"My first job in ministry was in a university church, and I love the reach of these places, the connections they can create between their universities and the world around them, and the unique forms of learning they offer," writes HDS Professor Stephanie Paulsell, Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.
“It’s rare for a divinity school to have such a diverse group of people,” says Israel Buffardi, MDiv '19, of HDS. “[It allows for] building community with all different types of people and finding connections with each other and the values in their lives.”
“Harvard Divinity School has been very, very instrumental in working through my own identity,” says graduating student Aric Flemming, MDiv candidate. “Harvard Divinity School has helped to not only shape my identity, but has helped to shape how I understand people and life, living, and spirituality.”
The HDS community is home to practitioners and scholars of dozens of different religions—and to those who have no formal religious affiliation at all. One is as likely to bump into a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka on campus as a Unitarian Universalist from New England. The person who navigates this ever-expanding diversity of traditions and people is the School’s chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life, Rev. Kerry Maloney.... Read more about Modeling Ministry for a Multireligious World
Some people think that politics and art don’t mix. Impose a political message, they say, and art becomes contrived and manipulative. Bring too much art to politics and it becomes unserious and impractical.
MDiv candidate Shane Snowdon recounts her shattering experience of hitting and killing an 18-year-old on a California highway. The incident has led her to devote her time to developing a “crash ministry” that includes trying to foster reconciliation, as possible, between drivers and the loved ones of those who have died.
“There is a deeply rooted tradition in the United States, (and) around the world, of clergy functioning as representatives of their community and, in particular, functioning as community representatives who remind the community of their ideals,” says Senior Lecturer Dan McKanan.