spiritual life office

Welcome to the School of Theology Spiritual Life Office.  This is a place where you are encouraged to explore a variety of spiritual practices, discovering those that speak most clearly to your head and heart.   This is a community of welcoming friends, eager to listen and give witness, to learn from one another, and to discern the presence of God in our lives.  This is a place for you.  Welcome!

Rev. Charlene Zuill

Charlene ZuillRev. Charlene Zuill, Spiritual Life Coordinator, is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She completed her MDiv degree at Candler School of Theology and her DMin at Wesley Theological Seminary in the Campus Ministry Track. Charlene previously served fifteen years as the Director and Campus Minister at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Hawaii Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii. She also completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residence in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Compton, CA. Charlene’s spiritual practices include walking, reading, listening to music, and spiritual companioning with a cadre of wonderful, spirit-filled friends she has met on her journey. She is energized when she is able to give someone else strength for their journey as she has received.   Charlene believes that “a majority of folks experience spiritual life within community. If we work together we’ll collectively meet not only our individual goals but also our communal goals, which hopefully is bringing in the Kingdom of God and bringing about a more just society.” Charlene brings a wealth of experience, an exuberance for the work, and a strong commitment to the spiritual growth of our community. Stop by her office to get acquainted and explore opportunities for spiritual growth. No appointments needed!

Programs & Events:

Want to see it all at once? Click Spiritual Life Office Semester Schedule 2015 for an overview of Fall 2015 programs from the Spiritual Life Office.

Morning Prayer

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 – 9:10 am in Muelder Chapel, 3rd floor School of Theology.

Begin your day with prayer, song, scripture, reflection, and fellowship.  This simple service is led by members of our STH community- students, faculty, and staff.  Contact Erin enewcomb@bu.edu and Linda linparr@bu.edu to volunteer your leadership for a service.

New this semester – Pe•ram•bu•late & Pe•ram•bu•Eat!

Designated Thursdays, 5:10 pm: Walking & fellowship for the soul for the STH community. The Spiritual Life Office is offering walking tours through various parts of Boston twice a month on Thursday evenings until the weather prevents us from walking. Each walk will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Each route will provide opportunities for walkers to access public transportation so they can complete the walk at any point desired. Pe•ram•bu•late will be walks without a planned meal at the culmination. Pe•ram•bu•Eat! includes a great destination for dinner together. Printed directions will be available and the distance of the walk will be provided in advance. Wear comfortable clothes & shoes for walking several miles. Bring money to cover the cost of dinner and public transportation back to STH or home for the walks with a culminating meal.   Contact the Rev. Charlene Zuill czuill@bu.edu or Amy Limpitlaw ael23@bu.edu for more information and dates.

New this semester – Spiritual Life Yoga Class

Designated Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:15 pm, Robinson Chapel in the basement of March Chapel. Looking to dedicate time for your spiritual growth? Wonder about how to use your body for more than just sitting at a desk? Want to weave together your mind, body and spirit? Come to a FREE yoga class throughout the semester. All levels welcome. Class will emphasize breath, alignment, strength-building & personal reflection. Come ready to sweat! This class will be taught by Amy Aubrecht, MDiv ’16, and certified Forrest Yoga Teacher. This class is designed for the STH community (current students, faculty, staff and alumni); others are welcome to attend with an STH community member, provided the instructor has been contacted in advance. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, towel, water-bottle and wear clothes that allow you to move freely. Class starts September 3. Contact Amy at aaub3@bu.edu with further questions and to sign up!

Art & Soul                                                                                                                                          

Tap in to your creative side and enjoy hands-on art in a community setting. Guided, soulful projects. Pizza dinner provided. Have an idea to share? Please share it with Rev. Charlene Zuill czuill@bu.edu Refer to the spiritual life flyer for fall semester dates and art projects.

Roundtable Worship

Join in a circle – a symbol of peace and reconciliation – for candid conversation, prayer, and Agape meal. Co-sponsored with Religion & Conflict Transformation. Fall semester 2015 dates: September 21, October 19, and November 16 from 5:10 – 6:00 pm

Saturday Reading Retreats

These popular one day Study Retreats help students integrate the high calling of academic excellence with spiritual formation. A group of 30 or more gather on campus for a day of focused study, community, and worship. Most participants are students, but faculty and staff are eagerly welcomed too. The day’s rhythm revolves around three brief devotional gatherings in Muelder Chapel. Study intentions for the day are declared, and participants enjoy up to six hours of work time – in the library, classrooms, and gathering spaces. Some study together in cohorts, others on their own. Breakfast, a hearty hot lunch, and snacks are provided, all at no charge. Students are remarkably grateful for the Retreat gifts of food, devotion, and community. They are also generally surprised and delighted by how effective their study day was, resulting in shared victories of papers written, books read, research completed, and sermons imagined. Registration to the Spiritual life Office required, two days in advance. czuill@bu.edu

Spiritual Direction

We are honored to have certified Spiritual Directors at STH, who are eager to assist your growing relationship with God.  You may wish to discuss your initial interests with Charlene Zuill, who will help you discern next steps.  She can refer you to a Spiritual Director, or you may make a contact on your own. See Spiritual Direction Opportunities for detailed information.  There is no cost for Spiritual Direction, and meetings are held on campus.

Spiritual Renewal Retreats:

Funds and resources are available for students to take an off campus retreat.  In the past students have spent days at a Benedictine monastery in NY, immersed themselves at a monastery in VT, attended a Yoga Institute in MA, made silent retreat at a Boston retreat center, and many more.  Numerous options are available.  Consult with Charlene Zuill to consider possibilities, and see Student Retreats for more detailed information.

All STH Community Retreat: February 12-14, 2016

Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, North Andover, MA http://www.rollingridge.org/. We will gather for a weekend of renewal, rest, and rejoicing along the beautiful lakeshore of Rolling Ridge Retreat Center.   Our first retreat, “Beside Still Waters” in February 2012, drew 26 members of our community- students, staff, faulty, and spouses.  Our second retreat, “Tree of Life” was just about at capacity with 39 attending.  These weekends have been highlights of the entire year for many. Delicious food, gracious accommodations, and welcoming community made this a weekend to cherish.  Opportunities abound to enjoy nature, walk a labyrinth, sing a song, light a candle, make a collage, rise early or sleep in, participate in large and small groups.   A modest cost is charged for a grand weekend. Registration required.

STH Walk for Hunger Team: May 1, 2016