alumni/ae news


Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. (STH ’83) Nominated to Receive African American Cultural Center Award

By sthalum
February 20th, 2019 in Alumni/ae News.

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor Of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was nominated to receive the African American Cultural Center Legacy Award on Saturday, December 23, 2019 at The Annual Jazz Brunch on the Louisiana State University’s Campus. The Legacy Award is given Annually to the faculty member who is committed to the African American community at  Louisiana State University. Dr. Kelly is an adjunct Instructor in The African and African American Studies Program And The College Of Education in Human Sciences Division. He teaches African American Religion, The Black Rhetorical Traditions In The Civil Rights Movement And Introduction to College Studies. Recently, Dr. Kelly received a travel grant to present his research at The National African American Studies Conference at affiliates in Dallas, Texas

Last year Dr. Kelly was awarded the Kuumba Award For Church And Community engagement.

Spring 2019 STH Lowell Lecture Featuring Mark Jordan

By Jaclyn K Jones
February 5th, 2019 in Alumni/ae Events, Alumni/ae News.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Lowell Institute and is co-sponsored with Sacred Worth.

Mark Jordan presents “Queer Callings: Labels, Identities, Vocations

Mark D. Jordan is R. R. Niebuhr Professor at Harvard Divinity School. He teaches courses on the Western traditions of Christian theology, the relations of religion to literature, and the prospects for sexual ethics. For the last three decades, he has written extensively on sexuality in the past and present of Christianity, but he has also continued to explore other topics at the boundaries of philosophy and Christian theology. His most recent books are Convulsing Bodies: Religion and Resistance in Foucault (Stanford 2015) and Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas (Fordham 2016). He has finished a manuscript on teaching as part of series on the future of theological education. The title of the lecture is also the working title of a book in progress—which he swears will be his last.

Wednesday, March 27
STH Community Center, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, lower level

This event is free and open to the public.

Bryan P. Stone will moderate.

Spring 2019 STH Lowell Lecture Registration

Professor David Schnasa Jacobsen

By Jaclyn K Jones
February 4th, 2019 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty Publications.

Professor David Schnasa Jacobsen has published the following articles:

Sermon Feedback as Facework: Task and identity Goals in Mentoring Homiletical Theologians” in The Journal of Academy of Homiletics, Vol 43, No 2, 2018; “Going Public with the Means of Grace: A Homiletical Theology of Promise for Word and Sacrament in a Post-secular age” in Theology Today, vol. 75, No. 3; “Pieced Together in the Wilderness-Pentecost 26” in Consensus, vol. 39, Issue 2; “The Practice of Homiletical Theology in a Confessional Mode: An Interim Report on the Homiletical Theology Project” in The International Journal of Homiletics, vol. 3; “Two Cheers for Proclamation: Toward a More Promising, Conversational Homiletic,” Festschrift Encounter, vol 78, no. 2.

He also published several blog posts “Luke 4:21-30 Commentary”, “Luke 4:14-21 Commentary”, “Mark 1:1-8 Commentary” at

Professor Jacobsen is contributing editor for Toward a Homiletical Theology of Promise (2018).

STH Community Day 2019

By Jaclyn K Jones
February 1st, 2019 in Alumni/ae News.

You are invited to STH Community Day 2019! To celebrate the School of Theology’s tradition of Community Day every week on Wednesday, with worship, lunch, and fellowship, we have designated a special day in 2018 to honor your legacy and impact as an alum on the community STH is today.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019 we will recognize our entire community of alumni, students, staff, and faculty during the annual Matriculation Day service. Matriculation Day is the academic and liturgical celebration of the entering class of theological students through the doctoral level. More than 90 new students will be welcomed during this event. As a way to demonstrate the legacy to which they will become heir, we are honoring the 2019 School of Theology Distinguished Alumni, the Classes of 1969, 1959, and 1954 as well as all STH alumni. Even if this year is not a “reunion” year for you, consider returning to Boston in the fall (the best time to visit!). There will be a place for you.

Many of our graduates have friends who did not graduate their same year, therefore, we are expanding what has traditionally been a day for class reunions. We hope you will consider chatting with your friends, no matter what year you all graduated, and coordinate your return to STH. We will continue to celebrate the 50th reunion class (1969) but also encourage you to create your own reunion. If you need assistance getting in touch with your friends and classmates, please let us know. Or, if you just want to return solo, we will have plenty of opportunities for you to meet other alums and learn about theological education at STH today.

We recommend you make your hotel reservations early. You can find suggestions on the BU Alumni page under “Boston-Area Hotels” and suggestions from the School of Theology Admissions Office under “Accommodations.”

If you have questions, please contact Jaclyn Jones or (617) 353-8972.

Wednesday, September 18th

9am-10:45am: STH Alumni Breakfast with Students and Administrators
Room 325, STH Building, 745 Commonwealth Avenue

11am-12pm: Service of Matriculation
Service of Matriculation in Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue
Acknowledgment of all STH Alumni with special recognition of those who graduated in 1968 or prior.

12pm-3pm: Luncheon for STH Alumni with Dean Moore and Faculty
Barrister’s Hall, LAW School, 765 Commonwealth Avenue (directly behind STH Building)

3pm-5pm: Self-Guided Tours of STH
Begin in the STH Community Center, basement, 745 Commonwealth Avenue

3pm-5pm: Class of 1954 Time of Sharing (for the Class of 1954 and guests)
Room 325, STH Building, 745 Commonwealth Avenue

3pm-5pm: Class of 1959 Time of Sharing (for the Class of 1959 and guests)
Location TBA

5pm-6:30pm: STH Distinguished Alumni Panel: The Three Greatest Challenges Facing Us in the Next Decade
Location: TBA
Free and open to the public.

6:30pm – 9pm: STH Distinguished Alumni Celebration Dinner
Location: TBA
All STH alumni are invited to honor the 2019 STH Distinguished Alumni and connect with classmates.

STH Community Day Registration 2019

Event registration for STH events on September 18, 2019

How Howard Thurman Met Gandhi and Brought Nonviolence to the Civil Rights Movement

By Kimberly Macdonald
January 31st, 2019 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty Publications, News.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership Water E. Fluker penned an article featured today in The Conversation, “How Howard Thurman Met Gandhi and Brought Nonviolence to the Civil Rights Movement.” The full article is available here, and below are the introductory paragraphs of the article.


January 31, 2019 – Director Martin Doblmeier’s new documentary, “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story,” is scheduled for release on public television in February. Thurman played an important role in the civil rights struggle as a key mentor to many leaders of the movement, including Martin Luther King Jr., among others.

I have been a scholar of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King Jr. for over 30 years and I serve as the editor of Thurman’s papers. Thurman’s influence on King Jr. was critical in shaping the civil rights struggle as a nonviolent movement. Thurman was deeply influenced by how Gandhi used nonviolence in India’s struggle for independence from British rule.

See the full article here

Tom Porter Retirement Celebration

By Jaclyn K Jones
January 31st, 2019 in Alumni/ae News.

Thursday, May 2, 2019
BU Hillel, 213 Bay State Road, Boston, MA
5pm with reception following

Thomas W. Porter, Jr.Join us for a celebration of Tom’s contributions in Conflict Transformation at Boston University School of Theology (2004-2019)

Read the article about Tom’s retirement. Register to attend below.

Donate to the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at


Tom Porter Retirement Celebration Registration

Class of 1969 Memory Books

By Jaclyn K Jones
January 29th, 2019 in Alumni/ae News.

If you are part of the Class of 1969, please complete the questionnaire below. Only members of the Class of 1969 should complete this questionnaire.

You do not have to attend reunion to submit information to be included in the memory book. In fact, we especially encourage those who are unable to attend their reunion to complete this form. Others want to know how you are!

If you do plan to attend reunion, please let us know you are coming by completing the event registration form.

We highly encourage you to send pictures of yourself then and now to enhance your memory book entry. Electronic copies of your pictures can be uploaded below, or emailed to, or you can mail your photos to Boston University School of Theology, ATTN: Alumni Office, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, #109, Boston, MA 02215

Please note: All photos submitted by mail will be returned to you. Please feel free to include photos of you with your spouse and/or loved ones.

Complete the questions below to the best of your ability. Thank you!

STH 50th Reunion Memory Book Submission

If you graduated in 1969, please complete the questionnaire below. All submissions will be combined into a memory book. Please complete this form even if you can not attend your reunion in person on September 18, 2019.

Professor Nimi Wariboko featured in “In Praise of Greatness”

By Kimberly Macdonald
January 29th, 2019 in Alumni/ae News, Faculty and Students Honors and Awards, News.

Muelder Professor of Social Ethics Nimi Wariboko is featured in a new book on Africa’s leading public intellectuals and living legends. In Praise of Greatness, by Professor Toyin Falola, University of Texas. The book chronicles the life and scholarship of Africans who have made substantive contributions to knowledge. This book is a first-of-its-kind, and Professor Wariboko is featured on pages 230-234. 

Congratulations on this honor, Prof. Wariboko!

Rev. Dr. Septemmy Lakawa (’11) named President of Jakarta Theological Seminary

By Jaclyn K Jones
January 16th, 2019 in Alumni/ae News.

Congratulations to Reverend Dr. Septemmy Lakawa (STH ’11) who was recently elected to be the new president of Jakarta Theological Seminary. Dr. Lakawa will be installed as the president on September 28th 2019 at the 85th Dies Natalis ceremony. She will be the first female president of the 85 year old seminary.

School of Theology to Host United Methodist Women 150th Birthday Celebration

By Kimberly Macdonald
January 10th, 2019 in Alumni/ae News, News.

On Saturday, March 23 the United Methodist Women will be celebrating their 150th birthday here in Boston where the group began. Events will be held at the School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA. Exhibits will include the historic stained glass windows from the Tremont St. Methodist Episcopal Church, where the UMW was founded, which are currently on display in the School of Theology Library

Hosted by the New England Conference United Methodist Women, the Conference Commission on Archives & History and Boston University School of Theology, the day’s events will include dynamic speakers such as STH Professor Dana Robert and United Methodist New England Conference Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, entertaining re-enactments, worship, fellowship, and more. 

The day includes breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline is February 1 and space is limited, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. Full event details can be found here