pm-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm
S-H 305

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