October 12-13, 19-20 , 26-27 Fridays 1-9 pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm
Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago
This course will develop a holistic vision for a sustainable city as an outworking of the concept of shalom, a just peace. It will evaluate the relevance of three components of sustainable community development: the interrelationship of economics, environment and equity (or social justice). Participants will explore the course topics via readings, panel discussions and site visits. They will have the option of exploring a key issue such as energy policy, food production, environmental justice or pollution. Central to the course is the question, “What does it mean to be a sustainable urban community?”
We will read and explore workable solutions to today’s environmental challenges and consider alternative visions for cities as sustainable habitats. We will empower participants with the skills, understanding and strategies that they can implement in their own communities.
This is a course that combines readings and discussions in the classroom with an experiential engagement with the city in context. The course is critically relevant in that its themes are about the future and the well-being of the planet and the future of human social constructions (cities) that depend on it.
If you are interested in seeking to understand and create hopeful options for a fragile planet and a vulnerable earth community, contact SCUPE to learn more and to register!