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Welcome to the Congress Podcast an urban ministry audio resource centered around SCUPE’s the biennial conference: the Congress on Urban Ministry.

Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence

As SCUPE was preparing for the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry, we had the opportunity talk with some of the urban ministry practitioners who were to be a part conference in March, 2011. Listen in on the conversation around issues of violence, peacemaking, ministry in the urban context.

Mini Episode – Otis Moss III

This brief excerpt is taken from SCUPE’s April 2010 class The Art of Prophetic Preaching in the Urban Context.  The class is taught by SCUPE President Dave Frenchak and the Otis Moss III from Trinity UCC in Chicago.

In this portion of the class Otis Moss III expounds on the differences between the biblical concepts of the prophet and the priest and the relevance of these concepts for modern day preachers.

Rev. Moss III co-teaches SCUPE’s Art of Prophetic Preaching in the Urban Context course (held in Chicago during three weekends in April of every year).

Episode One – Bill Wylie-Kellermann

Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence.  Our first episode examines the hidden violence within culture, the biblical concept of the principalities and the powers, direct liturgical action, and some current practices of peacemaking on community and congregational level.  We talk with urban pastor, theologian, and Stringfellow authority Bill Wylie-Kellermann and hear portions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic speech against the Vietnam War: “Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence”.

Rev. Wylie-Kellermann teaches SCUPE’s Urban Principalities and the Spirit of the City course (held in Chicago during three weekends in February each year), SCUPE’s Urban Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence course (held in Chicago during on intensive week in January each year), as well as the graduate level theological course which happens in conjunction with each Congress on Urban Ministry.

Episode Two – Jim Perkinson

Art & Faith in a Culture of Violence.  In this episode we celebrate the potency of art in a culture of violence and the peacemaking possibilities of faith as we talk with poet-theologian and author of White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity, Jim Perkinson.  We hear spoken word poetry from Jim and a number of other contemporary luminaries including Saul Williams, Billy Collins, and Quincy Troupe.

Dr. Perkinson teaches SCUPE’s Christology and Culture course (held in Chicago during three weekends in March of every year).




For more information on the Congress Podcast, please contact Mark Hannan

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Up-Coming Classes

Transformación urbana desde los márgenes (ALTE)
Rev. Dr. Zaki L. Zaki
April 25-26, May 2-3, 16-17, 23-24
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Womanist Theology (CAATS)
Dr. Joanne Terrell
Independent Study

Restoring Urban Communities (GTUS)
Dr. Mary Nelson
May 2-3, 9-10, 16-17
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

La justicia social en el contexto latino (ALTE)
Dr. Richard F. Morrisroe
May 30-31, June 13-14, 27-28, July 11-12
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Dimensions and Dynamics of Urban Ministry (GTUS course page)
Dr. Yvonne Delk
June 2-6, 9-13
(Mondays to Fridays from 9am-5pm)

Interfaith Intensive: Christian Theology’s Encounter with the Urban Multi-Religious World (GTUS course page)
Dr. Paul Knitter; Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana; and Rev. Dr. Charles Amjad-Ali
June 2-7
(Monday to Saturday from 9am-5pm)

Good News for the City: Together Building A Just Economy (GTUS)
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
June 23-26
*Location: Taught in conjunction with the national conference: the Congress of Urban Ministry. Fees include event registration.

Perspectiva teológica de la Inmigración (ALTE)
Rev. Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez
July 18-19, August 1-2, 15-16, 29-30
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Eco-Justice: A Vision for a Sustainable City (GTUS)
Dr. Clinton Stockwell; Pam and Lan Richert of the Eco Justice Collaborative
Fall 2014 - TBA
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

Desarrollo económico en la comunidad latina (ALTE)
Dr. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes & Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart
TBA (September - October)
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Public Issues In Urban Ministry (GTUS course page)
Rev. Dr. Dave Frenchak
Fall 2014 - TBA
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

Cuidado Pastoral en la Comuniad Latin@ (ALTE)
Dr. Daniel S. Schipani
Sept 5-6, Oct. 3-4 & 31, Nov. 1 & 14-15
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