By Danelle King: I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir who serves as a co-chair for the 2014 SCUPE Congress on Urban Ministry (to be held in Chicago on June, 23-26). Dr. Sleesarev-Jamir resided on the south side of Chicago for many years and now teaches at the Claremont School of Theology in Southern California. Dr. Slessarev-Jamir has done labor organizing in Washington, D.C. and community organizing in Chicago. She believes in not only serving as a scholar, but as a person actively seeking justice in our communities.
Community organizing is a method by which churches collaborate and act to address issues of inequity and injustice in their communities by speaking truth to power. Although many churches already participate in such collective action, pastors often do not understand the biblical and theological basis for engaging their churches in […]
Jim Wallis gave the Stan Hallett lecture at Loyola University on April 11th, in support of scholarships for students of the MA in Social Justice and Community Development, a joint program of SCUPE and Loyola University. Stan Hallett, a guiding voice in the establishment of the program from its origins at North Park University was an urban planner, entrepreneur, professor, theologian, community organizer, political strategist, conflict mediator and environmentalist.
Coming up in February, CCDA and several notable faith-based organizers will be convening a two-day training workshop based around the concept of Faith-Rooted Organizing. The concept is defined as organizing that is shaped and guided in every way by our faith traditions and that enables people of faith to contribute […]
Are you an Illinois resident looking for a quick and easy way to work for peace? Stand with Governor Quinn by opposing the proliferation of guns. H.B. 148, which allows individuals to carry concealed, loaded guns in most public places, is moving through the Illinois General Assembly. This bill may be voted on any day now.