April 28, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, and Friends of the BTI Consortium,

This is the last BTI Consortium newsletter for Academic Year 2020. We’ll be back in August or early September with highlights of - and information about – AY 2021.
 
For continuing students, please visit our website beginning in mid-May for information about Fall cross-registration courses. When the course catalog is published, we will send out a notice to our students via email as well. We have been hard at work upgrading the Portal/cross-registration experience. We know it has been less than perfect (!), but we believe you will notice a big improvement for the Fall Semester.
 
We at the BTI cannot say goodbye to this year – with all of its promise and all of its challenges – without wishing our graduating students congratulations! We join your families, friends, faculty members, and administrative and support staffs in celebrating and honoring your achievements. Wherever your degree takes you, we know your education and experiences during this course of study will enrich individuals and communities around the globe.
 
We would especially like to recognize the thirteen students, graduating from four of our Consortium schools, who successfully earned one of the two BTI Consortium Certificates: the International Mission and Ecumenism Certificate and the Religion and Conflict Transformation Certificate. Both programs are awarded in addition or as a supplement to a full degree granted from a BTI Consortium school. Our Certificates draw on the collective strengths of our schools and the depths of experience and expertise of faculty. They provide organized opportunities for the expansion of learning in addition to a degree already in process. This year, the students graduating with a Certificate (which we will mail out in June!) include:
 
I nternational Mission and Ecumenism
 
Sangil Song (Boston University School of Theology)
 
Religion and Conflict Transformation
 
Steven W. Bingaman (Boston University School of Theology)
Katherine Boss (Boston University School of Theology)
Tory Dillard (Boston University School of Theology)
Kelliann Henry (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
Madeline Kersten (Boston University School of Theology)
Elizabeth Marshall (Boston University School of Theology)
Julia Morisi (Boston University School of Theology)
Fernando Ona (Boston University School of Theology)
Naw Mai Pauhkum (Boston University School of Theology)
Rachel Quednau (Harvard Divinity School)
Andrew Roushdy (Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology)
Hans Wolfgang Vomend (Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology)
 
And to all those at BTI Consortium institutions: Stay safe and stay well!
 
Many Blessings,

The Board of Trustees and Staff of the Boston Theological Interreligious (BTI) Consortium
 
Thomas Stegman (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry)
Richard Gaillardetz and Catherine Cornille (Boston College Theology Department)
Adam Seligman (Boston University Graduate Program in Religion)
Mary Elizabeth Moore (Boston University School of Theology)
Scott Sunquist (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
Joel Lohr (Hartford Seminary)
Dudley Rose (Harvard Divinity School)
Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (Hebrew College)
George Cantonis (Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology)
Stephen Salocks (Saint John’s Seminary)
 
Ann McClenahan (Executive Director through 6/30)
Stephanie Edwards (Executive Director effective 7/1)
Chloe McLaughlin (Internal Projects Manager)
 
 
**IMPORTANT GRADING UPDATE**

Updated Member School grading decisions for this Spring semester have been made. Your Home school will decide what grade from the Host school to record. Grades from Host schools will be recorded according to Home school guidelines, many of which have changed in the past month. We have created a special tab on our website to offer additional information and links to each school's grading information for the Spring 2020 Term. If you still have questions about grading decisions, we encourage you to contact your Home registrar first.


Upcoming ONLINE Events
Final Group, Thursday, April 30. 2-3:30. Hosted by Harvard's Office of Student Life & Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. Bring a lunch and learn how to support survivors of intimate harm, talk about consent, and navigate relationships from a distance.
April 29th and May 7th. Online Celebration in Several Parts. Hebrew College.
While it has become clear that we will not be able to gather in person for this year’s event, we are transforming one evening of beautiful music and uplifting ideas into four virtual offerings over the next month, as well as a livestreamed event honoring Rabbi Rim Meirowitz, beloved and esteemed mentor and teacher, on April 29. We will wait until we can gather again in person to honor our beloved student, Jill Segal z”l, with the Esther Award. More Information
Thursday, April 30th. 7:00pm. Livestreamed on Gordon Conwell's Website and Facebook page.
The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the world and the church, causing angst and confusion in all quarters. Join the panel of resource leaders as they engage with this unique cultural moment from a biblical perspective; equipping us all to respond more faithfully and more effectively. More Information.

Now Enrolling! Enroll by May 8th to ensure that your chosen language will be offered. We are delighted to announce that the Summer Language Program (SLP) at HDS will be offered online only, and for course credit in 2020. This year’s SLP is scheduled to take place from June 15, 2020, to August 6, 2020. The courses will be taught synchronous and according to Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

We continue to accept applications. Please be sure to enroll by May 8, 2020. After this initial deadline, we will know which languages will have sufficient enrollment to be offered this summer. If the language of your choice will be offered, students may continue to enroll in the course until June 11, 2020. For more information, visit the Website.
Registration Now Open. Hartford Seminary.
Hartford Seminary is offering a 50% discount on tuition for their Summer term. Classes will be entirely online and run on a 6 week schedule (in most cases, see each class for details). One particular class has been developed for this particular time called "Interfaith Leadership in Times of Crisis." The full list of offerings can be found HERE.



Online Resources
Harvard Divinity's Spiritual Life Office has created a fantastic list of spiritual care and self care resources that are accessible to the public. The resources include suggestions for dealing with anxiety, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care resources, and many other messages and pieces of wisdom. Check it out here!
The National Emergency Library is currently temporarily free and open to public use! The library is accessible online and houses more than 1.2 million e-books and thousands of other resources like journals, videos, and audio recordings! It is a spectacular resource for anyone doing research without access to a physical library or for those just looking for an enjoyable read during quarantine!
Boston College's campus ministry has launched a special Covid-19 resource page to help facilitate personal worship during this season. Through this site, one can also access livestreams of the various Masses and services of worship being offered by BC's chapel. There is even an Ignatian Yoga experience! More Information
Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium | www.bostontheological.org

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