We are living in times of stridency. Those most vehement and fixed in their passions and opinions seem to be able to use our manifold media outlets to their own advantage, against whomever they disagree with. One is reminded of Yeats's lament:
As debate flurries around President George W. Bush's establishment of a federal office of faith-based and community action, Who Will Provide? The Changing Role of Religion in American Social Welfare , a recently published collection of essays that derives from an interfaculty seminar organized by Harvard Divinity School, explores the opportunities—and the dangers—of government support of faith-based initiatives. Read more about The U.S. and Faith-Based Social Initiatives
Three Harvard Divinity School professors are among the 40 participants interviewed in Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, a two-hour documentary making its Boston prime-time television debut on WGBH-TV Tuesday, April 2 from 9 to 11 PM (it will also air Easter Sunday, March 31, from 3 to 5 PM). Read more about PBS Special Includes Three HDS Professors
Mark U. Edwards, Jr., a former professor of the History of Christianity at HDS from 1987 to 1994, and acting dean of the School for eight months in 1990-91, has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs and special programs. He took over from Professor David Lamberth on July 1, and will serve on a part-time basis. Read more about HDS Names Two New Deans for Academic Affairs
Robert Orsi, who has taught in the department of religious studies at Indiana University for the last 12 years, has accepted Harvard Divinity School’s invitation to become the Charles Warren Professor of American Religious History, pending approval by the University's Governing Boards. He will join the Faculty of Divinity in September 2001.
In her recently published book The Sea Can Wash Away All Evils: Modern Marine Pollution and the Ancient Cathartic Ocean (Columbia University Press), Kimberley C. Patton, who is Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at HDS, examines our modern environmental crisis in light of mankind's ancient faith in the ocean's spiritual, regenerative qualities.Read more about Q&A with Kimberley Patton