“I had one interaction with a patient who had trouble talking and had to communicate by writing on notebook paper. And as she struggled to write, she told me that she was preparing to be her husband’s co-caretaker now that they were both in a place of poor health. As a chaplain, to receive that note and see the love that was poured into it was beautiful. That is what ‘holy’ is. I still carry that specific note with me, almost as one would a prayer card,” says Steven Fisher, MDiv '21.... Read more about Humans of HDS: Forming Identity, Finding Belonging
Preventing and healing child abuse involves more than medical care or social work. For many, particularly those whose abuse involved religious figures, it must incorporate faith as well. “Faith and Flourishing: Strategies for Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse,” an online symposium on April 8 co-sponsored by Harvard Divinity School, will bring together survivors, public health experts, and religious leaders from various traditions to explore best practices for confronting and ending such abuse as well as promoting recovery.
HDS Professor Catherine Brekus discusses the Salem Witch Hunt and talks about what leads a close-knit community to turn against each other—and draws some uncomfortable parallels with our own moment, from conspiracy theories to the demonization of opponents, especially women.
With a $40,000 grant, Don Abram, MDiv '19, has embarked on a project he calls “Pride in the Pews.” He plans to collect 66 stories of Black queer Christians—66, he notes, is the number of books in the Bible—in the hopes that the stories will open closed minds.
When Rebecca J. Nunziato—the creator behind the “Decolonize Everything” podcast and a first-year graduate student at the Harvard Divinity School—thought about living in a recreational vehicle, she envisioned it would progress naturally from her growing interests in leading a nomadic lifestyle.
“I had not intended to go on into a ministry. I really had intended to take a year out and go back into foreign service, but after I had been there for about six months studying, I knew that this was the place where I wanted to be. I felt my calling was in theology and ministry.”... Read more about Humans of HDS: Accepted Inside, Rejected Outside
"People are not more fervent believers than they used to be, but their identification to religion has certainly shifted, creating a conjunction of religious and political identities that facilitate political mobilization and sometimes radical actions," writes T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding Jocelyne Cesari.
HDS Professor Todne Thomas and Columbia University Professor Courtney Bender consider the big destructive events or scenes associated with the end times with more subtle infrastructural degradations, moral shifts from government to citizen, deregulation and decentralization.
Ralph Benajah Potter, Jr., Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus at Harvard Divinity School, died February 25, at age 89. Potter passed away at home in the care of his family after a number of years in declining health.... Read more about Ralph Potter, Professor Emeritus, Dies
Harvard Professor Michael Sandel, renowned political philosopher and author of The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?, was interviewed by HDS Professor and Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church Stephanie Paulsell, during the First Church Homeless Ministries Gala.
"As we take our first steps on a path whose dimensions we can’t quite make out, whose edges we feel for in the dark, love can give us direction," says Stephaine Paulsell, Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at HDS.
"Hope in the grace and love of God is a hallmark of the righteous and those who love God and are beloved by God, the ability to see light in spite of darkness, to hope instead of despairing, and to know with conviction that with every difficulty comes deliverance and ease," says Imam Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim Chaplain to Harvard University, and Lecturer on Muslim Studies at HDS.
"We are slowed down, yet living in a world of urgency and woe, where there is so much to be done. It is surely for the good that we are asking ourselves, 'Why do I do the research, writing, and teaching that I do?' This existential crisis may be a good one, pushing us back to the basics," said HDS Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
"Death as a palpable force looms large in the Yoruba religious and social consciousness. From cosmology to various ritual practices and genres of oral traditions such as proverbs, poetry and short stories are all brought to bear on the reality of death. Not a day goes by that speakers of the Yoruba language do not make mention of death as both a phenomenon and a certainty," says HDS Professor of African Religious Traditions Jacob Olupona.