I. Why should I consider graduate theological education at a BTI institution?
- You are part of the largest and most diverse theological consortium in the world!
- When you enroll at one school...
- You may take courses at all ten schools-- over 650 courses taught annually!
- You can borrow books and use the library facilities at all the ten schools.
- You may chose from the 200 + local, national, and international training sites for field/contextual education that are approved by the ten schools.
- No other American city offers Boston’s breadth and depth of theological resources and faculty excellence.
II. What is Interreligious Education at the BTI?
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- The BTI's 10 schools are religiously diverse, and we work towards interreligious community and learning: the engagement between people of different (or no) religious traditions, with the aim of mutual understanding and growth.1
- The schools are not all alike; rather, our strength is in our diversity.
- However, we do value sharing time and space with those whose beliefs differ from ours.
- It is in listening and talking to others that our understanding of our own tradition is sharpened and strengthened.
- In doing so we gain a better understanding of the people, practices, and beliefs of those around us.
III. What else do I gain by studying in Boston?
- When you attend a BTI school, you will study in or around Boston, the college capital of the US.
- You'll study alongside tens of thousands of students, studying the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
- Boston provides a stimulating academic environment along with great restaurants, parks, theater, art, and historical sites.
IV. Why should I consider a graduate theological education?
- Studying theology means studying religious faith, practice, and experience. It connects you to the ways these things have and continue to shape the world around us.
- This ancient discipline still speaks to us today—and is still highly relevant to gaining an understanding of the highly diverse nature of societies around the globe.
- Some people study theology to better understand their own religious tradition; others focus on another tradition or traditions.
- This is an inherently interdisciplinary field. Theology includes the study of human culture, meaning making, myths, philosophies, gender, poetry, and politics, among other things.
V. What can I do with a graduate theological education?
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Recent BTI graduates have gone onto a wide range of careers including:
- Ordained and lay ministry
- Higher and secondary education
- Mental health and healthcare administration
- Community development
- Law enforcement
- Advocacy and human services
- Management and consulting
- Public policy
- Conflict resolution and mediation
- The arts
- Communications and media