1. Mark Hannan

    CAATS 10 Year Anniversary is This Weekend

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    The Center for African American Theological Education (CAATS) is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this weekend! Join us in exploring how teaching methods that center the African American experience can shape theological education and Urban Ministry for the 21st Century with a weekend full of theological reflection, dialogue, and discernment. Join us for a Public Forum on the State of African Centered Theological Education on Friday 9/19 and for the 2014 Jeremiah Wright Lecture on Saturday 9/20!
  2. 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.
  3. Mark Hannan

    Crooked Rooms & Cut Dead

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    Consider This: African Centered Theological Education is a vehicle through which persons can engage in the process of realigning themselves and standing upright upon experiencing misrecognition. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God so that you will be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Philippians 6:13 (ESV)
  4. 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.
  5. Mark Hannan

    The Centrality of African Centered Theological Education

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    I received much more than what I bargained for. As an emerging scholar, CAATS cultivated my scholarly interests, which are rooted in the Black Church and the African American religious experience... I learned that Africentricity is an orientation, a location, position, and perspective that empowers African people to become the subjects of an evolving historical narrative, and not merely disembodied objects on the fringes of historical consideration.
  6. 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...
  7. Mark Hannan

    ALTE Director Featured in Kierkegaard Newsletter

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    SCUPE’s very own, Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez, was recently featured in the Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter in a glowing review of his book “A Vexing Gadfly: The Late Kierkegaard on Economic Matters“. Pérez-Álvarez, who directs SCUPE’s Advance Latin@ Theological Studies (ALTE) program, spent a year studying Kierkegaard overseas in Copenhagen at the Kierkegaard...