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Cristian De La Rosa Receives Award of Excellence

By Kimberly Macdonald
August 16th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News.

Dr. Cristian De La Rosa has been honored with the MARCHA – Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano Americana Award of Excellence for 2018. Bishop Elias Galvan described the award as being: “in recognition of her efforts and commitment to the training and development of young Latino leaders in our Church. We are aware that her contributions to our church in the development of young leaders will have a lasting and positive impact our ministry with the Hispanic/Latino community.” Congratulations, Cristian!!

School of Theology Announces Online Courses for Fall Semester 2018

By Kimberly Macdonald
August 7th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, News.

The Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) is pleased to announce the return of two online courses open for registration for the Fall 2018 semester. “Faith and Finance” and “Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community” have opened registration and classes begin on September 6 and September 18, respectively. The former, “Faith & Finance”, is taught by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Bryan Stone, and “Ethical Leadership” is taught by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, Walter E. Fluker.

“Faith & Finance” will enable seminary students to learn about the complex relationships between faith and money, and acquire strategies for wise, faith-based stewardship of finances. The course seeks to prepare leaders to utilize practical steps to reduce indebtedness, execute wise financial planning both as individuals and as leaders within their respective institutions, and to reflect theologically and ethically on financial literacy and institutional stewardship. The course will feature several presentations from Dean Stone, and video interviews with scholars and religious leaders who utilize faith-based approaches to financial stewardship, debt reduction, and economic leadership in their communities and organizations.

According to Dean Stone, “The course will help learners employ principles, practices, and tools for wise financial stewardship, understand the long-term consequences of debt and steps for stewarding and reducing debt, assess strategies for socially responsible investing, appraise financial reports and organizational features of faith-based non-profits, and evaluate approaches to faith-based fundraising.” This course will also be made available to the national academic and seminary community, including schools within the Association for Theological Schools (ATS).

“Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community” has had record registrations in previous years, and co-sponsored by the BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and BUSTH. As part of Professor Fluker’s work with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership (MLK-IDEAL), this course will provide theoretical and practical approaches to the development of character, civility, and community for leaders and emerging leaders in education, business, nonprofit, academic, religious, and other professions. The course examines the personal, public and spiritual dimensions of leadership within the context that Fluker calls “the intersection of lifeworlds and systems”, and outlines principles and practices of ethical leadership from a diverse field of leadership theories. The course is open to all.

A major outcome of the course is an Ethical Leadership Toolkit which will include several heuristic aids: an Ethical Leadership Model™, a Model for Ethical Decision-Making, practical exercises that are part of life-long leadership development (Remembering, Retelling and Reliving Our Stories and Looking, Listening and Learning); and a variety of aesthetic and literary sources, case studies, journaling and meditative practices.

The online course also presents video interviews from leadership theorists as well as prominent leaders in the areas of education, business, government and global citizenship such as: Professor David Gergen, Congressman John Lewis, Professor Howard Gardner, Ambassador Andrew Young, Ambassador James Joseph, Professor Max Bazerman, and Professor Barbara Kellerman, Dr. Jochen Fried (Salzburg Global Seminar). Faculty, deans, students, and administrators throughout Boston University are also interviewed on their visions for ethical leadership in the role of higher education.

Registration is OPEN for both courses, and each course offers a Certificate of Achievement for $49 upon the full completion of the course:

2018 BUSTH Distinguished Alums Announced

By Jaclyn K Jones
July 12th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News.

We are delighted to announce the 2018 Boston University School of Theology Distinguished Alumni/ae:

Reverend Laura Jaquith Bartlett (STH 1988, M.S.M.; STH 1990, S.T.M.)
Reverend Dr. Jerome K. Del Pino (STH 1971, Th.M.; GRS 1980, Ph.D.)
Reverend Odette Lockwood-Stewart (STH 1978, M.Div.)

In the category of Emerging Leader:
Dr. David Scott (STH 2007, M.T.S.; GRS 2013, Ph.D.)

Please join us September 19th to celebrate and honor these distinguished individuals. You can register to attend at

Reverend Laura Jaquith Bartlett 


The Reverend Laura Jaquith Bartlett is passionate about creative worship that engages the whole people of God, inspiring and deepening Christian discipleship. Rev. Bartlett is a deacon in the Oregon-Idaho Conference who has served in music ministry in local churches and has also led workshops on congregational song, global praise, and worship design in a variety of settings across the country. She is the immediate past national president of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music & Worship Arts, and was selected as the 2016 General Conference director of music and worship. She headed Oregon-Idaho’s General Conference delegation in 2012, and served as vice-chair of the jurisdictional Committee on the Episcopacy.

Reverend Bartlett loves to design liturgy that incorporates the creative arts in a way that forms community and shapes disciples who are propelled outside the doors of the sanctuary to work to bring about the reign of God on earth. She has written for a number of publications, including yearly contributions to the Abingdon Worship Annual, edited by her former BUSTh classmates, Mary Scifres and B.J. Beu.

A member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, she founded and still leads the “Great Hymns of the Faith” series, now in its 10th year at a United Methodist retreat center in Oregon. She currently works with a Discipleship Ministries group vetting contemporary worship music for singability and Wesleyan theology.

Reverend Bartlett lives in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, with her spouse, Todd, who is the executive director of camp & retreat ministry for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. She is appointed as the conference secretary for Oregon-Idaho. They have two young adult daughters, Hannah and Megan.

Reverend Dr. Jerome K. Del Pino

The Reverend Dr. Jerome King Del Pino is a pastor, teacher, and leader in church and society. As ordained elder in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, he retired in October 2010 as General Secretary (CEO) of the General Board of Higher Education in Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church, an agency whose mission is to build capacity for United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim, and flourish in Christ’s calling in their lives, by creating national and global connections and providing resources to aid in recruitment, education, professional development and spiritual formation. For a decade he represented the Board in national and international higher education and ministry arenas, including serving as director or trustee of several policy-making boards, among them Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIAA), an  agency founded originally to self-fund insurance for United Methodist-related historic black colleges and universities when they were denied coverage by commercial carriers during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, American University (Washington, DC), Meharry Medical College (Nashville, TN) the first medical school founded by the, then, Methodist Church, to educate black physicians and dentists, and Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. In partnership with the GBHEM-founded International Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities, comprised of over 700 institutions world-wide, and committed to extending John Wesley’s vision of “an educated clergy and laity” equipped to “love God with one’s mind,” Dr. Del Pino led the Board in developing sustainable capacity and infrastructure that would serve a global church in educating leaders. Thus, his travels over a decade took him multiple times to Scandanavia, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as all 50 states.

He holds a B.A. degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN and a Th.M. degree from Boston University School of Theology and a Ph.D. degree in Church History from the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Gustavus Adolphus College awarded him a First Decade Alumni Award for Outstanding Record of Achievement among Men Graduates and the Sesquicentennial Award for his service as a trustee of the institution. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Florida Southern College and an International Afrobras Award from the country of Brazil for his role in founding the first university in Brazil dedicated to the education of Brazilian women and men of African heritage.

Prior to his election as General Secretary, Dr. Del Pino spent 33 years of active ministry as a Clergy Member of the New England Annual Conference where he served churches in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and Winchester, and was superintendent of both the Central Massachusetts and Metropolitan-Boston South Districts. He served as Chairperson of the NEC Rules Committee during the historic merger of the Maine, New Hampshire, and Southern New England Conferences and was elected delegate to every General and Jurisdictional Conference (Northeastern) from 1976 to 2000. He served on the United Methodist Book of Worship Committee and was a nominee for the episcopacy at a meeting of Northeast Jurisdiction. In collaboration with the Revs. Scott Campbell, Tom Porter, & Gary Nettleton, Dr. Del Pino helped to develop a plan to implement The Resolution on Racial Inclusiveness of the New England Conference.

Jerome is married to Joyce Marie, a special education teacher, and they reside in Franklin, TN. He has two children, Jerome Curtis and Emily Kathleen. Jerome, together with Joyce who brought four children to their marriage in 2000, are proud grandparents of twelve – six girls and six boys – ranging in age from 18 months to 13 years.

Reverend Odette Lockwood-Stewart

OdetteThe Reverend Odette Lockwood-Stewart has led congregations and campus ministries for forty-one years as an elder in the United Methodist Church until her retirement in 2017.

She has given professional leadership at international, national, regional, and local levels of denominational and ecumenical associations, including serving as a Director of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and as President of the National Campus Ministry Association.

She has served as Senior Pastor of three United Methodist Congregations, as Chair of the Order of Elders, and first elected clergy delegate and co-chair of delegations to the General Conference of 2008 and 2012 for the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She received the inaugural Francis Asbury Award for Contributions to Ministries in Higher Education in California-Nevada where she also led a conference-wide mission strategy for development of new and renewed ministries in higher education.

She has directed campus ministry programs at University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley, San Diego State University and University of California, San Francisco.

Reverend Lockwood-Stewart has founded and re-vitalized ministries in health sciences, higher education, and community service programs as well as served as the founding director of the Contextual Learning Program at Pacific School of Religion, where she taught for nine years.

She was founding student director of the Anna Howard Shaw Center at Boston University School of Theology, founding Director of the Landberg Center for Health and Ministry at the University of California, San Francisco, and re-developed the Wesley Foundation at the University of California, Berkeley into a full-time campus ministry as its Director.

Rev. Lockwood-Stewart is currently serving for one year as Visiting Pastor on the staff of the American Church in Paris, where she and her husband, Rev. James Lockwood-Stewart are living until returning to Berkeley, California in April, 2019. Odette and Jim have four grown children, Josh, Betsy, Andrew and Mary, and eight grandchildren living in California, Maryland and Oklahoma.

In the category of Emerging Leader: 
Dr. David Scott

David headshot (002)Dr. David W. Scott (STH ’07, GRS ’13) is the Director of Mission Theology for the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. In this role, he teaches missionaries, agency staff, and students around the world and is coordinating the 200th anniversary commemoration of Methodist mission. Previously, he taught history of religion, world religions, and leadership at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. He is editor of the influential blog UM & Global (, which is dedicated to fostering conversations about the global nature of The United Methodist Church.  His first book, Mission as Globalization: Methodist in Southeast Asia at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, was published in 2016 by Lexington Books. His second book, tentatively titled Crossing Boundaries: Sharing God’s Good News Through Mission, is due out by the end of 2018. In addition, he has published multiple scholarly articles on mission and has chapters in a couple of edited volumes. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Boston University.

Reverend John H. Emerson (’62) Publishes Three Works

By sthalum
June 28th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Alumni/ae Publications.

John Emerson has published two works and has a third to be published this year.

Beneath the Linden is a historical novel based on a true story and was published in October 2011. Set in the international conflicts of 1960s Eastern Europe, the novel follows Marlo, an American student, and Karl, an East German medical student who fall in love. The Sun Rises in the West, set to be published this year, is a sequel to Beneath the Linden.

Emerson also published “History of Methodism in Nevada” for Online Nevada Encyclopedia. Read Part I and Part II  of this history.


Adrienne Kisner (’03, ’11) publishes novel, joins BU Staff as Residence Hall Director

By sthalum
June 28th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Alumni/ae Publications.

Adrienne Kisner’s first novel, Dear Rachel Maddow: A Novel, was released June 5, 2018.  Kisner’s YA debut follows high school student Brynn Harper as she “deals with school politics and life after her brother’s death by drafting emails to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.”  To learn more about the book, you can read an interview with the author here.

In addition to publishing her first novel, Kisner is now Residence Hall Director of Shields (“C”) Tower, Warren Towers at Boston University. Dean Bryan Stone says, “We are thrilled to have her back at BU.” Adrienne was formerly the Senior Resident Director for Training & Development and Spiritual Life Director at Wheelock College.

All Rights for All, Without Borders

By Kimberly Macdonald
June 25th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, News.

Associate Professor of Theology Shelly Rambo has shared an actionable theological statement with the School of Theology community. The “All Rights for All, Without Borders” campaign condemns the current Trump administration “zero tolerance” immigration policy as “…morally, ethically, and spiritually reprehensible, and we exhort all people of faith, and all people of good will, to reject and resist this immoral approach.” 

Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore has further shared this with the community, and any interested are invited to add their names to the campaign: 

We have more work to do: Immigration and Compassion

By Kimberly Macdonald
June 23rd, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, News.

Dear STH Community,

I write today with relief that the United States has halted the practice of separating immigrant families, even as we await plans to reunify the families separated in recent weeks. Our collective human witness has born good fruit, yet our work has only begun. The trauma already suffered by separated children and parents will leave indelible scars, as research in psychology and medicine tells us. Thus, I write with hope that we, people of faith, will remain attentive to the urgent need to reunite families and treat them with the greatest of respect from this day forward. This is a bipartisan concern for the humanization of our society.

The U.S. zero-tolerance policies toward immigrants continues in place, and that too is inhumane, treating all immigrants as criminals and imprisoning people indefinitely without full protection of their human rights. Similar patterns are emerging in other nations. We as a global people cannot continue to define groups of human beings in such discriminatory and cruel ways. We as Christians and religious people cannot lose sight of our calling to protect the dignity of all peoples with compassion and justice. Horrors such as slavery, the Holocaust, global genocides, and the internment of Japanese people during World War II result when we allow ourselves to lose our concern for all humanity

What can we, and should we, do? I offer three critical watchwords:

Turn to Faith: Now is the time to turn to the heart of faith for guidance. The scriptures of Christianity, Judaism, and many other faiths uncover a range of threats to children, and they speak to the value of child caring. Consider the protection of baby boys by Shiphrah and Puah (Exodus 1:13-22) or the escape of Jesus’s family into Egypt in the face of Herod’s threat to Hebrew babies (Matthew 2:13-18). We cannot, in good faith, separate children from their families or hold whole families in inhumane conditions. Ecumenical church leaders have issued statements, as have interfaith leaders in the Clergy Letter Project.[i] Six hundred clergy and laity in the United Methodist Church have also issued a statement calling for faithfulness to Christian and United Methodist values.[ii] These are people crying out from the heart of their faith.  

Protest: The letters and actions on behalf of children and immigrants are power-packed protests that resist governmental and social forces of discrimination and dehumanization. More profoundly, they resist the spread of hatred that threatens national and global psyches. Mark Miller expresses this eloquently: “We resist. We refuse to let hatred in.”[iii] His anthem inspires people to protest: to resist hatred and to create compassionate cultures and policies.

Act for Compassion and Justice: Action has yielded results, at least partial results, and our hope for the future lies in continued efforts by people of faith to resist discrimination, inhumane actions, and the denial of God’s image in every human being. In the beginning, God did not create certain people in God’s image, but all people (Genesis 1:26-27). Our privilege now is to honor God’s image in all people and to treat all with dignity. Anything less falls short of our God-given vocation. 

May the God of Compassion guide and deepen our continuing work, and may it bear fruit. 

Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean and Professor of Theology and Education


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[ii] See:

[iii] “We Resist,” words & music by Mark A. Miller, used by permission.

STH Alumni Among Group that Filed Complaint Against Jeff Sessions

By sthalum
June 21st, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, News.

In a June 18th letter to Rev. Boykin and Rev. Wines, over 600 clergy and laity issued a formal complaint against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his immigration policy.  The statement charges Sessions with child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination, and dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of doctrine of the United Methodist Church.

Many School of Theology alumni signed the letter.  These individuals include the following and more:

Rev. Alyssa Baker (’16)

Kristy Besada (’05)

Rev. Richard Bolin (’74)

Rev. Dr. Grace Cajiuat (’06)

Rev. Mark Davies (’01)

Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill (’00)

Tallessyn Grenfell-Lee (’04, ’16)

Dr. Trelawney Grenfell-Muir (’04, UNI ’14)

Rev. Justin Hildebrandt (’07)

Rev. Dr. Hope Luckie (’97)

Rev. Katherine Mitchell (’06)

Rev. Dr. Robin Olson (’86)

Rev. Nico Romeijn-Stout (’15)

To read more about these ground-breaking charges, click here.

This letter is one of many ways STH alumni are fighting for humane and just immigration policies.  As always, you’re invited to let us know of the work you’re doing in the world to bring about peace and justice.

(If you or someone you know is an alum of STH and has been left off this list, please email to let us know.)

Six Alumnae Contribute to Devotional Being Released in September

By sthalum
June 19th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Alumni/ae Publications, News.

Rev. Sarah Harrison-McQueen ’07, Rev. Lorrin Radzik ’13, Rev. Megan Stowe ’04, Rev. Monica Beacham ’11, Rev. Megan Thompson ’08, and Rev. Allie Scott ’12 contributed to We Pray With Her: Encouragement For All Women Who Lead.

This inspiring collection has 100 devotions and includes multiple prayers for special occasions. The book is divided into five sections: CALL, STRUGGLE, COURAGE, RESISTANCE, and PERSISTENCE.

We Pray With Her cover

Women from the We Pray With Her group, a grassroots movement turned online collective of women faith leaders, wrote the included devotions and prayers.  These women serve all over the country, from upstate New York to the West Coast to Atlanta to rural North Dakota. They also serve in a variety of ministerial roles in the local church, chaplaincy, academia, and more.

We invite you to join us in supporting women who lead in all walks of life – with your prayers, through mentoring, and through daily acts of solidarity with the women in your life and community.

To see more about the book, click here.

(Text from Abingdon Press)

Dr. Chris Willard (STH ’08) launches Adminsitry

By sthalum
June 19th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News.

As a BU STH alum (MDiv, ’08), I’ve launched a new application I think will be helpful for pastors and other ministry leaders engaged in community ministry.

Administry is an online platform that helps churches track and manage requests for financial assistance, quickly run reports, and share data with partner churches.

In 2014, I was the full-time director of a local outreach ministry center in O’Fallon, MO. One day a frantic single mother called me and insisted our church had promised to pay her electric bill. Instead of spending time ministering to her, I had to take down her number, unlock our storage closet, search for her file, and spend the next 30 minutes digging through a pile of notes, pledge requests, and utility bills. I desperately hoped previous caseworkers had left me some clues about what was really going on in this woman’s life.

I knew there had to be a better way. Thankfully, my background in software development and database design gave me the tools to rethink the way ministry should be done. Instead of fumbling through paperwork, ministry leaders should be able to instantly retrieve and review your client’s history – without ever needing to hang up the phone.

In the years since, I’ve distilled these principles into Administry, an easy-to-use web-based platform based on boots-on-the-ground ministry.

Learn more and sign up for a free trial at


Dr. Chris Willard
BU STH class of 2008 (M.Div)