By Philippa R Mpunzwana

STH Alumn, Micah Christian and his wife Jocelyn in Peru!

October 24th, 2013 in News

578323_651014295324_715248336_nHere’s a link to a recent newsletter from Notre Dame Mission Volunteers that contains an update from our alumni and friends, Micah and Jocelyn. They are currently serving in Peru, teaching English at two different high schools and serving in the local mission. What an exciting journey they are taking.

Read more here.

Can Christians Play Well—with One Another?

October 24th, 2013 in News

 Photo by Cydney Scott

Photo by Cydney Scott

If you think relations between Christians and other religions can get sour, you should hear the family squabbles pitting Christians against one another. The Anglican Communion’s (un)civil war over gay rights is just one example. Especially “in other parts of the world, there are terrible conflicts between Christian denominations that are causing strife,” says Anne Hillman (STH’15).

She and the Rev. Soren Hessler (UNI’08, SED’11, STH’11,’18) are part of a global corps of 150 theology students invited to South Korea to ponder the state of ecumenism, the movement promoting Christian unity. TheWorld Council of Churches(WCC) is sponsoring the two-week gathering, which begins tomorrow. This Global Ecumenical Theological Institutewill focus especially on justice and peace. The institute overlaps the WCC’s 10th assembly, a gathering held once every seven years, where member churches set WCC policy.

Read more here.

Alumni & Students Present at Yale-­Edinburgh Group

October 9th, 2013 in News

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 2.41.21 PMAlumni & Students Present at Yale-­‐Edinburgh Group

The Yale-Edinburgh Group held its 23rd meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, June 27-29, 2013. The theme, “Health, Healing, and Medicine in the History of Christian Missions and World Christianity,” inspired diverse papers, ranging from an inves- tigation of John Wesley’s medical advice to the use of herbal medicine in Ghanaian Christianity. The number of participants was capped at 80, so having six people from Boston University demonstrated its prominence in the field of global Christianity. Alumnus Dr. Sung-Deuk Oak, Associate Professor at UCLA considered how medical missions in Korean.

oved, “From the Plough of Evangelism to the Fruit of Christian Love,” during the 1920s. Also looking at Asia, Daryl Ireland investigated a mission hospital in China and asked if medicine was “Christian, Secular, or yet Something Else?” Daewon Moon pointed to the “Ruanda Mission and its Contribution to the East African Revival,” while Michele Sigg explained the prominent role women have played in “Carrying Living Water” during the fifohazana revival in Madagascar. In addition, Eva Pascal introduced a new movie on Seventh-Day Adventist medical work around the world. Gina Bellofatto, a student in the joint ThD program between BU and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary also attended the conference.

-by Daryl Ireland

Issues in World Christianity- A Panel Conversation

October 9th, 2013 in News, Uncategorized

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 2.44.30 PMA Panel Conversation: Issues in World Christianity

Friday October 18, 1:30-3pm, 9th Floor Photonics Center. Reception to follow.

Please join the conversation during a landmark gathering of the heads
of World Christianity centers and important scholars from the United States and Europe.

With: Emma Wild-Wood, Henry Martyn Centre, University of Cambridge, Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, Professor of Global Christianities and Mission, Perkins School of Theology, Jehu Hanciles, Associate Professor of World Christianity, Candler
School of Theology.

Co-sponsored by Center for Global Christianity and Mission, Boston University, Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston University School of Theology Alumni Office & CURA, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs

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University-Wide Gospel Worship Service

September 22nd, 2013 in News, Uncategorized

soulspirationWe are beginning this semester at Boston University with what we hope will be one of several one-hour gospel worship services. Soul-spiration Gospel Service, Tuesday, September 24th, 7pm at Marsh Chapel is co-sponsored by my office and the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground.  The service will allow those gathered to experience the rich worship style(s) of Black churches and to actively participate through call and response and acts of praise. Boston University’s Inner Strength Gospel Choir and Mr. Herb Jones will be ministering in song and our School of Theology Black Student Association will be our worship leaders.

We do hope that you will be able to attend and that you will share this invitation with your church and colleagues.

Historic Black Church, Local Seminary Teach Queer Theology

September 9th, 2013 in News


Union United Methodist Church, Boston’s only LGBTQ-­‐affirming black church, and Boston University School of Theology, the “School of Prophets”, will co-­‐present a graduate-­‐level course on Queer Theology. Beginning September 5th, the class will meet Thursdays 6-­‐9pm at the Union Church, 485 Columbus Avenue, in Boston’s South End. The site was a station for enslaved blacks on the Underground Railroad to Canada. The South End is the center of Boston’s LGBTQ life.

Rev. Pamela Lightsey, PhD, United Methodist ordained elder and Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology, will instruct the course. “That this course will be located at Union UMC is phenomenal! It meets our school’s desire to do relevant contextual education and it will do so in a way that is good for our students, good for the church, and good for those who will come from surrounding communities.”

Read the whole Press Release here.

MLK 50 years Later- Commemorative Website

September 3rd, 2013 in News

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Photo by Mark O'Donald

Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Boston University in 1951, searching for a multicultural community and a setting for his study of ethics and philosophy. He became “Dr. King” by earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology here in 1955.

Do you want to learn more about the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or How a Man Became an Icon? If so, take a look at the Commemorative Website.

For more videos, check out BU Today.

Religion and Conflict Transformation Grant Announcement

August 26th, 2013 in News


It is with great joy that we announce that the Boston University School of Theology (STH) has received a three-year grant of $350,000 to establish a clinic on Religion and Conflict Transformation (RCT) from the Directors of the Henry Luce Foundation.

This Grant will be used to advance the RCT program with a major new direction in contextual pedagogy, community service, and interfaith peacebuilding. Our goal is to establish a sustainable, replicable model for clinical teaching and service in theologically-informed peacebuilding. We expect the new program to enhance and expand STH’s capacity to serve the larger community—congregations, business and professional communities, public and social service organizations and NGOs—while giving our students structured opportunities to develop as future leaders in conflict transformation and interfaith peacebuilding, wherever they are called. The program will include congregational workshops, prison courses with inmates, interfaith workshops with business and professional leaders, and a global interfaith engagement seminar.  The work will also include the development of resources in the form of web and print publications, oral histories, and research publications on conflict transformation and related topics.

The RCT Clinic will build directly on the foundation of the strong academic program in theologically-informed peacebuilding that Boston University established with the generous and strategic support of the Henry Luce Foundation. The Foundation’s 2009- 12 grant supported what is now one of the country’s leading seminary-based programs in theologically-informed conflict transformation. It enabled STH to build a full range of courses and a robust four-course concentration within the MDiv, STM and MTS degree programs; support students from diverse parts of the U.S. and three continents; strengthen the RCT certificate program, with a steady enrollment of over 30 students from STH and the Boston Theological Institute; and pilot a range of local and global internships and travel seminars.

We are deeply grateful for the generous funding.


Dr. Lallene J. Rector Named President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (GRS ’86, STH ’78)

July 23rd, 2013 in News

Lallene_Rector_CropEVANSTON, Illinois, May 2013 – Today, the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Lallene J. Rector to be the next president of Garrett-Evangelical. Currently serving as the seminary’s vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, Rector will succeed Dr. Philip A. Amerson, who will retire on December 31 after nearly eight years as president. Rector, an extraordinary scholar and practitioner, shares a deep love for the church and possesses the perfect mix of skills, education, experience, and faith to further Garrett-Evangelical’s mission to prepare bold, spiritual leaders for the church, academy, and world.

For the full article click here.

Walter E. Fluker Advice to Incoming Students during Summer Orientation

July 23rd, 2013 in News, Uncategorized