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David Decosimo Receives Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award

By Alisa Harris
January 15th, 2016

David Decosimo, assistant professor of theology at Boston University School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religious Studies, has received a prestigious international award for young scholars: The Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. The award is bestowed by the Forschungszentrum Internationale und Interdisziplinaere Theologie (FIIT) at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. It goes to ten scholars each year whose first book or doctoral dissertation in some way concerns the topic “God and Spirituality” (broadly understood). It welcomes applicants from all religious traditions, all academic fields, and from across the world. The ten awardees are chosen by an interdisciplinary... More

Religion News Service: Tiny Churches, Big Hopes

By Alisa Harris
January 8th, 2016

A recent Religion News Service article quotes STH alumnus Rev. Robin Bartlett (STH '13) and Nancy Ammerman, School of Theology professor of sociology of religion. In "Tiny churches, big hopes: Why some thrive despite the odds," Cathy Lynn Grossman writes about a new report: "American Congregations 2015: Thriving and Surviving." The report finds there are rising numbers of congregations with fewer than 100 in attendance each week; however, the leaders of small churches often see positive signs of hope and thriving. Rev. Robin Bartlett is one such pastor. Referring to the church where she pastors--First Church in Sterling, Mass.-- Bartlett told... More

John August Swanson Poster Exhibit

By Alisa Harris
January 7th, 2016

Through January, Boston University School of Theology will exhibit the poster art of John August Swanson, a visual artist renowned for his rich, detailed, and vivid imagery. Curated by Kara Jackman, archivist and research collections librarian, this collection of prints and posters speak to the STH theme: Power, Privilege, and Prophetic Witness. Through colorful images and compelling text drawn from the Bible and through writings by prominent theologians, poets, and activists, Swanson tells us the stories of those that inspire us to be better human beings. As viewers we see with our own eyes how themes of ecology, feeding the poor, More

Lowell Event: The Black Church Never Left the Outdoors

By Alisa Harris
January 6th, 2016

On January 26, join Boston University School of Theology for an event made possible through the support of the Lowell Institute: The Black Church Never Left the Outdoors: Eco-Justice and Environmentalism. Dianne Glave, Coordinator of Diversity Development with the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Church Conference Center, will begin the discussion and Rev. Dr. Kapya John Kaoma (STH '10) will be her discussion partner. African Americans have a connection to and understanding of nature, rooted in Africa and going back generations in the United States. Theology, history, and contemporary experience can be traced through environmental activism in and through the church. Join us... More

Rev. Dr. Douglas Tzan Receives Jesse Lee Prize

By Alisa Harris
December 21st, 2015

Boston University alumnus Rev. Dr. Douglas Tzan (GRS '13) has received the Jesse Lee Prize from the General Commission on Archive and History (GCAH) of the United Methodist Church. Named for the United Methodist Church’s first historian, the award is bestowed just once every four years and is awarded for serious, book-length manuscripts about the denomination’s history. Tzan received it for his manuscript titled, “The World His Circuit: The Methodist Odyssey of William Taylor.” Entries are judged by a committee of professional United Methodist historians and are evaluated on their quality of scholarship, style of writing, and contribution to the history of... More