Making Change is an intensive four-day seminar for leaders to develop fresh personal and intellectual resources to create positive change in organizations, communities and themselves.
Guided by some of Harvard Divinity School’s leading teachers and scholars, participants will engage deeply with peers to work with the theme of change:
- Establish a common language for exploring religious literacy, spiritual practice, and the role of religion in a changing world.
- Take a deep look at historical examples of religion, violence, and peace building.
- Explore the full scope of work required to change oneself.
- Consider examples of communities that have made change in the world and unpack the factors behind their success.
- Throughout the program, participants will also engage in “Meaning Making:” small group sessions with experienced leaders who can help them process information, bring it down to a personal level, and incorporate it into their ongoing efforts to make a positive difference in the world.
- Develop fluency in social issues that call for change in society and in ourselves: racial inequality, migration, conflict and peace.
- Challenge participants to step away from their day-to-day lives and engage in structured personal reflection that helps them to identify and articulate priorities and develop action plans.
- Give participants exposure to ideas and practices from religious traditions and contexts.
- Enable participants to recognize aspects of religious traditions and social movements that are often overlooked or oversimplified (e.g., the internal diversity of traditions, their dynamic nature, the reality of practice in individuals’ lives.)
Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures
Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Dean of the Faculty of Divinity; Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies; and John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity
Director, Religious Literacy Project; Lecturer in Religion, Conflict, and Peace; and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions
Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies; Faculty Chair for Executive Education
Assistant Professor of African American Religions (HDS) and Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study)
Policies and additional information
Participant conversation and connection is an essential component of Making Change and we seek a group of participants with diverse perspectives, professional experiences, and personal objectives. The only formal requirement for admission is proficiency in written and spoken English.
Prospective participants are requested to complete a brief application.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with decisions sent approximately every two weeks. Given the relatively small size of the program, interested applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure that space is available.
The program fee is $4,800. Participants will receive an invoice upon admission to the program. Invoices are due within 30 days of receipt.
There are 10-15 hours of preliminary assignments and readings to complete prior to the start of the program. Materials will be distributed to participants approximately two months before the program start date.
The program fee covers all program activities, materials, and most meals.
Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Suggestions for accommodations will be provided.
Withdrawals, refunds, and changes to the program
Participants can withdraw their registration subject to the following refund schedule:
- 30 or more days before the program start: full refund
- 14–29 days before start: 50% refund
- Within 14 days of start: no refund
Program curriculum, dates and faculty are subject to change. In the unlikely event of a change in the program dates, participants who previously paid are eligible to have the program fee refunded in full, but the School is not responsible for any other expenses incurred by the participant.