Meet Some MDivs

Mel Kawakami embracing worshippers

Hope in Darkness

October 1, 2020
The Rev. Mel Kawakami, MDiv '74, ThM '85, is a retired pastor and pastoral counselor for the United Methodist Church. He spent his career helping communities devastated by unexpected loss, including his tenure as pastor of the Newtown United Methodist Church in the heart of Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
Laura Tuach

How to Mourn, Find Meaning in the Deaths of 200,000

September 30, 2020

Some of us might feel guilty about grieving, especially if we haven’t actually lost someone to COVID-19. But as we are all grieving the lost rhythms of our daily lives as well as our feelings of familiarity and safety, gratitude can help us build resiliency and look to the future.

The recent media mentions below remind us that, as we muddle along, both grief and gratitude can exist together.... Read more about How to Mourn, Find Meaning in the Deaths of 200,000

Person on dock in shadow by Boston Globe

As We Adjust to a New Normal, Lessons in Grief and Gratitude

September 29, 2020
"But when you are grieving, you need to allow space for that to happen. Parents are so busy right now. Even the notion that they would have a few minutes to feel something feels radical to me, as someone who is trained in the reflective art of noticing feelings,” said Laura Tuach, associate director of field education and Instructor in Ministry Studies.
Divinity Consultant Illustration

The Office Is Adrift and Divinity Consultants Are Here to Save It

August 28, 2020
“People were meeting what they identified as spiritual needs, but doing them in organizations that had no apparent spiritual connection,” said HDS Associate Dean for Ministry Studies Dudley Rose. “Like SoulCycle. People would cite SoulCycle.”
Women's Ordination

Women's Ordination Conference Surveys Catholic Women in Lay Ministry

August 19, 2020
"I think it's because they want that professional degree, and they want the respect that should come with that," said Patricia Simpson, counselor to Roman Catholic Students and Instructor in Ministry Studies at HDS. "I think they want to be able to state that they've prepared academically to the same level as ... the men being ordained."
Chaplain David Anderson and student nurse Kadie Laycock help a patient communicate with his family that are unable to visit due to hospital visiting restrictions at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, in Blackburn, England.

What It's like to Help Families Say Goodbye

June 22, 2020
"COVID-19 brutalizes bodies, but it also disempowers families who are unable to see their loved ones, sit at their bedsides and hold their hands," writes Bridget Power, MDiv '19, a chaplain resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Zoom Palm Sunday service

Blessings from Afar

April 10, 2020

Houseplants stand in for Lenten palms and seder cuisine gets creative as Harvard’s faith communities mark Easter and Passover from a distance.