Meditation and dance teacher, former Buddhist nun, MDiv candidate, and CSWR Assistant Proctor Leslie Hubbard has a knack for looking over a situation, identifying what is missing, and finding a way she can make a contribution.
For Kalpana Jain, it is all about the power of voice. An investigative journalist from India, she has devoted her working life to giving voice to the voiceless by delving into social issues too often ignored or dismissed.
On March 23, Mark Heim, Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology at Andover Newton Theological School, offered reflections on the kind of self that is implied by Christian theological terms and the ways in which this matches up with Buddhist categories.
This lecture was delivered by CSWR visiting scholar Ulrich Winkler, Associate Professor, Department of Systematic Theology, and deputy director, Center for Intercultural Theology and the Study of Religion, University of Salzburg, Austria.
This lecture, delivered by Kristin Bloomer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and South Asian Religions and WSRP Research Associate, is part of the series Comparative Theology: Lectures and Conversations, coordinated by CSWR Junior Fellow Axel Takacs.
On March 20, Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Smith College, spoke about her latest book, Subversive Spiritualities: How Rituals Enact the World, as part of the "African, Diasporic, and Indigenous Religions in Conversation" series at the Center for the Study of World Religions at HDS.
When describing himself and his academic studies, doctoral student Axel Takács makes a certain, subtle distinction: "I don't want to say I study comparative theology," he says. "To say that I am studying to become a comparative theologian is a better way to look at it."