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Ruth Purtilo, MTS '75. / Photo: Kris Snibbe, Harvard Staff Photographer

The Harvard That Was

June 14, 2016

Ruth Purtilo, MTS '75, PhD '79, was involved in the feminist movement at Harvard during the '70s, and advocated for equal pay for Harvard faculty and staff. She is one of many alumni who shared memories of their alma mater and how it has changed since their crimson days.

God and the 2016 Election

God and the 2016 Election

June 13, 2016

From Christians and Jews to those who follow psychics and ancient civilizations like the Maya, the bitter political chaos of Campaign 2016 has some wondering if its causes are entirely secular.

The Love of God

The Love of God

June 9, 2016

Professor Jon Levenson discusses his latest book, The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism, in which he explores the origin and development of the idea of "love of God."

Jesuit Historian Honored at Harvard

Jesuit Historian Honored at Harvard

June 6, 2016

Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, writes about John O'Malley, S.J., who was awarded a Centennial Medal by the Harvard Alumni Association.

Multireligious Commencement Service

Kindness Is "a Powerful and Subversive Thing"

June 3, 2016

Reverent and self-deprecating—but always eclectic—Harvard Divinity School's Multireligious Commencement Service might well have been the loftiest, and yet the least pompous, celebration on the University's calendar.

Cheryl Giles

A Commencement Prayer

June 1, 2016

The chaplain chosen to offer the opening prayer during Harvard's 2016 Commencement Morning Exercises was HDS faculty member Cheryl Giles.

Kimberley Patton

The Power of Kindness

May 31, 2016

Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion Kimberley C. Patton was the faculty speaker during the Multireligious Commencement Service on May 25, 2016. Below are her remarks:

Commencement 2016

2016 HDS Commencement Storify

May 31, 2016

On Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 26, HDS and Harvard University celebrated Commencement. At HDS, 130 degrees were awarded to graduating students. Proud family members and friends, staff, alumni, and the students themselves, shared pictures, videos, and thoughts about Commencement on social media.