HDS in the News

Rosalyn R. LaPier

Why Is Water Sacred to Native Americans?

March 24, 2017

Women's Studies in Religion Program Research Associate Rosalyn LaPier writes that for Native Americans, water does not only sustain life–it is sacred.

Kevin Madigan

Mascots and the Crusades

March 20, 2017

Professor Kevin Madigan discusses how the meaning of the word “Crusader” has evolved since the College of the Holy Cross adopted it in 1925.

Casper ter Kuile

Millennials, Spirituality, and New Venues

March 3, 2017

Ministry Innovation Fellow Casper ter Kuile shares his honest opinion on the changing shape of American religion and how millennials are creating new forms of spiritual community.

Cornel West

Cornel West on the Unpopular James Baldwin

February 24, 2017

Professor Cornel West discusses James Baldwin’s unpopularity, and his nagging truth-telling habit that alienated him, in later years, from the white liberal media professional who first popularized his work, as well as from the radical black nationalists.

Being Muslim in America

Being Muslim in America

February 17, 2017

Professor Leila Ahmed discusses women's oppression, empowering Muslim voices, and the misconceptions the Western world has about Islam.

Bicentennial banner

The New Gods: Reforging Harvard Divinity School

February 16, 2017

As HDS enters its bicentennial year, there is an increasing representation of world religions at the School, which has fostered new communities and directions for alumni.

Sheehan Scarborough, MDiv '14

Soul on the Line

February 9, 2017

The son of a conservative Christian family, and a devout Christian himself, Sheehan Scarborough, MDiv '14, spent much of his early life struggling to reconcile his sexuality and “very conservative” religious upbringing.

Associate Dean Dudley Rose, center, at a panel on religious freedom. Photo: Jon Chase, Harvard Staff Photographer

Fraught Moment for Religious Freedom

February 1, 2017

Those who cherish the nation’s tradition of religious freedom should be alarmed by President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees, two Harvard Divinity School faculty members warned.

Portrait of Pope John XII

The Real Young Pope

January 17, 2017

HBO's "The Young Pope," has renewed interest in the actual youngest pope. Professor Kevin Madigan offers insight to TIME magazine.

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