PURPOSE AND COMMITMENT

The Council will explore, experience, and help create inter-religious community and will advise the BTI Staff and Trustees on ways to strengthen the student experience across BTI institutions. The 2016-2017 council will include two student members per school. All members will be expected to attend two meetings (one in each semester) and to support one event during the year.

OBJECTIVES

  • Participate in inter-religious community – The council comprises a diverse tapestry of students studying theology and ministry in the Boston area.  We come together to break bread and share our inter-religious experiences, questions, and concerns.
  • Build inter-religious community – The council will recommend and plan academic, social and worship-related events to increase inter-campus engagement. 
  • Provide input to the BTI Board – The Deans/Presidents of the schools form the BTI Board of Trustees, and they follow the workings of the council with interest. The Trustees and BTI Staff view the council as a primary source of student input for creating and improving collaborative programs that benefit all of the schools.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM YEAR I: 2015-16

Community – We met three times last year, including a retreat led by faculty from CIRCLE (Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education at Andover Newton and Hebrew College).

Social – Along with students from the BU School of Theology, we hosted the first ever BTI social event with more than 40 attendees.

Faculty – We arranged for professors from EDS, BU and HDS to gather and preview the courses they will teach next year.

Conferences – The BTI co-sponsored and co-funded three student conferences with a total participation of more than 225 students from nine schools.

For more information, contact Daniel Becton, Student Engagement Coordinator, becton@bostontheological.org

BTI Schools

Boston Theological Institute