1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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

    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...
  5. 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,...