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Does God Ordain Domestic Violence?

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 2nd, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty Publications, Media, News.

Does God Ordain Domestic Violence? STH’s Steven Sandage studies religious “myths” that justify abuse of women By Rich Barlow – In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided that domestic violence is inadequate grounds for granting asylum. Sessions’ announcement followed President Trump’s defense of aide Rob Porter, accused of abuse by two ex-wives (subsequently amended with a presidential condemnation of domestic violence). Citing these news stories, psychologist Steven Sandage asks, “How can some people take positions that seem to minimize the problem of domestic violence?” The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology and research director at BU’s Danielsen Institute, Sandage thinks he’s found one answer outside of politics: religion sometimes justifies or rationalizes violence against women. In particular, he says, that attitude is a danger in Calvinism, a word that may conjure notions of a God who preordains every human for salvation or hell, unalterably, before time began. But Calvinism—“a theology that makes Pat Robertson seem warm and fuzzy,” according to one writer—is enjoying a resurgence.   To view the full BU Today article that was published on Monday, October 1, 2018, please click here. 

STH Publishes 2018 issue of FOCUS Magazine

By Kimberly Macdonald
June 11th, 2018 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 “Singing the Blues on a Note of Hope”, and centers around the themes of living in despair and leaning into hope, and real possibilities for change in the future. Click the magazine below to view this year’s issue.

School of Theology co-publishes Journal of Interreligious Studies with Hebrew College

By Kimberly Macdonald
May 30th, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty Publications, Media, News.

May 2018 – The Journal of Interreligious Studies™ is a forum for academic, social, and timely issues affecting religious communities around the world. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering conversation, the Journal hopes to increase religious literacy, contribute to the field of interreligious hermeneutics, and address the issues surrounding interreligious relations, dialogue, theology, and communication. The JIRS solicits articles of an interdisciplinary nature and with the aim of producing resources for interreligious education, pedagogy, and cooperation. It is a collaboration between the Boston University School of Theology and Hebrew College. This Special Issue was recently published and titled The Color of God: Race, Faith, and Interreligious Dialogue. Please click here to read this issue of the Journal. The views, opinions, and positions expressed in all articles published by the Journal of Interreligious Studies (JIRS) are the authors’ own and do not reflect or represent those of the JIRS staff, the JIRS Board of Advisors, the JIRS Board of Reviewers, Boston University, or Hebrew College. 

First Responders to Injustice: An Interview with Cornell William Brooks (’87, Hon.’15)

By Kimberly Macdonald
May 2nd, 2018 in Alumni/ae News, focus magazine, Media, News.

As part of our 2018 issue of focus magazine, visiting professor of social ethics, law, and justice movements Cornell William Brooks recently sat down with focus editor Julie Butters to discuss today's moral leaders, his students here at Boston University, and hope for the future.  First Responders to Injustice Today’s civil rights crises call seminarians to bold public leadership, says former NAACP President Cornell William Brooks (’87, Hon.’15) By Julie Butters Too often, says Cornell William Brooks (’87, Hon.’15), moral leaders aren’t engaged in critical policy work against injustice: they may lack self-confidence, or bow to political pressure. Brooks—a civil rights leader and former president of the NAACP—recently taught an STH and School of Law class, Violence, the Vote, and Hope: An Examination of Ethics, Law and Justice Movements, as the visiting professor of social ethics, law, and justice movements for 2017–2018. He spoke with focus about training a new generation of seminarians to engage in policy, and demonstrate the prophetic moral leadership needed to meet today’s sociopolitical and civil rights challenges. focus: What do you hope students learn from your class? Brooks: The class last semester formally focused on the right to vote and to be free from violence. But it was also a seminar... More

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.