Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore Fellowship Fund Challenge

Dear STH Alumni/ae and Friends,

For over a decade, Rev. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore has faithfully served the Boston University School of Theology (STH) community as Dean, Professor of Theology and Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology. Dean Moore is scheduled to retire this June after more than 50 years in the field of higher theological education, and in her honor, STH has created the Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore Fellowship Fund. We have established this fund in recognition of Dean Moore’s guiding and supportive presence which has graced our institution.

The School of Theology enjoys tremendous strength in the area of women’s leadership in particular. The School has graduated trailblazing alumnae who became the first female missionaries, deaconesses, ordained clergy, district superintendents, chaplains, bishops, college presidents, and theologians of their denominations. Today, the STH faculty includes 45% women, representing lecturers, clinical faculty, tenure-track, and tenured faculty at all ranks. In the 180-year history of this institution, Mary Elizabeth became the School of Theology’s first female Dean in 2009. Her vision for transformative theological education, rooted in a deep understanding of context and community, continues to shape our School.

This fellowship celebrates Mary Elizabeth’s lifelong passion for journeying with others to cultivate deeper faith, compassionate humanity, and a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. As a part of her calling, Mary Elizabeth strives to heal and nurture relationships, both as a caregiver for individuals, communities, and families, and as a bridge-builder among the academy, church, and world. In terms of her scholarship and social action, Mary Elizabeth is a pioneer in social justice ministries, interdisciplinary scholarship, and interfaith engagement. The Moore Fellowship honors incoming students who embody some of the personal aspects that define Mary Elizabeth and share her commitment to positive social change.

The Moore Fellowship will be awarded annually to up to three master’s students who are committed to the empowerment of women in the theological academy, religious institutions, or wider society. Moore Fellows will further their passion and deepen their knowledge base of these issues under the guidance of a Moore Mentor and faculty and administrative leaders at STH. Dr. Dana Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission and Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission, will begin as the first Moore Mentor next fall. Robert notes, “Dean Moore is a visionary leader in every way. Her legacy will be honored by supporting women and others who follow her example in faith, scholarship, community care, and activism. Please join me in making possible the Mary Elizabeth Moore Fellowship.”

As we strive to endow the Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore Fellowship Fund, we ask that you consider making a gift or multi-year pledge before April 21, 2020. Click here to access the Moore Fellowship pledge form. Your donation will honor Mary Elizabeth’s legacy as a trailblazing leader and accomplished theologian by supporting future generations of scholars, clergy, and community leaders.

All gifts and pledges received before April 21 will be matched $1 for $1, up to $70,000, thanks to a handful of other generous alumni and friends. Our hope is to announce at the Dean’s retirement event on April 22 that the $100,000 endowment minimum has been raised.


*Please type Dean Moore Fellowship in the box under gift designation.

We appreciate your moral and financial support for BU School of Theology and thank you in advance for your commitment to this effort to honor our beloved Dean.

With gratitude and warm blessings,

Theodore Hickman-Maynard
Associate Dean for Students and Community Life, Assistant Professor of Black Church Studies

Dana L. Robert
Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission

Bryan P. Stone
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology

P.S. Please help us take advantage of this $70,000 matching grant by making your gift or pledge before April 21. Thank you!

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