International Mission & Ecumenism Faculty (IMEF)

The IMEF Committee of the BTI is the oldest continuous faculty committee of the consortium. Founded over 35 years ago, the IMEF Committee serves as a generative and creative space for monthly interdisciplinary conversations, and projects about the ecumenical unity that underlies Christianity as a multi-cultural worldwide religion. Throughout its existence, IMEF has seen sustained participation by Orthodox, Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant, and evangelical Protestant faculty.  It plans and hosts the most visible and successful interdisciplinary collaborations among BTI faculty and students. It developed the first certificate of the BTI schools, the most heavily attended annual consultation of the BTI, and the first collaborative publications. The IMEF committee also acts as a forum for shared objectives regarding overseas travel seminars, and BTI courses on such subjects as the history of mission, ecumenism, reconciliation, and comparative Christianity. It is often the point of contact for the BTI with regard to ecumenical relationships with the World Council of Churches, the Pontifical Councils for Evangelization, Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Dialogue, the Lausanne Movement, and the Student Christian Movement.  

Margaret Guider, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Todd Johnson, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Dana Robert, Boston University School of Theology

Fr. Luke Veronis, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology 

Patristica Bostoniensia

The Patristica Bostoniensa is a colloquium for faculty and advanced graduate students of the Boston Theological Institute and other institutions in the Boston area. It meets on a regular basis for food and drinks, discussion and the presentation of current work by the colloquium's members. For more information, please, contact Jennifer Knust, Boston University School of Theology.  Visit Facebook page here.  

Fall 2016

Fri. Sept. 30: 4:00-6:00 pm, Special Event: A Celebration and Reception to honor Annewies van den Hoek’s Scholarship and Career on the Occasion of Her Retirement Braun Room, Harvard Divinity School

Sat. Oct. 1: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 8th Annual Joint meeting with the Providence Patristics Group, Georgia Frank (Colgate University) Petrification and Portability: Monks as Statues in Early Byzantium, St. Catherine of Siena Hall, Providence College

Wed. Nov. 16: 7:30-9:00 pm, Mike Motia (Harvard) How to be like God: Imitation of the divine in Gregory of Nyssa and Iamblichus, Rabinowitz Room, Andover Library, Harvard Divinity School

Thurs. Dec. 8: 7:30-9:00 pm, Adele Reinhartz (University of Ottowa) Reading the Fathers Reading John Rabinowitz Room, Andover Library, Harvard Divinity School

Spring 2017

Thurs. Jan. 19: 7:30-9:00 pm, Diana Swancutt (Boston University) Physique, Politics, and Power in Clement of Alexandria's Protrepticus, Rabinowitz Room, Andover Library, Harvard Divinity School

Thurs. Feb. 16: Giovanni Bazzana (Harvard), Inimicus Homo? Revisiting the Anti-Paulinism of the Pseudo-Clementine Novel, Rabinowitz Room, Andover Library, Harvard Divinity School

Thurs. March 23: 7:30-9:00 pm, Todd Berzon (Bowdoin College) Communicating Christianity: Language, Self, and the Problem of Language in Late Antiquity, Rabinowitz Room, Andover Library, Harvard Divinity School 

Thurs. April 20: 7:30-9:00 pm, Adam McCollum (University of Vienna), ‘Three ousias of God’ in Alexandria and Beyond: Philosophy and Theology in the ‘Tritheist’ Syriac Fragments of John Philoponus’ Works, Rabinowitz Room, Andover Library, Harvard Divinity School

BTI Schools

Boston Theological Institute