Faculty News and Research

Forgiveness as First Step in Reconciliation

Forgiveness as First Step in Reconciliation

June 26, 2015

Following the sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., writes that the act of forgiving is deeply rooted in some religious traditions.

An American Ritual of Blood

An American Ritual of Blood

June 19, 2015

Professor Jonathan L. Walton writes an insightful editorial for the Huffington Post following the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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A Blessing to Slow Climate Change

June 18, 2015

Professor Francis Schüssler Fiorenza spoke to the Harvard Gazette about the recent papal encyclical on the environment and whether it offers anything new.

Remembering Evangelical Women

Remembering Evangelical Women

June 15, 2015

In January of 1827 on a cold Sunday morning in Washington, DC, more than a thousand people assembled in the Capitol to witness one of the most remarkable events ever to take place in the Hall of Representatives. Harriet Livermore, a celebrated female preacher, had been invited to preach to Congress.

A Political Awakening for Buddhists

A Political Awakening for Buddhists

May 12, 2015

HDS professor Janet Gyatso speaks about Buddhism and civic activism ahead of 125 U.S. Buddhist leaders from across the spectrum gathering on May 14 in Washington for what organizers say may be the biggest conference ever focused on bringing their faith communities into public, civic life.

From Church History to Buddhist Rituals

From Church History to Buddhist Rituals

May 4, 2015

Harvard owes its existence to the study of religion. In 1636, endeavoring to assure that the next generation of ministers in the fledging American colonies were properly educated, the "Great and General Court of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England" approved the establishment of a college that would soon be known as Harvard.

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