December 1, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, and Friends of the BTI Consortium,

We have nearly done it, my friends! The end of the semester is in sight with only a few more weeks, a few more papers, and perhaps a few more finals standing between us and a delightful Winter break. As the semester closes, we hope those of you who will be registering for another semester at one of our member schools will consider looking into Cross-Registration. Our Cross-Registration portal is now open and accepting applications for courses in the Spring 2021 semester. Take a look at our current Catalog and register for a course using our Portal.

After you Cross-Register, check out our homepage and our upcoming interreligious event "Psalms: Interreligious Interpretations and New Compositions" with Deus Ex Musica. This event is going to be an exciting evening of music and conversation surrounding the interreligious opportunities present in the Psalms and other musical offerings. Join us and register for the Zoom!

We also must take a moment in this, our final Newsletter of the Fall '20 semester, to recognize and thank the wonderful Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore. Dean Moore has served on our board for more than a decade and even served as our Board Chair as recently as last year. This December, Dean Moore will retire from the Boston University School of Theology and we, along with many others, will miss her kind smile and humble leadership immensely! Dean Moore will offer one final lecture entitled "Dignity: Spiritual Center in Social Chaos" on Thursday, December 10th. We are certain you won't want to miss it.

Finish strong! We can do this!

Chloe McLaughlin
Internal Projects Manager/Graduate Assistant

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The Registration Portal is NOW OPEN.
The current FULL available edition is in an Excel Format with a partial PDF catalog also available with more schools added weekly. The Excel Catalog includes all of our current listings all of our member schools except Saint John's Seminary.
Upcoming BTI Consortium Affiliated Events
Join the BTI Consortium on December 10th for an Interreligious Musical Experience! We are teaming up with Delvyn Case and the musicians and theologians from Deus Ex Musica to host a night of music and learning. The event will be held via Zoom.
Check out the Deus Ex Musica website for More Information.

The School of Theology presents Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore’s Last Lecture, the final public lecture of her 12-year deanship at Boston University School of Theology. A post-lecture conversation on the significance of her lecture and academic work with Boyung Lee and Almeda Wright, two of her former students, will follow. Join us as we honor the exceptional scholarship and indelible leadership of Dean Moore one more time!

While the BTI is not hosting this event, we share a love and appreciation for Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore. Dean Moore has served on our board for many years and has helped shape and grow the BTI Consortium. We are so grateful for her kindness, intellect, and leadership. Don't miss your chance to learn from Dean Moore one last time!

Thursday, December 10th. 7:00-8:30PM.
Upcoming Events
Webinar Conversation. Tuesday, December 8. 7:00-8:00PM. Hosted by Hartford Seminary. We are living in a time of swirling confusion, deep grief, and sometimes debilitating fear. Whether it stems from the death of a loved one from Covid-19 or the general condition of our world, we find ourselves in seasons of waiting and wondering, searching for ways of lamenting our losses and finding new ways to share love in our communities. Did you know that half of the 200,000 lives lost to the Covid-19 have been people with disabilities? There has been no outrage, no lament, and no loving of this forgotten community.
This Lamenting and Loving event is an opportunity to come together to remember the lives lost – especially the forgotten ones – and to grieve, to explore underlying issues, and to commit to loving acts of kindness and justice. Register Now.
5 Week Virtual Book Retreat. Thursdays Dec. 3, 10, & 17. 4:00-5:30PM. Sponsored by the BTS Center. Using Christian scripture and theology through the lens of modern science, Creation’s Wisdom explores the concept of the Tibetan Five Wisdoms to address such questions as: What is a Christian spirituality that speaks to the needs of people in an era of climate change? What practices can guide us? What is a helpful perspective? Author Dan Wolpert uncovers that the answers lie in the elements of creation.
This five week book retreat will explore the nature of Creation’s Wisdom, how God speaks to us through creation, how we can connect to the wider creation in holistic and meaningful ways, and how we can become ambassadors for a path of healing in this time of climate crisis. The retreat will use a combination of discussion, teaching, and contemplative practice that will strengthen us for the challenging journey ahead. Registration is required and a $50 donation is suggested. Register Now.
Author Discussion. Tuesday, December 8. 5:00-6:30PM. Hosted by the Harvard
Center for the Study of World Religions and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Buddhism is a way of life, a philosophy, a psychology, a set of ethics, a religion, or a combination thereof. Central to the many ways Buddhism is understood is the achievement of emotional, mental, and psychological wellness. African Americans are at perpetual risk of psychological imbalance and trauma due to the social realities of racism in the United States. The authors engage the question, What can Buddhism offer African Americans who want to be emotionally resilient in a context they cannot singlehandedly change? Register Now.
Calls for Papers and Job Postings
City Mission Bostonis seeking a full time Executive Director, who is responsible for directing the overall strategic, financial, programmatic, operations, and management of the nonprofit to deliver on our mission: to educate and empower individuals and communities to exposesystemic barriers and act together to advance economic and racial equity for underserved families in Boston. Based in Dorchester, Massachusetts, this person will be a passionate advocate for racial justice, a collaborative change agent for homelessness prevention, a catalyst of community engagement, a galvanizing leader and the spiritual voice of the organization. More Information.
Request for Papers for Presentation at a February 2021 Virtual Graduate Student Conference sponsored by The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. Abstracts due December 15, 2020. The Boisi Center will be hosting its first Graduate Student Conference, "Pandemic & Religion," to be held virtually on Saturday, February 27th.Given the broad impact of COVID and the number of subjects that could be implicated, we invite proposals from graduate and professional students in any discipline. Abstracts are due on December 15th and should be submitted to the Boisi Center via Email.
We are grateful to have Profs. Nancy Ammerman, M. Cathleen Kaveny, and Mark Massa, S.J., as our featured respondents. Additionally, $500 will be awarded to the conferences Best Paper.

SCJR invites the submission of articles that engage with the roles of guilt, sin, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation in Christian-Jewish relations applying—but not limited to—theological, historical, psychological, sociological, and contemporary perspectives. Articles that seek to strengthen Jewish-Christian relations by examining or proposing Jewish and Christian responses are especially welcome.
Articles may be submitted through September 1, 2021.
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