SCUPE courses for AMBS students

Fall 2014 courses

Public Issues in Urban Ministry (SCUPE:SH303)

Three hours — Dr. David Frenchak
We will learn public theology by doing theology. Doing theology begins by identifying the theological issues that underlie urban culture, economy, politics and society. The class will practice a process of theological reflection rooted in an interaction of biblical insight, as it relates to Christology, principalities and powers, and social justice. Exercising prophetic imagination and using the city of Chicago as a learning laboratory, the class will explore what it means to pursue and advance substantive Christian moral values in the midst of systemic injustice and secular society.

Eco-Justice: A Vision for a Sustainable City (SCUPE:SH307)

Three hours — Dr. Clinton Stockwell; Pam and Lan Richert
The church has a significant role in developing a holistic vision for a sustainable city as an outworking of the concept of shalom, a just peace. The course will evaluate the three components of sustainable community development: the three E’s of economics, environment and equity (or social justice). Participants will explore the course topic via readings, panel discussions and site visits. Students will have the option of developing a project or ministry proposal that explores a key issue such as energy policy, food production, environmental justice or pollution, and how these challenges relate to the central course themes. Central to the course is the question, “What does it mean to be a sustainable urban community?”

Public Theology and the City (SCUPE:BTH303)

Three hours— Dr. David Frenchak
Public theology in the city is an art form that brings the separate elements of diversity together in a way that images the kingdom of God on earth. Public theology, in contrast with private or individual theology, is a collaborative process best learned in the context of urban diversity where public concerns or issues are found. Together, in partnership with an urban church, the class will learn the basics of the art of doing public theology that leads to redemption and transformation of social sin.

Interterm 2015 courses

Interfaith & Intercultural Ministry Intensive (SCUPE:M302)

Three hours —Dr. Shanta Premawardhana & David Frenchak
The world has come to the city. Using the city as a global classroom, this two-week intensive provides students with a practical theology for ministry in a multicultural context, engages biblical study of the early church’s struggle with cultural barriers, encourages respect and appreciation of world-views and value systems different from one’s own, offers anti-racism training, builds skills in movement and communication across cultural divides, and exposes students directly to a wide variety of ministries in diverse cultural settings.

Urban Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence (SCUPE:SH304)

Three hours—Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
This course on Urban Non-violence pursues and deepens the themes opened up by SCUPE’s Congress on Urban Ministry in March 2011. It will address peacemaking in its “full spectrum,” which is to say from direct action and intervention to restorative justice and conflict resolution. Certain skills, such as active listening, circle process, and non-violent practice will be introduced. The pedagogy of this course will involve an interplay between the biblical witness of gospel non-violence, narrative theology, and the experience of practitioners and students.

Spring 2015 courses

Urban Principalities and the Spirit of the City (SCUPE:BTH30)

Three hours — Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
Drawing from the ground-breaking theological work of Wink and Stringfellow on the biblical language of “principalities and powers,” this course examines the profound spiritual realities foundational to understanding and transforming the social, economic, and political structures of our urban world.

Public Theology and the City (SCUPE:BTH303)

Three hours— Dr. David Frenchak
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Public theology in the city is an art form that brings the separate elements of diversity together in a way that images the kingdom of God on earth. Public theology, in contrast with private or individual theology, is a collaborative process best learned in the context of urban diversity where public concerns or issues are found. Together, in partnership with an urban church, the class will learn the basics of the art of doing public theology that leads to redemption and transformation of social sin.

Christology and Culture (SCUPE:M304)

Three hours — Dr. Jim Perkinson
Employing a narrative hermeneutic, this course explores Christology from a global, cultural and liberation perspective—and its significance for urban ministry. The course cultivates an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of cultural images and models used to elaborate the meaning of Jesus throughout history. Through theological and historical analysis, students engage in an in-depth study of the meaning of Christ’s life-death-resurrection for his contemporaries, the early church, and specifically for this present time in history.

SCUPE Supervised Ministry Practicum (SCUPE S-H 305)

Hours vary — Dr. Garnett Foster
Required for students actively engaged in a ministry internship, the practicum focuses on personal formation for ministry by integrating work in the ministry setting with SCUPE’s academic curriculum. Using a case study approach, it provides a forum for faith sharing, personal self-awareness of gifts and skills for ministry, theological reflection on experience, and peer group reflection on actual ministry in response to the Gospel. It is also the course vehicle for SCUPE’s full-time internship field education/ministry credit. Credit varies by seminary.

Summer 2014 courses (Summer 2015 forthcoming)

Interfaith Intensive: Dealing with Diversity and Preparing Religious Leaders for a Multi-religious World (SCUPE M 402)

Three hours Dr. Paul Knitter; Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana; and Rev. Dr. Charles Amjad-Ali
June 2-7, Monday thru Saturday (9am-5pm)
This course will survey the major developments of the last several decades within the theology of religions and the comparative approaches taken by different theological traditions inside Christianity. The fundamental questions we face are: What are Christians to make of the sheer fact of religious diversity? Are religious traditions independently efficacious means to one and the same goal, many paths to the same divine reality? Or is salvation only possible through the Word made Flesh in Jesus and through the Holy Spirit?  We will not only engage these questions on their own merit, but we will also ask whether they must be reformulated, and if so, how? Do the central loci within Christian theology have to be re-imagined in light of this growing religious diversity? These questions impinge on our foundational Christology, pneumatology, trinity, eschatology, missiology, etc.

Good News for the City (SCUPE S-H 308)

Three hours – Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
June 2014 Taught in conjunction with the 2014 Congress of Urban Ministry. It will explore the theme of economic justice as found in scripture and as articulated in the historical experience of the church and other faith traditions. This course will follow the presentations of the plenary speakers and workshops of the “SCUPE Congress on Urban Ministry: Together, Building a Just Economy,” noting the realities that face vulnerable populations today, and the ways that faith communions advocate for economic justice for all of earth’s creatures. Participants will be required to articulate in written and oral formats a theological grounding and practical strategies for the pursuit of economic justice in today’s world. MS I Nature and Practice of Ministry

  • Schedule: June 23-26, 2014 (Times/TBA, accompanies Congress events and schedule)
  • Fees: Tuition includes Congress Registration.
  • Location: Taught in Chicago in-conjunction with the national conference: the Congress of Urban Ministry.

SCUPE Supervised Ministry Practicum (SCUPE S-H 305)

Hours vary — Dr. Garnett Foster
By arrangement
Required for students actively engaged in a ministry internship, the practicum focuses on personal formation for ministry by integrating work in the ministry setting with SCUPE’s academic curriculum. Using a case study approach, it provides a forum for faith sharing, personal self-awareness of gifts and skills for ministry, theological reflection on experience, and peer group reflection on actual ministry in response to the Gospel. It is also the course vehicle for SCUPE’s full-time internship field education/ministry credit. Credit varies by seminary.

Dimensions and Dynamics of Urban Ministry (SCUPE M 305)

Cancelled

Three hours — Dr. Yvonne Delk
June 3-7, 10-14
Organized as a sequence of city-wide experiential learning opportunities, the course introduces students to congregations and faith-based organizations that bring good news through prophetic ministry. Students have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with urban ministry leaders who offer vision, courage, and hope. Course methodology includes contextual experience, theological reflection, social analysis, and dialogue with significant church leaders and the instructor.