Congress on Urban Ministry: "Together, Building a Just Economy"
Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), in conjunction with Interfaith Worker Justice
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM - Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM (CDT)
SCUPE’s 17th biennial Congress On Urban Ministry (June 23-26, 2014 at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus, Chicago, IL) will bring together clergy, church leaders, seminary students and urban ministry practitioners to address this question of Building a Just Economy with rigorous theological reflection and organizing for action.
SCUPE’s 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry is being held at a kairos moment for economic justice and the role faith leaders and faith communities can play in easing economic and social disparity. The theme for this June’s Congress on Urban Ministry, “Together, Building a Just Economy,” is very timely. Conversations on the rapidly worsening income and economic gap are being held every day from among local leaders to global leaders, including President Obama and Pope Francis. Faith leaders – clergy, seminarians and lay leaders – are being called to act today
The 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry will provide an important briefing on the issues at hand and engage participants in critical conversation about what faith leaders and communities can do to be a part of the solution. Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III (Senior Pastor at Trinity UCC in Chicago) and Dr. Helene Slassarev-Jamir (Professor of Urban Ministry at Claremont School of Theology) will co-chair the Congress. Additional Congress plenary speakers will include:
- Dr. Allen Boesak (South African Anti-Apartheid Activist and Liberation Theologian),
- Bishop Sally Dyck (Social Justice Advocate and United Methodist Bishop),
- Dr. Saskia Sassan (Urban Sociologist from Columbia University), and;
- Sister Simone Campbell from the Nuns on the Bus campaign (a national tour by Catholic nuns speaking out on social justice issues including a call for immigration reform and action on the economic inequity in the United States.)
These influential and renowned thought leaders will guide participants in theological reflection on the unprecedented level of wealth inequality today. Working together, the Congress on Urban Ministry will create a platform for churches, community organizations, political and business leaders to strategize together on how to address this growing problem.
The Congress will also include powerful and pragmatic workshops led by some of the most cutting edge thinkers in urban ministry, community organizing, theology, and economics. There will also be networking opportunities with other religious and community leaders in what a previous Congress participant called “the single most inclusive gathering of resources for ministry in the city.”
For more information or to register go to: http://scupe.org/congress-on-urban-ministry/