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Faculty Member Tom Porter Announces his Retirement

By Kimberly Macdonald
December 5th, 2018

Co-Director of the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program, Thomas W. Porter, Jr., has announced his retirement from the School of Theology, effective June 2019. Tom joined the School of Theology in 2004 to develop a program in Religion and Conflict Transformation at the invitation of former Dean Ray Hart.  About his experience at STH, Tom writes, "What a wonderful experience I have had teaching and working at the School of Theology.  I have loved teaching, and have learned much from my students and colleagues. I have been gifted with extraordinary colleagues and students. I am proud of what we have accomplished together. I... More

Experiencing God’s Presence While Volunteering as an Aid Worker on the US-Mexico Border

By Kimberly Macdonald
November 28th, 2018

This article was published in the School of Theology annual 2017 focus magazine, adapted from a sermon deliveredat Boston University’s Marsh Chapel on October 29, 2016. Please find the full magazine here. This article begins on page 47 of the magazine.  What Does it Mean to Enter into the Wounded Body of Christ? By Laura Rambikur (STH'17, SSW'17) One of the most important lessons I have learned at the School of Theology is the responsibility we have to be accountable for the theology we practice and preach. Growing up, I knew the disciple Thomas as the one who was skeptical, the one who... More

Tree of Life Tragedy

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 30th, 2018

October 29, 2018 Dear Beloved Community, Eleven members of our family died on Saturday, worshiping on Shabbat and practicing their faith as God had taught them to do. They worshiped in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were sisters and brothers, life partners, admired leaders and elders, and dear friends; yet their lives were destroyed in a rampage of hatred. The very name of the Synagogue – Tree of Life – is ironic. The tree of life has traditionally been a binding symbol, central to many religious traditions and symbolic of Divinity and the God-given force of life. Indeed, Muelder... More

School of Theology Named to “Seminaries that Change the World 2018-19” List

By Kimberly Macdonald
October 18th, 2018

October 17, 2018 – For the second consecutive year, Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a Seminary that Changes the World, Class of 2018-19 by The Center for Faith and Service, based at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Each year, Seminaries that Change the World identifies a select group of seminaries and divinity schools offering innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary. Boston University School of Theology’s recognition as a Seminary that Changes the World reflects the ongoing work BUSTH... More

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