1. Mark Hannan

    An Open Letter from Detroit Religious Leaders and Allies

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    To Detroiters we say, alert, defend and protect your neighbors from shut-off. To Faith communities we say, become stations of water distribution (for information and guidance on this call 1-844-42WATER), as well as places of education, community and resistance. To Water workers, we say refuse to cut off your fellow citizens. To the Water Board, we say reverse this inhuman policy: turn their water back on. To the City Council, we say stop compounding this travesty with rate increases and other complicity. Revive and implement the Water Affordability Program. To the Governor we say: cease privatization and call off this action taken under emergency management.
  2. Tanya Sadagopan

    “Being a Good Christian Isn’t Good Enough Anymore”

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    Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili at SCUPE Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili of Georgia visited SCUPE offices on Tuesday July 29th. Not only was it unusual for us to encounter a Baptist Bishop but one that was purple-robed and long-bearded, befitting his Eastern Orthodox context. The Bishop shared with us the courageous story of his Evangelical Baptist community and its advocacy work with Chechen Muslim refugees. Being Baptist means standing for the rights of all people, the Bishop said. According to the Bishop, being Baptist means standing for the rights of all people. "Being a good Christian or a good Church isn’t good enough anymore. We must learn the ways of compassion...
  3. Tanya Sadagopan

    Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir on Economic Injustice

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    By Danelle King: I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir who serves as a co-chair for the 2014 SCUPE Congress on Urban Ministry (to be held in Chicago on June, 23-26). Dr. Sleesarev-Jamir resided on the south side of Chicago for many years and now teaches at the Claremont School of Theology in Southern California. Dr. Slessarev-Jamir has done labor organizing in Washington, D.C. and community organizing in Chicago. She believes in not only serving as a scholar, but as a person actively seeking justice in our communities.
  4. 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...
  5. Mark Hannan

    The Joy of Educating for the Common Good

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    Dr. Philip Amerson, President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston since 2006, retires at the end of this year. He and his wife, Dr. Elaine Amerson have been strong supporters of SCUPE through many decades. Phil served on SCUPE’s faculty in the 1980s and currently serves on its Advisory Board, while Elaine continues to offer consultative services. The following is an abbreviated version of the comments made by SCUPE president Shanta Premawardhana last week, on a panel of educators on the Joy of Educating for the Common Good...
  6. Tanya Sadagopan

    Peace is the Fruit of Justice

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    SCUPE hosts Palestinian Christian Leader Rev. Dr. Jamal Khader “Come and See,” invites Fr. Jamal Khader at SCUPE’s jointly sponsored lecture with the Northwestern District of the UMC and the ELCA Peace Not Walls Campaign. “Visit the Holy Land,” says Khader, “but be sure to visit Bethlehem, and other cities...
  7. Mark Hannan

    Racist Budget Cuts

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    This event is swiftly approaching but it’s important enough to share. Cuts to public services, cuts in employment, cuts in public education – each of these austerity measures will disproportionately affect people of color and working people who are already struggling to get out from under the recession. While profits...
  8. Mark Hannan

    Social Justice & Community Development Open House

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    Come explore the intersection between Social Justice and Community Development and how an innovative new masters degree is training church and community leaders in both. SCUPE and Loyola, partner institutions, are hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. for prospective students interested in the Masters of Arts in Social Justice and Community Development.