Rev. Dr. and Professor John H.Stanfield, II, African and African Diaspora Minister and Public Sociologist and former senior professor in numerous major research universities in America and abroad , has been appointed as Post-Retirement Distinguished Research Fellow and Research Director in the South Africa Human Sciences Research Council(HSRC) Research Programme on Democracy, Governance, and Service Delivered with focus on multicultural restorative justice in national governance, civil society, and in residential communities. HSRC is the largest government based social sciences and humanities research institute in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Rev. Dr. and Professor John will be based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Boston University School of Theology alumnus, M. Kent Millard, was elected as President of United Theological Seminary. The seminary announced the news on their website. Rev. Dr. Millard has served as interim president since January 2016. Read more on United’s website.
Mark Davies (STH’01, GRS’01), Lallene Rector (STH’78, GRS’86), Professor David Schnasa Jacobsen, and Professor Karen B. Westerfield-Tucker are inaugural members of the New Room Books Editorial Board. New Room Books is a new academic publishing imprint for the United Methodist Church. The new imprint will offer Methodist scholars and their students a way to share research. You can read more about New Room and see the entire Editorial Board on the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry website.
The Ethical Leadership MOOC offers teachers, administrators, counselors, and coaches looking to enhance their decision-making and community-building skills an opportunity to learn from some of the most influential voices in ethical leadership practices.
Offered jointly by the BU School of Education and the BU School of Theology, and available to take anytime, for free, and at your own pace online via edX.org, the Ethical Leadership MOOC will provide theoretical and practical approaches to the development of character, civility and community for leaders in all fields.
If you’ve already taken the Ethical Leadership MOOC, or plan to complete it this month, you can easily turn your learning experience into graduate credits from the BU School of Theology by enrolling in an additional six-week, fully-online course that takes you further into the principles of Ethical Leadership.
You’re in luck: edX.org has archived the course in its entirety, making it available for you to take at anytime, for free, and at your own pace. If you complete the MOOC this month, there’s also a unique opportunity to earn STH graduate credits at a discounted rate by signing up for an additional six-week online course taught by Walter E. Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at the BU School of Theology and coordinated by Dr. Robin Masi of the SED Center for Character and Social Responsibility.
The course is offered at BU’s part-time evening rate. There is also a $60 student fee and a cap at 60 students for this six week course.
Please remember you have to have passed the Ethical Leadership MOOC at 60% or higher in order to be eligible for this course.
Current BU students may access and register for this course in the academic catalog under the title “Ethical Leadership.” Non-BU students (including international students) may simply fill out the attached Registration Form and either email a completed copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. The STH Course number is STH TS 801 OL. If you have questions, contact Kaci Norman at email@example.com or call 617-353-3053.
After you have registered for the course please contact Robin Masi (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will be in touch with you for further readings and course updates.
The Rev. Erika Stalcup (GRS ’16, Ph.D.) is an ordained deacon serving as pastor of Eglise Evangélique Méthodiste in Lausanne, Switzerland. The United Methodist News Service wrote an article about her. Read the article now.
From the book’s publicity website:
“A narrative approach to Christian vocational discernment, Through the Valley explores the journey to non-traditional Christian ministry through personal narrative. The book tells the story about a Christian educator from a marginalized community. The story explores how he was transformed through work in the fields, the trauma experienced at home, and in a gang infested community, and how I was saved by the grace of Christians who acted on their faith. It is the narrative of a young person who was saved by his Grandma, robed clergy, educators, friends, neighbors, family, all of who act as the voice of God calling me to new life. More importantly, the author, through his own narrative, calls the faithful into a listening presence asking questions such as “where was God’s voice” when these events occurred. This vocational journey shows the divine grace that can be found when one stops to question, turns to wonder, and listens for the soft whisper or the healing touch of the divine in the midst and aftermath of trauma and violence. Vocation, as it is imagined through this narrative, is shown as a way of telling one’s own narrative in communion with God’s grace, negotiating the tension between pain and healing, between self and others, between the violent waters in the void and the calm that is God’s voice calling out to us.
The reader will come to hear a story about the struggle of Christians of color and epistemic privilege and ethno-centrism experienced in the church and theological education. It’s a story about how a Grandmother, a Christian Brother, an interfaith partner, and a best friend calling the author to life. The reader will wrestle with theological and vocational literature that provides the redemptive gloss of a tradition that seeks the resurrection on Sunday, long before it has struggled with the violence of Good Friday and the confusion of Holy Saturday. The reader will walk with a mixed-race individual, who belongs to all of his communities, and at the same time belongs to none of them. It is in this in-between space that the voice of God is spoken, the question of living into God’s call, and prophetically announcing one’s presence as a prophet of God, that this particular narrative approach to vocational discernment rests. The goal is that through these stories and embodied experiences, that the reader is inspired to hear God’s call.”
William Bobby McClain (STH ’62, STH ’77) helped celebrate the new civil rights trail dedicated in Anniston, AL. Over one thousand people attended the dedication. The trail commemorates sites in the city’s historic black churches, neighborhoods and business district, but also its most notorious moments, such as the beating of the Freedom Riders in 1961 and the 1965 murder of Willie Brewster.
You can read Reverend Dr. McClain’s keynote address, How Far the Promised Land?
You can also read news coverage of the dedication.
The United Methodist News has the story of the Northeastern Jurisdiction electing STH alumna, LaTrelle Easterling, as Bishop.
Bishop Easterling gave a wonderful speech that mentioned her education at Boston University School of Theology. You can view the video at this link: http://livestream.com/accounts/283212/events/5800922 Choose the video titled “NEJ 2016 Thursday AM 3.” LaTrelle’s speech begins at the 11 minute mark.
From the UMC article:
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar called Easterling “a prophetess, a pastor who leads the church from her spiritual center, and above all, a beloved sister in Christ who always, always has a passion for the marginalized.”
Easterling told the member conferences of the Northeastern Jurisdiction that no matter where it is, “If God sends me there, I will never look back.”
“I always, always, always stand on the side of justice,” she said, “but I draw the circle wide enough for all of us to be there – and when I say all, I mean all.”
Bill Alberts (STH ’61) wrote this article that appeared in United Methodist Insight:
“The horrific massacre of 49 people and wounding of 53 more at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando confronted certain Christian leaders with the dreadful reality that their own denominations might be complicit. The possibility that their Biblically-based anti-homosexual beliefs and discriminatory practices could have contributed to the anti-LGBTQ climate inviting such shocking violence was too repulsive for them to consider. Thus they responded with denial — and compassion.”
Wednesday, June 29th, Ashley Anderson (SSW ’14, STH ’14), Ian Mevorach (STH ’09, STH ’15), Mariama White-Hammond (STH ’17), Kristina Keefe-Perry (STH ’16) and Lindsay Popper (STH ’15) participated in direct action against the pipeline in West Roxbury, MA. Mariama White-Hammond & Lindsay Popper were both placed under arrest. One of the key resistance leaders is Marla Marcum (STH ’03).