The call to service is literally in Harvard Divinity School’s DNA. It’s visible in the vision of Harvard President John Kirkland, considered by many to be the founder of HDS, who appealed to alumni in 1815 for support of an institution that would prepare those who “enter our houses in affliction,” Read more about Leaders Who Serve
Steven Simon’s warning in the January 4, 2000, edition of the New York Times was like cold water in the face of Americans still bleary-eyed from partying like it was 1999. Simon, fresh from a counterterrorism assignment in the Clinton White House, Read more about The Diplomats
In December 1815, President John T. Kirkland, appealed for support of the “best and noblest cause, which human benevolence is permitted to advance”: the education of ministers at Harvard University. His letter to the School’s alumni described society’s “peculiar” interest in these professionals: Read more about The Modern Divines
Harvard Divinity School has long been at the forefront of the study of religion. From the New Testament scholarship of Helmut Koester and Krister Stendahl to the founding of the Center for the Study of World Religions and the Women’s Studies in Religion Program, HDS faculty have transformed existing areas of research and pioneered entirely new fields of knowledge. Read more about The New Wave
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was exercising on a treadmill when she received a call notifying her that she would soon become the next mayor of Baltimore. What the call didn’t explain was how her leadership abilities would be repeatedly tested. Read more about Spiritually Resilient Leadership
Karen Tse had a vision. As a second-year student at HDS in the late 1990s, she imagined founding an organization that would end the use of torture by law enforcement around the world. Read more about 'It Can Be Done'
The NFL has chaplains. Most universities do, too. The military, U.S. Congress, and hospitals across the country have access to chaplaincy resources, but not social change leaders. Not typically anyway. Read more about Chaplaincy Without Borders
Benjamin F. Payton, BD '58, a civil rights advocate who was instrumental in transforming the historically black Tuskegee Institute in Alabama into the more broadly encompassing Tuskegee University over nearly three decades as its president, died on Sept. 28 in Estero, Florida.
HDS ministry innovation fellow Angie Thurston, MDiv '16, writes about finding purpose in community as she works to map a landscape of life-giving organizations that are emerging even as religious affiliation declines. Read more about Becoming Our Aspirational Selves