September 17, 2012 
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STH Admissions Survey


Dear New Students, 


We hope the start of your semester is going well!  We are writing in the hopes that you will take 5 minutes and help out the Admissions Office in the process of data collection for the School's accrediting agency.  


Every year the Association of Theological Schools surveys entering theological school students around the country. They collect demographic and financial information about students and inquire about motivations for entering seminary and professional aspirations. Data generated from these responses are helpful to academic deans, student services and admissions offices, and faculty. We would greatly appreciate it if you would fill out this survey no later than Wednesday, October 17th. is the link to the survey.  


Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions about the survey. Thank you for your time and cooperation.  This really helps us out!



STH Admissions Team


STH Worship Series: Living the Eucharist Series


Worship Series: Living the Eucharist Series

Since its origins, the sacrament of Eucharist has united generations of Christians in a community of faith. But, the fundamentals of Communion extend beyond the context of worship, into the worlds of work, family, and relationships. This worship series, "Living the Eucharist," will explore the ways in which the acts of celebrating the Eucharist - taking, blessing, breaking, lifting, and giving  - permeate our daily lives and exemplify our call as Christians - to be in communion with those around us in ways that enable love, peace and justice to thrive in our midsts.


STH Writing Works Office


Dear STH Students,

A warm welcome back from the summer from those of us at Writing Works.  We are so excited to be working with you this coming year.

We've been working hard over the summer to get ready for the start of term, and we have some important announcements to make. First, we're thrilled to welcome Theresa Cooney to our team. Theresa and Maggie will be holding open hours at various points during the week to go over papers with students.   


Maggie will be working: 

Mondays: 10:30-1:30
Tuesdays: 12-6
Wednesdays: 12-3


To sign up for hours with Maggie, please visit and login with your Kerberos password:


Theresa will be working:

Wednesday: 9-12
Thursday: 10-5


To sign up for hours with Theresa, please visit and login with your Kerberos password:


In response to a need from students, we have made two changes to the Writing Works schedule.  First, Maggie will have open office hours on Monday from 9-12.  Please note that you cannot sign up for these hours.  They are open appointment hours for students who were not able to get an appointment via the online system.  If you already have an appointment scheduled, please do not take this time from students who were unable to sign up.  This service will be on a first come, first served basis.


Additionally, we will be adding a weekly workshop designed to go over basic English skills as well as paper writing skills.  Danielle will be leading these weekly workshops.


To sign up for the weekly workshops, please visit and login with your Kerberos password:


Please note that, in order to avoid students monopolizing the system, you are only able to sign up for a limited number of hours.  You are also able to cancel your appointment on the website if needed, and we encourage you to do so if you know you cannot make your slot.


Finally, a couple of notes to clarify the purpose of Writing Works and what our tutors can and cannot provide:


1. We will be happy to work with you on developing and finessing your paper idea, and all members of the STH community are welcome to make use of our services.


2. As a reminder, Writing Works is not intended for proofreading. Proofreading means a "surface reading" or quick reading of a paper especially looking for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Those students in need of proofreading should visit the Educational Resource Center (see for more information).


3. Students are not allowed to e-mail papers to tutors nor are they allowed to drop papers off and pick them up.  Students must stay for appointments with the tutors.  This is a change from last year, so please keep it in mind.


4. Students must use their scheduled appointment slots.  Tutors will not be able to read papers outside of regular office hours.


5. We strongly encourage students to bring in their papers as far in advance of the due date as possible.


4. Students struggling with their English skills are strongly encouraged to attend the weekly workshops.  If you have requests for topics to cover, please feel free to e-mail Danielle at


Again, we welcome you back for the fall term, and we look forward to working with you on your writing skills.



Danielle, Maggie, and Theresa 


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Writing Works Workshops
Tuesdays, 12-1:00pm 
Hartman Room B-23

Dear Students,


As part of the Writing Works initiative, Danielle will be offering a series of workshops on Tuesday from 12-1 in the Hartman Room (B23). These workshops will cover basic grammar skills and basic tips for writing papers. Enclosed is the link to sign up for sessions. Please sign up for sessions at least 24 hours in advance and cancel as needed. We are experimenting with a new sign-up process at Writing Works using Google calendar appointment slots, so Danielle's sign-up is slightly different from Theresa's and Maggie's. If this system works, we will switch everyone to this system in the spring. That said, if you have trouble signing up for the workshops, please let Danielle know at


The link to sign up 


Look forward to seeing you!



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STH Sacred Worth Student Group Sacred Worth logo
Wednesday, September 19
STH Room 111B  


Sacred Worth is the BU School of Theology's student group for the full-inclusion of all people, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex (GLBTQI) persons in the church, academy, and wider society. We are having our first meeting of the year - please join us! 


First Meeting of the Year. Join us and feel free to bring your dinner with you.


If you have questions or need more info, contact Matthew or Bill at 


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Spiritual Growth & Stress Support Group Spiritual Support

Thursdays, 2-3pm

STH 320 


The Spiritual Growth and Stress Support Group, sponsored by and held in the Anna Howard Shaw Center, is for STH female and male students who are interested in self-care and spiritual renewal. This group is intentionally designed for students to share their struggles and support each other in the process of their vocational discernment and academic quest. The maximum number of participants for this group will be 8-10 members. A senior staff member from the Danielson Institute with more than 20 years of professional counseling experience will lead the group with Dr. Choi.  


This group will meet ten times per semester, every Thursday 2-3pm in the Shaw Center. Our first meeting is on September 20. If you are interested, please send an email to Rev. Dr. Choi, Hee An. (


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Female Clergy Support Group 

The Shaw Center is providing a support program/research program for female clergy. We are forming a group of female clergy to develop self care and spiritual care group. Clergy is always busy to take care of others being a mentor and being a counselor. This group is for taking care of clergy herself. The Shaw Center invites clergy to participate in this special group. This i
s one year program. We have a great success of this project last year and we would like to continue to do it this year as well. 

The basic format is that we invite 10 female clergy members in this group and have all day workshops on Mondays for five times from September to March. The facilitators of this group are two. One is a professional counselor who is a retired psychology and theology professor at BU. She has more than thirty or more years of counseling experience. The other is a spiritual director who is a retired Bishop at UMC. Both facilitators are very respected and experienced persons.    


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Center for Global Christianity & Mission Dana Robert


The Center for Global Christianity and Mission will regularly be adding great new content to our newly redesigned website.  


Make sure you don't miss anything! Go to and follow the directions to sign up for email updates on the top of the right column. Then tell your friends at BU and elsewhere to do the same thing! Our theme is "Building World Christian Community." We want everyone to be part of it! Sign up today!



STH Library Classes
Rm. 209 (the electronic classroom)


Week of September 17th:

  1. Korean Student Orientation: Monday 9/17 at 10:00am
  2. Orientation: Wednesday 9/19 at 2:00pm
  3. Orientation: Friday  9/21 at 10:00 am
  4. BU Search Training: 9/21 at 2:00pm 

Week of September 24th:

  1. BU Search Training: 9/24 at 1:00pm
  2. BU Search Training: 9/25 at 12:30pm
  3. BU Search Training: 9/26 at 10:00 am
  4. Korean Student Orientation (follow-up): 9/27 at 12:30pm
  5. BU Search Training: 9/28 at 10:00am

Whether you're a returning student or new to BU, this 30-minute workshop is for you!  The BU Libraries have instituted a new search interface that will allow you to search the BU catalog, our electronic databases, and more from one search screen.  Jim Skypeck will be providing guidance on using the new BU Search interface at the times listed. Please stop by and take advantage of this important training.  Contact Jim at 617-353-5357 or at with questions.


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Clergywomen: Connect, Support, & Share 


Over 1,200 Ugbhem logonited Methodist clergywomen in seven regions - Africa, Europe/Eurasia, Philippines, Northeastern Jurisdiction, Southeast  Jurisdiction, South Central Jurisdiction, and Western Jurisdiction - gathered together during the 2009-2012 quadrennium to develop their leadership in regional consultations. 

However, due to budget cuts, GBHEM has made the difficult decision to not hold a planned global clergywomen's consultation. Under the budget approved by the 2012 General Conference, GBHEM and all other general agencies must cut their budget by 10 percent.  We will require more scholarships in order to have a meaningful global event, but the agency simply cannot afford this event in the midst of deep budget cuts. Read more... 


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NE School of Congregational Development

Want to join the conversation with leading church planters and re-developers? Looking to network with other church leaders in New England and beyond?  


This year the NESCD is offering a special registration rate to all active seminary students! This event is a chance for you to meet and connect with leading practitioners in the field of mission, worship, technology, planting, preaching, and much more. This year's event features Alan Hirsch, author of "The Forgotten Ways" and international leader in mission and church planting. We also are excited to have with us Ian Morgan Cron, storyteller, author, and leader in helping people connect to the Spirit. Go to to see the full list of presenters and workshop leaders, as well as information on how to register. We are especially excited to be able to offer all the plenaries interpreted into Spanish, Portuguese, and Korean, as well as all of the workshops that will be held in the main sanctuary.  


Seminary students can register for only $49 for the entire event! (Pre-intensives are still an additional $50.)  You can also connect with us on Facebook at


Rick McKinley 
Director of Congregational Development 
New England Conference of the United Methodist Church 
276 Essex St. PO Box 249 
Lawrence, MA 01842-0449 
Office: 978-682-7676 ext. 210

Cell: 781-534-2234


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Celebrating the Danielsen Institute's 60th Anniversary
October 7-8, 2012
BU School of Management Hand
595 Commonwealth Ave. 


The 2012 Merle Jordan Conference

The Skillful Soul of the Psychotherapist:

Master Clinicians and Theologians in Dialogue


Conference registration and attendance are FREE!


CE's for Social Workers and Psychologists available for in-person attendees; $45 per session.  (See website for more details)


What are the core personal, religious, and spiritual values and beliefs of the master psychotherapist and what role do these play in their clinical work and identity? 


Please don't miss the opportunity to take part in a rich and extensive conversation that looks at this topic through the personal experiences and clinical case material of three master clinicians, with responses from a renowned group of clinicians, scholars, and theologians.


Space is limited so register soon if you wish to attend in person!


The conference is sponsored by the Danielsen Institute, through generous gifts to the Dr. Merle Jordan Fund, and in partnership with the John Templeton Foundation and Metanexus Institute.


Visit the conference website for more information and registration. 


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Lunch Gathering for STH Catholic Students

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 


STH Room 306


There will be a lunch gathering for Catholic students at BUSTH. An informal gathering to get to know one another and also to plan a special Wednesday worship service to be held on October 31st. This is a nice chance to gather and talk about being Catholic at BUSTH, and see if there is interest in some continued ways to connect.  


Please take lunch from  Community Lunch on this day and we will eat together in room 306. Feel free to share the word with others you think might be interested. Email with any questions.    

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STH Admissions Survey
STH Worship Series
STH Writing Works Office
Writing Works Workshops
STH Sacred Worth Student Group
Spiritual Growth & Stress Support Group
Female Clergy Support Group
Center for Global Christianity & Mission
STH Library Classes
Clergywomen: Connect, Support, & Share
NE School of Congregational Development
Celebrating the Danielsen Institute's 60th Anniversary
Lunch Gathering for STH Catholic Students
STH Weekly Worship
Office of Spiritual Life
What Would it Take ...?
BU Institute for Philosophy & Religion
Fall 2012 Luce Seminar Series
Job Opportunity
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STH Weekly Worship

11:10 - 12:00 
Marsh Chapel 

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.


September 26


"Taking and Blessing"

Rev. Holly Benzenhafer Redford

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Office of Spiritual Life

Daily  Morning Prayer

Monday - Thursday

8:00 - 8:20 am

Muelder Chapel 343




Emily Willie  



Ashley Anderson  







For more information contact:  

Miracle Ryder  


Allison Bovell 
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Bible Study

Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30

Muelder Chapel 343


The theme this semester is "Prayer," beginning with "A Call to Prayer:  

Luke 11:1-11."   

Bring a lunch if you'd like.  This covenant fellowship group is led by 2nd year  M.Div Student Hannah Rogers.  Last semester the group enjoyed warm fellowship, personal insights, and good humor.  All welcome!   

Bible Study  


Contact Hannah Rogers:

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Centering Prayer 

Monday, September 17


Muelder Chapel 


Come and rest in God's presence, be quieted of mind, and be still.  Rev. Tara Soughers, PhD candidate, leader.  See flyer 


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Reading Retreat

Saturday, October 6 



Save the date for the first Reading Retreat of the new year.  Watch for more information about this on campus time to integrate study and devotion. 


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New Year to our Jewish brothers and sisters!  Rosh Hashanah is celebrated sundown September 16-17th

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What Would it Take ...?

Thursday, September 27, 2012
STH, B-19
A research report and sicussion with Dr. Wesley J. Wildman and the "Spectrums Project" Research Team.
BU Institute for Philosophy & Religion
Wendy Doniger

 2012-2013 Lecture Series, "Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical and Theological Construals of Art,"  



The Leroy and Rita Rouner Memorial Lecture:
"Real and Artificial Beauty: The Mythology of Women and Their Jewelry"

Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, University of Chicago
Commentator: Stephanie Nelson, Chair, Department of Classics, Boston

Wednesday, September 19, 5:00 p.m.
Reception following the lecture

Boston University, The Castle
225 Bay State Road, First Floor
Campus map and directions:

Supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.


This event is free and open to the public.  Please see flyer for more information.


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Fall 2012 Luce Seminar Series

Ruth Marshall


Thursday, September 20, 2012  


10 Lenox Street, Brookline

First Floor Conference Room


Please join CURA for our first lecture in the Fall 2012 Luce Seminar Series with

Ruth Marshall

Departments for the Study of Religion and Political Science,

University of Toronto


Wars and Rumors of Wars:

The New Politics of Religious Witness in Nigeria


 Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center and

the Department of Anthropology


Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture.


 Ruth Marshall's academic interests include religion and politics, African politics and post-colonial theory, political philosophy, transnational religion, and Pentecostalism. Her research focuses on Africa, especially West Africa, with a focus on transnational religion, war and violence, youth militias, citizenship, ethno-nationalism, autochthony, and international interventionism. Some of her publications include "Prospérité Miraculeuse: Les pasteurs pentecôtistes et l'argent de Dieu au Nigéria"; "Mediating the Global and Local in Nigerian Pentecostalism"; and "'God is not a Democrat': Pentecostalism and Democratisation in Nigeria" in Paul Gifford (ed.) The Christian Churches and the Democratisation of Africa.


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Job Opportunity
World Student Christian Federation
Student Christian
nt, USA
Position Opening:
Conference Organizer
The World Student
Christian Federation (WSCF)and the Student Christian Movement- USA (SCM-USA) seek a dynamic, energetic organizer for a US national ecumenical leadership training program for progressive Christian students in
April 2013.

The WSCF and SCM seek to build a national movement of progressive Christian students who engage in the work of peace, justice and global action, following Jesus' call to bring good news to the poor, proclaim release of the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. (Luke 4:18) The WSCF, through the SCM-USA, seeks to build local networks of engaged students on campuses and communities and provide opportunities for leadership training, Biblical and theological reflection, ecumenical engagement, mutual support and global action. The SCM is a member of the WSCF which includes over one million members in 90 countries around the world.

The April 2012 conference will be the first annual leadership training event and serve as a keystone for movement building and networking efforts. The conference organizer will:
* Staff Leadership Training Program's PrepCom
* Connect current SCM groups and individuals in planning the event
* Finalize and preparing conference location
* Develop conference program
* Recruit participants
* Prepare conference materials
* Design and implement web-based publicity and communication, including work on a database and website.

The conference organizer will be supervised by the WSCF North America Regional Secretary, Luciano Kovacs, located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York City, and supported by SCM members and alumni. Salary is $20/hour for an average of 10-12 hours a week. No benefits. Position begins immediately for a 10 month contract.

The successful candidate will have the vision, passion and skills to help nurture the emergence of an ecumenical student Christian movement in the US; be committed to peace, social, economic and gender justice; and desire to work as part of an international community.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit cover letter, cv and contacts for three references. For more information, contact Luciano Kovacs,

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First Church in Cambridge

United Church of Christ

  First Congregational Chirch

First Church in Cambridge seeks a
part-time Administrative Assistant to work 6 to 8 hours/week. Days and times are somewhat flexible and can be arranged at time of hire.  Rate of pay is $15/hour. First Church is a 375 year old, vibrant, progressive mainline Protestant congregation that is a short walk from the Harvard Square T station.


Job Description

   Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and organization skills

  • Capacity for good judgment and discretion in dealing with delicates calls/visitors.
  •   Familiarity with general office procedures either through formal training or equivalent experience. Computer literate with strong knowledge of MS Word and/or Publisher software programs.  Willingness to learn church database programs. 
  • Previous work experience in an office and/or congregational environment preferred but not necessary.
Reports to Full-time Parish Administrator


Sample Weekly Tasks:
  *   Primary reception responsibility during time in office-phones, foot traffic, receiving packages, etc.
  *   Care and feeding of copy and fax machine
  *   Physical printing of major print jobs (service bulletins, newsletters, mailings)
  *   Sorting mail
  *   Sending bulletins/sermons out to small mailing list each week
  *   Posting sermon on the website each week
  *   Ordering office supplies
  *   Updating kiosk signs each week
  *   Scanning in the hymns for the large-print bulletins each week
  *   Keeping bulletin board and brochures racks stocked with sermons, flyers, etc.
  *   Keeping front office workspace organized and tidy.
  *   Some database maintenance and tracking of newcomer information
  *   Other one-time projects


If interested, please email resumes/inquiries to Kirsten Manville at 


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