September 27, 2013Top

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.
Anna Howard Shaw Thursday Lunch Talk Series
Thursday, October3, 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 Hannah Rogers, an STH M.Div. student who recently began her work as the pastor of a UMC church.

This week's free lunch is Pizzatalia pasta and salad. Please join us for food, fellowship, and fun conversation!

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Screening New PBS Film Featuring BU Faculty
Monday, September 30, 2013
STH 325

Adventists 2, a new film by Martin Doblmeier of Journey Films, soon to be aired on Public Broadcasting Stations around the nation, will be screened at BUSTH on Monday, September 30th.   


Adventists 2 is the story of how for more than a century, Seventh-day Adventists have brought health care to some of the world's most remote regions. BUSTH professor, Dr Dana Robert, Truman Collins Chair of Global Christianity and Mission, and The Reverend Canon Ted Karpf, Director of Development and former Partnerships Officer of the World Health Organization, are featured in this one hour exploration.  Dana and Ted will be on hand to add further commentary to the film. The film was produced and directed by Martin Doblmeier, also a Boston University alumnus of the School of Communications. Everyone is invited.

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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.  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.

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STH Reading Retreat "Wonderful Keys" 
Saturday, October 5, 2013  
9:00am - 5:45pm

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. 

Kindly register by sending an email to  by Thursday, October 3rd. 


Contact Rev. Robin Olson, Debbie O'Driscoll, or Bryanna Benedetti to pose any and all questions.


Sponsored by the Spiritual Life Office

Tilling Sacred Ground: Explorations in a Womanist Psychology of Religion
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm
STH 325

Dr. Phillis Sheppard presenting

You are invited to a feminist/womanist practical theology event with Dr. Phillis Sheppard on Tuesday, October 15.  Dinner will be served.
Please RSVP to (required for those joining us for dinner).


Dr. Sheppard is Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Theology at BU.  She will discuss the research she is engaged in for her book, Tilling Sacred Ground: Explorations in a Womanist Cultural Psychology of Religion.  This work draws on womanist cultural analysis, psychoanalytic theory, and contemporary black women's engagement with religion. During this evening presentation, she will introduce us to the project, provide audio, artistic, and clinical case examples of her work and method.  The evening is designed to facilitate conversation and consultation on the project.


Since 2009, the Center for Practical Theology has sponsored events to promote conversation about feminist/womanist practical theology and its engagement with critical questions facing theologians, religious scholars, and religious communities.


We hope you can join us for this enriching event.



The Center for Practical Theology

Boston University School of Theology

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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Graduate Certificate Program
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
12pm - 1:30pm


Boston University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program has launched a new Graduate Certificate Program. You can now enhance your graduate work at BU with the interdisciplinary study afforded by the WGS Program and earn institutional accreditation on your diploma. The certificate program will prepare you to conduct research and develop innovative courses in the field.  It will make you more competitive in the academic job market and also expand career opportunities in policy development, nonprofit organizations, public health, and other fields. Please see the attached flyer detailing the requirements for the certificate. For more information and an application form, visit:  If you have any additional questions, please contact the WGS Graduate Director, Carrie Preston


As the WGS Program launches its graduate program, it is also beginning a series of events with rotating formats to include practice job talks, discussions of works in progress, reading and dissertation writing groups, pedagogical seminars, etc.  


Events for fall semester

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

12pm - 1:30pm 


"The Sex Wars and The Politics of Affective Solidarity," a talk by Patricia Stuelke, nominee for the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best doctoral dissertation. 


There will be an informational session about the WGS Graduate Certificate as well as discussion of Patricia's job talk. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

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World Christianity Forum
Friday, October 18, 2013
Photonics Center, 9th Floor
Panel Conversation: Issues in World Christianity

Please join the conversation during a landmark gathering of the heads of World Christianity centers and important scholars from the United States and Europe.



Emma Wild-Wood, Henry Martyn Centre, University of Cambridge

Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, Professor of Global Christianities and Mission, Perkins School of Theology

Jehu Hanciles, Associate Professor of World Christianity, Candler School of Theology.


Reception to follow.


Co-sponsored by:

Center for Global Christianity and Mission, Boston University

Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston University School of Theology Alumni Office,

Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs

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In This Issue
Anna Howard Shaw Thursday Lunch Talk Series
Screening New PBS Film Featuring BU Faculty
UM Mock Ordination Interviews
STH Reading Retreat "Wonderful Keys"
Tilling Sacred Ground: Explorations in a Womanist Psychology of Religion
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Graduate Certificate Program
STH Calendar
STH Weekly Worship
Office of Spiritual Life
2013-2014 Lecture Series "The Contemporary Face of Suffering"
The Way Ahead - Breaking down Barriers, Creating Community
Quick Links
STH Calendar

STH Weekly Worship
Worship to God

11:10 - 12:00 
Marsh Chapel

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

Dr. Robert Neville

October 9
Worship Series
"The Parable of the Great Dinner"

Worship with World Communion
Linwood Blizzard

Office of Spiritual Life

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.
Lecture Series
"The Contemporary Face of Suffering"
Wednesday, October 2
STH 325


"Physician-Assisted Suicide and End-of-Life Issues" 



Dan W. Brock,  

Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics  

(Harvard Medical School)

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Irina Meketa  

(BU Philosophy Department)


This event is free and open to the public.  Please see attachment for fuller description.   

Co-sponsored by the Boston University Institute for Philosophy & Religion and  

the Boston University Center for the Humanities


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This year's Institute series will explore important philosophical, religious, and literary aspects of suffering. From recent public debate about physician-assisted suicide and other end-of-life choices to new academic research on topics such as social suffering and the effects of trauma, there is much to prompt contemporary philosophical reflection about the nature and meaning of human suffering. In this year's series, individual lectures will focus on topics such as the phenomenology of pain, trauma, and waiting; the relationship between suffering and ethical theory; and the expressive connection between suffering and artistic and narrative forms of representation. This year's roster of speakers will include notable experts in areas such as the philosophy of religion, bioethics, literary theory, and narrative medicine.

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The Way Ahead -  Breaking down Barriers, Creating Community
An Autumn Conference on Peace-making, Earth Tending and Inter-Faith Reverence.

October 30, 2013

Rolling Ridge Retreat Center
660 Great Pond Road
North Andover, MA 01845

Come to Rolling Ridge's 3rd Annual Peace Conference and hear a clear voice for living together in peace and
Imam Suhaib Webb.