Theology

Rev. Dr. Shanta Premwardhana with Ms. Irma Cornier at SCUPEs 2014 Graduation

Potential Chicago Alderman turns to SCUPE for education on serving in an urban community

Irma Cornier has always felt the call to serve others. When asked of this vocation, she will say, simply “I have a heart to serve… it’s part of my character, embedded in my DNA.” As Irma began to seek further education on how to best serve in an urban setting, […]

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Pictured L to R: From Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Manhong Lin (Dean), and Rev. Dr.Chen Yilu (Executive Vice President); and Rev. Dr. Limuel Equina, Executive Director of FTESEA. They were accompanied by Rev. Dr. H.S. Wilson.

Naming White Theology and Claiming African, Latino, Asian Inclusivity

By Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, President, SCUPE A delegation of Asian theological Educators visited SCUPE last week. Representing the Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia (FTESEA), these theologians from China, Philippines and India shared with us some of the questions and struggles of their context. They also wanted […]

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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.

CAATS 10 Year Anniversary is This Weekend

CAATS 10 Year Anniversary is This Weekend

The Center for African American Theological Education (CAATS) is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this weekend! Join us in exploring how teaching methods that center the African American experience can shape theological education and Urban Ministry for the 21st Century with a weekend full of theological reflection, dialogue, and discernment. Join us for a Public Forum on the State of African Centered Theological Education on Friday 9/19 and for the 2014 Jeremiah Wright Lecture on Saturday 9/20!

Nomondo’s Cry: Where Theology Begins

Nomondo’s Cry: Where Theology Begins

“Nomondo cries for all our children” preached Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak in his sermon opening SCUPE’s Congress on Urban Ministry (June 23, 2014). Dr. Boesak is a theologian from South Africa and a veteran of the struggle against apartheid together with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and late president Nelson Mandela. Boesak’s main point is also SCUPE’s distinctive theological method. Our theology begins not by reading great works of theological literature of a bygone era, or even by reading scripture. It begins by listening to Nomondo’s cry. That’s our starting point. Our theology today must begin in listening to the cries of the mothers of the victims of the spate of police brutality and gun violence that we are witnessing: Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and many others.

The Centrality of African Centered Theological Education

The Centrality of African Centered Theological Education

I received much more than what I bargained for. As an emerging scholar, CAATS cultivated my scholarly interests, which are rooted in the Black Church and the African American religious experience… I learned that Africentricity is an orientation, a location, position, and perspective that empowers African people to become the subjects of an evolving historical narrative, and not merely disembodied objects on the fringes of historical consideration.

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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