1. Shanta Premawardhana

    Naming White Theology and Claiming African, Latino, Asian Inclusivity

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    By Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, President, SCUPE 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. Not pictured:  Rev. Dr. H.S. Wilson from India. A delegation of Asian theological Educators...
  2. Shanta Premawardhana

    SCUPE Welcomes Interim Academic Dean

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    SCUPE welcomes The Rev. Dr. M. Susan Harlow as the interim Academic Dean An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Harlow has taught for over 20 years in institutions of theological education. A graduate of Hollins University, she earned her Master of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological...
  3. Shanta Premawardhana

    Congratulations, Graduates!

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    Heartiest congratulations to fourteen students from SCUPE’s Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS) and Advanced Latino/a Theological Education (ALTE) programs, who received Certificates in Urban Ministry on Saturday, September 20th at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Some of them had completed their M.Div. degrees through the Samuel...
  4. Shanta Premawardhana

    NFL and Domestic Violence – Lessons from Jimmy Carter

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    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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...