Monthly Archives: December 2010

CAATS Open House

CAATS open house

Wondering what your next step in ministry should be?

Are you seeking to better prepare yourself to serve the African American community?

Come to the CAATS Open House and find out how our programs can help.

The Center for African American Theological Studies will sponsor an Open House for pastors and church leaders who are interested in finding out more about the Nurturing the Call certificate in urban ministry and Master of Divinity degree program.

The Open House will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the SCUPE office, 200 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 502 in downtown Chicago.

Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 13 to Dody Finch, dody(at)scupe.com or call 312-726-1200 ext. 233.

CAATS open house flyer


Connecting for Ministry

Cynthia Milsap - Congress on Urban Ministry

In this video, Cynthia Milsap explains how she first came to the Congress on Urban Ministry and how it connected her to leaders, mentors, and partners in ministry.

Cynthia directs Nurturing the Call – SCUPE’s seminary prep program for church leaders exploring their call to ministry.  She has previously served as executive director of The Night Ministry, and is pursuing her doctorate in Education at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, where her research topic is “Women in Ministerial Leadership.”  Cynthia also serves on the ministerial staff at Second Baptist Church in Evanston, IL.


Faith and Racism in Chicago

Hallett Lecture Father Michael Pfleger and Robert McClory

February may still seem like quite a ways away but, remembering how quickly the holiday season flies by, we want to make sure that this great event got onto everyone’s calendar.  Especially if you are locating in the Chicagoland area, you will not want to miss this reflection upon the role of faith in combating racism.

The 2011 Stanley J. Hallett lecture will look at the life of Father Michael Pfleger through the eyes of award winning journalist Robert McClory and his new book “Radical Disciple”.  The title of the lecture is “Faith and Racism in Chicago: the Fight for Social Justice” and it will take place at Loyola University on February 3, 2011.  Both McClory and Father Pfleger will be present and offer perspectives on how the church community can change the face of the city.

Robert McClory and Father Michael PflegerAs we continue preparations for the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry (of which Father Pfleger is Co-chair along with Rev. James A. Forbes) we here at SCUPE are pleased to see people of faith reexamining the church’s role in addressing major societal issues like racism.  For too long the church has ignored its calling to name, confront, and resist the evils that do not reside primarily in the individual but within systems, cultures, and institutions.  While the majority of the church has become highly attuned to addressing sin and salvation on an individual level we have relegated this calling to wrestle with Powers and Principalities to small groups at the fringes of the church who engage in an increasingly isolating struggle.

It is people such as this that the Congress on Urban Ministry has served.  The Congress is a crucial gathering for leaders, students, and churches who are responding to a call to serve the forgotten parts of the city, to speak Gospel with a spirit which we have stifled, and to dismantle persistent societal ills like racism, poverty, xenophobia, and violence.

Our 2011 theme, Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence,  reminds us that to be disciples of Jesus, the one whom we claim as the Prince of Peace, is to be actively engaged in the struggle for peace for all peoples.

We look forward to this Hallett lecture as it will certainly help us to wrestle with the meaning of this Christian vocation to peacemaking.

February 3, 2011 Hallett Lecture