March 10, 2020
Dear Friends, Students, and Colleagues of the BTI,

Thank you for subscribing to our Newsletter! The first scents of Spring are in the air here in Boston and with Spring comes the end of midterms, Spring Break, and whispers of the upcoming graduation season! There are endless opportunities for additional educational enrichment throughout the BTI Consortium schools at the moment, so make sure to check out our event listings. If you are stuck in Boston over your break due to Covid-19 worries, maybe a day trip to one of our consortium schools could make a fun and enriching day trip for an upcoming event! Also, I am now including a few job opportunities in each newsletter, so scroll to the bottom of this email to take a look at those as well!

Do you have an upcoming event that might be of interest to the BTI Community? Is your organization hiring for the summer? Send events and requests to .

Stay well, and don't forget to wash your hands, friends!

Chloe McLaughlin
BTI Consortium Graduate Assistant
Upcoming Featured Events
Wednesday, March 11, 2020. 4:30-5:45 PM. Lecture, The Boisi Center at Boston College.
A Lecture with Wake Forest's Jonathan Lee Walton. He will explore the American idea that God wants us all to be wealthy and prosper dates back to the founding of the nation. Puritans, mainline Protestants, and charismatic Pentecostals alike have claimed divine right to name prestige, privilege, and prosperity as their own. Nor is it limited to formally organized religious spaces and ordained clergy. Prominent cultural figures like Benjamin Franklin, Bruce Barton, and Oprah Winfrey have proven to be premier revivalists of this quintessentially American gospel. Prosperity is a prominent feature of the prevailing creed of this nation. What role can communities of faith have in challenging the very tenets that make its institutional existence possible? Or is the Christian Church in the United States damned to irrelevancy as a result of its own “success”?
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020. Forum. Gordon-Conwell Retreat House. The second forum in the Spring series.What is the relationship between God's nature and his creation? Was creation in line with God's abundant nature and thus inevitable? Or does God's decision to create stem purely from God's will? These are crucial questions and Brendan will be looking at how Thomas Aquinas works out the tension between God's freedom and God's overflowing abundant nature. There will be a paper talk followed by Q&A and discussion. Refreshments will be served. More Information
Applications NOW Available, 6 Week Summer Experience, partnership with Boston College STM and Katholische Privatuniversität Linz (KU Linz).
Boston College STM Summer at Linz  is comprised of 2 three-week sessions from  June 29-August 7, 2020 . KU Linz will offer a six-week Theological German course in the mornings and two three-week courses in English, in the afternoon. The two afternoon courses are interdisciplinary in nature, team taught by theology, church history, and art and art history faculty. Non-Boston College STM Students must apply. Interested students should apply online soon and direct questions to Marcia Ryan ( ). More Information

Friday, March 27, 8:30-noon at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline. Hosted by Boston College, Hebrew College, and Boston University School of Theology. This interactive workshop provides seminarians and rabbinical students from across Greater Boston a unique opportunity to explore the personal and professional meaning of the upcoming holidays in an interreligious setting. The morning will begin with a Jewish prayer service (open to all) and will continue with small group discussion; musical meditations from different faiths, and a plenary session on the theme “Journeying Through the Seasons” with panelists Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore, Boston University School of Theology, Dean Thomas Stegman, S.J., Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and Dean Dan Judson, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. RSVP Required.
Saturday, April 4, 2020. 8:30am-5:00pm. Retreat. Boston University, Marsh Chapel.
An Intergenerational Yoga and Meditation Retreat for Inner Transformation and Social Change. This retreat is designed as a space to gather together in an intentional and structured way to support introspection, healing, leadership skills training and dialogue around the topic of race. Meditation and yoga practices create a blend of stillness and intentional movement within which participants can tune in and engage deeply with their physical bodies.
Additional Events around the Consortium
Thursday, March 12, 7:30-9:00pm. Group Meeting. Boston Patristics. There is no precirculated paper. There will be a presentation from Dr. Valentina Calzolari on her work on Armenian Thecla traditions followed by and opportunity for questions and discussion. Meeting will take place at Harvard Divinity School in the Center for the Study of World Religions. Request Information via Email.
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm. Lecture. The Paulist Center of Boston. Vulnerability & the Formation of Bishops” ​ ​by internationally respected theologian Fr. James Keenan, S.J., ​on ​Wednesday, March 18, 7 pm​. (light supper will be provided at 6:30pm) Suggested donation is $10 . Details.
Wednesday, March 25, 1:00-2:00pm. Info Session. Boston University School of Theology. Curious about Religion and Conflict Transformation? The RCT certificate is only 12 credits and there are many incredible classes that count toward the certificate, including: Spirit & Art of Conflict Transformation (Required); Dismantling White Privilege, Power and Supremacy; Suffering and Healing; Race, Gender and Ethnicity in Church and Society; and Theology and TraumaI; plus internships and Travel Seminars for Contextualized Learning. The RCT Certificate is designed to give you the theory, skills, and experiences To help effect real social transformation. Join for dessert, coffee and tea, and a vibrant, informative discussion that will answer: What is Conflict Transformation? How is it applicable to me in my calling? How can I utilize its theory and practice in my vocation? Why the certificate? Why now? What is the best path to the certificate? Details.
Thursday, March 26, 7:00-9:00pm. Moderated Discussion. Hartford Seminary. Please join Hartford Seminary, Chai Mitzvah, and First Church, West Hartford, for a lively discussion moderated by Colin McEnroe, host of WNPR’s “The Colin McEnroe Show.” Scott A. Shay’s recent book In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism makes a cogent argument for the rational belief in God. He defends monotheism against those who claim that religion has done more to divide us than unite us. Tom Krattenmaker, author of Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, argues from a secular humanist perspective that we can all agree on values to live by and focus on making this world a better place without a concept of an overarching deity. Colin McEnroe, himself on a much-discussed spiritual journey, will engage Scott, Krattenmaker, and the audience in a lively discussion. Early registration is highly suggested as they expect this evening to sell out. Tickets are $10 for non-Hartford Seminary students.
Sunday, March 29, 2:00-6:00 pm and Monday, March 30, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Conference. Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.
The language of reconciliation and forgiveness fails in the context of atrocities, such as the Holocaust, genocide,and the history of slavery. Apologies cannot magically bring about racial reconciliation or forgiveness. This conference explores the significance and effects of the language of guilt and penance in the context of systemic evils, such as racism and antisemitism. Traditional Jewish and Christian teachings on penance,teshuvah,and atonement propose models for perpetrator-centered practices of change that may be newly relevant in contemporary conflicts over historical legacies of contempt. Register by Email.
Sunday, March 29, 4:00-6:00pm. Conversation. Open Spirit Center of Framingham.
Speaker event with Dr. Yehezkel Landau, interfaith educator, author, and consultant who has been working to improve Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations and promote Israeli-Palestinian peace-building for 40 years. Hosted by the Multi-Faith Collaborative of Open Spirit, a place of hope, health, and harmony.
Monday, March 30, 8:00am through Wednesday, April 1, 12:00pm. Conference. Gordon Conwell.
The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary invites you to an exclusive conference to celebrate the launch of the third edition of their seminal work, the World Christian Encyclopedia (Edinburgh University Press).
The conference will feature:
  • Keynote addresses from leaders in mission and ecumenical organizations
  • Panel sessions on world religions
  • Focus on gender in global Christianity
  • Analysis of regional trends in Christianity. Register Now.
Wednesday, April 1, 2:30-5:15pm. Lecture. Boston University School of Theology. Join the STH Lecture Committee and the Center for Global Christianity and Mission in welcoming Rev. Dr. Casely Essamuah (STH Alumnus, Mission Pastor Bay Community Church, General Secretary of the Global Christian Forum) and Rev. Dr. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson (General Secretary of the Reformed Church of America, Founder of Sojourners, Director of Church & Society for the World Council of Churches) to the School of Theology. Our guests will give a lecture on unity in diversity and difference in the midst of commonality in Christianity followed by refreshments and a time of Question & Answer. Details.
Thursday, April 2, 6:00-9:15pm and Friday, April 3, 9:00am-6:30pm. Symposium Conference. Harvard Divinity School, Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative. A joint collaboration between the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. Details of the event are forthcoming, but registration is now open as seats will be limited. Register Now.
Wednesday, April 29, 6:30-9:00pm. Fellowship Event. Hebrew College. Join the Greater Boston community for Hebrew College’s largest event of the year, Leadership, Learning, and Love, on April 29 at Temple Israel, Boston. The evening will include honors, beautiful music, meaningful conversation, and plenty of delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts. Registration and Donation Required.
Thursday April 30, 1:00pm through Saturday, May 2, 4:00pm. Conference. Boston University School of Theology. Women in the World: Exploring Latinas' Academic Contributions in Ministry and Leadership. Boston University School of Theology in conjunction with the Latinx Studies Program and the Anna Howard Shaw Center explore Latina women's contributions to leadership and Ministry.
Every Friday, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Boston University School of Theology Library. Every Friday the research librarians host a workshop on various research skills that are specifically helpful for students of theological education. Topics include Biblical Exegesis, Interlibrary Loan, Finding Church and Religion Statistics, and Researching Methodist History. For a specific schedule of topics, visit the BU calendar HERE.
External Job Postings
Kids4Peace Boston works to promote interfaith understanding among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim youth in the Boston area through a summer camp and year-round programming. They are currently hiring counselors for their 202 Summer Camp programming. Students of all faith traditions are encouraged to apply. Details and How to Apply
"We are seeking a Ministerial Intern who would like to work closely with our Minister and our Director of Family Ministry. At FRS, we have cultivated a shared ministry model that encourages the creative input of all, with the focus on collaboration, innovation, and spiritual growth. The Intern will assist in planning worship with the Minister, the Director of Family Ministry, the Music Director, and our Worship Arts Committee, and will have an opportunity to be the worship leader approximately once a month. Besides worship and preaching, the internship offers exposure to the governance and administrative elements of church life, to pastoral care, to our youth programs, to our ministries within and beyond the church."
Park Avenue Congregational Church, UCC, Arlington, MA, an Open and Affirming Congregation, seeks a part-time Christian Education Director. At the heart of what PACC offers is a warm welcome and a sense of belonging to all who come through our doors. All of the duties described below ultimately work toward this goal: cultivating a positive, nurturing, healthy relationship with children, youth, and their families so that church becomes a place where they feel loved, valued, and nurtured on their faith journey. At this moment in our church family’s life, we seek a CE Director with the skills to creatively build and sustain our CE Program in the big picture and in the week-to-week (bold ideas welcome!), while also developing strong relationships with our children, youth, and families.   Details and How to Apply
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