Welcome to the Congress Podcast an urban ministry audio resource centered around the biennial gathering: the Congress on Urban Ministry. This monthly podcast seeks to get the conversation started in regards to urban ministry as peacemaking with some of the essential voices that will be present at the 2011 Congress.

Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence

As we prepare for the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry, we have been talking with some of the speakers, teachers, and urban ministry practitioners who will be part of the gathering in March of 2011 with the purpose of getting the conversation started around issues of violence, peacemaking, ministry in the urban context.

We invite you to begin to wrestle with some of the themes of the upcoming Congress as well as to add you voice to the conversation. Follow the links listed here to our Congress blog, Twitter, and Facebook page and share what these conversations stir within you.

Mini Episode – Otis Moss III

This brief excerpt is taken from SCUPE’s April 2010 class The Art of Prophetic Preaching in the Urban Context. The class is taught by SCUPE President Dave Frenchak and the Otis Moss III from Trinity UCC in Chicago.

In this portion of the class Otis Moss III expounds on the differences between the biblical concepts of the prophet and the priest and the relevance of these concepts for modern day preachers.

Episode One – Bill Wylie-Kellermann

Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence. Our first episode examines the hidden violence within culture, the biblical concept of the principalities and the powers, direct liturgical action, and some current practices of peacemaking on community and congregational level. We talk with urban pastor, theologian, and Stringfellow authority Bill Wylie-Kellermann and hear portions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic speech against the Vietnam War: "Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence".

Bill will be teaching the graduate level theological course at the 2011 Congress.

Episode Two – Jim Perkinson

Art & Faith in a Culture of Violence. In this episode we celebrate the potency of art in a culture of violence and the peacemaking possibilities of faith as we talk with poet-theologian and author of White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity, Jim Perkinson. We hear spoken word poetry from Jim and a number of other contemporary luminaries including Saul Williams, Billy Collins, and Quincy Troupe.

Episode Three – Dave Frenchak

Hope, Imagination and Prophetic Preaching. Join us as we delve into the human spiritual need for hope and the role of imagination in conveying the Kingdom of God . We talk with SCUPE’s President Emeritus and Founding Director Dave Frenchak on the bustling streets of Chicago about fostering the rich tradition of prophetic preaching in our lives and in our current day and age.

Episode Four – Yvonne Delk (coming soon!)

I Am Because You Are. In this episode we trace God’s call in the life of Yvonne Delk and the spirit people along her path who helped to inspire, educate, and equip her for ministry. Yvonne Delk was the first African American woman ordained in the UCC. She is known internationally for her social justice work and is the Founding Director of SCUPE’s Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS).

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