In a time of unprecedented political divisiveness in America and rampant violent extremism around the world, we need leaders with the wisdom and courage to bring about a more just and compassionate human community. Religious leaders have a special responsibility to answer this challenge, including collaboration with political and media leaders. […]
Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili at SCUPE
Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili of Georgia visited SCUPE offices on Tuesday July 29th. Not only was it unusual for us to encounter a Baptist Bishop but one that was purple-robed and long-bearded, befitting his Eastern Orthodox context. The Bishop shared with us the courageous story of his Evangelical Baptist community and its advocacy work with Chechen Muslim refugees. Being Baptist means standing for the rights of all people, the Bishop said. According to the Bishop, being Baptist means standing for the rights of all people. “Being a good Christian or a good Church isn’t good enough anymore. We must learn the ways of compassion…
What are the urban ministry leadership models that proactively challenge violence and restore mutuality of relationship between cultures, ethnic groups, and religions? SCUPE’s Cross-cultural Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue course will explore these and other dynamics of such crucial importance to our globalizing world. This two-week intensive course will be offered June 4-8, 11-15 and will feature Dr. Eboo Patel (of Interfaith Youth Core) as a guest lecturer.
On Saturday, January 21st, I spoke at the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity event organized by the Focolare community in Chicago. The Focolare movement which began as a lay Catholic intentional community has spread throughout the world celebrated 50 years in the United States last year. I have been […]
“If we don’t address the religious justifications for occupation and violence, and help change that narrative, it is hard to imagine that any political settlement will be possible, and even if it happens that it will hold,” I said in a speech to a group of about 100 German pastors […]