"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
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.
K. Healan Gaston, Harvard Divinity School Lecturer in American Religious History and Ethics, discusses her recent publication, Imagining Judeo-Christian America—Religion, Secularism, and the Redefinition of Democracy.
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 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.
The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray felt called to Arizona at a time when the state was ground zero for the controversy on immigration that today dominates the headlines.... Read more about A Powerful Form of Love
"So there it is: three monastics, two popes, one priest, all in two days, grounded in the HDS and Harvard realities of today. Such events are outside the rightfully ordinary mainstream of Catholic community and ministry, to be sure, but it is good that they occur, and good for me as priest to be witness to them, part of this great and unpredictable flow of academic and spiritual energies," writes Professor Frank Clooney.
Graham Harvey, professor of religious studies at The Open University (UK), discusses animism and how our relations are damaged by ongoing efforts to separate (human) culture from ‘nature’ and humans from other species.
The destruction of one of the world’s great civilizations. Theslaughter of thousands of indigenous people—and the enslavement of thousands more. These atrocities were the consequence of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1519. Yet Davíd Carrasco notes that the arrival of Europeans on the North American mainland also resulted in alliances, intermarriage, new forms of religion and culture, and the birth of what he calls a “new human family.”... Read more about Picturing a 'New Human Family'
A conversation with the three Hindu monastics visiting HDS this year, each representing a different Hindu tradition: Swami Sarvapriyananda (Ramakrishna Mission), Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya (Chinmaya Mission), and Sadhak Akshar–Guru: Mahant Swami Maharaj (BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha).... Read more about Video: On Being a Hindu Monastic: Personal Journeys
"John Samuel Mbiti will be remembered as a preeminent African scholar whose endeavors are unparalleled in the academy and worthy of the highest regard. The world is truly poorer with him gone," writes HDS Professor Jacob Olupona.
Terry Tempest Williams, HDS’s writer-in-residence, and film producer Geralyn White Dreyfous have curated a special film series that is open to the Harvard community as well as the general public, and includes the chance for audience members to engage in discussion with directors, producers, and subjects of the films.... Read more about Politics of the Unseen
Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison created many memorable characters—from Sula and Beloved to Frank Money. Her notions of goodness and mercy shown in these characters also reflect her understanding of the sacred and the human spirit.... Read more about Goodness and the Literary Imagination