Shanta Premawardhana

NFL and Domestic Violence – Lessons from Jimmy Carter

NFL and Domestic Violence – Lessons from Jimmy Carter

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.

John Briscoe: An Appreciation

John Briscoe: An Appreciation

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?

Greed: How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time?

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 […]

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Greed: How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time?

Greed: How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time?

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 […]

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The Joy of the Gospel

The Joy of the Gospel

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 […]

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