October 1, 2012

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.
Reading Retreat
Saturday, October 6
9:00 - 5:00 pm 

Kindly RSVP by October 4th to 


You are invited to spend a day in study and devotion at our first Reading Retreat of the semester.  We'll begin with breakfast and morning worship.  We'll name our study intentions for the day, and be sent off to study in the STH library or classrooms as preferred.  We'll gather again at mid-day for a delicious lunch, and again in the late afternoon, celebrating the privilege of study within our community.  

Our theme this day is  Holding What Gives You Life, inspired by John 6:35 and our World Communion weekend. 


Don't hesitate to ask any questions of Rev. Robin Olson or

Miracle Ryder,  We hope you'll join in this fun, relaxing, and focusing day apart.


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The Skillful Soul of the Psychotherapist
Master Clinicians and Theologians in Dialogue

Sunday, October 7 - Monday, October 8
School of Management
595 Commonwealth Ave.  

School of Theology Professors Phillis Sheppard and Chris Schlauch will be joining a distinguished group of master psychotherapists and theologians in discussing what role the core personal, religious, and spiritual values and beliefs of the master psychotherapist play in their clinical work and identity?   


The event will take place October 7-8 at the Boston University School of Management.  Details can be found at

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Lunch Colloquium: Practical Theology and Missiology: Forging a Conversation
Thursday, November 1
12:00 - 2:00 pm
STH 325  


The Center for Global Christianity and Mission & the Center for Practical Theology present a colloquium.  The colloquium will include brief remarks by the panelists and then open discussion.  Please join us as we explore a conversation between practical theologians and missiologists - and envision future collaborative work.
Please RSVP no later than October 17 to including any dietary restrictions.


Panelists: Dr. Stephen Bevans, Dr. Bryan Stone, Dr. Dana Robert, Dr. David Jacobsen, Dr. Thomas Thangaraj

Moderator: Dr. Claire Wolfteich   


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A Lecture "On Liberation: Crack, Christianity, and Containment in Postwar Guatemala City"
Thursday, October 4
CURA, 10 Lenox Street
1st Floor Conference Room

Kevin L. O'Neill

Boston University's Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs presents

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Latin American Studies  


Kevin Lewis O'Neill

University of Toronto

Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture.


A cultural anthropologist, Kevin Lewis O'Neill is an Assistant Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. With over a decade of research in and on postwar Guatemala City, Professor O'Neill's ethnographic work addresses the politics of Pentecostal Christianity. His first book, City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala, details Neo-Pentecostalism's entanglement with democratization at the level of citizenship. His current book project, Securing the Soul: Christianity and Delinquency in Guatemala, is under contract with the University of California Press. The project tracks Christianity's participation in an ever expanding security apparatus. Moving forward, Professor O'Neill has initiated a historical, ethnographic book project on Christianity and the decriminalization of narcotics in the Americas.  

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Video Contest for Students at UM-Related Institutions
September 24 - October 24  


NASCUMC, an association in which our school's president is a member, is sponsoring a video contest September 24 - October 24, 2012. Students at United Methodist-related educational institutions will be challenged to: "Tell us, in 3 minutes or less, why your school's connection to The United Methodist Church matters."


Contest Overview

  • Eligibility: Student or team of students must be enrolled in a UM-related institution.
  • Prize: The first-place winner(s) receive a Go Pro HD video camera, Final Cut Pro X editing software, and 3 hours of virtual coaching with a team of professional filmmakers. Second and third place winners receive cash prizes.
  • Judging: The first round of judging is by panel of experts, and the second round is by popular vote on the contest website.
  • Read contest rules here.
Travel Seminar Course (TF-808 M-1)
Cross-Cultural Mission & Service: Montreal
Spring 2013



15 January, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Boston

21 - 27 May, Montreal

30 May, 1:00 - 4:00 PM Boston


Elizabeth C. Parsons with Robert A. Hill, Boston University


Paula Kline, Montreal City Mission


This travel seminar course will expose students to cross-cultural mission and service issues as they are experienced in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Montreal. Conducted in conjunction with Montreal City Mission, a 102 year-old community ministry of the United Church of Canada, the course will offer engagement with public and private matters of culture, language, religious and ethnic identity in relation to Canada's francophone, anglophone, and allophone populations. Special themes will include the challenges and opportunities for ministry that arise when people think in terms of otherness and belonging.


  • Estimated cost: $300.
  • Limited to 10 students and subject to instructor's approval.
  • For more information and/or to apply, email


This course is being made possible by funding from the Center for Global Christianity & Mission and the Contextual Education and Life Long Learning Committee.


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Student Loan Offers Lower Interest, Earlier Repayment
General Board of Higher Education & Ministry


Loan College students are struggling with increasing debt across the country, so the United Methodist loan program is offering a new loan option with lower interest and earlier repayment.

The new offering, BorrowSmart, allows United Methodist college students to borrow $5,000 at 3.75 percent interest. However, they begin repaying the loan in 90 days at $50 a month rather than deferring repayment until six months after graduation or withdrawal from school.
Loan & Scholarship Opportunities
General Board of Higher Education 


gbhem logo The United Methodist Scholarship and Loan Programs are a church-wide educational service providing scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today's students. Funding for these scholarships and loans are provided through offerings, wills, annuities, and other designated gifts. Through the Loan Program, students may borrow up to $5,000 per calendar year for a maximum total loaned of $20,000. The 146-year-old United Methodist Student Loan Fund is the oldest student loan fund in the United States.  Read more...

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Summer Ethics Fellowships for Seminary and Divinity School Students
June 16 - June 27, 2013  


Completed applications must be received by January 11, 2013.

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the
Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of religious leaders in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of contemporary issues facing religious leaders.  Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing their profession today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The tentative program dates for FASPE Seminary are June 16 - June 27, 2013.

Interreligious dialogue is a central component of the FASPE Seminary program, and students from all religious faiths are encouraged to apply.  FASPE will make every effort to accommodate diverse religious and dietary needs. Reed more...
To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE at      

In This Issue
Reading Retreat
The Skillful Soul of the Psychotherapist
Lunch Colloquium: Practical Theology and Missiology
A Lecture "On Liberation: Crack, Christianity, and Containment in Postwar Guatemala City"
Video Contest for Students at UM-Related Institutions
Travel Seminar Course
Student Loan Offers Lower Interest
Loan & Scholarship Opportunities
Summer Ethics Fellowships for Seminary and Divinity School Students
STH Calendar
Theology Library Open House
RCT Fall Retreat
STH Weekly Worship
Office of Spiritual Life
BU Institute for Philosophy & Religion: "Rethinking Religion and Art"
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Theology Library Open House

Thursday, October 11

1:00pm - 4:00pm

STH Library Conference Room (202B) 

Please join the library staff at an Open House celebrating Theological Libraries Month in October.


We will have refreshments available, and offer short tours highlighting our collections and new acquisitions.  Come and learn what is going on at the Theology Library!


Hope to see you there!


Amy Limpitlaw

Head Librarian

School of Theology Library

Boston University 



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RCT Fall Retreat 
"The Practice of Dialogue" 

Saturday, October 13

9:00am - 5:00pm

the Walker Center

171 Hancock St.

Newton, MA 

(accessible from the MBTA Green D line at Riverside Station)  



Retreat Leader:  

Bob Stains  

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Public Conversations Project  

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(lunch included)



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Friday, September 28th, 2012


Kasey Cox

Religion & Conflict Transformation Program

Boston University School of Theology


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STH Weekly Worship

11:10 - 12:00 
Marsh Chapel

October 3
"Breaking and Lifting"
Dr. Thomas Thangaraj

October 10
(World Communion)
Rev. Anastasia E. B. Kidd
Shawn Fiedler  

October 17
"Honoring Disabilities Awareness Week"
Hannah Rogers

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Office of Spiritual Life 

Daily  Morning Prayer

Monday - Thursday

8:00 - 8:20 am

Muelder Chapel 343





Jenna Wood 



 Dean Pamela Lightsey 





For more information contact:  

Miracle Ryder  


Allison Bovell 


Guided Intoning 

Monday, October 1 



This contemplative experience builds on the ancient breath prayer practice. Intoning invites us to incorporate sound without words into our mediation. No previous experience necessary- this is a new spiritual practice to our community and all are most welcome.   


Contact Holly Benzenhafer Redford for more information. 

Bible Study

Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30

Muelder Chapel 343


This week's focus is  

"The Need for Prayer."

This covenant fellowship group is led by 2nd year  M.Div Student Hannah Rogers. Bring a lunch if you'd like.  No preparation necessary;  all welcome to enjoy fellowship, prayer, and Bible study.   

Bible Study Outline (link)


Contact Hannah Rogers:

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BU Institute for Philosophy & Religion: "Rethinking Religion and Art" 

Wednesday, October 3
5:00 pm
BU School of Law
Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Ave.,
1st Floor

BU Institute for Philosophy & Religion
BU Center for the Humanities

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus,
Yale University

This lecture is free and open to the public

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