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Professor Christopher Evans’s Reflections on Summer 2017 Visiting Fellowship

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 16th, 2017

Professor Christopher Evans’s Reflections on His John Rylands Research Institute-MRWC Joint Visiting Fellowship This blog post was initially published on the Manchester Wesley Research Committee Blog site. Please click here to view the original post.  October 14, 2017: My research centered on transatlantic Methodism in the late nineteenth century, focusing on the rise of the Deaconess Movement. I was especially interested in studying the role of British Methodist “sisterhoods” formed in the 1880s, culminating with the establishment of the Wesley Deaconess Institute in the Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1890. During the six weeks of my fellowship, I examined how these women contributed to... More

Response from Dean Moore on the California Wildfires

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 15th, 2017

October 13, 2017 Dear Beloved Community, The news from Northern California describes the worst fire in more than a century – a fire that has destroyed nearly 200,000 acres and killed at least 32 people, with the death toll still rising. The School of Theology community has many students, alums, families and friends in Northern California, and our prayers soar on their behalf. Neighborhoods, farms, and wineries have been devastated, and many hundreds of people are facing catastrophic loss. At the same time, first responders have been doing wonderful work, as have congregations and non-profits, propelled by compassion. In such a setting, More

A Message from Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore on the Las Vegas Shooting

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 2nd, 2017

Dear Beloved Community, This battering with bullets HAS to STOP! We come together yet again to mourn the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada, which has already claimed more than 50 lives, with hundreds of others injured, some critically. I join with the whole BU School of Theology community to share our overwhelming grief and concern for the people who have been killed and injured and for all of their loved ones. We want the people closest to this tragedy to know that your grief is our grief. Your devastation is ours, though we know we cannot fully know the depths... More

A Message from Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore: Hurricane Maria and Mexico Earthquakes

By Kimberly Macdonald
September 20th, 2017

Dear Beloved Community, Please pause during this day and pray mightily for the people of Mexico affected by the earthquake, and for the people of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. All of you who are from Mexico and Puerto Rico, together with your families, are close in our hearts these days, and we ask that you tell us about anything we can do to respond. I also encourage all of you to find the disaster-response organization that you most trust for its good work, and support it in any way you can. We are part of a human community, and the... More

Torrey Joyner (STH’17) Remains Strong in Face of Rare Condition

By Kimberly Macdonald
August 30th, 2017

Dedham, MA - Torrey Joyner’s philosophy on life and challenges can be best expressed by the words on his favorite T-shirt — “Being Awesome Has Its Advantages.” Wherever this 28-year-old Dedham resident goes he makes a statement — one of positive energy. That energy shows in his smile, his laugh and his spirit. Even his eyes reflect that energy, as he listens to every word people have to say. For now, it’s life using a wheelchair. “Amazingly,” said his fiancé, Andrea Lopes. “He is the same person, same spirit, same Torrey.” “And if you know Torrey, you know he is a huge magnetic spirit... More