As an undergraduate in Los Angeles, Nestor Pimienta was often asked by university workers if he could tutor their children to steer them toward the road he took. Driven by a passion for social justice that he attributes to having grown up in an immigrant, working-class family, Pimienta ended up tutoring the son of a cafeteria worker, but he realized he could do more if others would join his efforts.
Before he became an award-winning poet and Episcopal priest, Spencer Reece, MTS ’90, attended Harvard Divinity School. He took classes on Flannery O’Connor, the Bible, and the nineteenth-century Transcendentalist writer, poet, and HDS student Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Laura Nasrallah, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at HDS, has long been interested in the ways the ancient letters of the Apostle Paul provide evidence of the interaction between Jews and Gentiles in the ancient world.
When MDiv candidate Gaby Chavez visited Mexico on a student-organized study trek, she took a brief moment to send her mother the picture she had just taken with former Mexican president Felipe Calderon.
Mushfiqur Rahman Chowdhury is studying religion, ethics, and politics at HDS. He has a passion for peacebuilding, and last summer he worked as a counselor for Seeds of Peace, helping Jewish and Muslim youth engage in interfaith dialogue, healing, and peace practices.
HDS student Sana Saeed grew up in England and has lived in the United States, Pakistan, and Japan, where she centered her research on peacebuilding and religious freedom. Sana is passionate about community organizing and working with youth.
Held every year and benefiting a different charitable organization, the Charity Ball is HDS's night to dress up, dance, sample delicious food, and enjoy each other's fabulous company. The event, which is organized by the HDS Student Association, raised money for NuDay Syria.