centers & programs
The Anna Howard Shaw Center at Boston University School of Theology promotes structures and practices that empower women and honor diversity. The Center is named after the Reverend Doctor Anna Howard Shaw, a Methodist minister, medical doctor, and suffragist. Ten years after
its founding in 1978, the Shaw Center was designated as the women’s center for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.
The Center for Practical Theology seeks to provide a bridge between the scholarly resources, questions, and insights of a university-based theological seminary and the wisdom, questions, and traditions of communities of faith. In doing so, the Center provides an infrastructure for sustaining, deepening, and expanding important relationships and connections between Boston University School of Theology and local congregations, denominational offices, and religious centers so that they may be more integrally incorporated into student learning and faculty teaching and research. The Center was created in January 2005 with generous funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
The Center for Global Christianity and Mission at the Boston University School of Theology was established in 2002 to explore the most important development in Christianity during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: the shift of Christianity’s demographic center to the southern hemisphere and parts of Asia. The total number of Christians worldwide continues to grow, even as the European and North American component of the world church has shrunk to less than one-third of the total.
The Religion and Conflict Transformation Program was first established in 2004 with generous funding from the Luce Foundation. This program prepares religious leaders to become a resource for peace in a multi-cultural, multi-faith world. It is aimed at training ministers and other religious leaders in the theology, theory, and practice of faith-based conflict transformation in the church and in the world. At the heart of this program is putting the ministry of reconciliation back at the center of the church’s mission and the training of religious leaders for that mission. The program emphasizes the following focal areas: conflict studies, trauma healing, restorative justice, human security, and spiritual formation of peace builders. The program is offered to students enrolled in degree programs, as well as to students in non-degree students, ministers and other professionals in the field seeking to advance their education and receive training and certification in the area of religion and conflict transformation.
The STEWARD (Stewardship Thinking, Economic Wellbeing, and Reduction of Debt) program is a new grant initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment, which seeks to respond to the economic challenges facing seminary students through a program that combines curricular, extracurricular, and financial innovation. The purpose of the STEWARD program is to prepare seminary students and local religious leaders for wise financial management in their personal and professional lives within a theological framework of stewardship. The STEWARD Program endeavors to develop knowledge and foster stewardship through research, financial literacy workshops, mentoring, funding for contextual education, and resources for job placement. The aim is to enhance personal and institutional stewardship, to guide students and other participants in wise financial planning, and to support vocational planning for post-seminary years.