The year 2014 was a memorable one at Harvard Divinity School. We examined timely and important issues in the world today, such as conflict in the Middle East, racial justice in the U.S., and how religious leaders can lead in the fight against climate change.
When MDiv candidate and HDS Humanists group leader Casper ter Kuile sent out a call last academic year for "humanists, agnostics, atheists, and people who identify as spiritual but not religious," a handful of students showed up eager to share their worldviews, but unsure if they fit under the humanist label.
On December 9, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report on the interrogation techniques employed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
"We must awaken from our false sense of comfort, and prepare the way for the one who seeks to deliver and set free. To repent is to acknowledge that something has gone awry, and we have a responsibility to confront it," HDS Professor and Minister Jonathan L. Walton says in his sermon on Mark 1:3 and racism.
William Suhaib Webb, HDS counselor to Muslim students, is leaving his role as the first-ever cleric of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury. HDS Lecturer on Islamic Studies, Jocelyne Cesari, comments on the growing number of US mosques scrambling to find qualified leaders.
HDS professor Beverly Mayne Kienzle discusses her recent book, The Solutions to 38 Questions of Hildegard of Bingen, with two respondents, Catherine M. Mooney and Women's Studies in Religion Program (WSRP) Research Associate Alison More.