SCUPE courses for AMBS students

Updated April 2016

Fall 2016

Course meets 205 W. Monroe, Suite 300, Chicago. Dates: October 7-8, 21-22, and November 4-5, FridaySaturday, 9am – 5pm.

Jesus as Peasant Organizer, Urban Trickster, Rain-Forest Shaman, and Hip-Hop Prophet  SCUPE T 404

Three hours — Jim Perkinson
This is an advanced theology course which requires attendance at the annual Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference.  Content builds on conference sessions and speakers who are among the top African American pastors, preachers, and seminary professors.   Students will explore how they connect with social ethics and impact the practice of ministry. (T Theological Studies)

Interterm 2017 (January)

Courses meets at 205 W. Monroe, Suite 300, Chicago

Interfaith and Intercultural Ministry  SCUPE M 302

Three hours – Shanta Premawardhana – January 17-21, TuesdaySaturday, 9am – 5pm)
The world has come to the city. Using the city as a global classroom, the two week intensive provides students with interfaith understandings, cultural competencies and practical theology for ministry in a multicultural and interfaith context. The course promotes 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 both faith and cultural divides, and exposes students directly to a wide variety of ministries in diverse cultural settings. (T Theological Studies)

Race and Religion in Contemporary America: The Devil in Ferguson  SCUPE M 314

Three hours — Dr. Stephen Ray January 3-7, 2017, TuesdaySaturday, 9am – 5pm
With news headlines of African Americans murdered in their church during Bible study and protests in cities across the U.S. announcing that “Black Lives Matter,” this course will explore how racism operates within systems and institutions within U.S. society.  Students will gain insight into the ways racism has developed, especially as it affects Black and Latino/a communities, and explore models for ministry to address the injustice and discrimination inflicted by racism today. (R Religion Society Studies)

Agitating Theology: Faith-based Community Organizing

Three hours – Scott Paeth – January 23-27, 2017, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm
To provoke, or to agitate in the language of community organizing, is to hold each other accountable to our highest commitments and noblest aspirations. This course will have the students agitate their theologies and in doing so, learn to agitate each other. In addition, students will learn the methods and content of faith-based community organizing, including a robust understanding of organizing people and money to build power that enables action in the public realm. (M Ministry Studies)

Spring 2017

Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference Course  SCUPE E 431

Three hours — Shanta Premawardhana and Marcus Tabb Houston, Texas
This is an advanced theology course which requires attendance at the annual Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference.  Content builds on conference sessions and speakers who are among the top African American pastors, preachers, and seminary professors.   Students will explore how they connect with social ethics and impact the practice of ministry. (E Ethical Studies)

The Art of Prophetic Preaching in the Urban Context 

Three hours — Otis Moss, III and Yvonne Delk First United Methodist Church, 77 West Washington, Chicago
Freedom to preach in the spirit of the prophets requires preaching with the mind, body and spirit.  This course engages a biblical and theological framework of prophetic imagination while exploring homiletic tools for transformative preaching.  The course will give particular attention to women and prophetic preaching. (M Ministry Studies)

Summer 2017

Courses meet at 205 W. Monroe, Suite 300, Chicago.

Mass-Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System  SCUPE M 405

Three hours — Sharon Ellis Davis June 5-9, MondayFriday, 9am–5:00pm
Congregations and community ministries are critical for addressing the complexities that arise from mass incarceration in the United States.  Using the lens of public theology, this course examines the social and mental health issues giving rise to criminality, police as contributors to public safety and well-being while also prone to stereotyping, harsh treatment and acts of violence, as well as the shooting of unarmed citizens.  In addition, attention will be paid to the U.S. prison-industrial-complex where in 2013, 2.3 million people were incarcerated, the majority being persons of color.  Using an ethical, theological, and Christological investigation of scripture, doctrine, as well as church tradition, the course will pay particular attention to the intersection of race, class, gender and cultural analysis as a platform for creating robust faith-based advocacy and community leadership. (M Ministry Studies)

Immigration: Biblical Mandate and Political Realities SCUPE M 418

Three hours — Daniel Schipani CANCELLED
This course will look at contemporary concerns around immigration and will have an integrative approach, addressing key issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, with biblical, historical, theological, ethical, pastoral and socio-political lenses. Students will be able to understand the questions not only "holistically", but also integrate them to their pastoral, academic or other professional vocations. (M Ministry Studies)

Together Building a Just Economy SCUPE T 409

Three hours — Joerg Rieger and Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger — June 19-23, MondayFriday, 9am–5:00pm
The questions of widening disparities in wealth and power are the subject of much public discourse, scholarly inquiry, and ecclesial statements. The 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry addressed some of these problems as well. This course will enable students to explore how these disparities shape us all the way to the core in both church and world and what alternatives might look like. Theological traditions from the three Abrahamic traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam will be introduced to rethink justice from the perspective of the exploited and the oppressed, considering God’s preferential option for the poor and emerging movements of deep solidarity along the lines of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. This course will include theological reflection, ethical imagination, and practical suggestions for organizing. (M Ministry Studies)

Religious Pluralism’s Challenge to Christianity: Disrupting Received Theology  SCUPE M 402

Three hours — Paul Knitter and Shanta Premawardhana — June 26-30, Monday-Friday, 9am–5pm
Students will explore questions such as: What are Christians to make of the sheer fact of religious diversity? Are religious traditions efficacious 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? This course will survey the major developments of the last several decades within the theology religions and the comparative approaches taken by different theological traditions. We will ask if they need to be reformulated and if so how? Do the central loci within Christina theology have to be re-imagined in the light of this growing religious diversity? (M Ministry Studies)