September 20, 2013

In This Issue
STH Calendar
Quick Links
STH Weekly Worship
Worship to God

11:10 - 12:00 
Marsh Chapel

September 25
Worship Series
"The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge"

Dean Pamela Lightsey,
Association of Black Seminarians and Sacred Worth

October 2
Worship Series
"The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus"

Dr. Robert Neville

Office of Spiritual Life
Spiritual Life Office

Daily Morning Prayer

Monday - Thursday

8:30 - 8:50 am

Muelder Chapel 343

Start your day with a centered pause in the heart of community, at Morning Prayer in Muelder Chapel. All traditions, prayer styles, and personalities are most welcomed!  In fact, would you like to lead from your own tradition? Just contact Lindsay Popper or
Debbie O'Driscoll
 to volunteer, and to receive lots more information.

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Reading Retreat,  

Saturday, October 5th

9:00am- 5:45pm

"Wonderful Keys"




You are invited to spend a day in a focused, productive, and joyous day of study.  Yes, "joyous," you read that correctly. Come to the first STH Reading Retreat of the semester on Saturday October 5th.  Our theme is "Wonderful Keys" and we will name and celebrate keys to your academic success and spiritual fulfillment.  You'll enjoy two good meals, the company of your STH community, and a day of delightful study.


Information and Schedule


Kindly register by sending an email to by  

Thursday evening, October 3rd.   


Contact Rev. Robin Olson,  

Debbie O'Driscoll, or Bryanna Benedetti to pose any and all questions.


Sponsored by the Spiritual Life Office

Travel Seminar to Ancient Ephesus with Prof. James Walters
Ephesus, Turkey

March 6 - March 16, 2014
Each Spring STH offers a class to its students that examines the social and civic context of ancient religions in Ephesus, Turkey



The heart of the course will be a 10 day travel seminar (over Spring Break, March 6 - March 16, 2014) to ancient Ephesus and other archaeological sites in the region in order to examine and reflect upon the city's extant material culture.  


Ephesus will serve as our primary classroom though the class will meet several times in preparation for the trip over spring break. Interested students should email Lisa M. Straus (, the class TA, indicating your name, your degree program, how far along you are in your degree program, and how the trip would enhance your degree and/or your future career plans. Enrollment preference will be given to advanced students.


Other Events of Interest to You
Trinigy Church

Trinity Church Boston

206 Clarendon St.

Copley Square  

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 536-0944


Sunday, September 29


Dr. Marc Brettler Talk on the  

Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include some of the earliest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible, are currently on exhibit at the Museum of Science until October 20.  Dr. Marc Brettler, the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University, will join us to provide a greater understanding of the significance of these ancient documents for both Jews and Christians. Dr. Brettler is widely recognized as a master teacher, and was one of the co-editors of the New Oxford Annotated Bible. He will be available to sign copies of his books following the lecture. 


Blue line  

Sundays, beginning September 29, 10:15am - 11:00am

A Year of the Bible:  Exploring the Great Story, Probing the Great Questions


The Bible is a wonderfully deep and rich-and oftentimes-mysterious story: the story of God creating, redeeming, and sustaining us, a story of hope. From September 2013 through June 2014, we are going to read the great stories of our faith found in the Old Testament.  Through weekly classes for adults, children and youth; readings and blog posts; discussions and small group gatherings, we will explore the God who is the Bible's main character, while we wrestle together with the big questions raised in Scripture, like:

"Where did we come from?"

"If God is good, why is there evil and suffering?"

"Why pray?"

"What does God want for all people, really?"

Join us for what is sure to be a great adventure!  More information @  

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. 
Soul-Spiration Gospel Service  
Tuesday, September 24, 2013  Pamela Lightsey
7pm - 8pm
Marsh Chapel 

Co-hosted by the School of Theology and the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground

Preacher: Rev. Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey,
Boston University School of Theology

Music provided by the Inner Strength Gospel Choir and
Mr. Herbert S. Jones

UM Mock Ordination Interviews

Tuesday, October 1, 2013





9:00am - 5:00pm




STH 325


For several years, the Contextual Education office has offered a mock interview process for UM candidates preparing to go before their Boards of Ordained Ministry.  This month, we will be offering this process for candidates preparing for their full membership interviews. A group of clergy will read your Autobiographical Statement and Theological Statement, interview you about them, and then give you feedback. If you would like to participate on Tuesday, October 1, email a copy of your Autobiographical Statement and Theological Statement to Pippa Mpunzwana (

at the Office of Contextual Education by Monday, September 23, 2013.  If you have any preference regarding time during the day, please let her know.


To help defray some of the expenses of this program there will be a $15 fee for the mock interview. Please send your payment for this fee (checks payable to BU School of Theology) to Pippa by September 23. We strongly encourage you to plan on not only being interviewed but also on observing at least one other candidate's interview. It is valuable to see how different interviews can be, and a candidate can often learn more when she/he is not the one being interviewed. If you have questions contact Pippa 617-353-3038 or Wanda Stahl ( 617-353-9699.


Meet Rev. Frank Thomas  
Monday, September 23, 2013  null
12pm - 3pm
STH 111B  

Are you considering pastoral ministry in the future?  Are you wondering about next steps after seminary?  Are you a third-year MDiv with no set plans beyond May?  If you responded "yes" to any of these questions, please come meet Frank Thomas next Monday, September 23rd.  Rev. Thomas coordinates the Transition Into Ministry (TiM) Pastorate Program at Plymouth Church, UCC, in Iowa, which you can learn about here:


In brief, the TiM Program allows recent seminary graduates to relocate to Iowa for a 27-month residency in pastoral ministry where they are provided full funding and support.  In addition to serving one's own congregation during that time, this program was formed to further strengthen potentially outstanding pastors by providing tools and experiences to sustain first-call pastors in solo pastorates.   The TiM Iowa program challenges its participants to refine their individual understandings of the pastoral vocation and to develop patterns of reflective practice that will serve them throughout full and productive careers in ministry. 


Anastasia Kidd will be hosting a free lunch from 12noon until 1:30pm on Monday, September 23rd, to connect Rev. Frank Thomas with interested BUSTH students of any denomination who are considering parish ministry as a vocation.  To attend, please come to the Admissions Office at noon, and we will walk together to an area restaurant for lunch.  The more, the merrier.  A quick email RSVP to Anastasia ( would be helpful, but isn't necessary. If you would like to meet with Rev. Thomas but can't make the lunch, please email Anastasia and she will connect you by email; Frank may be available to meet with students individually after lunch that afternoon.  

Please come to lunch - it will make Rev. Thomas feel welcome in this community, and will teach you a great deal about this excellent pastoral opportunity!  


Monday Meditations Lecture Series  
Monday, September 23, 2013  null
7:30pm - 9:00pm
First UM Church of Melrose
645 Main Street, Melrose,  MA 

You are invited to attend a lecture "Praying in a Religiously Pluralistic India: Problems and Possibilities" presented by
Dr. Thomas Thangaraj, Visiting Professor of Christianity.  Read more information...

Anna Howard Shaw Thursday 
Lunch Talk Series
Thursday, September 26, 2013 
STH 320

The Anna Howard Shaw Center Presents its weekly Thursday Lunch Lecture Series! This 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 Samantha Ball, an STH third year student and staff at the Shaw Center.


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


Spiritual Growth and Stress Support Group
Thursday, September 26, 2013  
2pm - 3pm
STH 320

The Spiritual Growth and Stress Support Group, Spiritual Supportsponsored 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 (


2013-14 Springboard Application
Application Deadline - November 1, 2013 
Boston University School of Theology seeApplication formks to support students with education and enrichment experiences that they may not have otherwise been able to conceive and realize. A small pool of "Springboard" Funding for the 2013-14 Academic Year will be awarded to full-time students enrolled in School of Theology degree programs and in good academic standing who wish to engage themselves in special internships and projects. This is a competitive awards program based on the availability of funds and the merit of the applications as judged by the Contextual Education and Lifelong Learning Committee.

Students may receive Springboard funding for only one approved individual project, and one approved travel seminar, during their course of study at BUSTH.

To apply, download and complete 2013-14 Application Form at:

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics
Application Deadline - December 20, 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 the clergy in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of ethical issues facing religious leaders today. 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 2014 FASPE Seminary program will run from June 15 to June 26, 2014. 


Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Students of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Previous participants have come from schools such as Boston College, Catholic Theological Union, Fuller Theological Seminary, the Hartford Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Yeshiva University.


To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:


If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at



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