Category: Events

Lost and Found Clean Out

January 19th, 2016 in Events

Welcome back! The School of Theology Library is having a Lost and Found Clean Out starting Tuesday, January 19th (the first day of classes)! These are all unclaimed items that accumulated over the Fall Semester. All the unclaimed items will be placed on the bench in the entrance of the library, and all items on the bench are free to take by all. Come stop by!

Faculty Authors Roundtable Discussions

September 29th, 2015 in Events

In celebration of our School of Theology Faculty authors, the STH Library is pleased to sponsor some upcoming roundtable discussions focused on recent faculty writings.  These discussion roundtables are intended to provide an opportunity for participants to be introduced to and engage with the written work of the author.  A selected essay or chapter from a faculty publication will provide the focus for the discussion.

The roundtable discussions will take place in the STH Library Conference Room.  Selections for reading will be available on reserve at the Library circulation desk, and as digital copies upon request. Please contact our Digital Projects librarian to request a digital copy, or login using your BU ID at this page to download a PDF.  Light refreshments will be provided.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Dr. Andrea Hollingsworth
“The architecture of apophasis: exploring options for a cognitive scientific interpretation of the via negativa.” Religion, Brain & Behavior (2015): 1-17.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Dr. Daryl R. Ireland
“John Sung’s Malleable Conversion Narrative.” Fides et Historia. 45, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2013): 48-75

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
12:45 to 1:45 pm
Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics, Dr. Nimi Wariboko
“The Charismatic City: Religious Sense and Sensibility for Future Urban Design” in The Charismatic City and the Public Resurgence of Religion
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore
“Prophetic grace : a Wesleyan heritage of repairing the world” in A Living Tradition: Critical Recovery and Reconstruction of Wesleyan Heritage
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Friday, October 10, 2014
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Dr. Dana Robert
“Gender Roles and Recruitment in Southern African Churches, 1996-2001″ in Communities of Faith in Africa and the African Diaspora.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
11:30am to 12:30pm
Dr. Robert Neville
Introduction from Ultimates: Philosophical Theology Volume One
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From SUNY Press

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Dr. Walter Fluker
“Strategies and Resources for Ethical Leadership Education in the Twenty-First Century” in Educating Ethical Leaders for the Twenty-First Century.
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Monday, November 3, 2014
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Dr. M. Thomas Thangaraj
“South Asian Christianity: Practicing Tradition Today” in South Asian Religions: Tradition and Today.
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Monday, November 10, 2014
1:00 to 2:00pm
Dr. John Hart
Introduction to Cosmic Commons: Spirit, Science, and Space
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Dr. John H. Berthrong
“Confucian Formulas for Peace: Harmony” in Society, Dec 2014, Vol.51(6), pp.645-655

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Dr. Peter J. Paris
Introduction to Religion and Poverty: Pan-African Perspectives
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Faculty Author Interviews

May 4th, 2015 in Events

STH faculty members are active in doing research and publishing in their areas of expertise. The Library has sponsored this series of video interviews of faculty members of the School of Theology. Our goal is to showcase, through video interviews, the current work of our faculty authors. Each video runs around 15-30 minutes and focuses on a recently published book by the faculty member. We hope these interviews will serve to introduce you to the remarkable work going on at the School of Theology.


Dr. David Schnasa Jacobsen talks about his book, Mark.
Recorded February 23, 2014
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Dr. John Hart talks about his book, Cosmic Commons: Spirit, Science, and Space.
Recorded November 10, 2014
Watch the interview.


Dr. Christopher Evans talks about his book, Histories of American Christianity: an Introduction.
Recorded November 6, 2014
Watch the interview.


Dr. Robert Neville talks about his books, Ultimates: Philosophical Theology Volume One and Existence: Philosophical Theology Volume Two.
Recorded October 9, 2014
Watch the interview.


Dr. Nancy Ammerman talks about her book, Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life.
Recorded October 3, 2014
Watch the interview.

Ulterior motive: The Cartoons of James Crane

July 30th, 2014 in Collections, Events

Ulterior motive: Cartoons by James Crane

Through simple statements, and intricate black-and-white line drawings, Jim Crane comments on theology, ecology, politics and the human condition. His cartoons, created in the 1950s and 1960s seem even more relevant today. Crane’s cartoons were published in theological magazines including, motive (a magazine of the Methodist Student Movement), Ave Maria (a Catholic family magazine), and United Church Herald.

The cartoons are displayed in the Community Center Exhibition Space of the BU School of Theology, and in the library located on the second floor. Free and open to the public, July 23, 2014- September 29, 2014, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact or (617) 353-1323 for more information.

Boston University School of Theology

745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

Theological Libraries Month

October 21st, 2013 in Events

This October, celebrate Theological Libraries Month with us!

Staff Picks Book Display

Come see what faculty and staff are reading! There is a display of Favorite Books selected by staff and faculty at the front entrance of the library.

Goodie Bag Open House

On Wednesday, October 23, there will be midterm goodie bags* available to students in the library conference room from 1-3 pm. Please come visit, learn about library services, and enjoy some treats on us!

*Supplies are limited, so please come early!

Library Book Sale Delayed Today

May 2nd, 2013 in Events

The library book sale will begin at 1:00pm today, May 2nd.  We apologize for the confusion.

New Exhibit — Celebrating Hymnic Anniversaries of 2012

January 18th, 2012 in Events

Now on view in the Reading Room of the STH Library is a new exhibit, “Celebrating Hymnic Anniversaries of 2012.”  Drawing on the extensive hymnological collections in the Library’s research collections, this display showcases 130 items that call attention to significant persons and publications connected with the development of Christian congregational song.  Focusing on twenty-five-year intervals over the past 450 years, this sample of printed music and related materials offers a remarkable survey of informative documents.

A few notable examples:  the definitive Genevan and English psalters  that both reached completion in 1562 are illustrated by (respectively) 1566 and 1578 printings;  there is a copy of Ainsworth’s 1612 psalter  (one of four in US libraries) that may have been brought to these shores on the Mayflower; the anonymous hymn text, “How firm a foundation,” appears here in its first printing;  a facsimile of the music for “Silent night, holy night” shows how the original version was different from the way it is currently sung; a number of texts and tunes are represented in early and rare Boston printings.

As a seminary of the United Methodist Church, STH is glad to be able to demonstrate through this exhibit the poetic and musical gifts of members of the Wesley family, not only of John and Charles, but also of their father Samuel and of Charles’ son Samuel.  The ongoing Methodist involvement in music as a means of nurture and witness is further demonstrated through various Methodist publications in other languages, including German, Danish, Spanish, and Welsh.

The exhibit can be seen whenever the STH Library is open.  Please consult the schedule of Library hours on our website.