STH Community Day 2018

Theo_Matriculation-55Join us SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 for STH Community Day

You are invited to STH Community Day 2018! To celebrate the School of Theology’s tradition of Community Day every week on Wednesday, with worship, lunch, and fellowship, we have designated a special day in 2018 to honor your legacy and impact as an alum on the community STH is today.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018 we will recognize our entire community of alumni, students, staff, and faculty during the annual Matriculation Day service. Matriculation Day is the academic and liturgical celebration of the entering class of theological students through the doctoral level. More than 90 new students will be welcomed during this event. As a way to demonstrate the legacy to which they will become heir, we are honoring the 2018 School of Theology Distinguished Alumni, the Class of 1968, those who graduated prior to 1968, and all STH alumni. Even if this year is not a “reunion” year for you, consider returning to Boston in the fall (the best time to visit!). There will be a place for you.

Many of our graduates have friends who did not graduate their same year, therefore, we are expanding what has traditionally been a day for class reunions. We hope you will consider chatting with your friends, no matter what year you all graduated, and coordinate your return to STH. We will continue to celebrate the 50th reunion class (1968) but also encourage you to create your own reunion. If you need assistance getting in touch with your friends and classmates, please let us know. Or, if you just want to return solo, we will have plenty of opportunities for you to meet other alums and learn about theological education at STH today.

We recommend you make your hotel reservations early. You can find suggestions on the BU Alumni page under “Boston-Area Hotels” and suggestions from the School of Theology Admissions Office under “Accommodations.” 

If you have questions, please contact Jaclyn Jones at or (617) 353-8972.

Wednesday, September 19th

9am-10:45am: STH Alumni Breakfast
Room 325, STH Building, 745 Commonwealth Avenue

11am-12pm: Service of Matriculation
Service of Matriculation in Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue
Acknowledgment of all STH Alumni with special recognition of those who graduated in 1968 or prior.

12pm-2pm: Luncheon for STH Alumni
Barrister’s Hall, LAW School, 765 Commonwealth Avenue (directly behind STH Building)

2pm-4pm: Tea with Dean Moore and STH Faculty
STH Community Center, basement, 745 Commonwealth Avenue
Meet Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore and chat with STH Distinguished Alumni and STH faculty.

4pm-4:45pm: STH Community Activities
B23, STH Building
STH staff and students will provide locations and activities to rest, connect, and reflect.

5pm-6:30pm: STH Distinguished Alumni Panel: The Three Greatest Challenges Facing Us in the Next Decade
Location: Trustee Lounge, 9th Floor, 1 Silber Way
Free and open to the public.
Tune in to watch the panel LIVE.

6:30pm – 9pm: STH Distinguished Alumni Celebration Dinner
Location: Trustee Ballroom, 9th Floor, 1 Silber Way
All STH alumni are invited to honor the 2018 STH Distinguished Alumni and connect with classmates.

We will also host events on September 20th for those who will be in the area:

Thursday, September 20th

4pm-5pm: The Body of Christ: Works by Joachim Probst, Margaret Rigg, and Kyeoungah Min Art Reception
Location: STH Community Center, basement, 745 Commonwealth Avenue

In this exhibition we take a deep dive into three artists’ depictions of the physical form of Jesus Christ. Special attention is paid to the Christian Art themes of the crucifixion and Pietà, meaning “pity” or “compassion,” where the Virgin Mary cradles the body of Christ after he has been removed from the cross.

These works, many created during the late 1950s and 1960s, are visceral and raw, indicative of the political and cultural shifts occurring at that time in history. For millennia, images and sculptures of the final stages of Christ’s life allowed countless viewers to identify with the suffering of Jesus, to experience God’s empathy toward their own suffering, and to be inspired by Jesus’ self-giving, understood in many different ways. Today, this exhibition invites you to ask, What is suffering, and how can I respond to it, even finding hope in God’s presence in the midst of it?

5pm-6:30pm: Let Me Be Frank: The Traitorous Turnabout of an Evangelical Heir Apparent movie screening followed by panel discussion with Nancy Ammerman, Brandon Crowley, and Shelly Rambo will moderate
Location: BU Admissions Auditorium, 233 Bay State Road
Frank, the son of influential Evangelicals Francis and Edith Schaeffer, was a filmmaker, writer, speaker and an architect of the religious right in the 1970s. Underneath the exterior of aggressive religiosity, and expected to follow in his famous family’s footsteps, his life was in turmoil. To the surprise of the religious establishment, Frank didn’t step up. He stepped away. This event is free and open to the public. Reception following.
Tune in to watch the panel following the documentary.

There are also many Boston University Alumni Weekend activities. Register at

Friday, September 21st

9 am: Alumni College @ Alumni Weekend: “Creatures of Sea, Land, and Sky”
Daylong immersive educational program
(Includes continental breakfast and lunch)

11 am: BU Then & Now: The Evolution of Our University
Location: Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
Archives Tour

12:15 pm: Luncheon Presentation of “The Evolution of Immunity—Lessons from the Sea”
Location: Photonics Center, Colloquium Room

2:30 pm: Charles Riverboat Cruise
Location: Deerfield Dock, Charles River Esplanade
(Guests must be able to walk a short distance to the dock.)

6 pm: Shabbat Services & Dinner
Location: Hillel House

Saturday, September 22nd

9–11:30 am: Grand Open House of The Dahod Family Alumni Center
Includes tours and refreshments

10 am: Class of 1968 Photo
Location: The Dahod Family Alumni Center

10:30 am: Service of Remembrance
Location: Marsh Chapel

12 pm: Best of BU Luncheon & Distinguished Alumni Awards
Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union
Hosted by the Boston University Alumni Association with remarks by President Robert A. Brown

3 pm: A Conversation with BU Distinguished Alumni: “Transforming Lives through Education
and Healthcare in the Digital Age”
Location: Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering

4:30 pm: 50th Reunion Reception
Location: Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre
Hosted by President Robert A. Brown with a celebratory champagne toast

6 pm: Tastes of BU: Pairings with Culinary Creators
Location: The Dahod Family Alumni Center

Sunday, September 23rd

11 am: Interdenominational Service with homily by Reverend Dr. Lawrence Carter (’68, ’70, ’79)
Location: Marsh Chapel


STH Community Day Registration

Event registration for STH events on September 19, 2018


If you are part of the Class of 1968, please complete the questionnaire below. Don’t forget to also complete the above registration form. Only members of the Class of 1968 should complete this questionnaire.

We highly encourage you to send pictures of yourself then and now to enhance your memory book entry. Electronic copies of your pictures can be uploaded here, or emailed to, or you can mail your photos to Boston University School of Theology, ATTN: Alumni Office, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, #109, Boston, MA 02215

Please note: All photos submitted by mail will be returned to you. Please feel free to include photos of you with your spouse and/or loved ones.

STH 50th Reunion Memory Book Submission

If you graduated in 1968, please complete the questionnaire below. All submissions will be combined into a memory book. Please complete this form even if you can not attend your reunion in person on September 19, 2018.