Articles by: Mark Hannan

Thanks for Making our CAATS 10 Year Celebration a Success!

Thanks for Making our CAATS 10 Year Celebration a Success!

The Center for African American Theological Education (CAATS) just celebrated its 10 year anniversary and audio recordings of the proceedings are available here! Many academic and church leaders, as well as former and current students, joined us in exploring how teaching methods that center the African American experience can shape theological education and Urban Ministry for the 21st Century.

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us in celebrating this important milestone in SCUPE’s journey.

CAATS 10 Year Anniversary is This Weekend

CAATS 10 Year Anniversary is This Weekend

The Center for African American Theological Education (CAATS) is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this weekend! Join us in exploring how teaching methods that center the African American experience can shape theological education and Urban Ministry for the 21st Century with a weekend full of theological reflection, dialogue, and discernment. Join us for a Public Forum on the State of African Centered Theological Education on Friday 9/19 and for the 2014 Jeremiah Wright Lecture on Saturday 9/20!

The Centrality of African Centered Theological Education

The Centrality of African Centered Theological Education

I received much more than what I bargained for. As an emerging scholar, CAATS cultivated my scholarly interests, which are rooted in the Black Church and the African American religious experience… I learned that Africentricity is an orientation, a location, position, and perspective that empowers African people to become the subjects of an evolving historical narrative, and not merely disembodied objects on the fringes of historical consideration.

An Open Letter from Detroit Religious Leaders and Allies

An Open Letter from Detroit Religious Leaders and Allies

To Detroiters we say, alert, defend and protect your neighbors from shut-off. To Faith communities we say, become stations of water distribution (for information and guidance on this call 1-844-42WATER), as well as places of education, community and resistance. To Water workers, we say refuse to cut off your fellow citizens. To the Water Board, we say reverse this inhuman policy: turn their water back on. To the City Council, we say stop compounding this travesty with rate increases and other complicity. Revive and implement the Water Affordability Program. To the Governor we say: cease privatization and call off this action taken under emergency management.

Manifesto for People of Faith

Manifesto for People of Faith

“Without giving priority to the word “Together” there cannot be any serious attempt to build a just economy. SCUPE sought to demonstrate the primacy of “Together” this by partnering with Interfaith Worker Justice, and by bringing together key church and community leaders to conversation with each other. We think of this Congress as a first catalyzing event. Its manifesto for people of faith provides a robust platform for building such a movement.

Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak at the 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry

Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak at the 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry

The 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry is in session! SCUPE is knee deep in the action packed third day of our national conference but we wanted to share a bit of the exciting happenings of the gathering. The following is an excerpt of Rev. Dr. Allan A. Boesak’s plenary sermon from Monday night – representing the worshipful culmination of our joint conference time with Interfaith Worker Justice. This partnership and the exciting new ground our two organizations have been exploring link together workers’ struggles for economic justice with the Gospel march towards the Kingdom of God.

Workshops at the 2014 Congress

Workshops at the 2014 Congress

The 2011 Congress will be home to an incredible offering of workshops on a wide-range of topics of concern to people of faith, urban congregations, social justice activists, theologians, and individuals committed to building a Just Economy. The 45 workshops offered over the 3-and-a-half day conference are organized across four different workshop-sessions and thematically amongst the following eight tracks… You will find a full listing of workshops here in PDF format.