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The Atlantic: Religion and Temperance in the American South

By Alisa Harris
April 16th, 2015

In The Atlantic, reporter Joe Pinsker investigates the question of why the South is the region with the fewest breweries and whether its religious dynamics play a part. The story notes that the region's strong Baptist influence may make it less receptive to the brewing industry. Dr. Nancy Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion at Boston University School of Theology, notes that the region's Methodist population has also exerted an influence for temperance. Dr. Nancy Ammerman is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Boston University’s School of Theology and Chair of the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and... More

UMC News: What Can Christians Learn from Judas?

By Alisa Harris
April 14th, 2015

What can Christians learn from Judas? As the disciple who betrayed Christ to arrest and crucifixion, he can be a complicated and confusing figure. United Methodist Church News reporter Heather Hahn interviewed Jennifer Wright Knust, Boston University School of Theology Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, about the place of Judas in Christian theology. Revisiting Judas' story, said Professor Knust, is "an invitation to extend compassion as Jesus did in the Passion.” Dr. Jennifer Wright Knust teaches and conducts research on the transmission and reception of the Gospels, ancient rhetoric and early Christian discourse, and gender and Christian origins. More

BUSTH Joins UMC Schools in a Commitment to Justice and Dignity

By Alisa Harris
March 13th, 2015

Boston University School of Theology (STH) has joined with other United Methodist Church institutions in a commitment to conversations and action around issues of justice and human dignity. Along with other members of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC), STH has adopted a statement that expresses concern about the violence and pain present in our culture and in the church. The statement also pledges a commitment to developing new patterns of communication about polarizing issues. The statement, passed unanimously by NASCUMC members during the semiannual meeting this February, is especially significant because it includes a... More

Boston University School of Theology Remembers Selma

By Alisa Harris
March 9th, 2015

March 7, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of a day known as Bloody Sunday—when Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil rights activists tried to cross Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge in a protest to demand the right to register to vote. The nonviolent protesters were beaten back in a brutal assault by state troopers who wielded clubs and teargas. This weekend, our nation’s leaders and former presidents gathered at Selma, Alabama, to remember. On March 3, Boston University School of Theology held an event where alumni recalled their own journey to Selma for the March to Montgomery, and looked forward to how... More

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Lowell Lecture: Selma at 50, Ferguson Today

By Alisa Harris
February 20th, 2015

In the Oscar-nominated film, Selma, a young Martin Luther King Jr. travels to Selma, Alabama, to lead civil rights activists on a journey to win the right to vote freely and to have a voice in the electoral system. The film portrays the police brutality, the political calculations, the passion of activists, and the tragic deaths of people who sacrificed for the cause. On March 3, Boston University School of Theology invites you to the School of Theology Lowell Lecture: Selma at 50, Ferguson Today, with a panel of School of Theology alumni who were on the front lines at Selma in... More