Just because the summer has come to an end shouldn’t mean we stop looking for interesting, important books to add to our reading queue. As we here at HDS settle into the new semester, and into our continued new virtual reality, we offer a sampling of what’s on top of our bookshelves.... Read more about Page Turners: September Books of the Month
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.
"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.
“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.”
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
“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
"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."
The Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series, the first lecture series to be named for a Mexican citizen in Harvard University’s 400-year history, was launched three years ago as part of a collaboration between Mexican cultural institutions and Harvard.
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.
One of the added benefits of this year's Summer Language Program (SLP) being held exclusively online due to the worldwide pandemic was that it became relatively easy for special guests to join class sessions.
"We have been on pilgrimage together in this extraordinary wilderness of pandemic and uprising, and like all pilgrimages, we have been led to places we may not have known we needed to go," says Kerry Maloney, HDS chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life.
"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.
In its “How We Gather” study, Harvard Divinity School researchers documented wide-ranging spiritual communities for the young ranging from Afro Flow Yoga and dinner churches to public meditation groups.
The following essay was written by Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, to mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 23 people and injured 23 others.... Read more about Saying the Mexican Names
"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.
"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.
"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.
“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.”
The original "freedom schools" offered a free, progressive education to Black students in the Civil Rights era-South. At Harvard, HDS alum Najha Zigbi-Johnson and Lesedi Graveline, MTS '21, reimagine what an Ivy League education could look like.