November 12, 2019
Students and Faculty of the BTI Consortium –

Thank you for subscribing to our Newsletter! The end of the semester is quickly approaching and the familiar nip of winter is just around the corner. I hope you are finding time to take a moment to enjoy a cup of warmth and the blessing that is Fall in Boston!

Keep your eye on your inbox, as our Spring Course Catalog for Cross Registration should be published soon. We know you are anxiously anticipating this exciting document of potential knowledge and we are sorry to have kept you waiting! As always, the initial catalog will include all of our schools except for Harvard, as their courses are not published until later in the season and will be released separately. You can also search course offerings by school under the Cross Registration tab on the BTI Website . If you do plan to cross register and you have never done so with us before, make sure to fill out the New Student Registration form . This form also allows you to sign up for BTI Library sharing! (YAY BOOKS!)

Have a great week!
Upcoming Featured Events
"The Hate U Give" Film Screening- Concerning Police Brutality against Black Bodies Film Series
Wednesday, November 20th, 5:00pm-8:00pm Film Screening, Boston University School of Theology.   The School of Theology's very own Students of Color Association and the Interfaith Club will host a film series concerning police brutality against Black life. The movie will be followed by conversations concerning the film, race, community, accountability, justice, etc. Dinner will be provided!

The first film to kick off the series will be 'The Hate U Give" . Details
Building Bridges: Conversation in a Time of Division
Friday, November 15, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lecture and Dialogue. Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. I t seems increasingly difficult to build community as our world breaks down into camps and factions in which misunderstanding and accusations fly back and forth. In this day of renewal, Dr. O’Keefe helps us recognize forces that contribute to social division and name our theological hope for building community amid difference. She identifies practices that may help ministerial leaders build the possibility for dialogue, understanding, and community.
"Harriet" Film Screening
Monday, November 18th, 7:00-10:00pm, Film Screening followed by Conversation with the Producer. Harvard Divinity School.
"The Politics of the Unseen: Exploring the Moral Imagination" presents Harriet , the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Following the film, David B. Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and the Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies at HDS, will be in conversation with Harriet producer Debra Martin Chase. Dialogue with the audience will be encouraged. The KUUMBA Signers of Harvard College will also perform. More Information.
Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative Conference: Exploring Cultural Activism
Various Events on Thursday, November 14th and Friday, November 15th. Conference. Harvard Divinity School Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative.
The Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative is excited to host their Fall Conference on "Exploring Cultural Activism." The conference will feature the RCPI Fellows and the diverse and important work they are doing.

Click the link below to see the full schedule of events and to register for one or both days of the conference.

Additional Events around the Consortium
Thursday, November 14th, 12:30-2:00 PM, Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard University. Kerry M. Sonia (Washington and Lee University), Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Hebrew Bible, will give the lecture, “Like a Woman in Labor: The Ritual and Social Dimensions of Childbirth in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel.”
Every Wednesday. 7:00-8:30pm. Grace Church of Newton, MA. Centering Prayer is a gentle form of Christian meditation that is easily learned and practiced. Free and Open to All. For more information about Grace Church and Centering Prayer practice, visit Grace Episcopal Church is located at 76 Eldredge Street, Newton, MA.
Sunday, November 17th, 3:30-5:30 PM, Co-sponsored by  Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston  and Hebrew College. Lecture: The discovery of diamond deposits in South Africa in 1869   led to intensified extraction, manufacturing and consumption of diamonds in a growing global network. Jews played a crucial role throughout the process of extracting the rough stones from South African soil, manufacturing in European factories, and distributing gems and jewelry across the Atlantic. They were not just intermediaries but pioneers and central agents of early globalization. Details
Monday, November 18th, 3:00-6:00pm, Harvard Divinity School. Monday Matinees, "The Politics of the Unseen: Exploring the Moral Imagination" presents We Call BS, a film in progress, features Emma Gonzalez, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when she gave a powerful speech at an anti-gun rally on February 18, 2018, calling "BS" on lawmakers and gun advocates. Following the film, Robb Moss, Harvard College Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard, converses with Us Kids director Kim Snyder, Us Kids producer Maria Cuomo Coles, David Hogg, Harvard student and March for Our Lives founder, and Bria Smith, Emerson student and March for Our Lives board member. Dialogue with the audience will be encouraged.
Thursday, November 21st, 5:00-7:00pm, Boston University School of Theology.
Join us for a panel discussion about the Boston's Hidden Sacred Spaces Project founded by Professor Wendy Cadge, Department of Sociology at Brandeis University, Alice Friedman, Professor of Art at Wellesley College. The sociology of religious practices, architecture, and photography will all be discussed. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Andrew Shenton, Associate Professor at the Boston University of Fine Arts and School of Theology. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Details.
The Ruderman Family Foundation Interfaith Summit on Inclusion
Tuesday, December 3rd, 9:00am-4:00pm, The Ruderman Family Foundation and Congregation Kehillath Israel. Through work with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Ruderman Family Foundation has engaged 52 synagogues in the Greater Boston area to embrace inclusion across all of their activities. Inclusion has the power to unify the American Jewish community – synagogues of all sizes and denominations have come together to embrace inclusion and have demonstrated unprecedented unity and collaboration. They are working now to bring this message to the interfaith community, and are convening a group of interfaith leaders on December 3 rd . The purpose of this gathering will be to explore inclusion as a catalyst to bridge divides ." For more information, email
Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:00-9:00pm, Hartford Theological Seminary
Hossein Kamaly, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Holder of the Imam Ali Chair for Shi’i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools, will introduce us to his new book, A History of Islam in 21 Women. More Information and Registration.
External Job Posting
Interim Director of Religious Education
First Church In Salem, Unitarian Universalist
Part-Time (20-30 hours per week). Interim position: As Soon as Possible-June 2020
Interested Applicants should contact for more information.
Submission Deadlines for the BTI Newsletter for FALL 2019: 11/21, 12/5 . Please send submissions (including graphics) to: for inclusion in the newsletter. The BTI Newsletter is sent biweekly on Tuesdays.
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