Alumni News and Activities

Susan Hayward

Divine Disruptor

January 11, 2017

Working for durable peace is more or less Susan Hayward’s job description. Where fellow HDS alum Steve Simon keeps his eye on the potential for religiously inspired violence, Hayward, MDiv ’07, director of religion and peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), leverages the power of faith communities to resolve conflict.

Silvia Mejia

Leaders Who Serve

December 1, 2016

The call to service is literally in Harvard Divinity School’s DNA. It’s visible in the vision of Harvard President John Kirkland, considered by many to be the founder of HDS, who appealed to alumni in 1815 for support of an institution that would prepare those who “enter our houses in affliction,”

Susan Hayward MDiv ’07 with the Dalai Lama

The Diplomats

December 1, 2016

Steven Simon’s warning in the January 4, 2000, edition of the New York Times was like cold water in the face of Americans still bleary-eyed from partying like it was 1999. Simon, fresh from a counterterrorism assignment in the Clinton White House,

Rev. Erik Martinez Resly, MDiv '12

The Modern Divines

December 1, 2016

In December 1815, President John T. Kirkland, appealed for support of the “best and noblest cause, which human benevolence is permitted to advance”: the education of ministers at Harvard University. His letter to the School’s alumni described society’s “peculiar” interest in these professionals:

Mayra Rivera Rivera, Professor of Religion and Latina/o Studies

The New Wave

December 1, 2016

Harvard Divinity School has long been at the forefront of the study of religion. From the New Testament scholarship of Helmut Koester and Krister Stendahl to the founding of the Center for the Study of World Religions and the Women’s Studies in Religion Program, HDS faculty have transformed existing areas of research and pioneered entirely new fields of knowledge.

Kerry Egan, HDS alumna

The Strength of the Human Soul

October 31, 2016

HDS alumna Kerry Egan says on NPR that despite the sadness and loss that are implicit in her work as a hospice chaplain, there is also great joy.