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Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., third from left, in Africa.

A First Visit to Africa

January 17, 2020
Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., reflects on his first trip to Africa, where he lectured on comparative theology and interreligious learning.
HDS alum Marcus Briggs-Cloud

Elevating the Oral Tradition: How Indigenous Language Activists Help Shape Learning at Harvard

December 17, 2019

When Marcus Briggs-Cloud, MTS ’10, began to sing in his native Muscogee language in the main hall at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology this past October, it was a testament to the survival of his community and culture through centuries of genocidal efforts against indigenous peoples in the United States. ... Read more about Elevating the Oral Tradition: How Indigenous Language Activists Help Shape Learning at Harvard

Sadada Jackson, MTS '19

Curating the Future

December 16, 2019
Digging into Tozzer Library's trove of indigenous-language texts, Nipmuc tribe member Sadada Jackson, MTS '19, curated an exhibit that is in many ways a love letter to her grandmother.
HDS alum the Rev. Daniel Smith

Changing Our Landscape

December 11, 2019

The Rev. Daniel A. Smith, MDiv '99, Senior Minister at First Church in Cambridge, and Lecturer on Ministry Studies (HDS), delivered the following remarks at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on December 3, 2019.... Read more about Changing Our Landscape

Professor Frank Clooney

Advent Is like John the Baptist

December 9, 2019
"Our final surprise too in the Advent season may be that God does come, even in 2019, but most often in smaller and quieter ways than we had expected," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Dean David Hempton and his wife, Louanne

Keeping Home Close after You Leave It

December 4, 2019
For Dean David Hempton and his wife, Louanne, the short film Remains by Northern Ireland artist Willie Doherty spoke to a reality they are all too familiar with. Part of the Harvard Art Museums exhibit Crossing Lines, Constructing Homes, the film gives the audience a look back to The Troubles.
Jon Levenson

A Tale of Two Soloveitchiks

December 4, 2019
Professor Jon Levenson examines—and critiques—an Orthodox rabbi who was fascinated with Jesus and wrote commentaries on the gospels.
Stephanie Paulsell discussing her recent publication, Religion Around Virginia Woolf

Video: Religion Around Virginia Woolf Author Discussion

December 2, 2019

Stephanie Paulsell, HDS Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, discusses her recent publication about Virginia Woolf.

Naman Patel

Humans of HDS: Hip Hop as a Form of Narrative

November 21, 2019

"Me being a hip hop artist ties into the dissemination aspect of my academic interests because I think historically hip hop and rap has been the means by which analytic critics have been able to compose their observations into songs that are received by people."—Naman Patel, MTS '20

Meeting about Swartz Hall


November 20, 2019

The fences are up, the hard hats are on, and ground has been broken on the most sweeping campus renewal effort in Harvard Divinity School’s 200-year history.... Read more about Groundbreaking

Professor Mayra Rivera. Photo: Courtesy Mayra Rivera

Theologians and Women of Color You Should Be Reading

November 18, 2019
HDS Professor of Religion and Latinx Studies Mayra Rivera and former Women's Studies in Religion Program Research Associate Katie Cannon are "theologians and women of color you should be reading," according to The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.
Scotty McLennan

What Makes Life Real

November 14, 2019

In Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, the title character agonizes over a dreadful thought as he nears the end of his life: “What if my entire life, my entire conscious life, was not the real thing?” Scotty McLennan asks his students to ponder the same question before they start their careers as global entrepreneurs and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.... Read more about What Makes Life Real

Sheila Glenn

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

November 14, 2019

Sheila Glenn wasn't always "the Rev. Sheila Glenn." As a young adult, the pastor from New York City got swept up in the drug culture and was an addict for many years before making the choice to seek treatment. That choice led her back to church, to college, and eventually to Harvard Divinity School, where, in the sermon that won her the 2008 Billings Preaching Prize, she reflected on what it took to get sober and sane.

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