Casper ter Kuile, MDiv '16, MPP '16, and Angie Thurston, MDiv '16, map and convene the Millennial leaders of spiritual communities at the forefront of religious change. From CrossFit to dinner churchers, Muslim small groups, and maker spaces, their work illuminates the rapidly shifting generational patterns in American religious life today.... Read more about Video: Religion for a New Generation
"In the days of the pandemic, even if we remain very careful about distancing ourselves, let us at least in our hearts show up, cease to be distant, dwell among those who suffer, our tears mingling with theirs, at every tomb," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Might the Covid-19 pandemic open our eyes to important truths about ourselves? Jay L. Garfield, Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy, examines the Buddhist insights made apparent by the current crisis.
"In Islam, doing things in a congregational fashion is far more praiseworthy than doing it individually. The quality of being in close company in spaces of togetherness is sacred. It’s the notion of Suhba in our tradition, and it’s deeply impactful. So this situation certainly shocks the system," said Yasir Fahmy, Instructor on Muslim Studies at HDS.
"Choose courage in the face of fear and uncertainty. Remember that there are also positive contagions out there. Courage is contagious. Courage involves mustering the internal strength and conviction to face the horizons of an uncertain future, knowing that whatever the case, the future will be brighter than the past," writes Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Instructor on Muslim Studies at HDS and Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University.
"Digital connections for spiritual practice are not only becoming more prevalent but, even after this health crisis passes, will be increasingly necessary for religious and spiritual organizations to survive and to meet people where they are," said Kerry Maloney, chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life.
"The pandemic will become a matter of history, but the starker choice before us won’t go away: shall we be blind to our neighbors in need, bothered when their humanity and rich complexity become too evident, wed more to our ordinary ways of doing things than to God’s glory at work in the world?" writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks for Sunday Services at Memorial Church on March 22, 2020.... Read more about I Do Choose
On March 12, 2020, Monique Moultrie (Georgia State University), Visiting Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and African American Religions, gave the lecture, “Hidden Histories: Faith as a Site of Black Lesbian Activism."
We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As you know by now, HDS and Harvard are transitioning to online classes in order to minimize the possibility of transmission. We take this unprecedented step because the health and well-being of everyone in our community—and all those whose lives they touch—is our greatest concern.... Read more about We Are Thinking of You: A Message from HDS Dean David N. Hempton
Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks during Sunday Services at Memorial Church on March 8, 2020.... Read more about Things Unseen
During a recent seminar, Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, argues that the foundational role of Hinduism in the building of the Indian secular nation-state can shed light on the current ultra nationalist policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Poet, teacher, librarian, and Harvard Scholar at Risk Mosab Abu Toha is doing important work for the people of Gaza and beyond. He is one of Harvard Divinity School's Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative Fellows this year.
Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and director of the Pluralism Project, delivered the following remarks at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on March 6, 2020.
Lara Glass, MDiv '17 and a student program fellow at Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on March 2, 2020.... Read more about 'Paradoxes of Experience'