In Stacy Schiff’s,  The Witches,  a history of the Salem Witch Trials, she describes the wilderness in which the inhabitants of Salem Village lived, not only a spiritual wilderness, but the physical wilderness that surrounded them: black nights, dense forests, indigenous warriors, and the devil, all lurking, all waiting to spirit the faithful away to their end. It is a darkness and fear that we can only begin to imagine, but still feel the echoes of into the 21st century: the tensions that erupted from that cumulative uncertainty led to the convictions of twenty-five men and women on charges of witchcraft. How far we have come as a country, as people of faith, yet how far we have to travel still into that wilderness, our endless “American Jeremiad.” 

This week, in the wake of unspeakable horror in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue, our Jewish friends will sit shiva , our Wiccan friends will celebrate Samhain, mourning together with the Crone the passing of the old year, and our Catholic and Protestant friends will celebrate All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, honoring, too, all those who passed before us. Together, we celebrate and honor the memories of those who passed through the veil. Next week, the country will go to the polls and be asked to vote on issues that effect our families, our friends, and our campuses. These are dark days ahead, days of remembrance, mourning, watching, and waiting, but we must also remember that in this darkness are days of hope and thanksgiving. 

We enter this season of political and social uncertainty with many challenges ahead, not just on our campuses, but in our communities and homes. We move from the darkness together, through the wilderness, as a united community, toward the light of better days. As the days become shorter, we gather more often, we remember those who have gone before us, and, to borrow from our Jewish friends, we pray that their memory will be a blessing and that we honor their memory, at least in part, through the work we do in the BTI Consortium.

-Alix Brandon, Assistant Director
Events Around the BTI Consortium

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
William F. Starr Hall Reading Room
U Conn School of Law
55 Elizabeth St, Hartford, CT

Reception to follow at Hartford Seminary Meeting Room
77 Sherman St., Hartford, CT
The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College and Boston University’s School of Theology, are pleased to invite applications for the second cohort of the State of Formation: Voices of Renewal Fellowship. This intentionally interreligious leadership development program provides participants with training and a platform for creative writing and other forms of expression. Equally important, fellows have the opportunity to forge substantive relationships with peers and mentors from different religious traditions.  

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the landmark papal encyclical Humanae Vitae , which declared artificial birth control "intrinsically disordered" and marked an ethical line in the sand that has alternatively alienated and energized Catholics for the past 50 years. I n the Boisi Center's Author Meets His Critics panel event, Massa will respond to the comments and critiques of three commentators: Lisa Sowle Cahill (Boston College), James Keenan, S.J. (Boston College), and Meghan Clark (St. John's University).

Monday, November 5, 5:30-7pm
Stokes Hall, Boston College Learn More / Flyer
On Monday, November 5, from noon to 2pm, Ted Daniels will be leading a Personal Money Management seminar. This is a free seminar and a pizza lunch will be provided at 12-12:30 that day for those who attend. The seminar itself will start at 12:30 pm. Please RSVP by November 1 to . Feel free to invite friends and RSVP for them also.
Theodore “Ted” Daniels is a global financial educator with more than 35 years of experience in spearheading strategic financial literacy and professional development training for higher education institutions, individuals, nonprofits, corporate and government organizations.
Happening This Month
Presented by Boston College Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program
Tuesday, October 30, 7-8pm
Presented by Women's Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School
Wednesday, October 31, 1-2pm
Presented by Religions and the Practice of Peace, Harvard Divinity School
Thursday, November 1, 6-8:30pm
Presented by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Thursday, November 1, 7-9pm
Presented by Boston University School of Theology
Monday, November 5, 12-2pm
Presented by Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College
Monday, November 5, 5:30-7pm
Presented by Boston University Marsh Chapel & BU Hillel
Monday, November 5, 7:30pm
Presented by Harvard Divinity School
Thursday, November 8, 4:30-6pm
Presented by Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Thursday, November 8, 5:30-6:30pm
Presented by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Friday, November 9, 10am-12:30pm
Presented by the Center for Global Christianity & Mission, Boston University School of Theology
Wednesday, November 14, 4-5:30pm
Presented by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Wednesday, November 14, 5:30-7pm
Presented by Hebrew College
Wednesday, November 14, 7:30pm (with free workshop before, 4-6pm)
Classifieds and Calls for Papers/Conferences
The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College and Boston University’s School of Theology
Applications due November 5, 2018
Neighborly Faith
Applications due December 21, 2018
Journal of Interreligious Studies
Submissions due January 15, 2019
Journal of Interreligious Studies
Submissions due January 15, 2019
International Catacombs Society
Applications due January 15, 2019
Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Submissions due May 1, 2019
BTI Consortium Newsletter - Fall Publication Schedule
As you may have noticed, this fall we are providing newsletters every two weeks on Monday morning. We'll be able to highlight more events and announcements more often on this new schedule. Deadlines for submission are at noon the Thursday prior to publication. Our next newsletter goes out November 12, and the submission deadline is noon on November 8. Email to submit an event or announcement.

Our member schools are beginning to post courses for the Spring 2019 Semester! Over 90% of BTI students who cross-register would highly recommend it to a friend or colleague. Cross-registration is open!
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