Social Justice

“These Young People….Young, Queer, Black, Women”

“These Young People….Young, Queer, Black, Women”

Rev. Sekou Addresses Contextual Theology from Ferguson “These young people…” Rev. Osagyefo Sekou exclaimed over and over again in his presentation on Wednesday night, January 14th, at Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church in Chicago. “These young people, queer, black, women” – in other words, those that are most marginalized in […]

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All Black Lives Matter Even Those Who Live With HIV/AIDS

All Black Lives Matter Even Those Who Live With HIV/AIDS

All Black Lives Matter Even Those Who Live With HIV/AIDS by Pastor Anthony W. Sullivan, Jr., M.Div In recent weeks, the world has seen firsthand how the American justice system treats Black people as if they don’t matter. Grand juries in Hamilton County, Ohio, St. Louis, Missouri and Staten Island, New […]

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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.

“Being a Good Christian Isn’t Good Enough Anymore”

“Being a Good Christian Isn’t Good Enough Anymore”

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…

Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir on Economic Injustice

Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir on Economic Injustice

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.

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 Educating for the Common Good

The Joy of Educating for the Common Good

Dr. Philip Amerson, President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston since 2006, retires at the end of this year. He and his wife, Dr. Elaine Amerson have been strong supporters of SCUPE through many decades. Phil served on SCUPE’s faculty in the 1980s and currently serves on its Advisory Board, while Elaine continues to offer consultative services. The following is an abbreviated version of the comments made by SCUPE president Shanta Premawardhana last week, on a panel of educators on the Joy of Educating for the Common Good…