1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Mark Hannan

    SCUPE Board Member Named Desmond Tutu Chair

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    SCUPE congratulates board member Dr. Charles Amjad-Ali who has been invited by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Western Cape in South Africa to be the first professor to occupy the prestigious “Desmond Tutu Chair of Ecumenical Theology and Social Transformation in Africa.” The Desmond Tutu Chair is,...
  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. Mark Hannan

    “Make War Illegal”, Says Global Church

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    About 1000 representatives of churches from around the world gathered in Kingston, Jamaica, May 17-25 for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC). The event was a celebration of ten years of work by the World Council of Churches on the Decade to Overcome Violence. The work of IEPC deepens the work of Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence that SCUPE addressed at the 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry. We will use the insights of events such as the IEPC to position SCUPE to continue the work of peacemaking more vigorously.