Boston University School of TheologySeptember 13, 2013
TopAll 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. 
STH Service of Matriculation 
STH Cross
Wednesday, September 18, 201311:00am 
Marsh Chapel   

A welcome to the new class and also an honoring the 2013 Distinguished Alumni/ae and 50th reunion class. Dr. Peter Paris Preaching.

Worship begins at 11am; all faculty (in academic dress) and new students are encouraged to join the procession by lining up outside of Room 110 at STH at 10:45am.


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STH Distinguished Alumni Panel
Thursday, September 19, 20132pm - 4pm
King Room in Mugar Library 3rd Floor   

The 2013 School of Theology Distinguished Alumni will respond to the "Three Greatest Challenges Facing Us in the Next Decade." 

Dr. Walter Fluker will moderate. The 2013 Distinguished Alumni are Andy Crouch (STH '94), Rev. David Farley (STH '78), Bishop Deborah Kiesey (STH '76) and Rev. Dr. Michele Shields (STH '81).

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Shower of Stoles Project 
Shower of Stoles
Friday, September 20, 2013 
First Floor Corridor 
(Stoles will be displayed all week starting Monday, September 16th)

The School of Theology will display the 
Shower of Stoles as part of the BU Arts Crawl  on Friday September 20th. BU Arts Initiative is organizing the first BU Arts Crawl as part of  BU's Weeks of Welcome (WOW).  (WOW) is a series of events, activities, and initiatives designed to kick off the new academic year, while introducing Terriers to the vast array of opportunities available to them as members of the BU community.

The Shower of Stoles is a collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. This extraordinary collection celebrates the gifts of LGBT persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


We are honored to exhibit dozens of these stoles in the first floor corridor.  Please visit for more information or contact Pippa Mpunzwana.


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Come Join the Seminary Singers!
Choir festival
All are welcome to come and sing with the Seminary Singers this year. 
We have a robe for you!  Join us on Tuesday afternoons in Marsh Chapel from 5pm to 6:30pm for rehearsal; then we sing each Wednesday for Community Worship - 10:30am to 12noon.  This is an excellent community of folks who love to take a break from rigorous academic study and do something they love - MAKE MUSIC!  Come join us.  No audition needed, just a love for diverse sacred music.  Questions?  Rev. Chad W. Kidd, 


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STH Peer Mentoring Program 
STH students

New students! Welcome to the wild world of STH! We're glad that you're here, but we know that life in a new place can be overwhelming. To join our peer mentoring program, email Community Life Coordinator, Ashley Anderson (  


Current students! Congratulations! In your second, third, or seventh year, you probably know what's going on at least half of the time. If you are a current student who would like to be a peer mentor to a new student, email Ashley. You may also sign up in the admissions office. The mentor program is available to students in all programs at the School of Theology. 


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Anna Howard Shaw Thursday 
Lunch Talk Series
Thursday, September 19, 2013 
12:30pm, STH 320

The Anna Howard Shaw Center Presents its weekly Thursday Lunch Lecture Series is a time for all STH students to come and discuss women's issues with a variety of speakers and presenters.

This week's guest speaker is Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey, School of Theology Distinguished Alumna. She will lead a discussion titled "My Vocational Journey."

This week's free lunch is India Quality. Please join us at 12:30 in the Shaw Center room 320 for food, fellowship, and fun conversation!


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Spiritual Growth and Stress Support Group
Spiritual Support
Thursday, September 19, 2013 
2pm - 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. A senior staff member from the Danielsen Institute with more than 20 years of professional counseling experience will lead the group with Dr. Choi. 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.


This group will meet ten times per semester on Thursdays. Our first meeting is on September 19 at 2pm in the Shaw Center.


If you are interested, please send an email to Rev. Dr. Choi, Hee An. (


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New STH Student Group Invites You
Smiley HaHa
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
2:30pmMarsh Plaza

Do you love Haha's and Lol's? Have you any interest in sketch comedy or improv?  

If you have any desire to form a unique brand of humor from the STH community, stop by for an interest meeting on Tuesday, September 17th @2:30 in Marsh Plaza.  Just look for Sam Needham, Lauren Osga, or myself (Laura Owens). If you don't know any of us, look for the people with goofy body language and excessive laughter. We'll discuss regular meetings, visions of what a troupe might look like, and even fun names for our group. If you are unable to attend do not fret, just email me at I'll email you with our next meeting time! 


Seems like a great addition to our ever-so-serious community

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2013-14 Lecture Series: The Contemporary Face of Suffering
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
BU CAS 211
725 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston University's Institute for Philosophy & Religion



Presented by Harold Schweizer,
John P. Crozer Professor of English, Bucknell University.

"The capacity to give one's attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing," Simone Weil writes, "it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle."  Can poetry perform such miracles?  Examining this question with reference to poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, William Wordsworth, Eavan Boland, and Alice Oswald, Schweizer notes not only how these poems attend to a sufferer both in their language and their silences, but also how they instruct us to wait, or as Maurice Blanchot puts it, to "keep our haste and our impatient desire" from prematurely filling the sufferer's "empty intimacy of time."  The sufferer's fundamental solitude, as these poems suggest, elicits our acknowledgment of the radically indecipherable qualities of suffering.  It is precisely in the humility of this acknowledgment that we begin to feel empathy.  A poetry that itself ought to be a rare and difficult thing can significantly nurture such a practice of empathic imagining. 


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Boston College 150th Symposium: 
The Legacy of Vatican II

Thursday, September 26, 2013 
10:00 a.m. Boston College, Chestnut Hill Campus Gasson Hall, Room 100


The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry cordially invites you to attend the symposium "The Legacy of Vatican II." 

This symposium marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the 150th anniversary of the founding of Boston College. The symposium will be composed of distinguished scholars from around the world who have studied Vatican II from theological, historical, and cultural standpoints.

The event happens at a crucial moment in the history of the Catholic Church under the papacy of Francis-himself a Jesuit shaped by the legacy of Vatican II. The symposium will focus on the long-term legacy of the Council in the United States and the world. The proceedings will be published in a forthcoming volume.

View the program

The symposium is free of charge and by invitation only.
A light lunch will be served.  Please register online by September 19.

Call for Papers - Remixing Religion: New Models for the Study of Religious Synthesis

Conference dates: April 4-6, 2014

Keynote speakers: David Frankfurter (Boston University) and Judith Weisenfeld (Princeton University)


Submission Deadline: November 27, 2013

The Graduate Committee for the Study of Religion at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the topic of its upcoming graduate student conference, "Remixing Religion: New Models for the Study of Religious Synthesis."
Please see the attached Call for Papers for more information.


Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to by November 27, 2013. Proposals should include the presenter's name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and email address as well as the paper title and abstract. 


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2014-2015 Dempster Graduate Fellowship
Dempster Fellowship

Awarded by the Ministerial Education Fund and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church.

The awards are made annually to graduate students selected for their intellectual excellence, academic achievement, promise of usefulness in teaching careers, personal qualities, clarity of spiritual purpose, and commitment to Christian ministry and the preparation of pastoral leadership for the church.

All applications shall be received in the office of the executive director on or before November 1, 2013, for awards for the academic year 2014-15.

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In This Issue
STH Service of Matriculation
STH Distinguished Alumni Panel
Shower of Stoles Project
Come Join the Seminary Singers!
STH Peer Mentoring Program
Anna Howard Shaw Thursday Lunch Talk Series
Spiritual Growth and Stress Support Group
New STH Student Group Invites You
2013-14 Lecture Series: The Contemporary Face of Suffering
Boston College 150th Symposium: The Legacy of Vatican II
Call for Papers: Remixing Religion: New Models for the Study of Religious Synthesis
2014-2015 Dempster Graduate Fellowship
STH Calendar
STH Weekly Worship
Office of Spiritual Life
2013 BUSTH Student Sermon Celebration Day
STHSA News and Events
Other Events of Interest to You
STH Calendar
Quick Links
STH Weekly Worship

11:10 - 12:00 
Marsh Chapel


September 18
Matriculation Service 
Dr. Peter Paris

September 25

Worship Series
"The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge"

Dean Pamela Lightsey,
Association of Black Seminarians and Sacred Worth

Office of Spiritual Life
Spiritual Life Office

Daily Morning Prayer

Monday - Thursday

8:30 - 8:50 am

Muelder Chapel 343


2013 BUSTH Student Sermon Celebration Day
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The Garner Prize for Preaching is dedicated to promoting homiletical excellence among MDiv and MTS students at Boston University School of Theology.  Its aim is to encourage preaching that embodies the best of exegesis, theology, and performance/delivery. 
The Garner Prize is calling for up to 15 BUSTH MDiv and MTS students to preach sermons on either a Hebrew Bible or a New Testament text at a Student Sermon Celebration Day at Marsh Chapel on
Saturday, November 2.

 The scripture reading and sermon must be no more than fifteen minutes in length.  A panel of three faculty judges, David S. Jacobsen, Walter E. Fluker, and Susan Hassinger will evaluate the sermons and identify three award winners who will receive a prize of $500, $300, and $200 respectively. All participants will receive a CD of their scripture reading and sermon as thanks for their homiletical contribution to the celebration.  The prize is made possible through a generous gift from Tammie and Chapin Garner, a prominent BUSTH alumnus, adjunct faculty, pastor, and author.


Priority will be given to the first fifteen third-year M.Div. students who register.  Second-year and first-year students MDiv and MTS students are also welcome to apply.  BUSTH faculty members are encouraged to submit recommendations for any potential student participants to

Please register via email to the above address on or before 
Friday, October 18,
to share your preaching gifts on November 2. 


STHSA News and Events
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Weekly Meetings


Please join STHSA for our weekly meetings in Room 115 (until the basement is finished) 
from 1:00-2:00 p.m
For more information on what STHSA is, our agendas, and who your officers are, please visit


STH Hoodies Sale 


STHSA will be selling STH hoodies this year! They will be zip-up, approximately $30, 
and we want to engage you by having 
a design contest!
The winning design will also be put onto a tote bag. These tote bags will be around $2 also have a side pocket that will allow them to be put over the handles of rolling bags and suitcases. 
The submission form can be found on our website at
The hoodie itself will look like this:
We ask for all submissions to be sent to Kristen Redford at
before Friday, September 20. 
STHSA will be sending another email the following week for us to vote on the winning design.

STHSA Nominations  


STHSA will be seeking nominations for SIX positions next week from  

September 16-20, 2013.  


The positions are:


Public Relations Officer (NEW position)
First year Student Representative
Non-MDiv Representative
MDiv Student Representative
International Student Representative
Doctoral Student Representative 


Please email all nominations to  

before Friday, September 20 at 5 p.m.


Elections will be held from Monday, September 23 starting  

at 8:00 a.m.- Wednesday September 25 at 11:59 p.m.


Other Events of Interest to You
Trinigy Church

Trinity Church Boston

206 Clarendon St, 

Copley Square  

Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-0944


Sunday, September 15, 2013  2-3:30pm 


Thich Nhat Hanh:  Sit In Peace and Guided Meditation


Imagine the energy of thousands of people gathered together and meditating on the open grounds of Copley Square with one of the most influential people of our time: Zen Master, author, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. Trinity Church and the Trinity Boston Foundation will host the Buddhist monk as he guides a sitting meditation. You may like to bring waterproof something to sit on.  

Open to all, from every path. We kindly ask there be no display of banners, signs, or flyers at the event.  




Freisinger Chamber Orchestra   


  Chamber orchestra


Old South Church Sanctuary 

645 Boylston Street  

Copley Square  

Boston, MA 02116  

Saturday, September 21, 2013 



Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201


Suggested Admission: $13 adults; $8 students; Music students FREE.