Benjamin F. Payton, BD '58, a civil rights advocate who was instrumental in transforming the historically black Tuskegee Institute in Alabama into the more broadly encompassing Tuskegee University over nearly three decades as its president, died on Sept. 28 in Estero, Florida.
One of the problems about being pope, said HDS professor Francis Clooney, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, is the immensely diverse set of political situations with which a pontiff’s words carry weight.
Part of the Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium Dinner Series, this event was held on October 6, 2016, and featured 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate.
HDS ministry innovation fellow Angie Thurston, MDiv '16, writes about finding purpose in community as she works to map a landscape of life-giving organizations that are emerging even as religious affiliation declines. Read more about Becoming Our Aspirational Selves
This summer, thanks to several generous gifts in support of Dean David N. Hempton’s campaign initiatives, HDS continued its ongoing effort to provide students with financial support so that they can serve communities locally and abroad through organizations unable to offer paid summer experiences. Read more about Engaging ‘the Messy World of Politics’
Washington Post religion journalist and current Nieman fellow Michelle Boorstein described the difficulties journalists who report on religion face, addressing an audience at the Center for the Study of World Religions.
Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, typically involves standing for hours with a hungry belly and a parched throat. These bodily deprivations underscore the biblical commandment to afflict our souls—an affliction that may engender liberation. Read more about Becoming Angels on Yom Kippur