October 25, 2013
Boston University School of Theology Newsletter
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.
Upcoming Webinar: "Mass Incarceration, Retributive Justice and Retributive Theology: The Response of Restorative Justice"


Thursday, October 31, 2013 

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


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.


Below is a hyperlink to the featured webinar:
You may enter the ADOBE CONNECT ROOM 
at 11:15am to get ready

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AHSC Thursday Lunch Talk Series

Thursday, October 31, 2013

12:30 p.m.

STH 320  


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

This week's guest speaker is Dr. Diana Swancutt, and week's free lunch is Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen. Please join us at 12:30 in the Shaw Center room 320 for food, fellowship, and fun conversation!


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STH Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, October 31, 2013

1:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

STH B-24 Oxnam Room 

Join us for this year's first Town Hall from 1-2pm on Thursday (10/31) in the new Community Center. Bring your thoughts, questions, and ideas about the curriculum, community, and life at BU STH. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard.  


Conversation will be moderated by Dean Lightsey. Sponsored by the Office of Community Life and STHSA.


STH Reading Retreat "Tending the Living Flame"


Saturday, November 2, 2013  

9:00am - 5:45pm 

Gift yourself with a day of reflection, community, and productive study at our next Reading Retreat.  Our theme this month is St. John of the Cross, one of the saints portrayed in the Muelder Chapel windows.  St. John was a colleague and friend of Teresa of Avila, who was the focus of our All Saints Retreat last year.  The two are enshrined as next door neighbors in the chapel, and St. John will be our companion for the day.


At the Retreat you'll receive two meals, a photo of your choice from window iconography, and the space and grace of a day apart. 


Kindly register by sending an email to: rolson@bu.edu , by All Hallow's Eve, October 31st.


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Student Sermon Celebration Day & Garner Prize for Preaching


Saturday, November 2, 2013 

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Marsh Chapel


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. A panel of three faculty judges, Dr. Walter Fluker, Bishop Susan Hassinger, and Rev. Dr. David S. Jacobsen will evaluate the sermons and identify three award winners who will receive a prize of $500, $300, and $200 respectively during community lunch on Wednesday, November 6. 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.


See the attached flyer to find the schedule of student preachers (15 in all!) and plan to come for the day, the morning or afternoon, or even 
an hour to hear a word from your colleagues and friends as we celebrate the practice of preaching in the School of the Prophets.


Questions? Send an email to Holly at BUgarnerpreachingprize@gmail.com.


Merton Exhibit Opening at BC Theology and Ministry Library
"A Closer Bond: Thomas  Merton and the Jesuit Fathers at Boston College"


Monday, November 4, 2013
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Theology & Ministry Library Atrium Galley   

Boston College Brighton Campus


Opening Reception & Exhibit Viewing


All are invited to join School of Theology and Ministry Dean Mark Massa, S.J., in celebrating the opening of this exhibition featuring images from the John J. Burns Library Merton Collection.

Highlighting Father Merton's correspondence with Jesuit Fathers Terrence Connolly, Francis W. Sweeney, and Brendan C. Connolly, all of Boston College, the exhibit provides a window through which Father Merton can be viewed as an author as well as a monk.


The exhibit which is co-sponsored by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and the Boston College Libraries,

will be on view at the Theology and Ministry Library October 21, 2013 through January 14, 2014.


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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 8th


The Center for Practical Theology Welcomes
Elaine Graham for the 6th Annual Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

5:30 pm reception
6:00 pm dinner & lecture

George Sherman Union (GSU)  

Back Court, First Floor


"Jews, Pagans, Sceptics and Emperors: Public Theology as Christian Apologetics."


Elaine L. Graham is the Grosvenor Research Professor at the  University of Chester. She was until October 2009 the  Samuel Ferguson Professor of Social and Pastoral Theology at the University of Manchester


Graham holds a BSc (Social Science) (Hons) in sociology and economic history (1980) from the University of Bristol, an MA in social and pastoral theology from the University of Manchester (1988) and a PhD entitled "The Implications of Theories of Gender for Christian Pastoral Practice and Theological Formulation" (1993), also from Manchester.


Please RSVP via email, cpt@bu.edu, by Monday, November 11, 2013 


New Course for Spring Semester "Indian Philosophy"

CAS PH 246 (Philosophy)
Time: Tue/Thu 6:00-7:15 pm
Place: CAS 213


Dr. Amod Lele


This course will introduce the various traditions of the Indian subcontinent, both Buddhist and "Hindu", that address central philosophical questions like what reality is, what and how we can know, and how we should live. Read more...

Join the BU Women's Guild 

Dear Friends,


Boston University has always been a great place for women.  We were the first university to open all divisions to female students(1872) and our Medical College was the first coeducational medical college in the world (1873).  We are also the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman, classical scholar Helen Magil (1877).  Today, our female faculty members are leaders in their fields both in research and the classroom and women hold many of our senior leadership positions.


The Boston University Women's Guild (BUWG) carries on the long BU tradition of supporting and encouraging women by providing opportunities for members of the University community to connect with each other.  The BUWG also holds fundraisers and awards scholarships to women pursuing graduate study at the University.  We offer a variety of events throughout the year.  From networking over a glass of wine, to engaging in discussions on current research career advancement and more the BUWG has offerings for all interests.


Membership in the BUWG opens the door to an amazing community of women at the University.  We are for newcomers and long-timers, faculty and staff, or anyone who would like to meet and support other women across the campuses. We hope you will join us and broaden your network, enrich your experience of this marvelous institution, and help other BU women reach their goals both professionally and academically.


To learn more, view our events calendar and become a member of the BUWG visit http://www.bu.edu/womensguild/


We are the women of Boston University. Come join us.



Samantha Khosla, Esq.

President, BUWG

In This Issue
Upcoming Webinar: "Mass Incarceration, Retributive Justice and Retributive Theology
AHSC Thursday Lunch Talk Series
STH Town Hall Meeting
STH Reading Retreat "Tending the Living Flame"
BU School of Theology Student Sermon Celebration Day
Merton Exhibit Opening at BC Theology and Ministry Library
Contextual Education Orientation
The Center for Practical Theology Welcomes Elaine Graham
New Course for Spring Semester "Indian Philosophy"
Join the BU Women's Guild
STH Calendar
STH Weekly Worship
Office of Spiritual Life
2014 Vocation Vacation Information Session
Sarah Mount presents "Conversion at Camp Meetings"
Quick Links

STH Calendar

STH Weekly Worship
11:10 - 12:00 
Marsh Chapel

One Week All Saints Worship

October 30 
Worship with
Calissa Dauterman

November 6
Worship with
Yuhyun Chung

Office of Spiritual Life
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.
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2014 Vocation Vacation

Information Session 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 

12:45pm and  


STH Community Center 

Sit down with Spiritual Life Office staff and alumni from our inaugural Vocation Vacation adventure.  Learn about the purpose and passion of our quest, ask lots of questions, and add your ideas.

Pizza will be served at the 5:15 gathering.


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!  


 at Camp Meetings"
featuring Sarah Mount Elewononi,
ThD candidate, STH

Monday, October 18, 2013



10 Lenox Street 


Hosted by the Social Science and Religion Network

Sarah Mount Elewononi is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church currently serving a congregation in South Walpole, MA.   

Her doctoral work has been focused on liturgy and sociology of religion. Sarah's dissertation is looking at the ritual of camp meetings in 19th century New England, seeking to determine which practices may have led toward so many conversions to the Methodist church in these years.She is currently in the process of analyzing a large database full of the information gleaned from reports of these camp meetings in the Methodist newspaper, Zion's Herald from 1823-1871.


2014 Summer Peacebuilding Institute

May 5 - June 13, 2014 


Interested in:
  • Gaining new skills or knowledge?
  • Enhancing already existing skills?
  • Meeting people from more than 30 countries and sharing stories and experiences?

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) provides broad-based and specialized trainings that empower participants to contextualize the knowledge to their own situations. Learn more about yourself, others, and the world around you. Courses are open to people interested in integrating conflict transformation, peacebuilding, restorative justice, trauma awareness, and related fields into their own work and life.  To find more information visit:  http://www.emu.edu/cjp/spi/