Photo: Dr. Shanta Premawardhana with Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land, and Rev. Barbara Rudolph of the Church of Rhineland in Germany. About 30 Jewish and Christian leaders from Israel, Palestine, Germany and the USA met last week in Beit-Jala in the West […]
Warm Greetings of Peace to All Our Friends in this Season of Peace! We are living through some rough times – I don’t have to tell you. The institutional racism that still grips this country has been on stark display in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland, as it is in […]
Indian author and one of the foremost prophets of our time, Arundhati Roy, in her book War Talk (South End Press, 2003) wrote: Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With […]
Suddenly last week, everyone in the media was talking about domestic violence. The video of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice beating his fiancée unconscious and dragging her out of the elevator was followed by questions swirling in the media on whether the NFL saw the video before it gave him a slap-on-the-wrist two-game suspension… Our task at SCUPE is to educate Christian seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders, to interpret our religious text properly and with integrity. If we were to take President Carter’s call seriously, we would be doing that with Muslims, Jews and members of other faiths as well.
America Will Be….. Over 300 persons died in Cook County in the past year and were buried by the Medical Examiner’s office because no friends or family were available to receive their bodies. Their names were read in solemn dignity at a memorial service held in their honor at the […]
SCUPE President Shanta Premawardhana reflects on the life of friend, colleague, and collaborator John A. Briscoe. John taught me the “fun” of fundraising. He advised, agitated, cajoled, played on guilt, and spun the message to show off to the world your good side. He had one aim: to get those of us in non-profit leadership the funds (the ability, or the power) to do the important work of Justice. John Briscoe died on December 8, 2013 following a stroke and heart failure in Lakeville, CT. He was 76 years old.
Greed: How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time? Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana President, Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) The following is a synopsis of the Greeley lecture on peace and justice given by Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana at the Center for the Study of […]
In his message to the participants at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland this week, Pope Francis urged the over 2500 participants – industrialists, entrepreneurs, bankers and politicians from around the world — to promote inclusive prosperity. “I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth […]
Dr. Allan Boesak, co-chair of SCUPE’s Congress on Urban Ministry in an article on Nelson Mandela (penned in December 2012) wrote the following: “He looks at the world not from his place of secured glory, but as a hope-filled captive of ubuntu. My humanity and my human wellbeing is caught […]
This November, two important acts of the global church legitimized the work of SCUPE: the Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel) that makes a strong connection between evangelization and the critique of oppressive economic systems and rampant consumerism, and the affirmation of the statement […]