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Ongoing Musical Arts and Theology Opportunities

Weekly chapel service
Seminary Singers
Marsh Chapel Choir. Scott Allen Jarrett, conductor
Inner Strength Gospel Choir. Herbert S. Jones, Director

The Bach Experience

Led by Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett, the Bach Experience at Marsh Chapel explores Bach’s musical world and theological connections. The 2022/2023 academic year features the sixteenth Bach Cantata series across four Sunday mornings, with breakfast, a discussion of the work, and a performance in the morning worship service. See more information here.

9:45 a.m. – Discussion of the cantata of the day
11:00 a.m. – Performance of the cantata in the morning worship service

Sunday, September 25, 2022: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
Sunday, November 20, 2022: Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70
Sunday, January 29, 2023: Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65
Sunday, April 30, 2023: Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63

Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence (MFA Boston)

Dates: March 26 to July 16, 2023

Location: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue

Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is one of the most famous and most recognizable paintings of all time, so much so that Apple’s wave emoji is based on it.

Hokusai experimented with a wide range of styles and subjects throughout his career of over 70 years. The MFA will be showing over 90 woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books of his during their exhibition. The exhibition is unique in how it focuses in detail on Hokusai’s impact on other artists, during his lifetime and beyond.

Audiences can view works by his daughter, Katsushika Ōi, his contemporaries Utagawa Hiroshige and Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the 19th-century French Japonistes, and modern and contemporary artists including Loïs Mailou Jones, Yayoi Kusama, John Cederquist, and Yoshitomo Nara.


Realities of the Reincorporation Process in Llano Grande, Dabeiba: TheoArts Gallery

Dates: Spring 2023

Location: School of Theology Community Center, Bottom Level

Written by Susi Franco, STH MTS 2019

This book was born out of a photovoice project facilitated by Susi Franco, a student completing a Master of Theological Studies at Boston University School of Theology. Photovoice is a tool used to investigate within a community what factors affect our lives and how we can mobilize to be agents of change. The hope for carrying out a photovoice project in Colombia grew after the peace agreements were signed in 2016. At the beginning of her theological studies, Susi wanted to find ways in which photography could be used to cause positive social change. Informed by a theology of conflict transformation focused on social justice, Susi began to investigate ways and models to highlight the voices of vulnerable and stigmatized populations in the peace process in Colombia. From these investigations was born an adaptation of the photovoz methodology of Wang and Burris (1997), to be used in the context of the transformation of conflicts in her homeland.


/200 Artist Reception: Ali Waller

Date: Friday, April 14, 2023, 4-7pm

Location: George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave (BU Arts Initiative - Suite 201)

Through this large scale installation, Ali Waller casts the busts of survivors as one step in their healing journey. The casts displayed at the BU Arts Initiative are representative of survivors at Boston University and the Greater Boston Area.


When Artists Go To Work: Spring 2023 Lowell Lecture

Date: March 23, 2023, 6-8pm

Location: Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive

The Boston University School of Theology is proud to present the bi-annual Lowell Lecture, which features a renowned speaker in a field related to theological studies. This year, topics explore the spiritual dimension of artistic expression. The Spring 2023 lecture, titled "...when artists go to work...," will feature Dr. Bill Banfield & the Imagine Orchestra. Join us on March 23, 2023, from 6 - 8PM at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground (808 Commonwealth Avenue). Livestream is available upon registration.

Composer, educator, author, and Jazz guitarist Dr. Bill Banfield is Professor Emeritus founding director of Black Music Culture Studies at Berklee College of Music, and is Senior Scholar in Residence, Longy Conservatory of Bard College. He is founder/director of JazzUrbane, a contemporary jazz art recording label, dedicated to producing creative new artists. Since its founding in 2014, the label has already produced and released 15 albums now heard internationally. Serving now as Harvard’s Mentor-in-Residence, Dr. Banfield uses his wide-reaching experience and creativity to inspire these radio programs to view jazz in its entirety, from its cultures, history, experience, and beyond.