Boston Theological Institute
|Boston Theological Institute|
|Location||Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America|
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2008)|
Boston Theological Institute (BTI) is the largest theological consortium in the world, bringing together the resources of universities and divinity schools throughout the greater Boston area and some of the most prestigious educational institutions. Its member schools include the following:
- Andover Newton Theological School
- Boston College Department of Theology
- Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (formerly Weston Jesuit School of Theology)
- Boston University School of Theology
- Episcopal Divinity School
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- Harvard Divinity School
- Hebrew College and its Rabbinical School
- Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
- St. John's Seminary
Currently, the BTI is led by Rodney L. Petersen as its Executive Director. The assistant director is Marian Gh. Simion, a Romanian-American specialist in the study of religion, politics and religious conflicts.
The Boston Theological Institute is a consortium of ten theological schools and seminaries in the Boston area. It seeks to enrich each member school’s mission, advance intentional collaboration, and share resources in order to advance interreligious and ecumenical learning; to strengthen teaching, learning and research; to maximize the stewardship of resources; and to engage the member schools in building interreligious community. [This Mission Statement was approved by the BTI Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting, May 9, 2012. ]
The Bulletin of the Boston Theological Institute, ISSN 1538-6597, was founded in the Fall of 2001 by Marian Gh. Simion. Its chief objective is to draw attention to the past and future activities of the schools and their faculties. The Bulletin is published once a semester, in September and January, pointing to current events in the schools, new faculty publications, articles, announcements, issues in international mission and ecumenical relationships, as well as aspects in the interrelationship between science and religion. Given its increase in prestige, the BTI Board of Trustees determined that this publication will be renamed as BTI Magazine starting with the fall 2009 issue.
The BTI supports numerous activities in the Boston area related to religion and social justice. Students and seminarians from schools within the Boston Theological Institute, as well as area school undergraduates, regularly accompany and assist its clergy and lay volunteers of The Outdoor Church which ministers to the homeless population of Boston.