November 9, 2021
Dear BTI Students, Faculty, and Community,

There are many amazing events and opportunities available for our community right now! Make sure to read through this email for a variety of upcoming in-person and virtual events as well as a few job postings, a Call for Papers, and a Summer CPE opportunity!

Additionally, for all of you who are anxiously awaiting our course catalog, the wait is nearly over! We are moving to an online catalog format this semester, and classes are coming in quickly. We hope to have a complete catalog available for your browsing pleasure by the end of the week, but our registration portal will not open until the middle of next week (November 16th). In the meantime, if you are planning to cross-register for the first time this semester, make sure you are set for registration by filling out our New Student form. For more information about the cross-registration process, you can also watch the recording from our Zoom "How to Cross Register" event that we hosted last week (see below!) or read through the Cross-Registration page on our website. As always, we are here to answer questions or offer guidance throughout the cross-registration process. Don't hesitate to send us an email or reach out through our social media accounts.

Best of luck in these last few weeks! We can do this!


Chloe McLaughlin
BTI Consortium Internal Projects Manager

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BTI Highlights and Announcements

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
In-Person or via Livestream. Book Launch Event. Tuesday, November 9, 5:00PM-6:30PM. Hosted by The Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.  
*A Book Launch Event Commemorating KRISTALLNACHT*
On November 9, 1938, Nazis desecrated and destroyed synagogues and Jewish business throughout Germany. On October 27, 2018, a gunman killed eleven Jews who were worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill—the most deadly anti-Semitic attack in American history. Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, is one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in the country, known for its tight-knit community and the profusion of multigenerational families. Mark Oppenheimer’s book is a piercing portrait of the struggles and triumphs of a singular community in the wake of unspeakable tragedy that highlights the hopes, fears, and tensions all Americans must confront on the road to healing.
Conversation. Wednesday, November 10, 9:00AM-10:45AM. Hosted by The BU School of Theology.
Join Dr. Decosimo as he interviews special guest Joshua Mauldin on his new book "Barth, Bonhoeffer, and Modern Politics." Joshua is the Associate Director of the Center for Theological Inquiry and book review editor for Political Theology. Come ready for an engaging discussion and a time of Q&A. Free coffee will be provided!

VIRTUAL Discussion. Wednesday, November 10, 12:00PM-1:00PM. Hosted by Harvard Divinity's Center for the Study of World Religions.
Does Black Magic Matter? A brief discussion of the African American traditions known as Hoodoo, Conjure and Rootworking, and practices of divination, spiritual protection and healing. We will discuss the origins of magic in the specific context of slavery in America and consider the meaning of black magic in the present day. Like their enslaved forebears, today’s practitioners cultivate ancestral spirituality in support of individuals and communities, and to heal diverse afflictions of the body politic, intergenerational trauma, racial and sexual violence, and economic impoverishment.
VIRTUAL Research Workshop. Friday, November 12, 10:00AM-4:00PM. Hosted by Boston University School of Theology Library.
The Advanced Theological Research series has been reformatted into a one-day Theological Research Launchpad to be offered each fall. These research-oriented workshops build on the foundation of Library Essentials Workshop series to present advanced theological research topics and skills to doctoral students and those master's students considering continued academic work at the doctoral level. The Methodist Research and Missiological Research workshops also present the library's unique historical and theological collections, with a focus on archival research.
New workshops will begin each hour, and participants may join us for any or all of the workshops! Register to receive the Zoom link for the whole day.
Book Talk. Friday, November 12, 12:30PM-2:00PM. Hosted by The Boston College Political Science Department.
The Political Science Department invites you to a book talk by Joshua Darr, Assistant Professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication and the Political Science Department at Louisiana State University. The book talk will be on "How Local News Can Slow Polarization."
Darr states: “We can bridge our political divisions when we focus on local issues instead of national politics. A local newspaper in California showed this in 2019, when they dropped national politics from the opinion page for one month. Our book, “Home Style Opinion,” analyzes the effects of this experiment: local issues filled the sizable gap left by Trump and Congress, and polarization slowed compared to another city where the newspaper did not change. Though local newspapers are in the middle of a major crisis, they may hold the key to making politics less contentious.” More Information.
Online Event. Monday, November 15, 7:00-8:30PM. Hosted by Harvard Divinity School. This conversation is part of the series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker is Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker staff writer.
Few have covered the climate crisis as deeply and as thoughtfully as Elizabeth Kolbert. Her work includes Field Notes from a Catastrophe (2007), the Pulitzer-prize winning The Sixth Extinction (2016), and her latest Under a White Sky (2021), “a book about people trying to solve problems caused by people trying to solve problems.” She discusses what “a good Anthropocene” might look like, from managing fish in the Midwest to geo-engineering the atmosphere to turn our blue sky white.
Respondent: Samuel Myers, director of Planetary Health Alliance

Discussion Session. Thursday, November 18, 7:30PM-8:30PM. Hosted by Interreligious Engagement at BCSTM. This event will look at scripture from three monotheistic traditions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. We will be joined by Profs. Ruth Langer and Natana Delong-Bas of the BC Theology Department, and STM Prof. Emeritus Richard Clifford, S.J. as we explore these texts.
"Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a tool for inter-faith dialogue whereby people of different faiths come together to read and reflect on their scriptures. [...] It is not about seeking agreement, but rather exploring the texts and their possible interpretations across faith boundaries, and learning to ‘disagree better’."

The theme of our session is: Eschatology
Lecture. Wednesday, November 10, 12:00PM-1:15PM. The Boisi Center for Religion & American Public Life at Boston College.
In the Spring semester of 2021, Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Tumaini University Makumira in Usa River, Tanzania, engaged in a collaborative learning experiment about race, colonialism, and theology. This effort was funded by grants from the Saint Anselm Fund for Catholic Social Teaching, and a Collaborative Grant from the American Academy of Religion. The cooperating professors – R. Ward Holder at Saint Anselm and Cynthia Holder Rich at Tumaini, wished to explore how literally hearing from different voices – a goal frequently stated in liberative pedagogy but not always achieved – could affect the processes of learning about race, about theology, their interconnections, and educational outcomes. Students at the two colleges regularly interacted, both with noted theologians in webinars, and with each other on questions of race and colonialism. The outcomes of this pilot project suggested several fruitful avenues, both in student learning and educational outcomes. Students achieved greater understanding of colonialism and the need for decolonizing, and the manners in which theological constructs are intertwined with cultural conceptions about race; the outcomes demonstrated the importance of group work and discussion, the persistence of racialized conceptions, and the frequent rejection by dominant group students of conceptions of systemic racism. The lecture will discuss those lessons learned, as well as avenues for further pedagogy and research.
Lecture. Sunday, November 21, 1:30PM-3:30PM. The Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy co-sponsored by JGSGB and Hebrew College.
During World War II, Jews resisted not only with guns but also with pen and paper. Even in the face of death they left “time capsules” full of documents they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. They were determined that posterity would remember them on the basis of Jewish and not German sources. The Ringelblum archive in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents. Of the 60 people who worked on this national mission, only three survived. Professor Kassow will describe life in the Warsaw Ghetto and how this brave group of Jews worked to defend Jewish honor and to show future generations that history actually matters.
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
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

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.
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

First Parish in Lincoln, a mid-sized liberal Protestant parish with roots in the 1750s, seeks a settled full-time Senior Minister, starting August 2022. Located in suburban Boston, FPL is an interdenominational church (UUA-UCC) open to all, serving a membership that includes a wide range of faith backgrounds. We have a long tradition of active lay leadership that has creatively sustained and engaged our congregation throughout the pandemic. We seek an experienced, substantive, and inspiring speaker; a dedicated, caring pastor; and a skillful, energetic collaborator willing to take active part in community life, to nurture growth and diversity in our membership, and to support FPL’s social justice and environmental action initiatives in our region and beyond. Adjacent parsonage available. Ordination required.

For details about the search, visit our website, which will be updated with additional information about our church and community throughout the fall.
Application deadline: December 10.

Haley House is A feisty nonprofit in Boston that uses food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people. They empower individuals and strengthen neighborhoods. They are a complex organization that includes a soup kitchen, a housing program, a cafe and bakery, an urban farm, and more. 

They are looking for:
A highly qualified leader who is invested in the mission of Haley House and in the communities we serve. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, oversight, accomplishments, and stature of Haley House. Working in an inclusive style with the Board, staff, and volunteers, the Executive Director shall define, articulate, and (through personal example) embody the values and mission of Haley House. Through effective leadership and management, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that Haley House’s programs, operations, finances, staff, and volunteers meet established goals and objectives and that Haley House’s reputation as a valued community resource and service provider is maintained and enhanced. 

Our next leader must be collaborative and reflective, comfortable asking questions and seeking support, highly skilled in written and spoken communication, detailed and adept at prioritizing and multitasking, passionate about food, focused on affordable housing and building community around it, and experienced in issues related to social and racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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