October 18, 2013Top
In This Issue
Spiritual Life Office's Vocation Vacation 2014
School of Theology Lowell Lecture Featuring Bishop Gene Robinson
STH Back to Class Session
Upcoming Webinar: "Mass Incarceration, Retributive Justice and Retributive Theology"
Theological Libraries Month
Beyond Conflict: How to Think about the Relationship between Religion and Science
Parish Life - Ministry Fair
Contextual Education Orientation
Visiting Scholar Position Announcement - Boston University
Quick Links
STH Calendar
STH Community Center

12:00 Noon - Community Lunch 
(Hosted by Black Seminarians)

1:00-4:00 p.m.-Open House 
(Hosted by Spiritual Life, Community Life, Writing Works, TAs/RAs, and Religion & Conflict Transformation)


STH Weekly Worship

11:10 - 12:00 
Marsh Chapel

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

October 30 
One Week All Saints Worship

Calissa Dauterman

Office of Spiritual

Spiritual healing

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.

Spiritual Life Office Open House 

Wednesday, October 23 



We're getting our KEYS!!!  

When our offices in the Community Center will be open next Wednesday to welcome you home, stop by to party.   

Enjoy refreshments, music, a special "key" party favor, and wonderful community.

Upcoming Dates:


Saturday, November 2 

All Saints Weekend Reading Retreat,

focusing on St. John of the Cross


Monday November 4

Guided Intoning 



Wednesday, November 6 Information Meetings  

for Vocation Vacation  

at 12:45 and 5:15pm.


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!  


New Travel Seminar
TF 808-R1
"Issues in Mission and Ministry: Rural Maine"
Spring 2014

This new travel seminar will use Maine as a case study to explore how churches and faith-based organizations in smaller towns and rural areas understand their missions and ministries in our unpredictable, rapidly changing era.

Led by Wanda Stahl and Elizabeth Parsons, the on location portion of the seminar will run
from 19 - 26 May. Two mandatory pre-meetings and one post-meeting in Boston are also part of this course.

The seminar is only open to students who are not graduating in May 2014.

This course is being generously subsidized by Springboard funding and by the Center for Global Christianity and Mission. All participants must pay a $350 fee; their transportation to-from Portland, Maine where the travel begins; and a few meals along the way. So, total out of pocket costs per student should be approximately $450-$500. Contact Dr. Stahl at (wsthal@bu.edu) or Dr. Parsons (parsonse@bu.edu) for more information.


All submissions for the Collegium must be sent to the Office of Community Life & Lifelong Learning  (vp@bu.eduby 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.
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."    

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

B.J. Stiles
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.

Upcoming Webinar: "Mass Incarceration, Retributive Justice and Retributive Theology: The Response of Restorative Justice" 
Thursday, October 31, 2013
11:30am - 12:30pm

Thomas W. Porter, Jr., Lecturer

Mass incarceration, a civil rights and human rights nightmare, is driven in part by a retributive jurisprudence and a retributive theology.  This webinar will explore this reality and discuss how restorative justice creates a jurisprudence and theology that is faithful to the Gospels and leads us towards alternatives to incarceration.

If you would like to attend this webinar, please
RSVP no later than October 29 to Ms. Valentina Pride at vp@bu.edu or 617-353-3051

Lifelong Learning Talks,
Lectures and Webinars

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Theological Libraries Month
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
1pm - 4pm
STH Library, 2nd Floor

It's Theological Libraries Month!!!  Please stop by the Theology Library's Conference Room between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesday, October 23rd to pick up some mid-semester "goodie bags".   


The bags will contain some treats, some office supplies, and more to help you recover from (or prepare for) mid-term exams and papers.  The supplies will be limited so stop by early to be sure you get your bag.  We look forward to seeing you!


James R Skypeck, MA, MLIS

Head of Public Services

Boston University School of Theology Library

jrsky@bu.edu 617-353-5357


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Beyond Conflict: How to Think about the Relationship between Religion and Science 
Monday, October 21, 2013
7:30pm - 9pm
First UM Church of Melrose

Dr. Kirk Wegter-McNelly, Lecturer

Kirk Wegter-McNelly is a constructive theologian whose primary interest lies in the rethinking various aspects of the Western Christian intellectual heritage Read more...

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Parish Life - Ministry Fair
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saint Cecilia Parish
18 Belvidere St.
Back Bay, Boston

You are invited to the Saint Cecilia Parish
Life - Ministry Fair, being held this Sunday, October 20, following the 9:30am, 11:15am, and 6:00pm masses, in the Parish Hall. This will be the perfect event at which you may learn more about parish activities and ministries, and get involved! All parish ministries and activities will be featured at festive table, each with representative available to discuss the groups, receive your questions, and help you sign-up. Visit many tables, gather information on various groups, share ideas, and chat with fellow parishioners. We are all called, through baptism, to ministry and discipleship, and we pray that this fair will help to discern the activity or ministry which best fulfills each parishioner's call to use one's gifts in service and joy. Special refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

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Contextual Education Orientation
Wednesday, November 14, 2013
5:30pm - 7pm

STH Oxnam (B-24) & Hartman (B-23) rooms

For first year M.Div. and MTS students to learn about the contextual education expectations, process and forms. Supper will be provided and RSVPs are required. Please send an email to sthope@bu.edu to let us know whether or not you'll be attending by Friday, November 8, 25th.

Visiting Scholar Position Announcement - Boston University  
2014 - 2015

Women and the World The Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University announces an opening for a post-doctoral Visiting Scholar, the appointment to run from September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015. Scholars of all disciplines who would enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment are encouraged to apply. 

No stipend is provided, but the Visiting Scholar will have access to the Boston University Libraries and will have an office in the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program office suite on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.