December 15, 2020
Dear BTI Cross Registrants,

This is our official announcement that the Spring 2021 Catalog is now complete! The PDF and Searchable Excel are now both available on our website and the Portal is open and ready to receive cross-registration applications. Take a look at our current Catalog and register for a course using our Portal.

CREDENTIALS: Once you have submitted your application for cross-registration and received approval from both your home and host registrars via email, make sure to send a follow up email to your Host registrar to receive your online learning credentials. Many of our schools use different platforms (Blackboard, Agora, Canvas, etc) so do not wait until the last minute to check to make sure you are able to access Zoom links and class sites!

As always, if you need help with your application or registration concerns, send us an email at Please keep in mind that our offices will be closed and our staff will be out for the winter holidays from December 21st through January 4th. If you have questions during that time, begin by referring to our FAQ page, and then, if your question has not been answered, send us an email and please be patient! We will answer all questions in a timely manner in the New Year.

We at the BTI Consortium wish you the happiest of holidays and we look forward to continued learning together in the New Year!

Happy Holidays,

Stephanie Edwards & Chloe McLaughlin


The Registration Portal is NOW OPEN.
The current FULL edition of the Spring 2021 catalog is now available in both Searchable Excel and PDF formats.
Calls for Papers and Job Postings
Request for Papers for Presentation at an April 2021 Seminar Series sponsored by the Tom Porter Program on Religion and Conflict Transformation at Boston University. Papers are welcomed from both Students and Faculty in two separate categories. Abstracts due February 1, 2021.
Incidents of Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia have increased in the US over the course of the last five years, and continue to threaten individuals, communities of faith, and our democratic values of mutual respect and equality. Many argue that the rise of white supremacy and nationalism has been tolerated and even encouraged by the Trump administration, enabling a growing culture of hate and racism in the US.1 These two ideologies in part relate to, and in part constitute, aspects of a third ideology that remains rampant at the social and political level: Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism.

In this climate, two terms have emerged targeted not at the enactors of violence or violent rhetoric, but for “the rest of us”: bystander and upstander. A Bystander, the more common term, is a “nonparticipant, observer, spectator, eyewitness, witness, watcher, or gawker.” The term “upstander” was recently added to the Oxford Dictionary, defined as: “A person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person being attacked or bullied.”2 The educational nonprofit, “Facing History and Ourselves’ has developed a program with these definitions in mind, training students to resist bystanding and engage in upstanding in order to “create a more humane, just and compassionate world.”

Bystander/Upstander programs have primarily focused on youth, resulting in few training opportunities for current and future faith community leaders, community activists, and concerned lay leaders of all faiths. Yet, it is these leaders who are uniquely positioned to engage with, and reverse attitudes in, our communities. An understanding of the current volatile context, as well as strategies and skills for interfaith “upstanding” are desperately needed.

SCJR invites the submission of articles that engage with the roles of guilt, sin, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation in Christian-Jewish relations applying—but not limited to—theological, historical, psychological, sociological, and contemporary perspectives. Articles that seek to strengthen Jewish-Christian relations by examining or proposing Jewish and Christian responses are especially welcome.
Articles may be submitted through September 1, 2021.
City Mission Bostonis seeking a full time Executive Director, who is responsible for directing the overall strategic, financial, programmatic, operations, and management of the nonprofit to deliver on our mission: to educate and empower individuals and communities to exposesystemic barriers and act together to advance economic and racial equity for underserved families in Boston. Based in Dorchester, Massachusetts, this person will be a passionate advocate for racial justice, a collaborative change agent for homelessness prevention, a catalyst of community engagement, a galvanizing leader and the spiritual voice of the organization. More Information.
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