2016 Annual CUE Lecture
Our Urban World
We live in an age of cities. More than half the world's population now lives in urban areas, which are increasingly important to global political, economic, and cultural life.
The significance of urban life is only expected to grow. Each day, the world’s urban population swells by almost 200,000. With every passing week, more than a million people new to cities face unexpected realities and challenges of urban life. Just like the sheer volume of people in the city, these challenges can be staggering. As with the height and breadth of our metropolises, the wonders of urban life can be breathtaking. Like the city itself, the questions and challenges of urban life are both sprawling and pulsing with vitality.
CUE exists to address the need for ongoing Evangelical engagement with cities from an academic perspective and to provide students with transformational experiences of urban life that lead to vocational discernment, leadership development, and spiritual formation.
CUE advances the College mission by offering programs on campus, in Chicago, and with partner organizations in other cities in the United States and overseas. CUE helps to fulfill the vision of Wheaton College founder, Jonathan Blanchard, who had a vision for engaging the world through Chicago, saying that he started the college in Wheaton "because Wheaton is near Chicago, the Gate City between the Atlantic and the Pacific, between Western Europe and Eastern Asia."