Programs & Initiatives

The Charlie Project

The Charlie Project identifies innovative and sustainable school and other education models and assists Lutheran agencies or churches to implement these programs in urban communities throughout the United States. These education programs become the epicenter for change and growth in communities.

Best Practices Summits

Best Practices Summits offer opportunities to share new and innovative ideas by gathering experts, practitioners and founders to support and encourage one another and emerging leaders to live out their vocations as urban educators.


Resources are developed as a result of the ongoing work of the Center. Consultant services are provided by contacting Marlene Lund, Executive Director for the Center at or by calling 212-870-1105.


Partnerships are an important part of the Center for Urban Education Ministries effectiveness and are continually expanding our reach into the community. Through these partnerships we can connect individuals and groups with expertise and resources to provide strong educational opportunities to urban youth.

The Kieschnick Lecture Series

The Kieschnick Lecture Series honors the work and accomplishments of longtime Lutheran educator, Dr. Melvin Kieschnick. The annual lectures focus on emerging topics surrounding Christian urban education.

The Lester R. Bayer Award for Excellence in Urban Education

Granting recognition to those highly successful in operating innovative and effective urban education programs allows the Center for Urban Education Ministries to honor outstanding programs and people. Toward that goal, CUEM established the Lester R. Bayer Award for Excellence in Urban Education. Dr. Bayer is remembered with deep affection and respect by all who knew and worked with him. This award is given to organizations which demonstrate his commitment to strong, inspiring urban education programs.


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