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Religion and Public Life Announces 2021-22 Fellows

June 14, 2021
Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School announced its 2021-22 fellows. This inaugural cohort of expert practitioners bring deep expertise and social justice commitments to a range of professions (government, education, journalism, organizing, and media and entertainment) and issues (racial justice, climate change, immigration advocacy, and Native and Indigenous rights).
Professor Frank Clooney standing in the CSWR. Photo by Kris Snibbe, Harvard Gazette

Spirit Matters: Francis X. Clooney

June 9, 2021
Professor Francis X. Clooney speaks about comparative religion, the value of learning from other traditions, and his experience as a Catholic priest engaged with Hinduism.
Dan McKanan

Video: Affirming Personal Agency in Discussions on Abuse of Power in Alternative Spiritual Spaces

June 9, 2021

Program for the Evolution of Spirituality director and HDS Professor Dan McKanan was joined by New Religious Movement scholars Dr. Erin Prophet and Jessica Pratezina to discuss approaches to conversations and scholarship around spiritual harm while affirming personal agency.... Read more about Video: Affirming Personal Agency in Discussions on Abuse of Power in Alternative Spiritual Spaces

Lily Rose Valore as Alice. Photo credit: Carven Creative Media

Wonderland Reimagined

June 7, 2021
“When you’re growing up, it’s really easy to separate yourself from your own body, to be scared of your own body," says MTS candidate Nadia Issa, who dances the role of Absolem in Virtually Oberon's "Alice in Rainbowland." The message of “Rainbowland” is an antidote, said Issa. “When you turn into yourself, it feels good.”
alestinian children play in front of their destroyed homes in Beit Hanoun town following the Israel airstrikes in Gaza in mid-May 2021.SOPA Images

As Palestinians Rebuild Following the Latest War Between Israel and Hamas, Housing Will Take Center Stage

June 3, 2021
Gazan architect Salem al Qudwa, 2020-21 Fellow in Conflict and Peace at HDS, and contributor to a new book called Open Gaza: Architectures of Hope, has developed a green, flexible, and affordable model for self-built homes in Gaza. They are designed to be constructed on sand and rubble, and can create a “nurturing and safe environment for women and children, and to empower communities.”
Stephanie Paulsell in Memorial Church

Breaking Through

June 2, 2021
“To have been on pilgrimage with you through these days has been one of the most profound experiences of my life, one from which I hope I will never stop learning,” said outgoing Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church and HDS Professor Stephanie Paulsell.
Interim Pusey Minister Stephanie A. Paulsell and her successor, Matthew I. Potts, both of Harvard Divinity School

The Morning Exercises, Virtual Again

May 27, 2021

Speaking alternately from outside Memorial Church, Interim Pusey Minister Stephanie A. Paulsell and her successor, Matthew I. Potts, both HDS professors, closed out the Honoring the Class of 2021 program with a benediction.

Eboni Nash, MTS '21

Divine Rights

May 25, 2021
"With leaving Harvard I plan to come back to my accountable communities in whatever fashion that is and to share with them what I learned, the resources I acquired, and the networks that I’ve gained. That’s now all theirs," said graduating student Eboni Nash, MTS '21.
Professors Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Francis Schüssler Fiorenza

HDS Professors Receive Honorary Degrees

May 24, 2021
Professors Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Francis Schüssler Fiorenza both received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.
Humans of HDS: Islam and Activism

Humans of HDS: Islam and Activism

May 20, 2021

“I always try to show the beauty of Islam through my actions and not just my words. If, for example, I’m fighting against gender inequality, I show people how Islam has given equality to men and women. If I’m talking about anti-racist discourse, then I talk about how Islam does not judge people by the color of their skin or their ethnicity.”—Reem Shaikh, MTS ’21... Read more about Humans of HDS: Islam and Activism

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