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Bostonia: The NAACP Is Not Done

By Alisa Harris
June 29th, 2015

Bostonia, the alumni magazine of Boston University, profiles Cornell William Brooks (STH '87, HON '15) in its Summer 2015 issue. In "The NAACP is Not Done," reporter Susan Seligson talks with Brooks, who is President and CEO of the NAACP, about the myth of a postracial America, his leadership of the NAACP, and the organization's relevance to civil rights work today. Brooks, a fourth-generation minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, delivered the Lowell Lecture at Boston University School of Theology in November and gave the May 2015 baccalaureate address before receiving an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Boston University. Here are... More

Boston Globe: Climate Change and Faith Communities

By Alisa Harris
June 22nd, 2015

On June 18, STH MDiv student Mariama White-Hammond and Ray Hammond published an opinion-editorial in the Boston Globe, calling on faith communities to practice what they preach when it comes to climate change. "Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical, Laudato Si, speaks to all of us," White-Hammond and Hammond wrote. "Even if you don’t share the Pope’s Roman Catholic faith, you can still say a hearty 'Amen' to his description of climate change as a moral and existential crisis that challenges all of us to act." They called on faith communities to lead the way by reducing their energy use, adjusting thermostats, and building LEED-certified facilities: "We... More

In Light of the Carolina Shootings

By Alisa Harris
June 22nd, 2015

The following is a letter from Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque (STH '97, '05), in response to the recent shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Zina Jacque was the speaker at Boston University School of Theology's 2015 graduation ceremony.  My Brothers and Sisters, How I long to be in your presence this moment.  How I long to stand amid the differences we represent:  black, white, Asian, young old, gay, straight, left leaning, right leaning, those who have known plenty for a life time, those who have not, single, remarried, divorced, male, female, raised Muslim or Catholic, Greek Orthodox... More

Lament for Charleston – God Have Mercy!

By Alisa Harris
June 22nd, 2015

Dear Friends, With you, I am grieving the terrible massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine precious lives were lost in a horrific mass shooting in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the South. This church has worked for justice since its inception. The congregation and pastors were involved in freeing slaves and in every civil rights movement in U.S, history. How could a church that bears so much life be the scene of so much death? God, have mercy. The shootings in Charleston were seemingly actions of a single man, but no act is done by... More

GBHEM: Clergywomen explore politics, religion in Cuba

By Alisa Harris
May 29th, 2015

This spring, 16 United Methodist clergywomen traveled to Cuba for a seminar sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and Boston University School of Theology. The visit coincided with an historic moment: President Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro, and he announced his decision to remove Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism. GBHEM has the story on the seminar and its meaningful timing. Dr. HiRho Park, director of Clergy Lifelong Learning at GBHEM, said, “We felt that we were called from God to greet a new age of peace and reconciliation between two countries.” The seminar... More