October 12, 2021
Dear BTI Students, Faculty, and Community,

With classes well underway, we are happy to announce two new opportunities for BTI Consortium Students and Faculty!

In alignment with our mission, the BTI Consortium will now provide supplemental funding for faculty and student initiatives. The funding will be offered beginning July 1 of each year, and be granted on a first come, first served basis. This year, we have a small amount set aside for requests. If you already have a conference or initiative in mind, contact me at edwards@bostontheological.org with any questions, or follow the link below to submit your application. Please visit our Funding Opportunities page for applications and to learn more.

Along with our existing Religion and Conflict Transformation, and International Mission and Ecumenism Certificates, the BTI is proud to offer a new certificate in Interreligious Leadership. Hosted by Hebrew College, this certificate will launch in Spring 2022, with the core course offered at Hebrew College in the January term with Dr. Or Rose of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership. 

Applications indicating your interest in the Interreligious Leadership certificate, and more information, are available on the BTI website.

Good luck to our entire BTI Consortium community as we enter into the Autumn season.

Wishing you good health,

Dr. Stephanie Edwards
BTI Consortium Executive Director

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

Beginning in January, the BTI Consortium is partnering with Hebrew College as well as representatives from our other member schools to offer the new Interreligious Leadership Certificate! The Inaugural core course will be offered at Hebrew College during the 2022 January Term.

Submit an application for enrollment on our website or contact us for more information about this exciting new opportunity!
On October 13, 2021, Hartford Seminary will announce a new name and logo, the culmination of a two-year strategic planning process.

The public is invited to watch the announcement via livestream on the official Hartford Seminary Facebook page. The program begins at 11 a.m. ET and will be recorded.

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

Sensory Experience on Zoom. Tuesday, October 12, 7:00PM-8:15PM. Hosted by the BTS Center. We will gather to explore the experience of solastalgia through music, poetry, ritual, and conversation with several members of The BTS Center team.
This event is an introduction to the theme of eco-grief that we will be engaging in the coming months at The BTS Center.
The term “solastalgia” — coined by philosopher Glenn Albrecht — is formed by the combination of the Latin words sōlācium (comfort) and the Greek root -algia (pain). Albrecht describes solastalgia as "the homesickness you have when you are still at home," when your home environment is changing in ways you find distressing.
As individuals, as communities, and as a species, we need practices and ceremonies to hold space for heartache, and in so doing, also make room for cultivating hope and sustaining engagement. Through this event, and the offerings to come, we aim to accompany one another in an experience of eco-grief that is oriented toward action.
Virtual Conversation. Wednesday, October 13, 12:00PM-1:00PM. Hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions.
Please join us for the first event of Gnoseologies: Transcendence and Transformation Today in which we will discuss “magic” with Dr. Susan Greenwood. This series focuses on ways of knowing that are often labeled as “non-rational.” Traditionally referred to as gnosis in Western philosophical and religious traditions, and often understood in contraposition to science (episteme), these ways of knowing are becoming more and more influential in contemporary societies, popular culture, and academic research. What is the place of spirit possession, divination, and experiences perceived as “out-of-the ordinary” in our lives? How can we study and approach these types of phenomena? Going beyond dichotomies such as body and mind, ordinary and extraordinary, reason and experience, and matter and spirit, this series hosts scholars of different disciplines and practitioners interested in exploring and expanding the boundaries of what counts as “knowledge” today.
Workshop. Every other Thursday, 6:30-8:00PM. Hosted by The Spiritual Life Center and Hartford Seminary.
We all face a number of very important decisions—decisions that affect the course of our lives, occupations, families, etc. This is certainly true for students. Discernment is a time-honored spiritual practice that helps us listen to the Divine and our hearts as we explore choices we might make. Join us for an ongoing Discernment Group from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on every other Thursday beginning September 23rd. The dates are 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, and 12/2. We’ll guide you through a step-by-step process that will help you find your way.
Online Event. Monday, October 18, 7:00-8:30PM. Hosted by Harvard Divinity School. This conversation is part of the series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now."
We are not the only species that lives and loves and grieves on this planet. Janet Gyatso will focus on the phenomenology of being not just among humans but with all other sentient beings. How we can cultivate the capacity to have such experiences, in ways that might reform our ethical and spiritual practices? How might compassion and an understanding toward animals heighten and mirror reciprocal relationships toward each other. What does it mean not only to be human, but one species among many?

In-Person or via Livestream. Tuesday, October 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM. Hosted by The BU School of Theology.  
The Boston University School of Theology is proud to present the bi-annual Lowell Lecture, which features a renowned speaker in a field related to theological studies. For the 2021-22 academic year, topics will be centered around the themes of anti-racism and advocacy for marginalized communities. The Fall 2021 lecture will be delivered by Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 26 at 6pm ET in Room 906 of the Photonics Building at Boston University, located at 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA. This event is open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends. Join us in person or via livestream.

Art and Archive Exhibition. Hosted by The BU School of Theology Library. This year's library exhibition is titled The Road To Accessibility: Boston University Disability History ” on display in the STH Library’s main reading room, and online at this link. We hope you enjoy and learn more about the positive people, places, and departments that help people with disabilities throughout the University beginning in 19th century through today. The exhibition may be accessed in two different ways online through our website, and in person at the School of Theology Library.
This exhibition is part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Learn More Series for the academic year 2021-2022 which focuses on Disabilities.
Virtual Panel. Sunday, October 17, 2:00PM-3:30PM. Hosted by Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. For years, questions have eddied about the role of Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church during the Holocaust. The recent opening of the Vatican archives from this era allows us to begin to know answers. After an introduction to these archives by Vatican archivist Piero Doria, this webinar will feature a discussion among leading scholars working with these archives about their work, their initial findings, and the significance of archival scholarship for Jewish-Christian relations.
Lecture and Recording. Thursday, October 14,12:30PM-2:00PM (EST). Sponsored by the University of Edinburgh.
HDS Dean David N. Hempton will deliver the 2020-21 Gifford Lecture Series. His series is titled "Networks, Nodes, and Nuclei in the History of Christianity, c. 1500-2020."
This lecture, "'Only Connect!': Networked Christianity in the Digital Age," will take place in the U.K. at 5:30 pm British Summer Time. The lecture may be followed by questions.
A recording of the lecture will be posted online following the event.

Virtual Interfaith Gathering. Thursday, November 4,7:00AM-8:30AM. Co-Sponsored by Hartford Seminary.
Since 1997 the Greater Hartford Multi-Faith Prayer Breakfast has reached across religious boundaries to find and celebrate those beliefs we share, to pray for the Greater Hartford community and to acknowledge together that our diverse communities need the prayerful support of all of our religious traditions if we are to realize a healthy urban center. Hundreds of people attend.

You can expect uplifting, spiritual music, and greetings from our representatives in City Hall and the state legislature. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, the Baha’i community and others have been involved in the planning of the event.
This year’s keynote speaker is Tekisha Dwan Everette, Executive Director of Health Equity Solutions. Our theme for 2021 is “Health Equity: A Social Justice Issue.” Join us online for opportunities for discussion and ideas for action.
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
This full-time position will work collaboratively with students and campus partners, create and implement innovative programming, events, and multimedia resources to foster a more just and sustainable campus community where individuals can bring their full selves to their life, work, and study at UVM – including their religious and philosophical identities and perspectives. The Coordinator for Leadership Development & Programs will do this by:·        
  1. providing student leadership development, event planning, community building, and related logistics;
  2. leading efforts to equip students across the institution to increase their knowledge, skills, and attitudes for interfaith dialogue and exploration, ethical reflection, religious literacy, resilience, and positive community engagement; and
  3. recruiting, training, and supervising student staff and volunteers and participate in any relevant campus and community efforts to represent the Interfaith Center and UVM.

'As part of Massachusetts Bible Society's ongoing effort to enhance biblical literacy, we are inviting you to share your thoughts on selected biblical passages that you have had reason to study in the course of your classwork or in discussions with fellow students. We will dedicate a section of the MBS website to this new initiative. Your thoughts will be posted as "Fresh Visions - Thoughtful Commentary from Evolving Spiritual Leaders". We are imagining that this will provide you a way to offer your fresh takes on biblical lessons. Themes can be drawn from events currently unfolding in your communities or from the current liturgical season and should be framed with the question: "what does the Bible say 'to you' about what you are experiencing".

We plan to create a blog under our News and Reflections section where we will post your thoughtful (credited) commentary. Text should be limited to fewer than 300 words and should reference a specific biblical passage. We will allow readers to respond, but will also moderate the discussion. Our goal is to invite fresh, regular content exploring biblical themes as a way to encourage people to tune in to our MBS website, and see it as a way for you to publicly share your thoughts in a relatively safe environment.

If interested, please email your contributions to pamela@massbible.org. We look forward to hearing from you!'
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