Mark D. Jordan is R. R. Niebuhr Professor at Harvard Divinity School. He teaches courses on the Western traditions of Christian theology, the relations of religion to literature, and the prospects for sexual ethics. For the last three decades, he has written extensively on sexuality in the past and present of Christianity, but he has also continued to explore other topics at the boundaries of philosophy and Christian theology. His most recent books are Convulsing Bodies: Religion and Resistance in Foucault (Stanford 2015) and Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas (Fordham 2016). He has finished a manuscript on teaching as part of series on the future of theological education. The title of the lecture is also the working title of a book in progress—which he swears will be his last.
Professor David Schnasa Jacobsen has published the following articles:
“Sermon Feedback as Facework: Task and identity Goals in Mentoring Homiletical Theologians” in The Journal of Academy of Homiletics, Vol 43, No 2, 2018; “Going Public with the Means of Grace: A Homiletical Theology of Promise for Word and Sacrament in a Post-secular age” in Theology Today, vol. 75, No. 3; “Pieced Together in the Wilderness-Pentecost 26” in Consensus, vol. 39, Issue 2; “The Practice of Homiletical Theology in a Confessional Mode: An Interim Report on the Homiletical Theology Project” in The International Journal of Homiletics, vol. 3; “Two Cheers for Proclamation: Toward a More Promising, Conversational Homiletic,” Festschrift Encounter, vol 78, no. 2.
He also published several blog posts “Luke 4:21-30 Commentary”, “Luke 4:14-21 Commentary”, “Mark 1:1-8 Commentary” at WorkingPreacher.org.
Professor Jacobsen is contributing editor for Toward a Homiletical Theology of Promise (2018).
You are invited to STH Community Day 2019! 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 18, 2019 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 2019 School of Theology Distinguished Alumni, the Classes of 1969, 1959, and 1954 as well as 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 (1969) 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 or (617) 353-8972.
9am-10:45am: STH Alumni Breakfast with Students and Administrators
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-3pm: Luncheon for STH Alumni with Dean Moore and Faculty
Barrister’s Hall, LAW School, 765 Commonwealth Avenue (directly behind STH Building)
3pm-5pm: Self-Guided Tours of STH
Begin in the STH Community Center, basement, 745 Commonwealth Avenue
3pm-5pm: Class of 1954 Time of Sharing (for the Class of 1954 and guests)
Room 325, STH Building, 745 Commonwealth Avenue
3pm-5pm: Class of 1959 Time of Sharing (for the Class of 1959 and guests)
5pm-6:30pm: STH Distinguished Alumni Panel: The Three Greatest Challenges Facing Us in the Next Decade
Free and open to the public.
6:30pm – 9pm: STH Distinguished Alumni Celebration Dinner
All STH alumni are invited to honor the 2019 STH Distinguished Alumni and connect with classmates.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership Water E. Fluker penned an article featured today in The Conversation, “How Howard Thurman Met Gandhi and Brought Nonviolence to the Civil Rights Movement.” The full article is available here, and below are the introductory paragraphs of the article.
January 31, 2019 – Director Martin Doblmeier’s new documentary, “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story,” is scheduled for release on public television in February. Thurman played an important role in the civil rights struggle as a key mentor to many leaders of the movement, including Martin Luther King Jr., among others.
I have been a scholar of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King Jr. for over 30 years and I serve as the editor of Thurman’s papers. Thurman’s influence on King Jr. was critical in shaping the civil rights struggle as a nonviolent movement. Thurman was deeply influenced by how Gandhi used nonviolence in India’s struggle for independence from British rule.
See the full article here.
Join us for a celebration of Tom’s contributions in Conflict Transformation at Boston University School of Theology (2004-2019)
Read the article about Tom’s retirement. Register to attend below.
Donate to the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at www.bu.edu/rctfund.
If you are part of the Class of 1969, please complete the questionnaire below. Only members of the Class of 1969 should complete this questionnaire.
You do not have to attend reunion to submit information to be included in the memory book. In fact, we especially encourage those who are unable to attend their reunion to complete this form. Others want to know how you are!
If you do plan to attend reunion, please let us know you are coming by completing the event registration form.
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 below, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Complete the questions below to the best of your ability. Thank you!
Muelder Professor of Social Ethics Nimi Wariboko is featured in a new book on Africa’s leading public intellectuals and living legends. In Praise of Greatness, by Professor Toyin Falola, University of Texas. The book chronicles the life and scholarship of Africans who have made substantive contributions to knowledge. This book is a first-of-its-kind, and Professor Wariboko is featured on pages 230-234.
Congratulations on this honor, Prof. Wariboko!
Congratulations to Reverend Dr. Septemmy Lakawa (STH ’11) who was recently elected to be the new president of Jakarta Theological Seminary. Dr. Lakawa will be installed as the president on September 28th 2019 at the 85th Dies Natalis ceremony. She will be the first female president of the 85 year old seminary.
On Saturday, March 23 the United Methodist Women will be celebrating their 150th birthday here in Boston where the group began. Events will be held at the School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA. Exhibits will include the historic stained glass windows from the Tremont St. Methodist Episcopal Church, where the UMW was founded, which are currently on display in the School of Theology Library.
Hosted by the New England Conference United Methodist Women, the Conference Commission on Archives & History and Boston University School of Theology, the day’s events will include dynamic speakers such as STH Professor Dana Robert and United Methodist New England Conference Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, entertaining re-enactments, worship, fellowship, and more.
December 31, 2018 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership Walter E. Fluker is featured on the WBUR Radio Boston broadcast “Fifty Years Later: How the Events of 1968 Still Resonate in 2018”. Listen to his reflections on the aftermath of King’s assassination, beginning at 17:00.