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: Read more about The Modern Divines
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. Read more about The New Wave
At a Noon Service hosted in the spring by the HDS Garden Group, the Rev. Dr. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa, MDiv ’07, ThD ’16, shared a single ear of multicolored corn with those present. Read more about The Sacredness of Food
The Nigerian lawyer and activist Hauwa Ibrahim, formerly a lecturer at HDS and a research associate of the School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program (WSRP), spoke in New York recently on Mother’s Without Borders: Steering Youth Away from Violent Extremism. The text of her talk—abridged and edited for clarity—follows below. Read more about "What Went Wrong So Bad?"
Every Friday for two hours, 24 Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Pagan, and spiritual or not-religiously-identified HDS students gather for "America's Religious Pluralism: A Case Studies Approach," a seminar co-taught by HDS professor Diana Eck and Jennifer Peace, a visiting professor from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Read more about A Hands-on Approach to Pluralism
Nestled on the edge of the Harvard Divinity School campus, the Center for the Study of World Religions promotes the study and understanding of the complexities of the world’s religions while fostering a vibrant community and a rich intellectual exchange. Enlightening conversations arise spontaneously and informally, as residents and visitors mediate, do their laundry, have a meal or a snack, or watch the wild turkeys gather. Read more about Worlds of Religions at Harvard