• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 8 comments on Sujin Pak Appointed New Dean of BU’s School of Theology

  1. What a powerful, authentic, declarative appointment! Congratulations to all involved. You make us old alums proud and confident. Tom Redmon, AB, Duke 1969, Th.M., BU-STH 1972.

  2. As an Alum let me congratulate with prayers incoming Dean Sujin Pak. It is my most sincere prayer she will create a needed big tent of numerous identity standpoints in theology, congregational development ,and evangelism and do so without privileging one identity over others and to assure respect for different histories of oppressions rather than convoluting them. It will be interesting to see whether or not under incoming Dean Pak’s leadership how much attention will be paid to teaching, learning, and research about intersectionality in contextual theological experiences.

    My prayers and good wishes to Dean Pak. Blessings, Prof John

  3. Congratulations and welcome Dean Pak. How fitting that your announcement came on the same day as my daily devotion which included Psalm 85:11 – “Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven”. The author of the reflection shares how “We desire our beliefs and actions to form one seamless garment.” She goes on “In reality though, we are often confronted by painful division.” The writer talks of “Jesus, the Great Unifier, promoting oneness, peace and reconciliation.” She ends with a prayer for “the oneness we long for…and ask for strength to help heal division wherever we may find it.” I look forward to your steady hand and visionary guidance to best manage the challenging times ahead as well as to take full advantage of the new opportunities before us. God bless you and your family during this time of transition and new beginnings.

  4. This makes me so proud of BU and what STH has accomplished by inclusion of minorities and multicultural communities. Coming from a person who is trying hard to follow Christ and navigate our current state of fairs especially in this corporate and divided country, I always felt the same way as the new Dean of STH. I am a passionate advocate of Diversity and Inclusion, focusing on representation and inclusion in marketing and advertising, it is great to see such leadership and at this level of position which gets missed quite often in big corporations. I will be paying extra attention in growth and looking forward to the inclusion that is much needed in Christianity.

    Great job BU! Makes me even prouder Terrier!

  5. I am proud and hopeful to see that BU’s second woman Dean is so curious and supportive of non-European perspectives as well as European ones. I recall how Howard Thurman called us to look to the “growing edge.” It’s important that our academic leadership drives the institution toward that which is underdeveloped, unknown, or underrepresented. The status quo will always be a strong force of gravity. I am glad to see that Dean Pak is an experienced, recognized, and enthusiastic leader who clearly values history and tradition as well as looking to BU STH’s growing edge. Godspeed, Dean Pak! Your success is our success.

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