I know you share with me a deep anger and sadness after one of the worst weeks in our country’s recent history, possibly THE worst. There are now over 100,000 deaths from the Covid-19 virus, mostly the elderly, the incarcerated, “essential” workers, the marginalized, people of color, native peoples, and the poor. There are tens of millions unemployed and uncertain where their next meal is coming from.... Read more about A Message from Dean Hempton: 'Let's Not Be Found Wanting'
Ashley Lipscomb, MDiv '20, was selected by her student colleagues as the class speaker for HDS Commencement 2020. The following remarks were delivered by Lipscomb during the Virtual Diploma Awarding Ceremony on May 28.... Read more about 'Be the One'
This online event to honor and recognize the HDS Class of 2020 took place May 28 and featured remarks from Dean David N. Hempton, the HDS Class of 2020 Student Speaker Ashley Lipscomb, a reading of the graduates names, and the sharing of well wishes, treasured memories, and more. Closing piano accompaniment is by Christopher Hossfeld, director of music and ritual at HDS.... Read more about Video: 2020 Virtual Diploma Awarding Ceremony
"As the year comes to a close, I find myself feeling immense gratitude for the classmates and courses of the first year of divinity school in all its complexity and challenge," writes MDiv candidate Julia Reimann.
"This is a pandemic that hits a country ill-equipped, ill-prepared, that is yet wrestling with literally decades-old racial and ethnic and class disparities and divisions," says Visiting Professor Cornell William Brooks.
The following essay was written by Jane Tuohy, senior partner at Cambridge Hill Partners, Inc. Jane audited the HDS course, "Compassionate Care of the Dying: Buddhist Training and Techniques," co-taught by Cheryl Giles and Chris Berlin, in spring 2020.
"May our mothers live long enough and may we grow up soon enough, that we come know our mothers as the real persons they are, who have loved us beginning and end, in deed, in word, in presence," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at HDS and Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, interviews her husband Kevin Madigan, Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at HDS, about pandemics in the medieval Christian West.... Read more about Religion in a Time of Pandemic
"It’s hard to keep track of time when time itself feels like it’s bristling with panic or weighed down by grief, filled to overflowing with video calls, or emptied of work and connection, made dense and opaque by illness," writes Professor Stephanie Paulsell.
Bob Linscott’s specialties feel essential, now more than ever. The assistant director of the LGBT Aging Project at the Fenway Institute in Boston, Linscott, MTS '97, has spent his career focused on the needs of older adults.
In Nashua, N.H., Hannah Stohler, MDiv '16, leads Marguerite's Place, a transitional housing nonprofit for women and children in crisis that also provides residents with childcare, legal support, mental health counseling employment training, financial education, and peer mentoring as they build independence.
Seonjoon Young’s diverse career has taken her all over the world. After college, Young, MDiv '17, entered a Buddhist nunnery in South Korea before pursuing a master’s degree at HDS. While working as a chaplain, she fell in love with teaching and has now moved back to her home state of Colorado to practice and advance trauma-informed education full time.
HDS faculty and alumni join WGBH radio to discuss how the coronavirus has changed the way people celebrate Easter, Passover, and Ramadan, and how secular groups search for meaning during the coronavirus crisis.
"If we are scattered, he scatters too; if we are not in the holy city, but on the mundane roads of ordinary life, that is where he chooses to be; if we are marooned at home, distanced and masked, then that is exactly where he shows up next," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, discusses the role of Orthodoxy in Russia's nation-building, domestic politics, and international relations.