March 16, 2021
Dear BTI Students, Faculty, and Community,

The BTI Consortium would like to congratulate the annual Costas Consultation, part of the BTI Consortium's certificate in International Mission and Ecumenism (IME), for a wildly successful virtual conference! With over 60 attendees representing at least 16 institutions, the afternoon was a robust collection of inter-Christian denomination dialogue tackling "Mission Spiritualities in a Time of Trauma." One of the gifts of virtual events is that we hope to be able to provide access to some, if not all, of the presentations, and look forward to the continued conversation they foster. Keep an eye on our website, as we hope to be able to share the video recordings from the conference in the days to come. Finally, I would like to personally thank the IME steering committee: Todd Johnson from Gordon-Conwell, Dana Robert from BU School of Theology, Fr. Luke Veronis from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox, and Meg Guider from BC School of Theology and Ministry - your dedication to your students, the IME, and the work of theology in the modern world is so appreciated by myself and the entire BTI Consortium. If you want to learn more about the IME Certificate, or to become more involved in events like this, please email me!

Also of particular interest, The BTI Consortium will be hosting a *Virtual* Admissions Fair for our 10 member schools on April 13th, 2021, 12:00-1:30PM. If you or someone you know are considering studying theology or religion in the Boston area, join us! Participants will have the opportunity to speak with Admissions representatives from each of our member schools, ask questions, and learn more about all of the opportunities available through the BTI Consortium. Register for the event.


Dr. Stephanie Edwards
BTI Consortium Executive Director

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Upcoming BTI Consortium Sponsored Events

Virtual Admissions Fair. April 13, 2021, 12:00-1:30PM. Hosted by the BTI Consortium and our 10 Member Schools.

This event is open to any prospective Masters or Doctoral Degree student who is interested in learning more about any or all of our member schools. The event will be held entirely online using the Zoom and Gather platforms.

Join the RCT Program for one or all of the Spring Workshops coming up in April. Please note: These workshops will be virtual and require per-registration.

Friday, April 2, 9:00AM–12:00PM
“Smashing Stereotypes: Dialogue Tools to Address Anti-Semitism” with Bob Stains

Thursday, April 8, 7:00–8:30PM
Presentation of Papers on “Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, White Supremacy and US Culture: The Call for Interfaith Upstanding.”

Friday, April 9, 9:00AM–12:00PM
“Understanding Anti-Semitism and Its Impact on Movements for Social Change” With Rabbi David Jaffe & Elder William Dickerson II.

Virtual Conference. April 8-10, Events throughout each day. Hosted by the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership. Registration is now open!

BCTD and the BTI will host a post-conference talk back session led by Dr. Adkins-Jones from BC. (DATE TBA)

KGCCWL welcomes attendees to the nation’s premier gathering of womanist scholars, practitioners, activists, and leaders. The 2021 Spring Virtual conference features leading womanist voices who explore pressing questions, engage rigorous inquiry, and energize open dialogue essential to the freedom and flourishing of Black womankind. Through panels, presentations, interviews, lectures, and multifaceted, transgenerational, innovative conversations across disciplines, this conference is the culmination of the work of KGCCWL integrating its six-core tenets – womanist wellness, witness, wisdom, worship, wares, and works – which represent the holistic interconnections that make womanist leadership flourish. This year, KGCCWL has curated a special series of events and activities for youth (ages 12-18) to promote and encourage future womanist leaders. Register Here.
Upcoming ONLINE Events
Lecture. Tuesday, March 16, 5:00-6:30 pm EST. Hosted by the Harvard Divinity School Buddhist Community.
We are excited to invite you to join the third event in the Harvard Buddhist Community's 2021 Buddhism and Race Speaker Series. This event will feature Duncan Ryūken Williams, Professor in and the Chair of the USC School of Religion and Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture in Los Angeles. He is the author of the LA Times bestseller American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2019) about Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American internment. This event is free.

Panel Discussion. Thursday, March 18, 12:00-1:00PM. Hosted by the Harvard Divinity School Center for the Study of World Religions.  
Vivien Sansour is founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library where she works with farmers to propagate and recover threatened heirloom varieties and creates local and international public awareness campaigns to educate people about Palestinian agricultural heritage and biodiversity. A trained anthropologist, she is currently a Fellow at Harvard's Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative, which is co-hosting this webinar with API.
Religion and Public Affairs Workshops. Hosted by the Boston University Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs: CURA 
The Religion and Public Affairs Workshops provide a platform for creative discussion between students and scholars interested in topics at the intersection of religion and politics. At each meeting, we read and discuss foundational and recent works in this emergent, interdisciplinary field including scholarship from Religion and Theological Studies, International Relations, Anthropology, Political Science, History, and Sociology. Through this forum, we hope to raise awareness of IR and Religion scholarship at BU.

Upcoming Workshops:
Friday, March 19, 2:00-3:30PM

Thursday, April 8, 3:00-4:30PM

Friday, April 16, 3:00-4:30PM
with Nicole Correri
Graduate Student Conference. Sunday-Monday March 21-22, All Day. Hosted by Engaging Particularities of the Boston College Theology Department.  
All are welcome to attend the Boston College Theology Department's 18th annual graduate student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, and missiology. This year's special theme is Living Rituals through memory, language, and identity. Engaging Particularities will be held virtually on Zoom on March 21-22, 2021. A keynote lecture, "The Self Through the Other in Byzantine and Jewish Liturgies: A Comparative Exercise," will be offered by Rabbi Ruth Langer, Ph.D. of Boston College and Rev. Fr. Demetrios Tonias, Ph.D. of Hellenic College Holy Cross. Registration is free and open to the public.

Conversation. Wednesday, March 24, 3:30-5:00PM. Hosted by HDS Racial Justice & Healing Committee and HDS Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging. Please join us as we continue to explore the themes in our Common Read text, The Little Book of Race & Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation, by Fania E. Davis. We will explore the roles we play as students, faculty, scholars of religion, staff, and members of the wider community in transforming mass incarceration and how restorative justice helps us to bring our full selves and our intersectional identities to this work. We will discuss the historical roots and contemporary implications of mass incarceration and our collective responsibility to address this crisis. Our conversation will feature Eboni Nash, MTS candidate, Karen Lischinsky, Professor of Sociology, and Matt Potts, HDS Professor.
Panel Discussion. Wednesday, March 24, 7:00-8:15PM Hosted by Hartford Seminary. What energies must we nurture now as we strive to cultivate a more loving society inclusive of all Earth’s people?
Emerita Professor Miriam Therese Winter, Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), will lead our discussion.
Speakers include the Rev. Barbara Essex, a faculty member of WLI since its inception in 1996, and Cathi Nelson, a graduate of WLI’s first class and a global pioneer in photo management.
Zoom Conference. Friday, March 26, 10:00AM-3:30PM. Hosted by the Boston University School of Theology Anna Howard Shaw Center.
There will be two amazing Keynote speakers: Dr. Daisy Machado & Dr. Mayra Picos-Lee! They will be speaking of Latina leadership within the Church. Please join this event in support of our fellow Latinas and to learn about these experiences. There is an RSVP link, so please RSVP for this event. This event is being sponsored by the Anna Howard Shaw Center and is being Co-Sponsored by ACLAMEN.

Book Talk. Wednesday, March 31, 8:00-9:00PM. Hosted by The Raices Latinas Program on Theology, Leadership, and Research. Dr. Jonathan Calvillo has recently released a book titled: The Saints of Santa Anna: Faith and Ethnicity In A Mexican Majority City. Dr. Calvillo is a wonderful professor at Boston University School of Theology and does an amazing job at bringing Latinx topics/issues/mentalities to the schools curriculum. He is also a great supporter of Latinx events hosted at the school, often helping with the planning of such events or being a willing participant when students approach him. This event will function as a Q&A for his most recent book and a learning opportunity for many of us interested in Latinx Studies.
Book Talk. Tuesday, April 6, 12:00-1:00PM. Hosted by the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University. In their new book, The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Christians and Jews Read the Same Stories, Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt) and Marc Z. Brettler (Duke) show how and why Jews and Christians read many of the same Biblical texts – including passages from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Psalms – differently. They explore diverse perspectives, offering deeper understandings of the original narratives and their many afterlives. Join us to learn from, and pose questions to, the authors at this lunchtime event. Hosted by the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University. Part of the Books at the Center Series.
Film Conversation. Thursday, April 8, 7:00-8:00PM. Hosted by the Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. In honor of Yom HaShoah, Boston College professors and documentary filmmakers John and Susan Michalczyk will present and discuss clips from their series of Holocaust films: The Cross and the Star: Jews, Christians and the Holocaust (1997), Nazi Medicine: In the Shadow of the Reich (1997), Displaced: Miracle at St. Ottilien (2002), Creating Harmony: The Displaced Persons’ Orchestra at St. Ottilien (2007), and Nazi Law: Legally Blind (2016).
Lecture. Tuesday, April 20, 6-7:30PM. Hosted by the Boston University School of Theology Alumni Association and Sponsored by the Lowell Institute. Join us for our bi-annual Lowell Lecture! Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD has been described in a myriad of ways: a scholar-activist, scholar-leader, thought-leader, teacher, public theologian, ethicist, poet of moral reason, and word artist. Among these ways of describing Dr. Robyn, they are also a visionary thinker who has spent two decades working in the borderlands of church, academy, & movements seeking to not only disrupt but dismantle supremacy culture and help steward the logic of liberation as a Transqueer Latinx. They enflesh a deep hope of collaborating in these borderland spaces where their work seeks to contribute to the ongoing work of collective liberation. Full Description.
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