Category Archives: Urban Ministry

St. Sabina Community March & Rally

Saint Sabina Community March and Rally

Last year I had the opportunity to participate in this end-of-the-school-year community march & rally.  It was a moving and empowering experience.  I hope that someday soon we have no need for these sort of events but, until that day, lets get out in the streets and pray and act for peace.

The kick-off starts at Saint Sabina Church at 7pm.  Friday, June 17th, 2011.

Let’s increase the peace Chicago!

 


Homeless Youth Advocacy Group Finds Its Own Voice – In Poetry

Slamming On Concrete is a book of poetry by homeless youth in Chicago

Slamming on Concrete is a moving collection of poems written by homeless youth in Chicago which gives voice to their struggles, hopes, dreams and experiences. Youth from H.E.L.L.O. (which stands for Homeless Experts Living Life’s Obstacles) performed with poetry and and African drum-circle at the 2011 Congress.

Since 2005, H.E.L.L.O. has been a place in Chicago for homeless youth to find their voice.  The group gathers weekly at the Broadway Youth Center to write letters to legislators, to create art and poetry, and to share their experiences in a safe space.

The youth and young adults from H.E.L.L.O. work to educate the public, policymakers, and the media about issues affecting homeless and unaccompanied youth. They participate in a variety of activities, including poetry readings, press conferences, rallies, as well as staging an annual arts showcase.

This collection of poems is the first for the youth advocacy group and SCUPE’s very own Cynthia Milsap served as co-editor of the collection along with Rev. Tom Behrens, founder of the Night Ministry.

H.E.L.L.O. was founded by two formerly homeless young people who are now professionals and continue to work with the group.  It is co-sponsored by the Night Ministry, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and the Lakeview Action Coalition.

The book is available through Blurb.com and all proceeds go to the group.


Urban Ministry in the Latino/a Context

Registration is open for ALTE’s summer class: Urban Ministry in the Latino/a Context.  Check out the flyer below or learn more about the Advanced Latin@ Theological Education program at the SCUPE website: www.scupe.org

Urban Ministry in the Latino/a Context


Preaching in the Latin@ Context

Our ALTE program, Advanced Latin@ Theological Education, has been hosting exceptional workshops for almost two years now.  The upcoming workshop will focus on preaching in the Hispanic context.  I’ll keep posting information on these wonderful, bilingual resources.  You consider attending one.

Advanced Latin@ Theological EducationPresenta

“Homilética en la Iglesia Latino/a”
Homelitics in the Latino/a Community

Reverend Magdalena GarciaPor:
Rev. Magdalena García
Pastora de Ravenswood Presbyterian Church

Sábado (Saturday), 28 de Mayo (May) del 2011
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Garrett-Evangelical Seminary
2100 Ridge Avenue
Room 205
Evanston, IL 60201

Este taller es para pastores y lideres laicos
(This workshop is open to pastors and congregation members)

Homiletics is the art of sharing the Word of God, in a relevant and entertaining way, through a homily or sermon. It is an essential part of pastoral ministry and for the Latin American Hispanic Church. This workshop will focus on techniques and tool to help lay people and pastors improve their performance in this vital field for the local church.

La homilética es el arte de compartir la Palabra de Dios, de forma relevante y amena, por medio de una homilía o un sermón. Es una parte esencial del ministerio pastoral y de la iglesia hispana/latina. Este taller enfocará técnicas y herramientas para ayudar a laicos/as y pastores/as amejorar su desempeño en esta campo tan vital para la iglesia local.

For more information and to RSVP
Contact the ALTE office at
(773) 252-3929 or respond via email at
felisa{at}scupe.com or iris{at}scupe.com

Donation: $10.00
Lunch will be provided


Saint Sabina Sets the Record Straight

The Faith Community of Saint Sabina  feels disrespected – and I don’t blame them.

In a full page advertisement, in the May 4th edition of the Sun Times, the leadership of Saint Sabina took on that most difficult of tasks: setting the record straight.  It is clear that the official narrative being espoused by Cardinal George doesn’t paint the clearest picture of the way events unfolded or why Father Michael Pfleger was suspended from the active ministry.

Here is the full page:

Saint Sabina advertisement from May 4, 2011 Sun Times


Highlighting Some of our Speakers

2011 Congress on Urban Ministry


Your Urban Ministry can be strengthened by the Congress

Roger Johnson City VoicesAn invitation from Roger Johnson, coordinator of Church Relations at SCUPE, to come and be exposed to bold ministries and inspirational leaders at the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry.

Before joining SCUPE, Roger worked with International Urban Associates and was the editor of City Voices newsletter.  Roger is SCUPE alum, a graduate of Wheaton College, North Park Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing studies in Evangelism & Leadership at Wheaton College Graduate School.