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First Woman AME Bishop Kicks off October 'Preaching, Prophecy, and Practice' Series

First Woman AME Bishop Kicks off October 'Preaching, Prophecy, and Practice' Series

September 20, 2003

The Right Rev. Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first woman to be elected bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (in July, 2000), was greeted in a reception at 5:30 pm, and then speak as part of a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 1, in the Sperry Room of Andover Hall. Bishop McKenzie  preached at Boston University's Marsh Chapel earlier in the day, at 11 am.

Q&A with Kevin Madigan

Q&A with Kevin Madigan

September 3, 2003

Kevin Madigan has been Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Harvard Divinity School since 2000. His specialty is high-medieval scholastic biblical exegesis and theology, which is the topic of his most recent book, Olivi and the Interpretation of Matthew in the High Middle Ages, published by the University of Notre Dame Press. HDS staff writer Wendy McDowell sat down with Madigan recently to talk about his book, his other scholarly interests, and his teaching.

Student of Early Christianities

Student of Early Christianities

July 17, 2003

Karen L. King doesn't want to rewrite the Bible. But she does want people to take another look at the parts that got left out.

HDS Names 2003 Alumni/ae Award Recipients

HDS Names 2003 Alumni/ae Award Recipients

June 2, 2003

Harvard Divinity School has announced recipients of the three alumni awards that were presented on its Alumni Day, June 4, 2003. At a luncheon held on the HDS campus, the First Decade Award was given to Maria Karagianis, Founding Executive Director of Discovering Justice, Boston; the Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Award was given to the Rev. Dr. Oscar Allan Rogers, retired president of Claflin College, Orangeburg, South Carolina, and the Preston N. Williams Black Alumni Award was given to the Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan.

Student Profile: Paula Smith

Student Profile: Paula Smith

May 10, 2003

Paula Smith was 33 years old the first time she encountered a female minister. That minister was the Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of Brown University, who happens to be an alumna of Harvard Divinity School. The two became friends after Smith attended a service at the Newport Congregational Church, where Cooper-Nelson, a minister in the United Church of Christ, was standing in for a vacationing pastor. And the friendship served to fuel Smith's own burgeoning desire to pursue a ministerial vocation. 

Learning to Present Religion in the Schoolroom

Learning to Present Religion in the Schoolroom

April 19, 2003

At a venerable private school in Massachusetts, some of the best and brightest seniors showed up recently for an advanced course in Islamic studies. The teacher eagerly started off by trying to delve into subjects of Islamic culture and law, but she found that her students could not move away from a simplistic view of the faith as being extreme, radical, and oppressive to women.