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 Zuill

Rev. 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!

Alicia Vélez Stewart

Alicia Vélez Stewart is the graduate assistant in the Spiritual Life Office and a 3rd-year M.Div. student at the School of Theology. “Being a student and working in the Spiritual Life Office gives me an opportunity to take part in both the academic and spiritual spaces of STH, which have challenged and encouraged me in some really beautiful ways.” In addition to her studies and work in the SLO, Alicia serves her community as president of Raices Latinas Hispanic/Latinx Student Association and as a student leader in the STH Students of Color. Outside of STH she can be found trying to balance school and parenting 4 school-aged children with her husband, Bryan, while chasing puppy Sally-Rose (because adding a puppy to this seemed like a good idea at the time).


Paige Holaday

Paige is the contextual education intern in the Spiritual Life Office this year. She’s a second-year MDiv at STH on the pastoral ministry track and hopes to work in campus ministry after her time at STH. Her deep passion for college students extends into her role with Res Life as an RA. Paige is originally from central Florida and has found cross-stitching, yoga, and conversations over coffee to be her most beloved spiritual practices for her time in the School of Theology thus far. She also loves her role as the treasurer of the Wesleyan Student Association. At the Spiritual Life Office, Paige focuses primarily on Spirituali*TEA and Reading Retreats. Feel free to contact her at sthslo@bu.edu anytime!



Programs & Events

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November Flood Bucket Challenge
SLO, STH 343
Now through November

The SLO is sponsoring a flood bucket project! Our goal is to be able to donate 100 fully assembled buckets. Please be on the lookout for more details and announcements about supplies and donations. Assembly will be on November 27th!

Worship and Prayer

Weekly Eucharist
Muelder Chapel
Tuesdays: 12:30-1PM

A brief Service of Communion is offered in various denominational traditions. If you are interested in presiding or leading this time of Communion, please contact Charlene (czuill@bu.edu).

Community Worship
Marsh Chapel
Wednesdays: 11:10AM

Come to be refreshed and challenged together while experiencing the Holy in worship as a community.

Self-Guided Labyrinth
Muelder Chapel
Wednesdays: 10AM-12:30PM

Our STH community labyrinth will be available for self-guided meditations every Wednesday morning from 10AM until 12:30PM. Take time to explore this quiet and contemplative practice and see what the labyrinth has to offer you.

Episcopal Daily Offices

In Muelder Chapel:
Morning Office—Tuesdays at 8AM
Noon Day Office—Thursdays at Noon

In Marsh Chapel:
Evening Prayer—Mondays at 7PM
Eucharist— Wednesdays at 5:15PM

Ongoing Activities

Meditation Group
Muelder Chapel
Mondays: 5:30PM

This student-led group is focused on the art of meditation as an awareness expanding activity. Open to new & experienced practitioners and welcoming of all faith traditions. Contact Chris Green (cagreene@bu.edu) for details.

Muelder Chapel
Tuesdays: 1-2:30PM

Tea-time for the soul. Refresh yourself and your spirit with others in the STH community during this time of tea and fellowship. Feel free to stay for just a few minutes or for the entire time. Speak with Paige (sthslo@bu.edu) for more details.

STH Yoga
Thursdays: 5:30-6:30PM

Join STH student Mary Mortenson at a weekly gathering for a gentle yoga flow! Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat & water bottle. Mats will be available if you do not have one. For more information, contact Mary (marymort@bu.edu) or contact the Spiritual Life Office.

Once a month

The Spiritual Life Office will be offering walking tours through various parts of Boston once a month on Tuesday evenings. Each walk will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours. Additionally, each rout will provide opportunities for walkers to access transportation so they can complete the walk at any point desired or catch the T to the venue.

What to wear?          Comfortable clothing & shoes appropriate for walking.
What to bring?         Money to cover the cost of dinner and public transportation back to BU or home.
Where to meet?        By the elevators on the first floor of the STH building.

Advance sign-up not necessary. For more information, contact Charlene at czuill@bu.edu or by stopping by the Spiritual Life Office (B26).

Reading Retreats
November 18 and December 2: 8:30AM—5:45PM

Motivate your scholarship with a Saturday study day in community! Plenty of time and space to read, with breaks for devotions and meals (breakfast and lunch will be provided). RSVP required at least two days prior. Email the Spiritual Life Office at sthslo@bu.edu for details!

Personal Spiritual Direction

See Charlene in STH B26 (or email her at czuill@bu.edu) for a referral to a certified STH Spiritual Director.

Spiritual Renewal Retreats
Off-Campus anytime
Available any time of the year, even during breaks

Speak with Charlene to discuss a personal renewal retreat. Resources are available to help you plan or offset costs.

Save the Date! All STH Community Spiritual Life Retreat
Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, MA
Friday- Sunday
February 16—18, 2018

Spiritual retreat offered to all members of the STH community.
Moderate cost covers meals (Fri-Sun) and cost of stay. Pre-registration is required. Open to STH students, faculty, staff & their spouses, partners, and families. More details to come!