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Carlyle Stewart, MDiv candidate

Humans of HDS: My Life's Calling

July 17, 2019

"I know that the people in that church are praying for me all the time—even when I was sick and lost and messing up, doing dumb stuff, there was somebody praying for me. I think, to be able to dedicate my life to those people, there is no greater honor than that."—Carlyle Stewart, MDiv '20

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom panel

The State of Religious Freedom in the U.S.

July 15, 2019

Starting July 16, the U.S. Department of State will host its 3-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The event “brings together leaders from around the world to discuss the challenges facing religious freedom, identify means to address religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, and promote greater respect and preservation of religious liberty for all.” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Vice President Michael Pence, and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi are all expected to speak.

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David Carrasco and Toni Morrison

HDS's Carrasco Appears in Toni Morrison Documentary

July 8, 2019

The recently released documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, is an artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller. The film examines Morrison's life, works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. It features interviews with Morrison and a number of her peers, critics, and colleagues, including HDS’s Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America.... Read more about HDS's Carrasco Appears in Toni Morrison Documentary

Executive Education instructors Laura Tuach and Melissa Wood Bartholomew

Executive Education with a Soul

July 2, 2019
Making Change, HDS's summer executive course, is an intensive, four-day class designed to offer a different type of value from those offering management skills or best business practices.
Israel Buffardi, MDiv '19

HDS Grad Finds His Community in Ministry

June 27, 2019
“It’s rare for a divinity school to have such a diverse group of people,” says Israel Buffardi, MDiv '19, of HDS. “[It allows for] building community with all different types of people and finding connections with each other and the values in their lives.”
David Carrasco and Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Unseen and Unsung: A Brief Oral History

June 20, 2019
"It was impressive how she would fall into this deep awareness of what she was looking at. That’s the way I’ve noticed her over the years," says HDS Professor Davíd Carrasco of writer Toni Morrison.
Redeem Priesthood

Clooney: Don’t Abolish the Priesthood. Redeem It.

June 20, 2019

"We must reform the church much more deeply and seriously, stripping away the clericalism, the old boys’ club mentality and the cluelessness of church officials who seem unable to talk to ordinary Catholics," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

Gloria Korsman, MDiv ’92

Humans of HDS: A Lifelong Path

June 17, 2019

"Here we have the opportunity to build relationships and to learn from each other in a way that forms the building blocks of peace in society. I feel really proud to be a part of that, and privileged to be a part of the community."—Gloria Korsman, MDiv '92

Wendy Jehlen, MTS '00, as a starling in the “valley of bewilderment,” one of seven the birds must pass through on their search for Simorgh in The Conference of the Birds. Photo by Gary Alpert

Dance in Translation

June 14, 2019
Harvard Magazine writes about HDS alum and choreographer Wendy Jehlen’s "dance diplomacy."
HDS student Sadada Jackson. Photo by Hadley Green

Engaging with Indigenous Languages at Harvard Library

June 13, 2019
The United Nations declared 2019 the “Year of Indigenous Languages.” Inspired by this mandate and her indigenous heritage, Harvard Divinity School student Sadada Jackson embarked on a project to better capture Tozzer Library’s Indigenous North American materials in her capacity as a graduate research assistant.
Divinity Chapel

The Harvard Community's Favorite Spots

May 24, 2019
Divinity Chapel, "its history — and its current multifaith, multipurpose use — gives the space a mixed atmosphere of reverence and rebellion. For me, it’s a regular site of quiet reflection and renewal," says HDS Professor David Holland.
Professor Frank Clooney

An Interreligious Opening in Hungary

May 23, 2019
"There is much to be said about the fate of small countries caught between East and West, subject to invasions over the centuries, and how that history affects people’s sense of themselves and others," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney.
Aric Flemming, MDiv '19

Finding Rhythm in Reverence

May 21, 2019
“Harvard Divinity School has been very, very instrumental in working through my own identity,” says graduating student Aric Flemming, MDiv candidate. “Harvard Divinity School has helped to not only shape my identity, but has helped to shape how I understand people and life, living, and spirituality.”
MDiv candidate Salvador Peña

Student Employee Honored

May 14, 2019
MDiv candidate Salvador Peña was nominated for the title of Harvard's Student Employee of the Year.
Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier: The Broken and the Oppressed

May 7, 2019

On November 6, 1988, the Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian Jean Vanier delivered Harvard Divinity School’s inaugural Harold M. Wit Lecture on Living a Spiritual Life in a Contemporary Age. His topic for the first of two talks was “The Broken and the Oppressed.”

Vanier’s lectures became the basis for one of his best loved books, From Brokenness to Community. Following are some excerpts from his address, reprinted from the Harvard Gazette.... Read more about Jean Vanier: The Broken and the Oppressed

Jim and Susan Swartz

New Name for Andover Hall

May 1, 2019

As Harvard Divinity School prepares for the most significant renewal of the HDS campus in a century, Dean David N. Hempton announced on May 1 that Andover Hall will be renamed Swartz Hall in honor of Susan Shallcross Swartz, her husband, James R. Swartz, and their family.... Read more about New Name for Andover Hall

HDS chaplain Kerry Maloney

Modeling Ministry for a Multireligious World

April 25, 2019

The HDS community is home to practitioners and scholars of dozens of different religions—and to those who have no formal religious affiliation at all. One is as likely to bump into a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka on campus as a Unitarian Universalist from New England. The person who navigates this ever-expanding diversity of traditions and people is the School’s chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life, Rev. Kerry Maloney.... Read more about Modeling Ministry for a Multireligious World