Dr. Scott Paeth is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. His work focuses on the intersection of religion and public life. A great deal of discussion in the weeks since the attacks in Paris against Charlie Hebdo and a Kosher grocery store has focused, quite understandably, […]
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 […]
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.
One of SCUPE’s fall 2013 offerings ‘Gang Violence Pastoral Care and the African-American Church’ is a course of the Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS). This course is an online hybrid course meaning that the majority of course time takes place online with only two, face-to-face weekends in Chicago. For more information call SCUPE.
Our life experiences are shaped and colored by violence. Whether we are dealing with a child caught in the cross fire of gang activity or violence against our religious community or that of our neighbors, transformative leadership demands that we bring compassionate and proactive responses to the tragedies of our […]
This past Saturday, SCUPE staff member Angela R. Samuel attended the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton. Coming out of the services she journaled this reflection, which she has graciously let us post here.
About 1000 representatives of churches from around the world gathered in Kingston, Jamaica, May 17-25 for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC). The event was a celebration of ten years of work by the World Council of Churches on the Decade to Overcome Violence.
The work of IEPC deepens the work of Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence that SCUPE addressed at the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry. We will use the insights of events such as the IEPC to position SCUPE to continue the work of peacemaking more vigorously.
These two tiny words have dominated our national discourse, regarding what is now America’s longest war, for the past decade. With the advent Osama Bin Laden’s death this should no longer be the case. When it comes to leaving Afghanistan, there should no longer be any questions except ‘why not now’?
Toylee Green-Harris, recruiter extraordinaire for the Masters of Arts in Social Justice and Community Development, invites you to be one of the everyday people gathering at the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry to help change the way individuals, our nation and our world think about violence.
An article on the Call towards Peace by Congress Director, Mark Hannan. Originally published in February, 2011 issue of the Concord: the literary journal of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.