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Science and Religion Program

 

Journal of Faith and Science Exchange
"Thoughts on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day"

After nearly a ten year hiatus, we are pleased to announce the resurrection of the Journal of Faith and Science Exchange by the Boston Theological Institute.  This sixth volume of the e-Journal is dedicated to James A. Nash and its release coincides with the publication of the book James A. Nash: A Tribute, Environmental Ethics, Ecumenical Engagement and Public Theology.  This latest volume features award-winning essays from the "Christian Environmenal Ethics Essay Contest," written by graduate student in the spring of 2010 that at the time were attending BTI member schools.  Please enjoy looking at this latest volume and at the essays and other content in the archives of the original volumes that were written between 1997 and 2001.

Read all issues on-line! 


 

1) VIDEO 

 Darwin Anniversary Conference

2) ABOUT

ABOUT the program (see below)
The Purpose (see below) 
The Nature of the program (see below)

3) OPPORTUNITIES

Essay Contest (see below)
Earth Day Anniversary (see below)
BTI Student Climate and Energy (see below) 
Essay Conference (see below)

1) VIDEOS

Boston University School of Theology and the Boston Theological Institute
Darwin Anniversary Conference

“The Science and Politics of Improving the Human Species: The Disastrous History of Social Darwinism and Eugenics”
Friday, April 3 – The Faculty Lounge, Room 325 (Boston University School of Theology 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)  This event ties into the Darwin Anniversary Series of Boston University acknowledging the scientific contributions and philosophical influence of Charles Darwin. The symposium is supported by the Boston Theological Institute on the occasion of its 40th anniversary with thanks to the
Metanexus Global Network Initiative.

 

VIDEO COVERAGE (FOUR PARTS) 
 
Part One “Borden Parker Bowne’s Critique of Herbert Spencer” by Norman Faramelli, Boston University and Episcopal Divinity School 
Part Two “Social Darwinism and Judaism: Mixed Messages” by Rabbi Benjamin Samuels, Temple Shaarei Tefillah, Newton and Boston University
...
Part Three: “Eugenics in the Shadow of the Holocaust” by Michael Grodin, Boston University School of Public Health
Part Four: “History of Social Darwinism and Religion in America” by Jon Roberts, Boston University Department of History

2) ABOUT

ABOUT the program
The Science and Religion program is a non-certificate program as of Fall 2009. The program is being redeveloped and reconceived in relation to the work of the BTI schools. Students who applied towards the Certificate Program during the Spring 2009 will be allowed to complete their programs.

The Purpose:
The purpose of the program in Science and Religion is to foster dialogue in these two languages of human understanding. It is designed for students interested in working in pioneer fields of ministry (e.g., pastoral genetics), persons in the sciences seeking to develop greater sensitivity to theological issues and ethical concerns, and those seeking to use a masters degree at one of our schools as an entry point into a doctoral program.

The Nature of the Program in Science and Religion:
The Program in Science and Religion is supported by the BTI in relation to courses taken in Science and Religion through the schools of the Institute.  


3) OPPORTUNITIES

Special Essay Contest in 2009-2010
40th Anniversary of Earth Day
BTI Student Climate and Energy

Essay Conference

  • Climate Change
  • Stewardship
  • Developing and Developed World Policy
  • Global Environment
  • After Copenhagen, What?
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Ecology and the Biosphere
  • Global Energy and Food Supply
  • Housing and Transportation
  • International Law and the Kyoto Protocol
  • Carbon Emission Caps
  • Millennium Development Goals

This Student Essay Conference comes in the academic year of the Parliament of World’s Religions (Melbourne, Australia, December 2009) whose theme is, “Make a World of Difference: Hearing each Other, Healing the Earth,” reminding us of the implications of ecumenical and inter-faith engagement with the theme of climate and energy. It also comes on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 2010).

The theme of “healing the environment” and violence done to the environment is also a theme picked up by the World Council of Churches’ Decade to Overcome Violence and its International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, to be held in Kingston, Jamaica in May of 2011. 

The BTI is soliciting student essays on topics related to “Healing the Earth”; qualifying essays to be published in Volume 6 of the BTI Journal In Faith and Science Exchange (forthcoming in June 2010). Papers are to be adjudicated by leading local environmental and religious leaders. Provisional Date for essay conference is Friday, April 23, BTI school to be designated. You are welcome to work up a paper being written for one of your courses. Deadline for paper submissions is Friday, April 9, 2010.


For further information, contact Court Randall courtran@roadrunner.com or call the BTI main office, 617-527-4880 (btioffice@bostontheological.org).

 

Graduates of the BTI CERTIFICATE IN SCIENCE & RELIGION


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2000 
Timothy Pollack (HDS) 
Katharine Preston (ANTS) 
Amy B. Waccholtz (BUSTh) 
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2001 
Judit Gellard (BUSTh) 
Makarios Griniezakis (BUSTh) 
Iljoon Park (BUSTh) 
________________________________________
2002 
Melisa A. Melnyk (WJST) 
Theodore Metzler (ANTS)  
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2003
Raphael Acosta (HDS) 
Brian Alston (BUSTh) 
Jayme Dowdall (BUSTh) 
Ariana Ebrahimian (BC TD) 
Steven Hagerman (EDS) 
Peter Heltzel (BUSTh) 
Peter Stilla (EDS) 
John Sudol (WJST) 
Konstantinos Symeonides (HC GOST & BUSTh) 
________________________________________
2004 
Timothy Bouley (HDS) 
Frank Villa (ANTS) 
Demetrios Taharopoulos (HC GOST) 
________________________________________
2005 
Kenneth Arndt (GCTS) 
Isbel Enid Cruz (BUSTh) 
Braden Nicholas Mohoek (BUSTh) 
________________________________________
2006 
Jan R. Flaska (BUSTh) 
Ryan Edward Lawrence (GCTS) 
Daniel A. Salomon (ANTS) 
________________________________________
2007 
Thomas Harold Franks (WJST) 
Lynda Marie Jordan (HDS) 
Gregory Thomas Solstis (BUSTh) 
________________________________________
2008 
John Beckman (GCTS) 
Iris Brough (ANTS) 
Benjamin Chicka (BUSTh)
D. Robert MacDougall (GCTS) 
________________________________________
2009 
Christina E. Ray (ANTS) 
Kile Barden Jones (BUSTh) 
Eric Stratton (BUSTh) 
P. Joshua Griffin (HDS) 
________________________________________
2010 (grandfathered):  
Kile Barden Jones (BUSTh) 
________________________________________
2011 (grandfathered):  
Paul Wolossow (EDS) 
Tallessyn Grenfell-Lee (BUSTh) 

________________________________________

2000 

Timothy Pollack (HDS) 

Katharine Preston (ANTS) 

Amy B. Waccholtz (BUSTh) 

________________________________________

2001 

Judit Gellard (BUSTh) 

Makarios Griniezakis (BUSTh) 

Iljoon Park (BUSTh) 

________________________________________

2002 

Melisa A. Melnyk (WJST) 

Theodore Metzler (ANTS)  

________________________________________

2003

Raphael Acosta (HDS) 

Brian Alston (BUSTh) 

Jayme Dowdall (BUSTh) 

Ariana Ebrahimian (BC TD) 

Steven Hagerman (EDS) 

Peter Heltzel (BUSTh) 

Peter Stilla (EDS) 

John Sudol (WJST) 

Konstantinos Symeonides (HC GOST & BUSTh) 

________________________________________

2004 

Timothy Bouley (HDS) 

Frank Villa (ANTS) 

Demetrios Taharopoulos (HC GOST) 

________________________________________

2005 

Kenneth Arndt (GCTS) 

Isbel Enid Cruz (BUSTh) 

Braden Nicholas Mohoek (BUSTh) 

________________________________________

2006 

Jan R. Flaska (BUSTh) 

Ryan Edward Lawrence (GCTS) 

Daniel A. Salomon (ANTS) 

________________________________________

2007 

Thomas Harold Franks (WJST) 

Lynda Marie Jordan (HDS) 

Gregory Thomas Solstis (BUSTh) 

________________________________________

2008 

John Beckman (GCTS) 

Iris Brough (ANTS) 

Benjamin Chicka (BUSTh)

D. Robert MacDougall (GCTS) 

________________________________________

2009 

Christina E. Ray (ANTS) 

Kile Barden Jones (BUSTh) 

Eric Stratton (BUSTh) 

P. Joshua Griffin (HDS) 

________________________________________

2010 (grandfathered):  

Kile Barden Jones (BUSTh) 

________________________________________

2011 (grandfathered):  

Paul Wolossow (EDS) 

Tallessyn Grenfell-Lee (BUSTh) 

 

 


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