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School of Theology Named to “Seminaries that Change the World 2018-19” List

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 18th, 2018

October 17, 2018 – For the second consecutive year, Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a Seminary that Changes the World, Class of 2018-19 by The Center for Faith and Service, based at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Each year, Seminaries that Change the World identifies a select group of seminaries and divinity schools offering innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary. Boston University School of Theology’s recognition as a Seminary that Changes the World reflects the ongoing work BUSTH... More

Dana Robert Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 9th, 2018

October 2018 – Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, and Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission, Dr. Dana L. Robert was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this weekend. Dr. Robert's selection was in 2017, but her official induction was postponed until this year due to her 2017 sabbatical stay in Germany. With this induction, Dr. Robert joins the fine company of other extraordinary scholars at Boston University. The following people have been honored by induction into AAAS in the past. This induction remains a stellar honor since the founding of AAAS in 1780 by... More

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Does God Ordain Domestic Violence?

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 2nd, 2018

Does God Ordain Domestic Violence? STH’s Steven Sandage studies religious “myths” that justify abuse of women By Rich Barlow – In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided that domestic violence is inadequate grounds for granting asylum. Sessions’ announcement followed President Trump’s defense of aide Rob Porter, accused of abuse by two ex-wives (subsequently amended with a presidential condemnation of domestic violence). Citing these news stories, psychologist Steven Sandage asks, “How can some people take positions that seem to minimize the problem of domestic violence?” The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology and research director at BU’s Danielsen Institute, Sandage thinks he’s found one answer outside of... More

Frontier Internship in Mission: Researcher Statement by Ada Focer, PhD

By Kimberly Macdonald
September 17th, 2018

THE BACKSTORY, by Ada Focer, PhD My Visiting Researcher statement at the Center for Global Christianity and Mission describes my dissertation project, Frontier Internship in Mission, 1961-1974: Young Christians Abroad in a Post-colonial and Cold War World, and states I’m exploring ways to bring the stories I tell there to a wider audience. An article in the September 26, 2018Christian Century magazine begins to do that. What follows below is the backstory about the project generally, and the Christian Century article specifically.   There are, of course, different kinds of calls. For a number of years I worked as an investigative journalist and... More

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BU Today Interviews Dean Moore and DMin Student Father Jordan Lenaghan (STH’21)

By Kimberly Macdonald
September 12th, 2018

Teaching Theology amid Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandals A candid conversation with STH Dean Moore and Father Jordan Lenaghan (STH’21) How exactly should professors of theology talk with students who are pursuing a career and a life rooted in religion and faith about another round of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church? That’s a question Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean of BU’s School of Theology and a professor of theology and education, and Dominican Order Catholic priest Father Jordan Lenaghan (STH’21), the executive director of university religious life at Quinnipiac University, who is enrolled in the STH doctoral ministry program, acknowledge that they... More