On-Campus Centers and Programs
Boston University School of Theology Centers and Programs help people connect their academic interests with the practice of ministry lived out in faith communities and the world. These centers and programs offer so much to the vitality of our community, and you will likely find enrichment in these areas.
Anna Howard Shaw Center
The Anna Howard Shaw Center at Boston University School of Theology promotes structures and practices that empower women and honor diversity. The Center is named after the Reverend Doctor Anna Howard Shaw, a Methodist minister, medical doctor, and suffragist.
Center For Practical Theology
The Center for Practical Theology seeks to provide a bridge between the scholarly resources, questions, and insights of a university-based theological seminary and the wisdom, questions, and traditions of communities of faith. In doing so, the Center provides an infrastructure for sustaining, deepening, and expanding important relationships and connections between Boston University School of Theology and local congregations, denominational offices, and religious centers so that they may be more integrally incorporated into student learning and faculty teaching and research.
Center for Global Christianity and Mission
The Center for Global Christianity and Mission at the Boston University School of Theology explores the most important development in Christianity during the early twenty-first century: the shift of Christianity’s demographic center to the southern hemisphere. Whereas in the year 1900, over 70% of the world’s Christians were of European background, by the year 2000 the ethnically European component of the world church had shrunk to less than one-third of the total number of Christians. To explore the meaning and implications of this massive cultural shift is one of the most challenging tasks of theological education and scholarship today.
Eli Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
Eli Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies coordinates and supports all Judaic studies programs at Boston University and offers educational events open to the general public.
Faith and Ecological Justice Program
The current ecological crisis has wide-ranging implications for religious education and the preparation of faith leaders. How communities around the world respond both now and in the coming decades will determine the fate of generations to come. The goals of the Faith and Ecological Justice Program are to both prepare students for meaningful and effective engagement in faith-based environmental work and help them explore the rich depth of religious resources for such work.
The Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA) at Boston University
CURA is a center for research, publication, and education on one of the most strategic questions in the contemporary world: How does culture (in the sense of beliefs, values, and lifestyles) affect economic and political developments worldwide? Since, in most of the world, religion is at the core of culture, CURA has paid special attention to the role of religion in world affairs. While CURA’s agenda is of obvious academic interest, it touches increasingly on practical policy concerns. Thus CURA has sought to communicate its findings to the government, the business community, and the media.
Theology & the Arts
Each year the Theology & the Arts Program sponsors art and religion-related competition. Previous competitions include poetry, hymn-writing, and photography.
The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University
The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University was established through a generous endowment by Albert V. and Jessie Boyd Danielsen to promote the benefits of a close collaboration between psychology and religion to alleviate human suffering and enhance human growth.