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All submissions for the Collegium must be sent to the Office of Community Life & Lifelong Learning ( ) by noon on Wednesdays in order to appear in the next edition. Please include the title of your event, the date, the time, and the location as well as a brief description of your event.

In This Issue
STH Welcomes You!
Check your mailbox!
STH Matriculation Service
STH Worship Series: Paths of Discipleship
BTI Course Catalogue on-line
"The Church Within A Church Movement"
Free Webinars For Congregational Leaders
Other Special Events of Interest to You
STH Weekly Worship
Spiritual Life Office
A Labor Day Celebration
BTI Trolley Tour
Fellowship Opportunity
Job Opportunities
STH Welcomes You!

Whether you are a returning or new student, let me just tell you: We are so glad you're here! Yes, summer break is a glorious thing. And yes, some time around the middle of March and towards the end of the school year we will long for and need that vacation time again. But let me tell you the truth: There comes a turning point during the summer when we really begin to miss you all and look forward to the start of the new academic year and your return!


I count you all as colleagues and friends and am excited about what great times we shall share: Community lunches, worship, study retreats, critical reflection with phenomenal faculty, serving our surrounding neighborhoods, collaborating with colleagues across campus and across the city. This is all made possible by your presence and participation.


Our common commitment to theological education is supported by a wide range of academic resources across Boston University. I encourage you to take advantage of being a student of this OneBU, to enjoy this great and diverse city of Boston, and to investing your time and talent to making this divinely created world a more just and loving place. Again, welcome!



Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey, PhD

Associate Dean of Community Life and Lifelong Learning

Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice


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Check your mailbox!


New Students - Check your mailboxes the first week of class. You will receive a letter from an alumnus or alumna. Contact Jaclyn Jones at: in the Alumni Office (Rm. 109) if you have any questions.




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STH Matriculation Service

September 19, 2012


Marsh Chapel


Honoring the incoming class, the STH Class of 1962 and Distinguished Alumni/ae.


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STH Worship Series: Paths of Discipleship
Arches and Shadows around STH

In community and as individuals, we strive to lead lives of faithful discipleship. But, how is the concept of following God incorporated into the business of our daily lives? How do our choices and actions help or hurt us as we work toward this goal?  


Drawing upon the gospel of Mark and other lectionary texts, this worship series will explore the journey that we all take as we live as disciples, encountering God as we experience call, respond in faith, and grow into servant leaders. By walking the "Paths of Discipleship" together, we will gain insight on how, through our thoughts and actions, we can respond to and be transformed by the love of God.


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BTI Course Catalogue on-line

Friends of the BTI,

We are happy to announce that the BTI Course Catalogue for 2012-2013 is now available on-line! This is the result of the collective efforts made by the BTI Registrars and BTI staff. Feel free to search for courses at the address listed below: 



Please note that updates will be made periodically.

Marian Gh. Simion, PhD
BTI Assistant Director
Lecturer at Boston College
Field Ed. Supervisor at Harvard Divinity School

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"The Church Within A Church Movement: Celebrating 10 years of Faith, Hope and Justice
Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 2012
Chicago, IL

Stepping stones The CWAC Movement is a justice ministry.  As such, it's our intention to offer a fairly-priced weekend with opportunities for service, community building, education, celebration and worship. 

Chicago offers a tremendous backdrop for our celebration.  Please enjoy an extra day or two and take advantage of this world-class city.  We intend for the weekend to be a fundraiser for the CWAC Movement.  We will step intoour next 10 years of solid financial footing thanks to your participation.  Gather with friends old and new and celebrate this milestone.

Registration Form

Free Webinars For Congregational Leaders


Register and view archived training at


  • September 11 at 6:30 PM CDT: SERVING SERVANTS: RETHINKING VOLUNTEERISM IN THE CHURCH Serving faithfully brings renewal in a way that "doing a job" never will! This popular workshop has practical tips to help everyone. Leader Kathy Merry is an organizational developer who offers her expertise for the church.
  • September 13 at 6:30 PM CDT: FIVE KEY ELEMENTS IN SUCCESSFUL STEWARDSHIP STRATEGIES Stewardship in the local church is not a "one size fits all" proposition. There are some elements that consistently present in churches that do stewardship really well. Join us as we explore five important ones!
  • September 20 at 6:30 PM CDT: CHURCH COUNCIL: FALL CHECK-UP Time for congregational leaders to look at the BIG picture! Steps for evaluating ministry, making steps for growth, adjusting goals, and looking ahead. Ideas for making disciples.
  • September 26 at 1:00 PM CDT: PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH RENEWAL FOR DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTSLearn the key factors for assessing and setting a path toward congregation renewal within a district. New and updated information reflecting the new DS role enacted at General Conference 2012 is presented in this webinar by John Briggs, Kathy Merry and Marc Brown.

Vital churches come in all sizes. Small membership churches with fewer than 100 in worship have advantages for making disciples. This event will have practical ideas for building on strengths, developing new leaders, and transforming their communities.


Materials for all church leaders is available at


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Other Special Events of Interest to You
  • The African American Studies Fall 2012 Lectures and Special Event
  •    Boston Theological Institute  
  • Institute for Philosophy & Religion 2012-13 Lecture Series "Beyond Aesthetics:  Philosophical and Theological Construals of Art"

Each year the Institute sponsors a lecture series on issues that cross the boundaries between different academic disciplines and between scholars and the educated public. Past topics have included "Courage," "Loneliness," "Civility," "Life, Death, and Immortality," "Responsibility," and "Evil."

This year Institute series will offer an interdisciplinary examination of the relation between aesthetic and other forms of value in the modern world, including the nature of beauty and sublimity, the rise and fall of aesthetics as a discipline, and the claims of  the "end" of art.  In addition to the lecture series, a parallel undergrad/grad seminar will be offered in the fall:  students interested in these topics can register for the seminar under several cross-registrations (PH 456/656 = RN 397/697 = STH TT 819).  For more information, contact Prof. Speight (

The Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs is a center for research, publication, and education on one of the most important questions in the contemporary world: How does culture affect economic and political developments world-wide? Specifically, how does religion impact international affairs? Since its inception in 1985, CURA has sought to discover, trace, and analyze the connection between culture, economics, politics, and globalization. We have conducted research projects on every continent except Australia, and these projects have resulted in publications that have become major points of reference on their topics. In a dynamic and modernizing world, CURA's ultimate agenda is to further global understanding and communication.


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Quick Links
STH Weekly Worship

11:10 - 12:00
Marsh Chapel

Worship Series:  

Paths of Discipleship


In community and as individuals, we strive to lead lives of faithful discipleship. But, how is the concept of following God incorporated into the business of our daily lives? How do our choices and actions help or hurt us as we work toward this goal? Drawing upon the gospel of Mark and other lectionary texts, this worship series will explore the journey that we all take as we live as disciples, encountering God as we experience call, respond in faith, and grow into servant leaders. By walking the "Paths of Discipleship" together, we will gain insight on how, through our thoughts and actions, we can respond to and be transformed by the love of God


September 5
Dr. David Jacobsen

September 12
Jamison Collier

September 19

Matriculation  Service 

Dr. Kathy Darr

The Service will begin at 11AM.

Entering students and faculty are encouraged to join the opening procession by lining up at 10:45AM in front of Suite 110 at STH. Faculty are encouraged to wear academic dress.


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Spiritual Life Office


Daily  Morning Prayer

Monday - Thursday

8:00 - 8:20 am

Muelder Chapel 343



September 4t: Rev. Robin Olson

September 5: Miracle Ryder

September 6: Allison Bovell



Miracle Ryder  


Allison Bovell  

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Bible Study

Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30

Muelder Chapel 343


The theme this semester is Prayer.  The first week will focus on A Call to Prayer. Please Contact MDiv student Hannah Rogers or Spiritual Life Coordinator Dr. Olson at with any questions.  All most welcome. Bring a lunch and your Bible if you wish (Bibles provided; we plan to provide lunch in the near future.)


Contact Hannah Rogers:


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Centering Prayer  

Monday September 17th

1-2 pm  

Muelder Chapel

This NEW group will meet several times this fall, benefiting from  the leadership of Rev. Tara Soughers, PhD candidate.    

Centering Prayer is a form of contemplation that quiets the mind so that we can rest in God's presence.  Contact Tara at or Robin Olson at to learn more.


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A Labor Day Celebration

Monday, September 3



Hello Beloved Community!


Welcome to the 2012-2013 academic year! Some of you are just starting out, some of you are finishing up, and some are right in the middle. Before the madness of academic life ensues, let's relax!  


Join us for an informal potluck (bring food for you or food to share if you're able) on  

Labor Day.   


Where: Amory Park in Brookline (between the Hawes and Kent T stop on the Green C Line). We will gather on the hill near the tennis courts. 


Bring: food and drink for yourself or to share, games, soccer balls, footballs, frisbees, partners, children, friends, friendly looking strangers! 


See you there! 


Be well,

The Community Life Office


BTI Trolley Tour
September 8, 2012
Register by September 6, 2012

September 15, 2012

2:00 - 5:00
Register by September 13, 2012
  • Tour Guide expert in Boston's religious heritage
  • Visit the all 10 BTI schools
  • Get helpful tips about living in the area  
Fellowship Opportunity
Dempster Fellowship

United Methodist Church Dempster Fellowships 


Deadline: November 1, 2012  

for 2013-2014


Who May Apply: The fellowships are open only to members of The United Methodist Church who plan to teach in seminaries, or to teach one of the theological disciplines (Bible, church history, theology, ethics, and the arts of ministry) in universities or colleges.  


The applicant must have received the M.Div. degree or its equivalent from one of the United Methodist seminaries, or be in a PhD program or its equivalent at a university affiliated with a United Methodist seminary at the time the award is granted.  

Read more... 


2013-2014 Application Form 


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Job Opportunities

 Minister to Children and Youth


 Description: Lincoln Park Baptist Church, an evangelical, multi-cultural American Baptist congregation located in West Newton, is seeking a seminarian with skills in Christian education to serve in three roles: as a leader and teacher of youth on Sunday mornings from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM, as a creative leader of a children's program on Friday evenings from 7:30 until 9 PM, and as a resource to volunteer teachers as needed. Church services are in English and Mandarin Chinese, but the children's and youth's programs are in English. We are currently offering a stipend of $250 per month.

The position begins September 14. Interested persons should contact Rev. George Waggoner by e-mail at


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First United Methodist Church, 103 Pleasant St, Stoughton, MA, 02072, needs a good organist.


Anyone who is interested should submit a resume by e-mail to: and and set up an interview with the SPRC (Staff, Parish, Relations Committee).


Duties and Responsibilities:


The Music Director reports to the Pastor and the Chairman of the Worship Committee; Prepare all the hymns that will be sung during the Sunday worship; Organize a choir, meet and practice with the choir for the weekly choir song (practice can be any day) and prepare an offertory song, and recessional music.


A paid vacation of two weeks (with 30 days notice) will be provided. A replacement should be provided by the Pianist when vacation is taken or when unable to play. The salary range is $4,000 - $6,000 a year, based on experience.


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