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Discussion on white supremecy

Video: White Supremacy in the Study and Practice of Ministry

September 2, 2020

In conjunction with the HDS Committee on Racial Justice and Healing and in cooperation with the courses "Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion" (T&M) and "Introduction to Ministry Studies" (IMS), Professors David Holland and Matthew Potts hosted a two-part series of community conversations on issues of white supremacy and anti-blackness in the study of ministry and religion.

On September 2, Professor Potts, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and of Ministry Studies, moderated a discussion on white supremacy in the study and practice of ministry.

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Jesus and Disciples Carrying Crosses

The Cost of Discipleship

August 31, 2020
"Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us that the world desperately needs honest followers of Christ who speak truth to power, risk their necks to help those in trouble, refuse to play it safe when fundamental human values have been scorned and pushed aside, when hatred seeks to stifle love," writes Professor Frank Clooney.
Divinity Consultant Illustration

The Office Is Adrift and Divinity Consultants Are Here to Save It

August 28, 2020
“People were meeting what they identified as spiritual needs, but doing them in organizations that had no apparent spiritual connection,” said HDS Associate Dean for Ministry Studies Dudley Rose. “Like SoulCycle. People would cite SoulCycle.”
Michael D. Jackson

'New Beginnings Are Born of Brokenness': A Conversation With Prof. Michael D. Jackson

August 25, 2020

HDS Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions Michael D. Jackson is an anthropologist with extensive fieldwork experience in West Africa and Aboriginal Australia. He is the author of 40 works of anthropology, poetry, fiction, and memoir, and his academic work has been strongly influenced by critical theory, American pragmatism, and existential-phenomenological thought.... Read more about 'New Beginnings Are Born of Brokenness': A Conversation With Prof. Michael D. Jackson

Black Lives Matter protest

In This Moment: Starting The HDS Responsible Organization Initiative

August 25, 2020

The following essay was written by the Founding Students of The HDS Responsible Organization Initiative.

On June 5, 2020, Jamie Dimon was photographed kneeling in front of a local bank alongside branch employees, posed in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Dimon is the chief executive of J.P. Morgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States and the world’s most valuable bank by market capitalization; his kneeling was heralded as one of the most radical statements, spoken or unspoken, of #BLM support within the financial community.... Read more about In This Moment: Starting The HDS Responsible Organization Initiative

Humans of HDS: Embodying a Playful Dharma

Humans of HDS: Embodying a Playful Dharma

August 20, 2020

“A huge learning in my project emerged when I realized that I didn’t have to make the case that Buddhism and play have something to offer each other. Rather than impress anyone with my nifty theorizing, I could just guide some meditation practices, juxtapose them with InterPlay forms, and allow those present to arrive at their own conclusions.”—Alex Baskin, MDiv ‘22... Read more about Humans of HDS: Embodying a Playful Dharma

Women's Ordination

Women's Ordination Conference Surveys Catholic Women in Lay Ministry

August 19, 2020
"I think it's because they want that professional degree, and they want the respect that should come with that," said Patricia Simpson, counselor to Roman Catholic Students and Instructor in Ministry Studies at HDS. "I think they want to be able to state that they've prepared academically to the same level as ... the men being ordained."
Davíd Carrasco y Eduardo Matos Moctezuma en México en 2019. Foto de Ryan Christopher Jones

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Sobre La Creación De Colaboraciones Transfronterizas Fructíferas

August 17, 2020

La Cátedra Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, la primera serie de conferencias que lleva el nombre de un ciudadano mexicano en los 400 años de la historia de la Universidad de Harvard, se lanzó hace tres años como parte de una colaboración entre instituciones culturales mexicanas y Harvard.

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Judy Beals

Past and Present Context in Religious Education

August 5, 2020
"Religion is a lived thing. It is practiced as it is understood and adhered to by its adherents and its followers. And that means it is always changing and evolving. So two communities within the same branch may practice their religion very differently," said Judy Beals, associate director of the Religious Literacy Project.
Buddhist statue

My Spiritual Path Through the COVID-19 Darkness

July 22, 2020

"The soft supplication to the Buddhist goddess of healing, Tara, filled my hours, along with Sufi music and gentle sounds of Sikh prayers on the one divine. Words of the 13th-century Persian mystic Rumi, 'Keep silent because the world of silence is a vast fullness,' became my meditation," writes HDS alum Kalpana Jain, MTS '17.

Does the New Testament Support Christian Zionism?

Does the New Testament Support Christian Zionism?

July 21, 2020

"Seeking a basis for reconciliation between Jews and Christians has been a much-pursued enterprise over the past few centuries. For the most part, the quest has been founded upon a mutual willingness to dilute religious conviction or bracket it altogether," writes Professor Jon D. Levenson.

Professor Frank Clooney

Yearning for God in a World of Troubles

July 21, 2020
"The larger the problems are around us, the deeper we must go if we are to be spiritually alive, able to manifest God’s healing power in a world that seems anything but holy," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Visiting Professor E.J. Dionne

A Big Election Amid Pandemic in a Riven Land

July 20, 2020
“I am very, very, very worried about November,” said E.J. Dionne, Visiting Professor in Religion and Political Culture at Harvard Divinity School. “I don’t think we’re doing enough to get ready for Election Day.”
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