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.
A special invitation from Rev. Forbes as he sums up the Congress and how it will play a role in the path of peace:
– Pastor Emeritus from the Riverside Church in New York and President and Founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation James A. Forbes
Correction: the Congress dates are March 1-4, 2011
Dr. Cornel West speaking at 1994 Congress
Whenever I have the chance I burn through a quick hour in the file cabinet room here at SCUPE. It’s amazing what one learns from the artifacts someone, at some point, decided should be saved.
Lately, I have been rifling through old files and photo albums over the course of the past few months uncovering a history of the Congress that has been, it seems, all but forgotten. Over 34 years and (once March of 2011 is here) 16 gatherings is a lot of time to form your own lore. SCUPE’s Congress on Urban Ministry certainly has compiled its fair share of lore but, for a large national event, I am also surprised about how well of a kept-secret it is. Well, I think that should change. It is time that this collaborative, inter-denominational, prophetic gathering gets its just dues.
Jim Forbes, Yvonne Delk, unknown, Dave Frenchak, Cecil Williams, And Mary Nelson at 1994 Congress
Over the course of the next couple weeks I’ll share some of the lore I’ve been able to uncover and perhaps we’ll get insight into how the 2011 Congress can continue to be an impact-full gathering as we address the violence in our cities, in the way we live together, and in the way we think.
Just today I stumbled across these goals that had been lifted up at past Congress gatherings. Even though I haven’t seen this list before today it is my guess that I would have been able to guess some of these just from being involved in the visioning here at SCUPE and with the Co-chairs and through the collaborative planning process with the National Planning Committee.
The Mission of the Congress on Urban Ministry:
- To inspire both new and experienced Urban Ministry practitioners, to celebrate their calls and accomplishments, and to challenge them spiritually and professionally.
- To teach and learn we will seek ways to create redemptive communities, release prophetic imagination, and engage in justice, reconciliation and restoration
- To teach and learn best Urban Ministry practices, to collaborate and envision breakthrough initiatives, and to study and dialogue about the deeper issues affecting communities.
- To network practitioners and national leaders for information exchange, for fellowship, and to sharpen the skills needed to transform communities.
Welcome to the blog of the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry: a web-based platform that aims to be both a pulpit and a round table… a soap box and a listening post… for those concerned/involved/passionate about working for the Kingdom of God in urban contexts. Join the conversation around all things urban ministry and beyond by reading, posting, and sharing as we gear up for the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry.
You can read about SCUPE, the Congress, and the contributors to this blog in the Pages section. If you would like to submit an article, essay, poem, work of satire, short story, photograph, cartoon, song, or anything related to God’s working in the city, please click here (available soon).
The next Congress on Urban Ministry will take place on March 1-4 of 2011 at the Hyatt McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Look for more information in the coming months/weeks/days/hours.