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STH Professors Honored by American Theological Society

By Alisa Harris
May 4th, 2015

Two Boston University School of Theology professors have been honored by the esteemed American Theological Society this year. Professor Wesley J. Wildman was elected to the office of Vice-President/President-Elect of the American Theological Society and Professor Walter E. Fluker was elected to membership in the Society. Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore congratulated Professor Wildman and Professor Fluker on this extraordinary achievement: “These are high honors for two worthy colleagues whose scholarship in theology and ethics is exceptional and whose collegiality and wisdom we all value.” As Vice-President/President-Elect, Professor Wildman will join a series of notable past presidents, including Robert C. Neville, Professor of... More

Cornell William Brooks (STH ’87) Chosen as 2015 Baccalaureate Speaker

By Alisa Harris
May 1st, 2015

Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) is delighted to welcome Cornell William Brooks (STH ’87) to give the Baccalaureate speech during Boston University’s 2015 Commencement celebration. Brooks will also receive an honorary Doctor of Law from Boston University. Brooks is President and CEO of the NAACP and an ordained minister, lawyer, and human rights activist. He received his Master of Divinity from BUSTH, with a concentration in social ethics and systematic theology, followed by a doctoral degree from Yale Law School. At BUSTH, he was awarded the Oxnam-Leibman Fellowship for outstanding scholarship and promoting racial harmony, and the Jefferson Fellowship for... More

BUSTH Welcomes Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque as Graduation Speaker

By Alisa Harris
April 29th, 2015

When Zina Jacque was in college at Northwestern University, she made appointments with her college pastor to debate with him about a problem she saw in his church—its focus on social justice to the exclusion of personal piety. At one of these appointments, the pastor looked at the 20-year-old college student and said, “Come back and argue with me when you have theological training.” “I never forgot that,” Rev. Dr. Jacque recalls. “I think he planted a seed.” Rev. Jacque went on to finish her Bachelor of Arts at Northwestern University and then get a Master of Arts in Education at the... More

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