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 […]
The Alliance of Baptists, at its Annual Gathering in Atlanta, April 17-19, 2015 celebrated 25 years of solidarity partnership with the Fraternidad Iglesias Bautistas de Cuba. Rev. Paco Rodas, eminent church leader from Cuba, suggested that the Alliance should take credit for the new relationship between the US and Cuba, which […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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!
Consider This: African Centered Theological Education is a vehicle through which persons can engage in the process of realigning themselves and standing upright upon experiencing misrecognition. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God so that you will be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Philippians 6:13 (ESV)
“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.
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.
Announcing the upcoming Fall 2014 courses for the Advanced Latin@ Theological Education (ALTE) program at SCUPE.