December 7, 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.

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STH Christmas Throwdown

Thursday, December 13th

5:30 PM 

STH Basement 


Everyone is invited!  This event is sponsored by the Student Association, hosted by the Southern Fried Theologians and welcome to all! Should you want to bring a special dish from your family or country traditions, please do! The more food the more merriment. At 7:30 PM the party will move across the street to the Dugout. 


The potluck sign up for the Christmas Throwdown:


Marsh Chapel Reading Retreat
Books & Winter

Friday, December 14th

9:00am - 6:00pm  

Marsh Chapel  


Spend a day of the BU Study Days at the first Marsh Chapel Reading Retreat.  Our ever popular School of Theology retreat is being offered to students across the University.  Enjoy breakfast and lunch together and community devotions centered on the wisdom of Dean Howard Thurman. Support one another in studying for finals and writing those end of term papers.  Please register at the Marsh Chapel website: 


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Any questions?  Don't hesitate to contact Rev. Robin Olson,Marsh Chapel Associate,



The David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award: $20,000David H.C. Read
Deadline: January 31, 2013

The David H. C. Read Award is a national preaching prize given annually to three third-year M.Div. students.  First prize is a $20,000 award and is based chiefly on two submitted sermons each accompanied by a 1,000 word exegesis of an OT and a NT text respectively.  Last year our nominees from BUSTH were Robin Barraza and Aidan Kelly.  If you would like to be considered for nomination for the 2013 award, please contact Prof. David S. Jacobsen (  He can provide you with further information on the award and all of the application requirements.  Prof. Jacobsen will be inviting BUSTH's two nominees for this national preaching award toward the end of next week.  Read more... 


News From the General Board of Higher Education
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2013-14 BU Keyword Initiative


Dear Colleagues:


As a member of BU's Keyword Committee, it is my joy to announce the Keyword Initiative theme chosen for academic year 2013-2014 is TRANSFORMATION. 


As before, the committee invites students and colleagues from Boston University and the Greater Boston area to participate in a year of creative discussion and action on the theme of TRANSFORMATION. Collaborations are strongly encouraged as we see this work as as fine example of OneBU.



Dean Pamela Lightsey 



A Clergy Group to Build - Bridges of Transformation
Refreshing Ministry while connecting Internationally

Feeling burned out?  Wondering if God is still present and at work in your life?  Is passion for ministry slipping away?  Are you struggling to see a vision for those you lead?

Do you want to break out of an institutional model of ministry and regain a sense of mission?

Symonds Prize Essay Competition
Gender & Sexuality
Studies in Gender and Sexuality
An Interdisciplinary Journal
Submissions Deadline: December 31, 2012

Studies in Gender and Sexuality, through the generosity of the Alexandra and Martin Symonds Foundation, announces the sixth annual competition for the best essay on a topic related to issues of gender, sexuality, or both.

The essay may engage clinical or theoretical questions. The writer may be new or seasoned. The topic may be cutting-edge or devoted to venerable problems in psychoanalysis. In the spirit of the journal's mandate, we welcome essays that vary in form and content, including
multidisciplinary work. We are open to orthodoxy and heterodoxy. Even to their combinations.  Read more...

"Tree of Life" STH Retreat

Mark Your 2013 Calendar!

February 15-17, 2013  

Mother Root



"Tree of Life" Retreat      

All STH Community Retreat at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, North Andover MA.

Our planning team is at work, imagining and preparing for another fabulous weekend.  This relaxing weekend retreat is designed to build community, deepen spirituality, and practice hospitality.  Open to STH students, faculty, administrators, staff - and their partners too.  Costs will be modest; fun will be ample. Registration will begin in January at the beginning of the new semester.  


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In This Issue
STH Christmas Throwdown
Marsh Chapel Reading Retreat
The David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award
News From the General Board of Higher Education
2013-14 BU Keyword Initiative
A Clergy Group to Build - Bridges of Transformation
Symonds Prize Essay Competition
"Tree of Life" STH Retreat
Th.D. Dissertation Defense
The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation
STH Calendar
Quick Links
University Lessons and Carols
Friday, December 7, 2012
Nave of Marsh Chapel

Marsh Chapel Choir, Seminary Singers, and Majestic Brass

Scott Allen Jarrett conducting

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STH Weekly Worship


11:10 - 12:00 pm

Marsh Chapel 
December 12
Advent 2
Lessons and Carols

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Office of Spiritual Life

Daily Morning Prayer

Monday - Thursday

8:00 - 8:20 am

Muelder Chapel 343



Janjay Innis  



Miracle Ryder
Rev Robin Olson, final Morning Prayer for the semester

Lectio Divina


9:00-9:30 am

sponsored by BU Navigators


Eucharist Service


12:45 pm  

Led by BU Episcopal and Lutheran Ministries


ADVENT Blessings   

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Visit  Muelder Chapel to receive resources to encourage your Advent journey.  Enjoy the crèche on the altar, given to Muelder Chapel by the Israel and Palestine Travel Seminar team, January 2012. Pause for a moment in the business of the semester to center yourself in Advent hope.


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Th.D. Dissertation Defense  
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Stephen Squires
Wednesday, December 19

9am - 11:00am

STH 325

"Absolution and the Universal Priesthood from Luther to Spener"


Dr. Christopher Brown, First Reader

Dean Bryan Stone, Second Reader 

Dr. Christopher Evans

Dr. Phillis Sheppard

Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker


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The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation  
Steve Prothero
Sunday, December 16

10:15 AM

Trinity Church,  

Copley Square


Free and open to the Public


Talk and Book-Signing  by Stephen Prothero, Professor at Boston University 


Join us for a discussion of Stephen Prothero's latest book, The American Bible.  Author of six books including the New York Times best-seller Religious Literacy: what Every American Needs to Know- and Doesn't,  Prothero has been featured in Time, The New York Times and on NPR, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Today.

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