Alumni News and Activities

Gomes Honors

Six for 200

March 15, 2017

The recipients of the annual Peter J. Gomes STB '68 Memorial Honors are typically people who have changed the world: the minister who helps form an international nonprofit that enables formerly enslaved women and girls to reclaim their lives; the diplomat who works with the U.S. Secretary of State to navigate complex religious landscapes; the activist who fights tirelessly for democracy, education, and human rights in East Africa.

Casper ter Kuile

Millennials, Spirituality, and New Venues

March 3, 2017

Ministry Innovation Fellow Casper ter Kuile shares his honest opinion on the changing shape of American religion and how millennials are creating new forms of spiritual community.

Rev. Schuyler Vogel

Responding to Hate With Solidarity

March 7, 2017

On the evening of February 27, two swastikas and the phrase “race office” were carved into the front doors of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York. On Friday, March 10, that church community hosted an Interfaith Solidarity event in response to the swastika vandalism. Below, senior minister and HDS alumnus Rev. Schuyler Vogel, MDiv ’14, talks about standing together in the face of intolerance.   

Jeremy Battle

Grounded in Tradition

February 22, 2017

On a Thursday in early January, the Rev. Jeremy Battle, MDiv ’13, had all the concerns of any other Baptist pastor: planning music for Sunday's service, juggling various appointments, and responding to urgent news within the community.

Mark Jordan

Audio: Thinking Sex at Harvard

February 2, 2017

Harvard Divinity School professors have long taught ethics in the Yard. Beginning early in the 1880s, as HDS pioneered the analysis of "social problems" using the case method, Francis Peabody taught an undergraduate course on urban ills. Students called it "drainage, drunkenness, and divorce."

Sheehan Scarborough, MDiv '14

Soul on the Line

February 9, 2017

The son of a conservative Christian family, and a devout Christian himself, Sheehan Scarborough, MDiv '14, spent much of his early life struggling to reconcile his sexuality and “very conservative” religious upbringing.

Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile

Humans of HDS: How We Gather

January 30, 2017

HDS alums and current ministry innovation fellows Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile examine how non-religious communities come together to find meaningful experiences and belonging.

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