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A Message from Dean Hempton: 'Let's Not Be Found Wanting'

May 31, 2020

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'

Commencement student speaker Ashley Lipscomb, MDiv '20. Photo: HDS

'Be the One'

May 28, 2020

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'

Reflecting on My Last Year at HDS

Reflecting on My Last Year at HDS

May 28, 2020
Tessa Steinert Evoy, MTS ‘20, and a graduate assistant in the Office of Admissions, reflects on the memories of HDS that will stay with her long after graduation. 
MDiv candidate Julia Reimann and friends

Reflecting on My First Year at HDS

May 26, 2020
"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.
Cornell William Brooks

Viralized Injustice: American Health and Democracy

May 22, 2020
"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.
Salvador Pena

'My Need to Serve'

May 21, 2020
Graduating student Salvador Peña has spent the past three years at HDS earning his master of divinity degree and seeking out new ways to help others.
Swartz Hall rendering

2019-20 Year in Review

May 20, 2020
Some of the memorable moments from the past academic year are recounted on the 2019-20 year in review timeline.
People looking at the Last Supper painting

Knowing Christ in the Love We Do

May 11, 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.
Professor Matthew Potts

Burning Hearts

May 4, 2020
Professor Matthew Potts offers the Sunday Sermon for Memorial Church.
Stephanie Paulsell

How Do We Keep Time during a Pandemic?

May 1, 2020
"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.
Diane L. Moore

HDS Partners with Boston Children's Museum to Explore Religious Literacy

April 30, 2020

Boston Children’s Museum has received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to conduct research into religious identity and spirituality in the context of the public experience of the Museum. The grant is funding explorations into ways to improve understanding of religions and foster knowledge and respect for diverse religious beliefs.... Read more about HDS Partners with Boston Children's Museum to Explore Religious Literacy

Bob Linscott, MTS '97

How to Show Care for Older Adults during Social Distancing

April 29, 2020

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.

De “Gathering Historias” participante Tania Erlij: “Hay mucho para ver, cómo lo veas, como científica o como nada más apreciar.”

'Gathering Historias' Revela Conexiones Profundas Con La Naturaleza Y La Comunidad

April 29, 2020

Steven Salido Fisher está realizando un trabajo venerable simplemente al escuchar las historias que las personas comparten desde sus corazones. El estudiante de la Escuela de Teología de Harvard (HDS, por sus siglas en inglés) está trabajando en una misión para darle una voz elevada a los habitantes de la comunidad hispana local en el tópico del medio ambiente. Su proyecto, “Gathering Historias,” está documentando, en su idioma nativo, las experiencias de las personas con la naturaleza, incluyendo el espacio verde e histórico del Arnold Arboretum de la Universidad de Harvard.... Read more about 'Gathering Historias' Revela Conexiones Profundas Con La Naturaleza Y La Comunidad

Illustration by Steven Fisher

'Gathering Historias' Reveals Deep-Rooted Connections to Nature and Community

April 29, 2020

Steven Salido Fisher is doing sacred work simply by listening to people as they share the stories in their hearts. The Harvard Divinity School (HDS) student is building on a mission to give people in the local Hispanic community an elevated voice about the natural environment. His project, “Gathering Historias” is documenting, in their native language, their experiences with nature including the historic green space of The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.... Read more about 'Gathering Historias' Reveals Deep-Rooted Connections to Nature and Community

Hannah Stohler

Leap of Faith

April 28, 2020
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

Learning by Heart

April 28, 2020
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.
Faith And Purpose During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Faith And Purpose During The Coronavirus Pandemic

April 27, 2020
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.
Road to Emmaus

Easter on the Road of Lost Hopes

April 27, 2020
"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.
Professor Jocelyne Cesari

Religion and Nationalism in Russia

April 24, 2020
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.
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