1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. Shanta Premawardhana

    A New Generation of Matthew 25 Christians

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    Jim Wallis gave the Stan Hallett lecture at Loyola University on April 11th, in support of scholarships for students of the MA in Social Justice and Community Development, a joint program of SCUPE and Loyola University. Stan Hallett, a guiding voice in the establishment of the program from its origins at North Park University was an urban planner, entrepreneur, professor, theologian, community organizer, political strategist, conflict mediator and environmentalist.