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Calling Everyday People

Toylee Green-Harris Peacemaking Insight

Toylee Green-Harris, recruiter extraordinaire for the Masters of Arts in Social Justice and Community Development, invites you to be one of the everyday people gathering at the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry to help change the way individuals, our nation and our world think about violence.

Learn more about how your individual ministry as well as the larger church ministry and community can come together around some practical skills to transform the way we think about the epidemic of violence.


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.


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.


Jim Wallis on Building Faith-based Social Movements

Jim Wallis speaks at 2006 CongressI’ve been going through some of the old recordings from the past plenary speakers at Congress on Urban Ministry.  As we approach these mid-term elections in a frenzy of political polarization, attack ads, and electioneering I was struck by the relevance of this plenary Jim Wallis did back in 2006.

Jim WallisJim Wallis is an author and the founder/editor of Sojourners.  He has been a crucial voice for American Christianity that crosses the normal, hard and fast, boundaries of left and right, liberal and conservative.

Listen here or below as Jim Wallis  speaks at the 2006 Congress about moving from partisan politics (and partisan religion) towards creating and nurturing a movement for social justice based on faith and hope.

One of the highlights for me is near the middle where, for a couple minutes, he hits upon this idea that the Beloved Community must be built up by moving from ministry to models to movement.  Wallis gives credit to ministries (saying at one point that if everyone in this room stopped their ministry there would be many cities that would literally stumble) but also pushes the Congress to move past ministry and even models that help extend ministry toward movements that bring ministry to bear upon systems and structures of injustice.

Jim Wallis at 2006 CongressI wish Jim would have pressed a bit harder on this as I think many socially mindful/active Christians (Jim Wallis included) are still searching for the way to build a movement.  The civil rights movement is an extraordinary exemplar but, times have changed and I would contend that the powers that benefit from the status quo have successfully developed methods to diffuse social movements created with familiar paradigms.  We must create a new paradigm of movement and then allow it to adapt.  I would contend that the best way to do this is by listening and being responsive to the Spirit.

If you are reading this from a Chicagoland location you might be interested to know that Jim Wallis will be participating in an informal debate out at Wheaton College on this coming Thursday.  He will engage Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, in an informal debate: “Does Capitalism Have a Soul?”.  Here are the details:

Thursday, October 28th – 2010
7pm at Edman Chapel
Debate to be moderated by Washington Post Columnist Michael Gerson.

More info here.