Harvard Divinity School (HDS) hosted “Queer Youth and Religious Debates over Sexuality,” a panel discussion held Oct. 7 on queer youth in the United States and their relationship to religion and the church.
The Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School dedicated its new nondenominational meditation room in a ceremony on Monday, October 4. New CSWR director Francis X. Clooney presided over the event, which drew a large audience composed of members of the broad University community.
Harvard Divinity School students will have a new teaching tool at their disposal this fall. In addition to classes in Coptic, classical Arabic, and biblical Hebrew, students will be able to take a course in Spanish that is designed to help their day-to-day communications.
Kimberley C. Patton, professor of the comparative and historical study of religion at Harvard Divinity School, is among the recipients of the awards for excellence in the study of religion and the best first book in the history of the religions, awarded annually by the American Academy of Religion (AAR).
Patton’s book, “Religion of the Gods: Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity,” received the award for excellence in religion for analytical-descriptive studies.
Master’s degree in religion, check. Dissertation for a doctoral degree (involving ethnographic study of people raised in the fundamentalist Christian tradition who ultimately broke away from it through arts intervention), check. Organic sandwich cart, check.
Jeremy D. Battle, Willie D. Francois, Helen J. Kim, and Alissa J. Oleson, master of divinity students at Harvard Divinity School, have been recognized as young leaders who demonstrate exceptional gifts for ministry by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE).