1. Shanta Premawardhana

    Nomondo’s Cry: Where Theology Begins

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    “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.
  2. Shanta Premawardhana

    CAATS is Celebrating 10 Years!

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    Join us in Celebrating! SCUPE will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS) with a two-day event September 19-20. With a distinctive African-centered model rooted in urban contextuality we have been offering graduate and certificate level theological education to African American women and men for ten years now. I am writing to extend a personal invitation to you to attend this important occasion. The CAATS 10th Anniversary celebration will comprise three unique events...
  3. Shanta Premawardhana

    Bishop Sally Dyck, Religious Leaders Demand Care for Children at the Border

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    There will probably be 90,000 children coming to the US border this year, she said. That’s 92% more than last year. The violence in Honduras especially is forcing them to come because their parents are working here. The violence that undergirds our broken immigration policies is threatening the children. This is the call and the challenge. God is calling us to intervene in this sad story of immigration. Are you willing to say to President Obama, be generous! This land is their land too. We are tethered to the immigrants to this country and always will be. Fix this broken policy! We have no alternative but to be involved, she said -- our story of salvation is a story of immigration.
  4. Shanta Premawardhana

    Faith In Equality

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    Faith In Equality: Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives A report from the Brookings Institution issued April 24, 2014 “The persistence of poverty, the decline of social mobility and rising inequality in the U.S. all demand new departures in policy and politics. Yet the electorate and Congress are...
  5. Shanta Premawardhana

    Love Your Muslim Neighbor

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      At the SCUPE Congress on Urban Ministry, held March 2011, on the theme Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence, participants affirmed that peacemaking is an imperative for Christians and that it is at the core of the Christian faith. In its work of transformative leadership, SCUPE equips seminarians, pastors...
  6. Shanta Premawardhana

    An American Tragedy

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    “Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God”  Guru Nanak. Chants of “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh,” (Devotees belong to the one God; Victory is gifted by the one God) accompanied the time...
  7. Shanta Premawardhana

    2012 Religious Leaders’ Statement for the G8 and G20 Summits

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    On Monday morning, the first arrests were made as protesters from Catholic Worker demonstrated in front of President Obama’s campaign offices. Starting today with the Nurses’ Protest, Chicago will see large numbers of people engaged in expressing their outrage at the economic, political and military oppression to which massive numbers of people around world are subjected because of G8/NATO policies.
  8. Shanta Premawardhana

    Jig-Saw Theology or Poker Theology? Wait! Is there a Poker Theology?

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    The church plays by jigsaw puzzle theology but the world plays by poker theology, remarked a participant at the NATO/G8 teach-in event at the Chicago Temple, last Sunday night. A jigsaw puzzle is a problem that many people will come together to solve and gain satisfaction in the result, while poker is about winners and losers, who keep poker-faced in order to hide their feelings from others. Can the faith communities win the struggle for justice when they are playing by a different set of rules, he asked, or is there a poker theology?