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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    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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    Our Speakers

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    Check out the great group of speakers we have gathered for our 17th Congress on Urban Ministry which takes place June 23-26 in Chicago, IL. These leading voices stand at the intersection of faith and social justice and will guide us through prayer, worship, learning, and discernment for action, so that we can Together Build a Just Economy.
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    Together… Building a Just Economy

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    TOGETHER…. In the theme of the Congress on Urban Ministry means exactly what it sounds like. A Just Economy can’t be built alone. It must be done TOGETHER. That means YOU ARE NEEDED at the table. Your church, community, institution must be represented. Your voice, your passion, your energy and your commitment are critical to the conversations we hold and commitments we make.

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2014 Congress on Urban Ministry

Up-Coming Classes

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

Public Issues In Urban Ministry (GTUS course page)
Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana & Dr. Clinton Stockwell
October 17-18, November 7-8; December 12-13
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

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

Urban Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence (GTUS)
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
January 12-17
(Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm)

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