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Professor Walter E. Fluker: Creating Space for the Other

By Kimberly Macdonald
April 20th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty Publications, Media, News.

April 19, 2018 – The School of Theology's Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, Dr. Walter E. Fluker, has a lesson titled "Creating Space for the Other" on the website for the Black Theology Project. The knowledge base system site is a digital learning network that seeks to strengthen social movements by bridging the gap between the Academy, Church, and Community, and curates theological resources for Black Lives. One of the project's campaigns, MLK Global, has curated a number of global voices on the teachings of Dr. King. Their site describes the MLK Global mission "believes that Dr. King’s analysis of the underlying structures that reinforce inequality speaks to peoples across the global north & south who share a deep desire for long-overdue change. MLK Global wants to see a renewed awareness of his 5-point Economic Bill of Rights, re-envisioned for today. Economic inequalities, racism, militarism & climate change are destroying families, communities, nations and the very planet we live on. The time to fulfill Dr. King’s vision of a “radical redistribution of power” is now." Watch the video here:

STH Community Shares Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrances with Local and National Media

By Kimberly Macdonald
April 4th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Media, News.

April 4, 2018, Boston, MA – Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ('55), and several School of Theology faculty members and alumni have shared stories of Dr. King's life and legacy with the news media. Please see the full list of appearances below: News Piece STH Community Member MLK, 50 Years Later BU Today Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore Dr. Walter E. Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership Rev. Dr. Robert A. Hill, Dean of Marsh Chapel, Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology Rev. Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of Social Ethics, Law, and Justice Movements MLK Was a Man, Not Just an Icon BU Today Rev. William Bobby McClain (STH'62, '77) Rev. Gil Caldwell (STH'58) Rev. David Briddell (STH'55) 'Martin Luther King Loved This City': Remembering King's Legacy in Boston WBUR 90.9 FM Dr. Walter E. Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership  Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. Fifty Years Later NBC10 Boston Dr. Walter E. Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership  Wolf Blitzer Show: Segment on the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Live appearance on CNN Rev. Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of Social Ethics, Law, and Justice Movements  Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Teachings Remembered 50 Years After His Assassination Boston 25 News Rev. Cornell William Brooks, Visiting... More

Power, Mutuality, and #MeToo

By Kimberly Macdonald
February 28th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Media.

This sermon was written by Rev. Jennifer Quigley (STH'11), and originally delivered on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at the Interdenominational Worship Service at Marsh Chapel. Please click here to listen to the sermon on the Marsh Chapel Sermon Archive.      Would you pray with me? May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable to you, our rock and our redeemer. Amen. Some years ago, I was at a clergy training. For those of you who have attended daylong trainings, you will have some sense of what this felt like: forgettable food, unlimited caffeine to counteract the effects of a too-warm room, and wide swings between sparkling presentations and somniloquy. But one brief moment from that day is seared into memory. The trainer had just finished explaining the practice of having open door or glass-door one-on-one meetings with congregants. We were using a video series from the FaithTrust Institute, which offers the gold standard for ethics and boundaries training for faith leaders from a variety of traditions, from rabbis to ministers to Buddhist monks. The trainer decided to go a bit off script, and he shared that a male bishop he worked with would not drive to any... More

W.E.B. Du Bois Offers Lessons to this Generation of Citizen Activists

By Kimberly Macdonald
February 23rd, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty Publications, Media, News.

By Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of Social Ethics, Law, and Justice Movements (STH'87)  February 23, 2018 During this tumultuous time in America, the youngest Americans are being inspired to become advocates by the most American of tragedies — violence. From the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., to the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., to last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., younger Americans by the millions have been energized to advocate against persistent police brutality, rising hate crime, and pervasive gun violence. In the wake of the violent deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, and Heather Heyer, and of numerous school shootings, America has witnessed a generationally unprecedented level of activism. On Friday, the 150th anniversary of the birth of a global citizen and son of Great Barrington, W.E.B. Du Bois, offers a few lessons to this generation of citizen activists. The above is an excerpt of the full opinion article, originally published in the Boston Globe on February 23, 2018. Please see the full opinion article here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/02/23/bois-offers-lessons-this-generation-citizen-activists/Grzxw0bwxRr3Q08JeSv8WN/story.html

Professor Christopher Evans’s Reflections on Summer 2017 Visiting Fellowship

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 16th, 2017 in Alumni/ae News, Media, News.

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 what I consider to be a vital, yet overlooked, component for understanding the development of Methodism’s social witness in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The John Rylands Library has an extensive collection of materials related to Wesleyan Deaconesses, including personal papers, correspondences, and several diaries/journals kept by different women. Additionally, the examination of important periodicals, such as the Methodist Times and Flying Leaves (the early twentieth-century journal of the Wesleyan Methodist Deaconess Movement), provided an invaluable look into the lives of these women and their work. Part of what I discovered in my research was the extent that these late nineteenth century Methodist women... More

STH Publishes 2017 issue of FOCUS Magazine

By Kimberly Macdonald
August 2nd, 2017 in Alumni/ae News, focus magazine, Media, News.

The School of Theology is pleased to announce the publication of its annual scholarly journal, focus magazine. Featuring articles and sermons written by STH students, faculty, and alumni, this year's magazine is titled "Living in the Storm", and centers around the themes of searching for healing in a wounded and divided nation. Click the magazine below to view this year's issue.

Dean Moore’s Response to United Methodist Judicial Council Ruling on Bishop Karen Oliveto

By Kimberly Macdonald
May 8th, 2017 in Alumni/ae News, Media, News.

Concern for Covenant and Courage: Sharing from my heart  Dear Beloved Community, How can a church body give public witness again and again to the “illegality” of LGBTQ persons? People can disagree in their perspectives on homosexuality and gender identity without focusing the church’s energies on upholding one view of biblical interpretation and holiness, and doing so in ways that violate human lives and silently feed violence in the larger society. That is what a covenantal community is: a community held by God, seeking to love one another in all of our differences and seeking to love the world together. No one is beloved if all are not beloved. Love cannot be stingy! The witness of the Christian Church, and the witness of any religious tradition, cannot be less than full love for every person and every being in God’s creation. Why then can the United Methodist Church (my beloved church!) persist in naming one group of people as violators of church law, thus shaping social attitudes that can quickly turn against people in the LGBTQ community, and against immigrants, persons of color, and any other community who have been subject to generations of discrimination? The United Methodist Judicial Council ruling of April 28, More

Associate Professor Jennifer Knust published to American Values Religious Voices

By Kimberly Macdonald
March 16th, 2017 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty Publications, Media, News.

Associate Professor Jennifer Knust has issued a very thoughtful letter as part of a public witness of religious leaders. This is part of a movement entitled: “American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters.” Professor Knust's letter was published on March 15, 2017, and can be accessed at http://www.valuesandvoices.com/letter55/.  Among the religious leaders who have published letters already is Bill Leonard, a BU STH alumnus. 

Assistant Professor David Decosimo published in Washington Post

By Kimberly Macdonald
March 8th, 2017 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty Publications, Media, News.

Assistant Professor of Theology David Decosimo penned a timely op-ed that was published in the Washington Post's "PostEverything" perspective section. The article, titled "Trump could learn a thing or two about freedom and democracy from Islam", is gaining national attention. Be sure to read Professor Decosimo's response to President Trump's revised immigration executive order, and how the tenets of Islam can be a guide to the current presidential administration and their global view. 

Why You Should Know about the New Thought Movement

By Kimberly Macdonald
February 16th, 2017 in Faculty Publications, Media, News.

Professor of the history of Christianity, Christopher Evans, has published a commentary on The Conversation site titled "Why you should know about the New Thought movement". In this article, Professor Evans discusses what New Thought is all about, its links to evangelism and personal prosperity, and its potential insight into President Trump's Christianity. Click here to read the full article.