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

    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.
  2. Mark Hannan

    Turn the Imperial Housekeeping Up-Side-Down!

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    Aprovechamos esta oportunidad para agradecer al Dr. Manuel Villalobos y a la Iglesia Misión del Valle que pastorea la Rev. Rosita Sánchez, por hacer posible este banquete de estudio bíblico. / ALTE takes this opportunity to thank Dr. Manuel Villalobos and the Iglesia Misión del Valle whose pastor is the Rev. Rose Sánchez, for making this Bible study banquet happen... It is about time to put the order of the Imperial housekeeping up side down! / Ya viene siendo hora de poner patas arriba el orden de la casa del Imperio.
  3. Mark Hannan

    2014 Aldersgate Banquest Honors ALTE

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    On May 4, ALTE Program was the recipient of the Valued Partner Award granted by the Chicago Northwestern District of the United Methodist Church. The Banquet took place at the Glenview UMC. The District Superintendent Dr. Zaki L. Zaki was the powerful preacher and the magnetic convener of many ethnic communities and a rainbow of languages. SCUPE Academic Dean, Dr. Charles Amjad-Ali thanked God for the joyful celebration and partnership with the Methodist church. Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez, ALTE’s Director made the following remarks...
  4. Mark Hannan

    Register Today for the 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry!

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    The unprecedented level of wealth inequality in today's world has become a serious concern in political, economic, academic, and ecclesial inquiry. SCUPE's 17th biennial Congress On Urban Ministry (June 23-26, at DePaul University, Chicago) will bring together over 400 clergy, church leaders, seminary students and urban ministry practitioners to address this question with rigorous theological reflection and organizing for action.

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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