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Hate Has to End

By Jaclyn K Jones
June 14th, 2016

Beloved Community, I pray that this moment may be the beginning of the end of hate. Hate has to end. I offer my reflections on the horror in Orlando and I invite yours. With deep sorrow, Mary Elizabeth Moore Dean 14 June 2016 Words fail, silence fails, actions fail. No words can describe the tragic shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, where people went for an evening out and, instead, met death. No words can express the horror that left 49 people dead and 53 wounded. Some words will even amplify the hatred that permeates United States culture and paves the path for violence against the... More

SED and STH Announce Ethical Leadership MOOC with Walter Fluker

By Alisa Harris
May 20th, 2016

The Center for Character and Social Responsibility (CCSR) is proud to announce the first BUx Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from Boston University School of Education (SED) and Boston University School of Theology (STH): Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility and Community. The course is taught by Walter E. Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. professor of ethical leadership at STH & the Graduate Division of Religious Studies, CAS. 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... More

2016 Travel Seminar to Cuba: Times of Transition in a Revolutionary Nation

By Jaclyn K Jones
April 22nd, 2016

Cuba: times of transition in a revolutionary nation By Omar Brown (STH '16) Going to Cuba with the Boston University School of Theology was a dream for many of the participants in the 2016 Study-Travel Seminar to Matanzas and Havana, co-sponsored with the General Board of Church and Society of the UMC.  Whether we came with commitments to democracy or socialism, whether we came with a hermeneutics of suspicion or utopian expectations, it was certain that the experiences of our time in Cuba would reflect the diversity of our participants. The group that traveled to Cuba March 29-April 4 included seminary students, More

Telling the truth about our past allows us to be faithful in the present.

Preaching in a Postcolonial Age

By Nya-Brielle Earrusso
April 1st, 2016

Telling the truth about our past allows us to be faithful in the present. BY DAVID SCHNASA JACOBSEN, preaching professor, director of the Homiletical Theology Project A common sobriquet for the School of Theology is schola prophetarum, or school of the prophets. The name calls to mind the prophetic witness at the heart of what the institution does and how its students, alumni, faculty, and staff have sought to engage in the world. We gratefully recount the prophetic memory that makes us want to celebrate this place and its prophetic preachers: Anna Howard Shaw (1878, MED 1886), Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Thurman, and so many others. At the same time, it is exceedingly important for... More

Black Lives Matter

By Nya-Brielle Earrusso
April 1st, 2016

Today's activists protest oppression with a new prophetic power. BY PAMELA LIGHTSEY, associate dean for community life & lifelong learning, clinical assistant professor of contextual theology & practice We came to affirm our commitment to types of scholarship and activism that prizes justice and works for transformation. We came prepared to lend our hands, heads, and hearts to catalyze a movement—to do the work of transforming the death of Michael Brown, Jr. and so many others into new life. We knew that it had been done before.1 —“Learning From Black Lives Conversation: A Statement of Solidarity and Theological Testament” More than two... More