October 11, 2013
All submissions for the Collegium must be sent to the Office of Community Life & Lifelong Learning  (vp@bu.edu ) 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.
Job Information Session for an Open Pastor Position at Harrisena Community Church
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
1:30pm - 3:00pm
STH Room 325                                                                                                                        
Historic Harrisena Community Church in Queensbury, New York, seeks a full time pastor to lead our congregation of approximately 250 members; a pastor who will inspire our growing youth population, minister to our elders, and inspire all to a greater faith in God.   

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to the Pulpit Committee at paust@adirondackchamber.org.   


For additional information visit: www.harrisena.org  


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


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.

RSVP to cpt@bu.edu (required for dinner guests) or call 617-353-3885. 


Travel Seminar "Archaeology and Christian Origins in Ancient Ephesus (TN-833)"
Thursday, October 18, 2013
12:30pm Ephesus, Turkey
STH Room 320                                                                                 

Each Spring STH offers a class to its students that examine the social and civic context of ancient religions in Ephesus, Turkey (TN 833: ARCHAEOLOGY AND CHRISTIAN ORIGINS IN ANCIENT EPHESUS). The class is taught by Prof. James Walters.


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.  


We have applied for springboard funding on behalf of those who will be going so you need not apply yourself. The total estimated cost for the trip is $2,300 including transportation, lodging and most meals and we expect that Springboard funding will cover $800 of that amount leaving a balance of $1500.  


Interested students should email Lisa M. Straus (lstraus@bu.edu ), 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. It looks like there will be space for first year students who are interested.


Anna Howard Shaw Thursday Lunch Talk Series
Thursday, October 18, 2013
STH Room 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 Dr. Nancy Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion at BUSTH and Chair of the Department of Sociology at BUCAS,

will present "What's all this talk about spirituality?


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


World Christianity Forum
Friday, October 18, 2013
1:30pm - 3:00 pm
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.   With:

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


School of Theology Lowell Lecture Featuring  
Bishop Gene Robinson
Thursday, October 24, 2013
7pm - 8:30pm
Tsai Performing Arts Center

685 Commonwealth Ave.  


Boston University School of Theology presents a two-part Public Lecture Series entitled  

"A Closer Look: Spirituality and Politics, Polity and Paternalism in the debate on inclusion of LGBTQ folk in organized religion."  


The Fall Term Lowell Lecture features Bishop V. Gene Robinson. The Right Reverend Robinson, retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, presents a lecture on his personal faith journey and his spirituality in the light of the controversy surrounding his election and service as the first Bishop to be "openly gay and married to a person of the same gender in the Anglican Communion."   

Reception following.


STH Back to Class Session
Friday, October 25, 2013 B.J. Stiles
1:30pm - 4:30pm
STH B-19


School of Theology Back to Class Session: "The Church as Incubator/Oppressor - Motive Magazine, Methodism in the Midst of Cultural Upheaval"


This "back to class" session features the Reverend B. J. Stiles, editor of Motive Magazine from 1962-1969, and a panel of writers and decision-makers including Gil Caldwell, Don Messer and Charlotte Bunch.

STH Worship Team is Seeking Volunteers

Do you play an instrument?  Would you be interested in leading a musical prelude in worship?  Would you join together with others to play in a praise band in worship?  The Worship Team is interested in scheduling musicians in our community to help lead some gathering music for Wednesday worship from time to time.  Please email us ckidd@bu.edu and we'll put you on our volunteer list.


We are also seeking more volunteers to lead other parts of the liturgy.  If you would be willing to be a greeter, read scripture, help with communion, lead prayers, and more....please email us and we'll put you on our volunteer list.  ckidd@bu.edu 

"The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement"
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
4:40 pm
CURA Institute, 10 Lenox St.

Dr. Carrie R. Wickham is Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University, and the author of some of the most important works on Muslim politics and Islamist movements over the past ten years. Wickham's new book, The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement, was published this year by Princeton University Press to widespread acclaim. She is also the author of one of the most important works on Muslim politics of the early 2000s:  Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism and Political Change in Egypt (Columbia University Press, 2002).


Vigil Volunteers Needed

Do you have the gifts of compassion and comforting presence as well an interest in a unique life-changing volunteer experience?

Life Choice Hospice is currently seeking volunteers in the Greater Boston area to participate in their vigil program."Vigil" to watch and wait is the culmination of the hospice journey when volunteers offer supportive presence during the dying process. 


Volunteers must be 18 years of age, they are screened, trained and supported by professional staff.  If you are interested in this opportunity.  Please call Janet Dwyer at 781-487-2201 or jdwyer@lifechoicehospice.com.


Visual Liturgy: Making Art in the Worshiping Community
Saturday, November 16, 2013
8:30am - 4:15pm
Christ Lutheran Church                                                                         
113 Union Street,
Natick, MA 01760

Early Registration deadline: October 31, 2013


What happens when members of a faith community gather to create art to use within corporate worship?  Worship takes on a deeper meaning as each person, actively engaging in the "work of the people," links their own deeply felt understanding of God's faithfulness in their lives to a visual manifestation of the liturgy's words and actions.  Read more...  


In This Issue
Job Information Session for an Open Pastor Position at Harrisena Community Church
"Tilling Sacred Ground: Explorations in a Womanist Psychology of Religion"
Anna Howard Shaw Thursday Lunch Talk Series
Anna Howard Shaw Thursday Lunch Talk Series
World Christianity Forum
School of Theology Lowell Lecture
STH Back to Class Session
STH Worship Team is Seeking Volunteers
"The Muslim Brotherhood Evolution of an Islamist Movement"
Vigil Volunteers Needed
Visual Liturgy: Making Art in the Worshiping Community
STH Calendar
STH Weekly Worship
Office of Spiritual Life
Spiritual Life Office's Vocation Vacation 2014
"Roundtable Worship"
Quick Links
STH Calendar 


STH Weekly Worship
Worship to God

11:10 - 12:00 
Marsh Chapel

October 16
"The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard"

Worship with
Rev. Campbell,
STH alum & pastor at Harvard Epworth UMC

October 23
Worship with
Rev. Daniel Velez Rivera,
STH Advisory Board & alum, and vicar at
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Leesburg, VA

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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  lpopper@bu.edu
Debbie O'Driscoll  
 to volunteer, and to receive more information.

Dreamers and Doers Welcomed!  


The Spiritual Life Office is planning two off-campus Retreats for the Spring Semester, and welcomes your input. 


The first is a Winter Retreat, February 14-16, 2014, held about 45 minutes from BU at a lovely lakeside retreat center.  Generally close to 40 students, staff, faculty, and spouses enjoy this weekend away.


The second is a week-long adventure, March 8-15, 2014, called "Vocation Vacation."  This alternative spring break trip is limited to 9 student participants.  We'll travel from Boston to DC and many locations along the way, exploring a wide variety of vocational contexts.  


Please contact Rev. Robin Olson rolson@bu.edu if you'd like to join one of the planning teams.

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Spiritual Life Office's
Vocation Vacation 2014

Vocation Vacation is an alternative Spring Break sponsored by the Spiritual Life Office for STH seminarians to explore various vocations and strengthen community. 

The dates for Vocation Vacation will be March 8-15th. The group will be no larger than 10 people, traveling in a van, with a modest cost. We plan to visit a variety of ministry sites from Boston to D.C. along the East Coast, and we would love your input in our planning process. What types of ministry are you interested in learning more about? What experiences will guide your vocational discernment?

We are shaping the Vocation Vacation around our community's spirit of inquiry - so, let your interests be known, whether or not you plan to attend, by filling out our short (5 question) survey! 




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"Roundtable Worship"

STH Circle of Students Worshipping on Marsh Plaza
Wednesday, October 16
Muelder Chapel (STH 343)


First STH's  

"Roundtable Worship"  

will be in Muelder Chapel.


As a restorative practice, Roundtable Worship gives participants the opportunity to partake in prayer and song of reconciliation and transformation, discover fellowship with others in an agape meal, and create authentic dialogue through the practice of truth telling and narrative sharing.  


The hope of Roundtable Worship is to encourage a space for the development of genuine dialogue that creates opportunities for listening for understanding and speaking the truth in love. When we are gathered around the table in a spirit of reconciliation and hope, we begin to see and truly understand the dignity and worth that exists within us all.  All are invited and welcome to join in the gathering around the table. If you have any further questions, please contact Haley Jones at



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