November 30, 2021
Dear BTI Students, Faculty, and Community,

We hope you had a wonderful long weekend of good food and great friends and family and that you found moments to be grateful. We also would like to wish our Jewish community a very Happy Hanukkah, may your season of miracles be full of light and joy!

As our semester quickly approaches its end, we have several exciting announcements and events coming up. First, this week we are highlighting our *NEW* BTI Certificate in Interreligious Leadership! Course work for this certificate officially kicks off in January with the first offering of the certificate Core Course- "From Diversity to Pluralism: Religious Leadership in an Interreligious Age" at Hebrew College. If you are interested in learning more about this certificate or the core J-Term course, visit the certificates page of our website.

Additionally, our cross-registration portal is now open and accepting cross-registration requests. Take a moment to look over our online course catalog and remember to submit your registration request ASAP for the best chance of getting into your chosen course. For more information about the cross-registration process, check out Cross-Registration page on our website. Best of luck in your pursuit of knowledge through cross-registration! Please let us know if you have questions or run into issues. Don't hesitate to send us an email or reach out through our social media accounts.

Finally, we are thrilled to officially announce the dates and topic of the upcoming BTI Student Conference "Accessing the Divine: Disability, Embodiment, and Claiming Joyous Futures." The conference will center around topics within disability theology and will offer space for many different kinds of participation. Content submissions are due by January 7th. The conference will take place March 25th, 2022 at Boston University. For more information about submissions or the conference in general, check out the Conferences page of the BTI website.

Make sure to scroll through the rest of this newsletter to see information on upcoming events as well as several job opportunities.

Peace,

Chloe McLaughlin
BTI Consortium Internal Projects Manager

To submit events, resources, or job opportunities to be publicized in our newsletter or on our website, email information (including links and graphics) to Chloe at btinews@bostontheological.org.
BTI Highlights and Announcements
Hebrew College to offer Core Course for the *NEW* BTI Certificate in Interreligious Leadership in January 2022- REGISTER NOW!

"Accessing the Divine" Student Conference on Disability Theology
Paper Submissions
DUE January 7.

Click Here to learn more about the conference and to access the full
Call For Papers.

The Conference will take place at Boston University on March 25, 2022.
This semester we have switched out our PDF course guide for a shiny new website! Course listings can be found at bticourses.org and will be updated regularly as we receive changes and additional courses. We currently have course listings from every school as well as lists of pre-approved courses for each of our 3 certificates.

Once you have chosen your classes, head over to the portal to register. New to the Cross-Registration process? Check out this handy step-by-step guide!


Check out our calendar of events for the 2021-22 Academic year. Specific times and locations of in person events will be added closer to the date of events. Zoom links will also be shared later for virtual events.
Upcoming Events
Virtual Panel. Tuesday, November 30, 1:00PM-2:00PM. Hosted by The Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative at Harvard Divinity School.This panel will examine the theological, religious, and spiritual imagination as a resource for political, economic, and cultural resistance and resurgence in South Africa, Palestine, and among Indigenous Peoples in North America.
Speakers:
Mitri Raheb - Dar Al-Kalima University
Ebrahim Moosa - University of Notre Dame
Natalie Avalos - University of Colorado, Boulder
Moderated by Diane L. Moore
Lecture. Wednesday, December 1, 5:00PM-6:30PM. Hosted by HDS
Center for the Study of World Religions.
Early Muslim historians understood the Arabian milieu in which Islam arose as extensively polytheistic. They based this understanding on the Qur’ān itself, which mentions idols and betyls, along with a group called al-mushrikūn: literally, “those who associate [something with Allāh],” but usually translated as “polytheists.” Three of the eight deities mentioned in the Qur’ān are female, and Muslim sources often described them as the “Daughters of Allāh.” This lecture aims to (re)consider the connections between the pre-Islamic material sources on these goddesses and their worship, and the evidence in the Qur’ān itself, where various genres and traditions are pulled together. Narratives about pre-Islamic deities recount a cultural past that was subsequently revised to accentuate the prophetic nature of Muḥammad’s career in a polytheistic environment. Grasso argue that Muḥammad built his message on the existing basis of a flexible henotheism, professing a strict monotheism similar to those of the surrounding scriptural communities and very much inspired by their preaching, but which developed autonomously in the distinctive Arabian milieu, populated by liminal beings, Supreme God(s) and female goddesses. Mohsen Goudarzi (HDS) will serve as a respondent.
Celebration. Sunday, December 5, 3:00PM Groundbreaking
4:15PM Hanukkah Celebration. Hosted by Hebrew College and Temple Reyim.
Experience the JArts 2021 mobile art installation, "Brighter Revealed." 
Tours of Mayyim Hayyim will be available to see the mikveh,
education center, and art gallery (masks required).

Hebrew College and Temple Reyim are excited to collaborate with several organizational partners and neighbors on a new shared campus, creating a vibrant hub for Jewish learning and life in the Auburndale neighborhood of Newton. RSVP Here.
VIRTUAL Ritual Event. Winter Event: Festivals, with the Element of Fire.
Thursday, December 9, 7:30PM-8:30PM. Hosted by the BTS Center and the Many.
“The holidays... invite us not so much to dispel the darkness with light, but to enter the darkness with whatever light our consciousness brings. It is there in the darkness, as frightening as that might be, where we truly meet our spiritual selves. It is within the darkness, the unknown, that our creativity and our hope and our promise take root and have their home.” (Charles Blustein Ortman)
 
Festivals are times of miracles. Both the Christian story of the birth of Jesus and the Hanukkah story of the oil for the lamp point to unanticipated, and unplanned, miracles. And so many of the festivals involve candles or lights of some kind. How might we, even in our lament, make room for the inbreaking of the miraculous? What is illuminated differently by the candles of the advent wreath, or menorahs, or by solstice bonfires?
Course Highlight: Shariah Law at BUGPR
Professor Kecia Ali wishes to highlight the upcoming course entitled "Shariah Law."
The Course Description reads: Shariah Law looks behind the stereotypes and headlines–despotic rulers, barbaric punishments, women’s oppression–to understand the origins, history, and structure of Islamic law. Explores its implementation in various times and places, modern transformations, and contemporary debates over legal reform.
Register for the course on the BTI Portal or contact Prof. Kecia Ali.
Online Event. Monday, December 6, 7:00-8:00PM. Hosted by Harvard Divinity School. This conversation is part of the series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now."
Join us for a panel discussion with students from Harvard Divinity School to discuss themes and questions that emerged throughout the 10-week Weather Report series. During this one-hour conversation, students who have been in conversation with Terry Tempest Williams throughout the Weather Report journey will discuss ways that we can use this series to move the work forward and address the climate crisis both as individuals and as a collective.
Panelists:
Dana Karout
Emma Thomas
Maisie Luo
Maya Pace
Conversation. Sundays, December 5 & 12, 5:00PM-6:30PM. Co-sponsored by Hartford Internation and the John P. Webster Library of Hartford .
Amy-Jill Levine, Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford International University, and John Dominic Crossan, a New Testament scholar and historian of early Christianity, will discuss the beloved Nativity stories from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke on two consecutive Sundays in December. Hartford International is a co-sponsor of this event with the John P. Webster Library at First Church West Hartford.
Virtual Prayer Group. Every Wednesday, 7:00-8;15PM. Hosted by Grace Church. The Grace Centering Prayer Group meets Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:15 pm on Zoom. Even if you have not practiced centering prayer before, it is fine for you to just show up and learn with us. The group is open to all, and it is okay for you to invite friends and neighbors who do not belong to Grace Church. All are welcome!
Calls for Papers & Job Opportunities
The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is hiring for three positions -- Assistant Director, Admissions, Admissions Assistant, and Service Center Representative. The role descriptions and information on how to apply can be found at the links below:




Lancaster Congregational UCC in Lancaster, NH is seeking a three-quarter time pastor. The members of the church said "We visualize our new minister as some approachable and people-oriented who is committed to pastoral care. We seek someone who can inspire and challenge us. We look for scripture and words from the pulpit that can provide us with spiritual nourishment. We enjoy hearing ideas for how we can apply the Word to our everyday life. We desire someone who will enjoy working with other churches in our community. Most of all, we hope for a pastor who can help us add new members to our church family and bring back past members."

For more information or to apply, contact Kim Conover.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Religious Activism and Political Change; Political Activism and Religious Change
Abstracts Due Sunday, December 12th, 2021. Inquiries and Submissions should be directed to boisi.center@bc.edu.
Whether characterized by a peaceable coexistence or an acrimonious contention, the relationship between religion and politics in the United States has been intimate from the nation’s founding. At times religious groups have blessed soldiers as they marched off to war, while at other times they have prophetically denounced our nation’s involvement in such violence. In return, the political groups have constricted religious practices to protect vulnerable populations, while they have also provided greater protection for corporations to claim religious exemptions from perceived government imposition. Throughout U.S. history, activism in the religious or political sphere has worked to shape and reshape the other—sometimes for better outcomes and sometimes for worse.

The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College will host a virtual graduate student conference exploring the relationship between activism and change in the religious and political spheres. We invite papers addressing current, historical, and potential future issues arising from religious activism’s influence on political change, political activism’s influence on religious change, or instances of their mutual influence.

Because this is an interdisciplinary conference, we encourage submissions from graduate and professional students in any discipline, including (but not limited to) theology, philosophy, political science, sociology, history, law, peace studies, etc.
Highlights:
Location: McLean Hospital, Belmont Campus
Tuition: $950 (No Application Fee)
Supervisor: Rev. Angelika Zollfrank
Hospital Orientation: May 23, 2022
Program end: August 19, 2022
Designed for theological students, seminarians, and clergy

In Mental Health CPE at McLean, students will learn to…
  1. Assess how spirituality and severe psychiatric illness overlap
  2. Provide outcome-oriented spiritual care to individuals and groups
  3. Engage existential questions about the human mind and soul
  4. Work closely with experienced mental health providers
  5. Refine personal meaning and belief system

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