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Dana Robert Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 9th, 2018

October 2018 – Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, and Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission, Dr. Dana L. Robert was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this weekend. Dr. Robert's selection was in 2017, but her official induction was postponed until this year due to her 2017 sabbatical stay in Germany. With this induction, Dr. Robert joins the fine company of other extraordinary scholars at Boston University. The following people have been honored by induction into AAAS in the past. This induction remains a stellar honor since the founding of AAAS in 1780 by... More


Does God Ordain Domestic Violence?

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 2nd, 2018

Does God Ordain Domestic Violence? STH’s Steven Sandage studies religious “myths” that justify abuse of women By Rich Barlow – In June, Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided that domestic violence is inadequate grounds for granting asylum. Sessions’ announcement followed President Trump’s defense of aide Rob Porter, accused of abuse by two ex-wives (subsequently amended with a presidential condemnation of domestic violence). Citing these news stories, psychologist Steven Sandage asks, “How can some people take positions that seem to minimize the problem of domestic violence?” The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology and research director at BU’s Danielsen Institute, Sandage thinks he’s found one answer outside of... More

Frontier Internship in Mission: Researcher Statement by Ada Focer, PhD

By Kimberly Macdonald
September 17th, 2018

THE BACKSTORY, by Ada Focer, PhD My Visiting Researcher statement at the Center for Global Christianity and Mission describes my dissertation project, Frontier Internship in Mission, 1961-1974: Young Christians Abroad in a Post-colonial and Cold War World, and states I’m exploring ways to bring the stories I tell there to a wider audience. An article in the September 26, 2018Christian Century magazine begins to do that. What follows below is the backstory about the project generally, and the Christian Century article specifically.   There are, of course, different kinds of calls. For a number of years I worked as an investigative journalist and... More

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BU Today Interviews Dean Moore and DMin Student Father Jordan Lenaghan (STH’21)

By Kimberly Macdonald
September 12th, 2018

Teaching Theology amid Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandals A candid conversation with STH Dean Moore and Father Jordan Lenaghan (STH’21) How exactly should professors of theology talk with students who are pursuing a career and a life rooted in religion and faith about another round of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church? That’s a question Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean of BU’s School of Theology and a professor of theology and education, and Dominican Order Catholic priest Father Jordan Lenaghan (STH’21), the executive director of university religious life at Quinnipiac University, who is enrolled in the STH doctoral ministry program, acknowledge that they... More

Cristian De La Rosa Receives Award of Excellence

By Kimberly Macdonald
August 16th, 2018

Dr. Cristian De La Rosa has been honored with the MARCHA - Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano Americana Award of Excellence for 2018. Bishop Elias Galvan described the award as being: “in recognition of her efforts and commitment to the training and development of young Latino leaders in our Church. We are aware that her contributions to our church in the development of young leaders will have a lasting and positive impact our ministry with the Hispanic/Latino community.” Congratulations, Cristian!!