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.


  • 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.


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