By Jaclyn K Jones

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. (’83) edited “Black Rhetorical Traditions in The Civil Rights Movement”

August 28th, 2017 in Alumni/ae News, Alumni/ae Publications

Dr. Herman O. KellyDr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. (’83) edited a new work edited “Black Rhetorical Traditions in The Civil Rights Movement.” Dr. Kelly is the Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, La. and adjunct faculty at Louisiana State University in the African and African American Studies Program and The College Of Education.

Minister of Christian Education in Acton, MA

August 25th, 2017 in Job Postings

The West Acton Baptist Church in Acton, MA is seeking a part-time Minister of Christian Education who has a passion for ministry with children and youth. This person will work closely with the pastor to design and implement a program of Christian formation. Complete job description available at To apply, send a cover letter and resume to:

Staff Assistant, Memorial Church in Cambridge, MA

August 23rd, 2017 in Job Postings

The Memorial Church is hiring a Staff Assistant to welcome students and visitors to their space. Please find the job description on the Harvard Careers website.

Associate University Minister and Director of Outreach and Mission, Nashville, TN

August 18th, 2017 in Job Postings

Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Belmont University is seeking applications for the Associate Minister and Director Missions & Outreach. The purpose of this position is to provide local and international outreach involvement, leadership and training opportunities for Belmont students. The ideal candidate has 2-3 years professional experience in campus ministry. Experience leading and participating in local/urban outreach is strongly desired, as well as experience leading and participating in international missions and outreach.

For additional information about the position and requirements, and to complete the online application, candidates are directed to An electronic version of your resume, cover letter, and response to Belmont’s Mission, Vision, and Values statements must be attached in order to complete the online application process. Review of applications will begin September 11, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Belmont University is a comprehensive, coeducational university located in Nashville, Tennessee. Belmont is a student-centered Christian university focusing on academic excellence that seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of faith. Belmont is among the fastest growing universities in the nation. Ranked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 7,700 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 19 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon.

Volunteer Opportunity: Spiritual Caregiving Volunteer, Somerville, MA

August 18th, 2017 in Job Postings

Spiritual Caregiving Program at the Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is the Boston area’s aging information and services center. We provide a wide range of supportive services, as well as information and advice, to help elders and younger people living with disabilities to remain safe and independent in their own homes. Our Spiritual Caregiving Program is one way that we help to support our clients’ quality of life.

Our program works by matching trained volunteers in one-to-one spiritual caregiving relationships with clients in need. The clients are referred to us by SCES case managers and other staff. They may be having difficulty coping with one or more life transitions, such as grief and loss, illness, loneliness, or end of life. Most of them are homebound, socially isolated, and unaffiliated with any church home or other faith community.  The volunteers, trained in the special needs of people who are elderly and disabled, provide empathic listening, a non-anxious presence, prayer, and/or other spiritual support requested by the client. When possible, we match clients with volunteers from their own faith background. The volunteers do not proselytize. The Spiritual Caregiving Program is interfaith, open to volunteers of all faith backgrounds and to those who are spiritual but not religious. The key is for the volunteer to have their own spiritual practice and be open and caring to people who may be different from themselves.

We are recruiting volunteers now for the annual training that begins in mid-September and runs through mid-February. Once trained, each Spiritual Caregiving Volunteer is matched with a care receiver for weekly visits. They also attend meetings twice a month for ongoing support, supervision, and continuing education. Because there is a significant investment in training, volunteers are required to make a two year commitment, including the months spent in training. We realize that the time commitment is significant, and we highly appreciate our volunteers.

Please review the information sheet, flyer, and application. Applications should be submitted by September 7. (The flyer says August 15. Please disregard.)  For more information please send Loretta an email or call the office, leaving a message if she is not in.

Loretta Saint-Louis
Spiritual Caregiving Coordinator
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services
61 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02143
617-628-2601 x3173

Professor Dale Andrews

June 26th, 2017 in Alumni/ae Deaths, Alumni/ae News

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore sent the following email message to the STH Community:

dale-andrewsWith overwhelming sadness, I share the news of Dale Andrews’ death last night. Emilie Townes shared the note below on Facebook, and you will see that the family has requested for all communication to go through Emilie so they will not be deluged with communications. As most of you know, Dale was Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology at BU School of Theology from 2005-2010. He was beloved by colleagues and students alike, and he helped to shape the school as it is. He loved his family and students and colleagues far and wide, and he was a model of a teaching scholar-pastor and pastoral scholar-teacher. Words fail in the face of such loss.

Emilie Townes’ post regarding the passing of Dr. Dale P. Andrews:

“One and all,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know that Dale P. Andrews, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice, and Practical Theology died last night, surrounded by his family, as was his deep wish.

Service arrangements are yet to be determined, but Barbara will pass along this information to me as soon as it becomes available so that I can let you all know. She writes, “We want to celebrate the life and love of a great man, father, husband, colleague, mentor, and friend.”

As requested before, please send your notes and cards to the Dean’s Office addressed to

Professor Dale P. Andrews
Vanderbilt Divinity School
411 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240

We will be sure that Barbara and the kids receive them as soon as possible once we receive them. Please give Barbara some time before trying to call, email, or text as she has time to mourn and celebrate Dale’s life and also prepare for the future.

A great light has dimmed,”

Also, FYI, I am sharing a video featuring Professor Andrews:

Dale P. Andrews: We’re never done with the work | Faith and Leadership

Let’s keep Professor Andrews’ family, colleagues, and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

With sadness and prayer,
Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth Moore
Dean and Professor of Theology and Education
Boston University School of Theology



Reverend Dean Benedict (STH’67)

June 14th, 2017 in Alumni/ae Deaths

dean benedictWe are sorry to announce the death of Dean Benedict. Dean was not only a STH Distinguished Alumnus, he was very active for many years in the STH Alumni Association and was instrumental in planning reunions for many classes. Before his death, Dean was working on his own 50th reunion coming up in September.

Dean spent many years as a United Methodist pastor in the New England Annual Conference and was very active in the Rotary Club and was a Master Mason and a member in several Masonic Lodges and the Commandery.  Read all of Dean’s obituary online. 

Pastor, Epping Community, Epping NH

May 22nd, 2017 in Job Postings

Pastor, Epping Community, Epping NH

Dr. Richard D. Nesmith (STH’57)

April 26th, 2017 in Alumni/ae Deaths

nesmithRichard D. Nesmith (January 9, 1929 – March 1, 2017)

Dr. Richard D. Nesmith, former Dean and Professor of Christian Social Ethics at the Boston University School of Theology from 1977 to 1988 and full-time professor from 1988 until his retirement in 2001, died March 1, 2017 at a facility near his home in Framingham, MA.

Dr. Nesmith was an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church. Born on a family ranch in western Nebraska, he completed his AB studies at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. He prepared for Christian ministry at Garrett Theological Seminary, located on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, earning the M.Div. degree in 1953. At Boston University School of Theology he completed the PhD degree with a major in Christian Social Ethics in 1958. He also completed a certificate of ecumenical studies at the Bossey Institute in Switzerland.

Dean Nesmith was professor of sociology and Dean of Students at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL (1958-1961) and professor of Christian Social Ethics at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO (1962-1968). His teaching often took place in student field visits, as well as in the classroom. In his undergraduate teaching and his teaching at Saint Paul, he helped students engage in grassroots community issues as a part of their education. He spent time in a Montgomery, Alabama city jail for leading northern white students in visits with African-American leadership in the city following the successful bus boycott in that city. He was convicted of “conduct calculated to provoke a breach of the peace.” He declined an offer to be dismissed with a fine, and he appealed the case until the verdict was reversed and court costs reimbursed by the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1963). The Court of Appeals ruled the arrest “illegal as a matter of law.”

As the preceding court case illustrates, Dr. Nesmith was a leader in helping ministerial students and church bodies relate to the issues of racial justice, war and peace, and strengthening the role of women in church and society. He was instrumental in the Inner City Parish in Kansas City which linked the primarily African-American churches of Kansas City with the instructional program of Saint Paul School of Theology. Later he served (1969-1974) as Director of Planning at the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in New York City. In that role, he helped the national denomination give leadership on issues of social justice in the cities as well as in rural communities.

After service for three years as senior pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church, in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Nesmith was appointed Dean and Professor Christian Social Ethics at Boston University School of Theology in 1979. For thirteen years Nesmith as Dean gave leadership to a graduate professional school that was affected—along with other educational institutions—by trends and volatile issues in church and society. His term of office witnessed a rapid increase in the number of women attending as students and an increase in the number of women and ethnic minority faculty members. From 1993 until his retirement in 2001 he continued his service as a full-time Professor of Christian Social Ethics.

Richard Nesmith and his first wife, Barbara, were married following their studies together at Boston University. Four daughters were born to the marriage. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1980. In 1986 Dr. Nesmith was married to Patricia Nichols Toscano. While Dr. Nesmith continued in his teaching role, he and Patricia worked together from 1989 until 1997 on a United Methodist Television series, “Perspectives: Faith in our Times.” Richard was moderator and Patricia was associate producer on a series that interviewed national figures representing church, society, and politics. It was carried nationally on the Odyssey network.

In their life together the Nesmith’s were avid followers of the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, and the ballet. In retirement they have engaged in travel on all the continents. They have taken advantage of a full range of cultural and artistic opportunities provided in the Boston area and beyond.

Dean Nesmith is survived by his wife, Patricia; by four daughters: Lesli Nesmith Nelson of Cedar Rapids, IA, Lisa Nesmith Curtis, of Boulder, CO, Laurel Nesmith of Melbourne, FL, and Lana Louise Nesmith, of Seattle, WA; and a step-son, Chris Toscano, of Framingham, MA. He is survived also by five grandchildren: Ethan, Nathan, Joseph, Kenneth, and Emily.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Marsh Chapel, Boston University. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial gifts be directed to the Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Please note “In memory of Richard Nesmith.” All gifts will go to the STH Scholarship Fund.

Charlene Marie Laure Vincent (STH’11) Publishes Spiritual Autobiography

March 31st, 2017 in Alumni/ae News, Alumni/ae Publications

chances are by charlene vincentFrom the Balboa Press website:

They say ‘Life is a journey,’ but how many of us take the time to pay attention to the sites? Sometimes the best invitation to discover one’s own path is to slip into the mystery of another’s. Marie Laure’s Chances Are . . . offers readers a window into the spiritual exploration of a soul moving through everyday life. On the way, one quickly realizes how intricately woven sacred moments are in the mundane, like riding the subway, sitting in class, and in getting lost. And one easily discovers connections and echoes from the page to one’s own life. In that way, this story grows beyond a mere window into a compelling invitation. – Reverend Gregory Morisse Senior Pastor, The Plymouth Church in Framingham, MA The United Church of Christ

Marie Laure’s recognition of God — whom she calls the ‘Presence’ — at an early age is prescient and powerful.Her description of continuing to love, even those whom we think we have lost, hits home for anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one or the indifference of intimates. Her story is a ‘must read’ for anyone struggling to make meaning of an insufficient inherited religion and finding a new way forward in faith. – B.R. Bodengraven Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) Weston Jesuit School of Theology