1. Mark Hannan

    John Briscoe: An Appreciation

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    SCUPE President Shanta Premawardhana reflects on the life of friend, colleague, and collaborator John A. Briscoe. John taught me the “fun” of fundraising. He advised, agitated, cajoled, played on guilt, and spun the message to show off to the world your good side. He had one aim: to get those of us in non-profit leadership the funds (the ability, or the power) to do the important work of Justice. John Briscoe died on December 8, 2013 following a stroke and heart failure in Lakeville, CT. He was 76 years old.
  2. Mark Hannan

    Greed: How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time?

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    Greed: How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time? Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana President, Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) The following is a synopsis of the Greeley lecture on peace and justice given by Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana at the Center for the Study of...
  3. Mark Hannan

    Greed: How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time?

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    In his message to the participants at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland this week, Pope Francis urged the over 2500 participants – industrialists, entrepreneurs, bankers and politicians from around the world — to promote inclusive prosperity. “I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth...
  4. Mark Hannan

    The Joy of the Gospel

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    This November, two important acts of the global church legitimized the work of SCUPE: the Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel) that makes a strong connection between evangelization and the critique of oppressive economic systems and rampant consumerism, and the affirmation of the statement...
  5. Tanya Sadagopan

    SCUPE’s ALTE Program Signs Covenant Agreement

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    Tuesday October 15th marked the beginning of a long awaited partnership between ALTE and St. Augustine College, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church to provide Contextual Theological Education at both the Undergraduate and Graduate Program level to Latin@ people of the Greater Chicago...
  6. 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.