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It's that time of year again where everyone says "wow that semester flew by," and papers are starting to be written. It always sneaks up, but here we all are nonetheless. This edition of the newsletter covers our AAR/SBL experience, an introduction of Hartford Seminary to the BTI, an announcement of a new Spring course, and as always our events wrap up. All of us at the BTI wish you a successful finals and a joy-filled festive season. Thanks for reading!
-The BTI News Team
Hot News
Hartford Seminary is Joining the BTI Family

The BTI is thrilled to welcome Hartford Seminary to the consortium. The BTI board voted unanimously elected for membership and will officially join on January 1, 2018.

Who is H artford Seminary?
Founded in 1834, Hartford Seminary is a non-denominational graduate school for religious and theological studies in Hartford, CT. The Seminary has long been known nationally and internationally for its work in interfaith dialogue, for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, and for research on congregations in the United States.

What does this mean for BTI students?
This partnership represents the broadening of opportunities for collaboration of resources and students/faculty. Hartford Seminary brings a new flavor of classes and scholars that the BTI can only benefit from. Hartford Seminary also has many online courses that will be available to students who cross-register. Be sure to look for their classes in current and future course catalogues.

Learn More
Read the BTI press release and check out the Hartford Seminary website.
AAR/SBL Was a Success!
Thanks to all who stopped by our booth at the annual AAR/SBL conference. We had a blast being there! We were able to catch up with alumni, hear stories of BTI events and collaborations in the past, and share about the work we are currently doing to further increase institutional partnerships. If you want to see a few of our pictures from the conference, check out our Facebook page. Also a big thanks to the admissions departments of BU School of Theology, Hartford Seminary, Hebrew College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the Boston Islamic Seminary for working the booth with us.
New Spring Interreligious Course Offering

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, in conjunction with Hebrew College, is offering an inter-religious course for Spring 2018: Jews, Christians and Muslims Interacting . The seminar brings together Jewish, Christian and Muslim faculty and students to interact, share, learn, and engage fundamental theological topics important to establishing a relationship among the three religious traditions. In an atmosphere of mutual trust and acceptance, students will jointly study, talk, and listen to one another in their commitment to appreciate each other’s faith (and culture).

The course, team-taught by faculty from the three faith traditions, focuses on five theological / religious topics that each faith tradition holds as a critical marker of self identification: (1) what we know about God and how we know it; (2) what it means to be God’s chosen people; (3) what is required to live a holy life; (4) how do we deal with outsiders to the faith; and (5) what is the goal of human history in terms of resurrection, life after death, and last judgment.

In addition to weekly class meetings, students along with instructors will visit and attend a religious service in a synagogue, church, and mosque. The class is open to all BTI students. Enrollment is limited to 15 and efforts will be made to have a representative balance of students from each of the three religious traditions. The course is sponsored by a generous grant from the Educational Models and Practices in Theological Education project of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Course materials and other related costs associated with the class are covered by the grant.

Interested students are asked to contact the registrar at Holy Cross, Jay Ostrosky:; 617-850-1261. The course code is INDS 7015.
Happening This Month
Presented by Wendy Cadge, Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University
December 4 through February 2, 9 am - 5 pm
First Church in Cambridge
Boston University Institute of Philosophy and Religion
Wednesday, December 6, 5 pm
745 Comm. Ave (BUSTH) Rm. 325
Hartford Seminary
Thursday, December 7, 7 pm
Hartford Seminary Campus
Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School
Thursday-Friday, December 7-8
Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
Classifieds and Calls for Papers
There are ton of new courses that could be a perfect fit for your interests. You might end up meeting colleagues who are asking similar questions and doing similar research. Over 90% of BTI students who cross-register would highly recommend it to a friend or colleague. Get out there!
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