November 13, 2013
All 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.
Teaching for Freedom
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm 
STH 325


Featuring Professor Robert Jackson.  


You are cordially invited to another special dinner conversation with an international religious educator, Professor Robert Jackson,  continuing to explore the theme "Teaching for Freedom." This time together will serve as Part II of our Teaching for Freedom series. Because freedom is at the heart of God's peace and justice, freedom is essential to religious education.  


Dr. Robert Jackson is a global leader in religious diversity and education. You can find a very good article by Dr. Jackson at:


This event continues Boston University School of Theology's celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream Speech."


Dinner will be provided.  Please RSVP to Steph Budwey at


We hope you can join us for this exciting conversation.


Veterans' Day STH Worship on November 13th
Rev. Dr. John Schluep, STH alumnus and founder of Warriors' Journey Home, will be our preacher. Worship will circle the theme of international veteran healing.  


We ask that all those who have served (or those who are currently serving) wear their military uniform or another form of Military regalia.


Meet with Representatives of the Upper New Your Annual Conference
Thursday, November 14, 2013
10:30am  - 12:30pm 
STH 325
Rev. Jan Rowell


Representatives of the Upper New York Annual Conference cabinet and Board of Ordained Ministry will be on campus this Thursday, November 14 to meet with anyone interested in learning about ministry in upstate New York. You can sign up to meet with them at the Contextual Education Office. Information about the conference is at


AHSC Thursday Lunch Talk Series
Thursday, November 14, 2013
STH 320

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 Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Theology and Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology.


This week's free lunch is authentic Korean food. Please join us for food, fellowship, and fun conversation!  


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 to let us know whether or not you'll be attending by Friday, November 8.


Chicago Steppin' "The Jazz of Ballroom"
Friday, November 15, 2013 
12:00pm - 1:00pm 
BU African American Studies
138 Mountfort Street 

Featuring Dr. Ajulet Tacker

Boston University, get your dancin' shoes ready for November 15th!  Boston University Association of Black Seminarians, in conjunction with the BU African American Studies, will present two prominent Chicago Steppers at a lunch and learn event.

Professor Anjulet Tucker will share some insights from her forthcoming manuscript "Dance, Religion, and Meaning Making", which explores the role of religion in the Chicago Steppin' subculture. Please come out and enjoy free food, free performances, and a free learning experience!


"Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: A Bridge too Far?"
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 
5:00pm - 6:30pm 
STH Oxnam Room (B-24) 

Featuring Dr. Peter Storey

Peter Storey is a South African Methodist clergy and former President of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, the South African Council of Churches and the Williams Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School.

Dr. Storey's 40 year ministry in South Africa was defined by sustained op-position to the infamous apartheid government and its oppressive racist policies. 

Sponsored by the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program

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The Center for Practical Theology Presents the 6th Annual Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 
5:30pm  - reception 
6:00pm dinner & lecture
George Sherman Union
Back Court, 1st 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,, by Monday, November 11, 2013

Luncheon Panel with Elaine Graham & Bryan Stone: "Popular Culture as Resource for Public Theology"
Thursday, November 21, 2013 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
STH Community Center
Hartman Rm. (B23) & Oxnam Rm. (B-24)
You are invited to attend a Luncheon Panel with Elaine Graham & Bryan Stone. This event is part of the 6th Annual Lecture Series hosted by the Center for Practical Theology.  Elaine Graham & Bryan Stone will start the discussion, then open it up for the audience to consider, "Popular Culture as Resource for Public Theology?"    
Lunch is provided.  Please RSVP,, no later than November 14, 2013

2014 Spring New Course Listing:
TA 820 - Church and the Arts
Tuesdays, Spring 2014
3:00pm - 6:00pm

The Church has been one of the most enduring and significant patrons of art for more than two thousand years. This course acknowledges that the arts have a fundamental role in our spiritual lives because they enrich the worship experience and they can move beyond the limits of verbal description to mediate our relationship with God. Appreciation and understanding of the types of sacred art is an ongoing process-so is patronage. This course aims to facilitate understanding of sacred art for its intrinsic worth and also to assess how it may be used to enhance worship in the future.


This course examines the historical role of the Christian Church as a patron of art. It will deal systematically with the theology of architectural space, church furnishing, vestments, stained glass and decorative work. It defines the different uses of religious art, looks at Christian symbols in art and will include a practical guide to the purpose and process of commissioning. Students will be taught to look, interpret, use the technical vocabulary of art and architecture, and develop skills for making value judgments about both quality and content of sacred art. It will include field trips to notable Boston area churches to see how art and architecture influence current worship, and to the Museum of Fine Arts to see some of the legacy of sacred art. More details from Professor A. Shenton []. 

Thanksgiving Lunch for Students


All International students and BU students are invited to attend a Free Thanksgiving lunch and an inter-cultural celebration.  Read more...


STH Worship Team Needs Your Help

The Worship Team is planning a liturgical arts display for Advent and we would love your contribution.  You will notice supplies in several locations around STH (community center, Muelder Chapel, etc) for you to help make "stars of wonder" origami.   


The fold instructions are included and are quite simple.  It can be a spiritual exercise to create these stars!  Once you make one (or many - we would love to have many!) place them in the bags provided and we will pick them up in due time.  Thank you!

Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible
Thursday, December 5, 2013 
STH Community Center
Hartman Rm. (B23) & Oxnam Rm. (B-24)


Featuring Peterson Toscano  

In this one-person play, theatrical performance activist Peterson Toscano unearths transgender Bible characters - those people who do not fit in the gender binary, and who in transgressing and transcending gender, find themselves at the center of some of the Bible's most important stories. Read more... 

In This Issue
Teaching for Freedom
Veterans' Day STH Worship on November 13th
Upper NY Annual Conference Visitation
AHSC Thursday Lunch Talk Series
Contextual Education Orientation
Chicago Steppin' "The Jazz of Ballroom"
"Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: A Bridge too Far?"
The 6th Annual Lecture Series
Luncheon Panel with Elaine Graham & Bryan Stone
2014 Spring New Course Listing: A 820 - Church and the Arts
Thanksgiving Lunch for Students
STH Worship Team Needs Your Help
Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible
STH Calendar
STH Weekly Worship
Office of Spiritual Life
Art & Soul Night
Vocation Vacation
Dinner and a Movie Screening with thECOlogy Group
New Student Loan Rules
Narrative, Story, and Spiritual Autobiography Retreat
Quick Links
STH Calendar
STH Weekly Worship 
Worship to God
11:10 - 12:00 
Marsh Chapel

One Week BU International Education Week &
Veterans' Day Worship
November 13
Worship with
Rev. Dr. John Schluep, alum

November 20
Worship with
Bishop Peter Storey

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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! Would you like to lead from your own tradition? Just contact Lindsay Popper
Debbie O'Driscoll
 to volunteer, and to receive more information.
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Art & Soul Night 
Tuesday, November 12
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Oxnam Room (B-24)

Dinner provided


Come to create art, inspired by the theme of "Love and Redemption"

Our medium will be rolled paper, canvas, and paint.

No prior experience necessary.  Come to relax and create in a our joyous community.

Read more... 

Vocation Vacation 
 Thanks for completing the "Vocation Vacation" Survey!

A couple dozen people completed our survey, giving direction for our next week-long adventure.

The Spiritual Life Office has now planned a tentative itinerary for the March 2014 Alternative Spring Break.  See the itinerary.    

Two interest meetings have been held, and applications will be available starting November 20th. 

Completed applications will be due by December 13th.

Note that students who are enrolled in Dr. Wolfteich's J-term class "Vocation, Work, and Faith" and are accepted to the Vocation Vacation team  may use the trip as part of their final project.  Questions?  Please speak with Rev. Robin Olson,
Dinner and a Movie Screening with thECOlogy Group
Monday, November 18
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Oxnam Room (B-24)
Come join thECOlogy for dinner and a screening of 

The Garden.  


This documentary tells the vibrant and tragic story of the South Central Farm which was the largest community garden in the country in 1996.  Located in the heart of South Central Los Angeles a community of immigrant farmers worked to establish garden plots on a 14-acre piece of land in the one of the poorest neighborhoods on the west coast. This documentary weaves the story of the farmers and their fight for the South Central Farm into an important message of tragedy that comes from oppression through ignorance.  The screening will be followed by small group discussions ending at 7pm. Please sign up to join us for this opportunity to share in community, to learn and be nourished. 


View the video here: 


**Please note that we are determining how much food to get based on RSVP's**


New Student Loan Rules Add Protections for Borrowers

If you are a former student having trouble paying back college debt, you may be relieved to hear that the Education Department has created new rules that will bolster borrower protections for federal education loans. 

The new regulations will make it easier for distressed borrowers to get out of default

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Narrative, Story, and Spiritual Autobiography Retreat 

A Day Retreat for the Transgender Community
Friday, December 6
9:00am - 5:00pm
Auburndale United Parish
64 Hancock St. Auburndale, MA 02466

Join us for this one day opportunity to explore the power of narrative and writing spiritual stories as a source of renewal, refreshment and strength.

Led by Rev. David Weekley, a transgender clergy, and renowned performer and activist Peterson Toscano.

David is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Boston University School of Theology. This retreat is one part of his degree project. There is no charge, and lunch will be provided.*