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Lifelong Learning

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

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. We post recordings to our YouTube Channel, and some are embedded below.

Annual Interreligious Fall & Spring Observances

Join our wider Boston-area community to delve into the season through ritual and shared space. 2023 is the first year of the Autumn "Harvest & Hospitality" event hosted at Hebrew College, and each Spring we gather for an Easter/Passover observance in a local faith community. Please sign up for the newsletter for more details on each season's gathering!

BTI Talks, 2020-present

We post recordings of our virtual professional development series to our YouTube Channel, and some are embedded below.

The Future of Chaplaincy: Professional Panel Discussion (2023)


Callid Keefe-Perry, There's No Such Thing as a Lack of Imagination: The "Sense of the Possible" in Theological Education (2023)

Roz Weiner, Seeking in the Company of Others (Interreligious Spiritual Direction, 2022)

Navigating PhD Applications (2022)


Dying Well: Multi-Religious Conversations about Death and Dying, 2019

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

Member school lifelong learning programs

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.