The recipients of the annual Peter J. Gomes STB '68 Memorial Honors are typically people who have changed the world: the minister who helps form an international nonprofit that enables formerly enslaved women and girls to reclaim their lives; the diplomat who works with the U.S. Secretary of State to navigate complex religious landscapes; the activist who fights tirelessly for democracy, education, and human rights in East Africa. Read more about Six for 200
Preston Williams has often been first: the first tenured African American member of the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) faculty; the first African American president of the Society of Christian Ethics; the founding director of Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Institute. Read more about First of Many
When Valarie Kaur, MTS '07, visited the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, after a white supremacist shot six people there in August of 2012, she found none of the recriminations and finger-pointing that characterized the politics of gun violence in the United States. Read more about Beyond 'Us and Them'
The Rev. Cynthia Kane, MDiv '96, says that her ministry is a lot like any other. She is a companion and guide to people with diverse backgrounds and experiences and helps them address questions of morality, faith, spirituality, and ethics. Read more about The Warrior’s Companion
The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III, MDiv '81, says that we are living through a "Kairos moment"—a time when people everywhere are called to a greater awareness of the humanity they share with one another. Read more about Giving Love the Last Word
Rakesh Rajani, MTS '91, grew up in the African nation of Tanzania. As a young man, he returned home from college during breaks and noticed an uptick in children living on the streets. Read more about 'It’s me. It’s you. It’s us.'