Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis

  • Session dates: Sunday, June 6, to Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 12:30 pm to 4 pm ET
  • Application deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021
  • Program fee: $1,600
  • Delivery Format: Online via Zoom Conferencing Platform
  • Faculty Director: Charlie Hallisey
  • Program Manager: Alison Harvey

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One year ago, the world seemed to shut down. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to change our lives and livelihoods in ways both small and profound. Now, as vaccines are distributed and we slowly start to reopen, we should ask ourselves: what have we learned? What have we lost? What will life look like on the other side of the pandemic?

To address these questions head on, we invite you to join us online this summer for our new program, Religious Resources for Living Beyond Crisis, to be held Sunday, June 6, to Thursday, June 10.

Learn more: Join us for a free 30-minute online information session Tuesday, April 20, 3:30 pm ET. Lead Professor Charles Hallisey will join Rev. Laura Tuach to discuss the nature of the program and what participants will experience. Register here.

In this four-day program, we will explore religious resources to make meaning of the many injustices the pandemic revealed. We will also turn our attention to the interlocking and ongoing issues of climate change and global inequality and explore ways to personally integrate and respond to these challenges.

We will start with a short introductory session on Sunday night. Monday through Thursday will consist of half-day sessions where some of Harvard’s leading scholars will introduce ways how the spiritual, moral, and historical lessons of the world’s religions can help us both to understand our global predicament and to create new ways of responding to it:

  • This is an image of Professor David Carrasco

    Professor David Carrasco, remembering the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in 2019 together with artist Ellen Elmes, will ask us to explore the significance of the intentional act of "remembering" and the human necessity and importance of such remembering in these times of ours.


  • Terry Tempest Williams

    Professor Terry Tempest Williams will give us an opportunity to explore how "bearing witness" is not a passive act, but one of conscience and consequence. To not avert our gaze from all that is breaking our hearts can become a generative practice that invites us to engage with hard things rather than withdraw from them. Writing is another form of bearing witness.  Participants will be given time to write and share a short piece within this workshop as we bear witness to the pause of this pandemic that is now a place.


  • Melissa Bartholomew

    Dean Melissa Bartholomew will turn our attention to how can we contribute to restorative justice, to heal the wounds of the world that we inherit.


  • John P. BrownCharles Hallisey

    Professors John P. Brown and Charles Hallisey will ask us to explore together on where we should focus our individual and collective attention to find and/or create the breakthroughs we need for the change and innovation the times demand.


The engaging presentations will be followed by small facilitated breakout sessions where participants will discuss what they heard and reflect on what it means to them personally. Optional spiritual practices will be offered before we start the day. These practices will include yoga, contemplative prayer, Buddhist meditation, and AfroCuban dance.

At a time when the earth continues to shift beneath us, ground yourself in the history of human survival and in the insights of the world’s religious traditions to reflect together on what should come next.

View the program schedule (PDF).

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  • Call to schedule a conversation with Alison Harvey, program manager: 617.650.0615