Study

Located in the heart of a great university with a rich heritage, Marsh Chapel regularly offers settings for teaching, discussion, and conversation.

GLOBAL SCRIPTURE STUDY

Sundays ~ 9:30 a.m. ~ Robinson Chapel

Every Sunday morning, the Global Scripture Study gathers to read and discuss the Sacred Word in the form of scripture, poetry, sacred texts, and profound literature from cultures and religions all around the globe. This ecumenical, international, and interfaith study is a source of invitation and hospitality for international students and others to participate in Marsh Chapel worship and fellowship on Sunday. In the spring semester, we focus on various ancient monastic and mystic writings, poems, and prayers.  (Contact: Rev. Brittany Longsdorf, britt1@bu.edu)

 

MORNING STUDY GROUP: THE NEW NEW TESTAMENT

Sundays ~ 9:45 a.m. ~ Thurman Room

This semester, the Sunday Morning Study Group continues to examine early Christian texts, some of which made it into the Bible, and some of which did not. For more information or to request a free copy of the book, contact Liz Douglass (lmd@bu.edu) or Rev. Jen Quigley (jenquig@bu.edu).

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Sundays ~ 11:50 a.m. ~ Thurman Room

In an effort to continue our very successful children’s Advent program, Marsh Chapel now offers religious education for all of the spring semester. Children leave the Sunday morning service during the last hymn for lessons, crafts, and fun with Marsh Associate Jaimie Dingus. The program runs every Sunday excluding Communion Sundays. Contact Jaimie Dingus (jdingus@bu.edu) or Rev. Jen Quigley (jenquig@bu.edu) for more information.

 

READING THE BIBLE TOGETHER AT MARSH CHAPEL

Sunday afternoons, 12:30pm-1:15PM, Dean’s Office

FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT:  This semester, we will read the selected passages from the Gospels that draw our attention to the important aspect of who Jesus is, that Jesus is the Son.  Jesus, the Son, is sent by the Father, and everything he does is done in company with the Holy Spirit.  We will ask how the Father and the Holy Spirit are present with the Son.  No need to prepare; just show up, listen, discuss, and learn.

We will meet on the following twelve Sundays:
January 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 23, 30 (Skip the Spring Break Sundays)
April 6, 13,20,27

**Note: New location – Dean’s Office in the basement of Marsh Chapel. For more Information contact Mark.

 

BONHOEFFER: THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

Sundays ~ 12:30 p.m. ~ George Sherman Union, first floor

Bonhoeffer, a 20th-century theologian, ethicist, and martyr, is well known for his works expressing the role of Christianity in a secular world. The Cost of Discipleship, in particular, focuses on what it means to be a Christian in a corrupted secular world, particularly through the lens of The Sermon on the Mount – a direct reflection of Bonhoeffer’s disagreement with the rise of the Nazi regime in 1930s Germany. For more information or to request a free copy of the book, contact Jessica Chicka (jchicka@bu.edu).

 

BOOK GROUP: SEX GOD

Mondays ~ 5:00 p.m. ~ Location to be announced

Join in weekly discussions about the relationship between religion and love using Rob Bell’s book Sex God as a conversation starter. Topics include contextual information on scriptural texts about love and sexual behavior, what marriage and commitment can look like, and the importance of sexuality. Books are provided and Marsh Chapel’s weekly free Monday night dinners (see page 16) will follow for those who are able or would like to stay. Please contact Kristen Redford (kredford@bu.edu) for more information.

STUDY RETREATS

February 1, 2014; April 5, 2014; May 3, 2014

Lower Level of Marsh Chapel

Study Retreats provide an opportunity to unite head and heart by putting study in the context of spiritual practice. Breakfast and lunch are provided, as is dinner during the final retreat at the end of term. The day begins with breakfast and Morning Prayer during which participants articulate what they intend to accomplish during the day. After a substantial period of study, participants gather for Mid-Day Prayer followed by lunch and then another study period. The day ends with Evening Prayer during which participants check in about what they accomplished, celebrating successes and encouraging one another to keep working toward unmet goals.

Participation in Study Retreats is free of charge and available to any and all Boston University students. For more information or to register for one of the retreats, contact Rev. Dr. Robin Olson (rolson@bu.edu) or click here.