For Marianne Williamson, politics is not only personal, it is spiritual. The best-selling author of such self-help books as A Return to Love and The Healing of America not only believes in this connection, she stresses that ignoring—or, worse, severing—it is leading us toward our own destruction.
"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.
The Pew Research Center recently released a report titled "America's Changing Religious Landscape." Among the findings detailed in the report were a decline in Americans who identify as Christian as a share of the population and a rise in Americans who are not affiliated with a religious tradition.
Harvard owes its existence to the study of religion. In 1636, endeavoring to assure that the next generation of ministers in the fledging American colonies were properly educated, the "Great and General Court of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England" approved the establishment of a college that would soon be known as Harvard.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the PhD in the Study of Religion, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences brought together FAS and HDS faculty along with PhD and ThD alumni and students on the Harvard campus for a symposium.
The Choice, a play by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, will have its world premiere in a staged reading at 8 pm Sunday, April 12, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. It is directed by HDS postdoctoral fellow Guila Clara Kessous.