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Steven Fisher, MDiv '21

Humans of HDS: Forming Identity, Finding Belonging

April 7, 2021

“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

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Rallying Religious and Health Leaders to Prevent Child Abuse

April 5, 2021
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.
Professor Catherine Brekus

Salem, 1692

March 18, 2021
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.
MTS candidate Rebecca J. Nunziato holding her cat

A Crash Course in Decolonizing—From an RV

March 11, 2021
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.
Professor David Carrasco

The Mexican Angels in the Attic

March 11, 2021
In a new essay, Professor Davíd Carrasco tells the story of his personal and academic encounters with religion and spirituality.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam are represented with Jewish Star, Cross and Crescent. Photo by Getty Images

Radicalization and Religion: How It Happens?

March 4, 2021

"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.

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Neoliberalism and Ambient Apocalypse

March 4, 2021

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.

Stephanie Paulsell in Memorial Church

Love and the Lenten Journey

February 25, 2021
"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.
Imam Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim Chaplain to Harvard at Memorial Church. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell, Memorial Church

A Reminder about Hope, Grace, and Deliverance: An Islamic Perspective

February 22, 2021

"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.

Professor Frank Clooney standing in the CSWR. Photo by Kris Snibbe, Harvard Gazette

Seeded Amid the Many Surprises of COVID Times, Some Unexpected Positives

February 22, 2021

"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.

Harvard Divinity School Professor Jacob Olupona. Photo by the New York Times

Death Has Many Names

February 16, 2021
"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.
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