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Lifelong Learning

The lifelong learning departments of member Boston Theological Institute schools foster spiritual and intellectual engagement through educational initiatives. 

Lifelong learning expands access to the resources of our institutions to anyone interested in growing in faith and understanding.  Lifelong learning creates learning communities to provide rich encounters with traditions that advance justice, compassion, and peace. 

Members of the BTI Lifelong Learning group support the educational mission of the institutions by sharing resources and ideas, and by creative problem solving. Many of the BTI member schools offer credit and noncredit programs – live, online, and hybrid – for anyone who wants to study theology (listed below with hyperlinks to each program). 

Occasionally, the BTI offers our own opportunities for lifelong learning that are open to students, faculty, and interested outside parties. These events are partnerships between our member schools and our Lifelong Learning Committee.

In 2019, we offered a conference entitled "Dying Well: Multi-Religious Conversations about Death and Dying." You can watch part of the conversation here:

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry 

BC STM offers a number of continuing education programs, lectures, and events that are free and open to the public. The online Crossroads program offers courses, certificate programs, and other resources. Members of the public are invited to audit courses or apply to one of several certificate programs.  

Boston University School of Theology 

BU’s School of Theology offers a breadth of opportunities for lifelong learning ranging from Online Mini-Courses and the Continuing Scholar Program to seminars and free lecture events. Check out their Lifelong Learning page for more information.  Many of BU's programs  require no previous experience or education and are free and open to the public.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 

GCTS offers distance learning through their online degree program and certificate programsAuditing may be available for non-degree candidates. GCTS also offers a number of lectures and podcasts, free to the public, through their channel on iTunes U.  

Hartford Seminary 

Hartford Seminary offers a variety of opportunities including Leadership Certificates and Graduate Certificates. They also have options for Online Learning that allows for some masters degrees to be offered completely online.

Harvard Divinity School 

Harvard Divinity School’s programs include the Special Students program, which allows non-degree students to take classes for credit, and the Ministers in the Vicinity program, which is open to clergy, chaplains, and ministers of all faiths. HDS also invites members of the public to audit courses.   

Hebrew College 

Hebrew College offers many opportunities for Community and Adult Learning. The Eser program is an informal discussion group for young adults in their 20s and 30s, and the Meah program offers intensive adult learning on Jewish texts, history, and culture. HC’s Parenting Through a Jewish Lens program includes discussion groups for parents from all backgrounds, including interfaith and LGBT couples.  

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

HCHC offers a Diaconate Program for those who wish to serve the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as deacons. 

Saint John’s Seminary 

Through its lay arm, the Theological Institute, SJS offers Formation programs for Laity and Deacons, as well as those who may be interested in the Religious vocation.