Student Interviews and Activities

Angela Thurston combines art and spirit to leaven twenty-first-century community

Circles Rise Together

September 1, 2015

Angie Thurston grew up acting, writing, and making visual art in Boulder, Colorado. So, when she came to Brown University as an undergraduate, she was thrilled to study with the Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. But while she learned a lot about art from Vogel, she says that she learned even more about community.

“Paula had a philosophy: ‘Circles rise together,’” she says. “It’s the principle that, when we are generous with each other, it’s better for each and all of us. I remember that she really embodied that and it stuck with me when I left Brown.”

Annette Nicolas with elderly woman

The Last Companions

September 24, 2015

"Looking into the eyes of someone facing death is one of the most powerful things a person can do," said Annette Nicolas, a Boston Theological Institute student enrolled in a hospital chaplaincy course at Harvard Divinity School.

Barakat Bundle

Bundles of Hope

August 26, 2015

As someone who recently earned her master of theological studies degree, Mitul Daiyan never pictured herself playing a role in launching a social venture start-up, but the HDS graduate is doing exactly that.