Past Honorees

The recipients of the Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Honors transcend categories. From a Yale Law School graduate who uses storytelling to fight hate crimes against Muslims and Sikhs to a naval officer who advocates for peace, Gomes Honorees represent the diversity of personal and professional paths that the School’s graduates follow.
Milia Islam

To Go Beyond Fear

April 16, 2020

2020 Peter J. Gomes, STB ’68 Distinguished Alumni Honoree Milia Islam, MTS ’04, was eight years old when her family moved to the United States from Bangladesh, settling eventually in Fulton, MO. The small town was overwhelmingly white and very conservative. The Islams were the only Muslims and among only a handful of people of color.

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Dr. Ephraim Isaac

Father of Peace

April 16, 2020

Recognized this year as a Peter J. Gomes, STB ’68 Distinguished Alumni Honoree, Ephraim Isaac’s sixty-year career includes an almost absurd number of achievements.

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Abel Rodriguez

Seeking Justice for Migrants

April 16, 2020

The day that Abel Rodriguez won his first asylum case was the best of his career as an immigration attorney. He was overjoyed and his work seemed full of meaning after accompanying his client through a process that was long and stressful but ultimately successful. Then he did the math.

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Modeling Ministry for a Multireligious World

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

'Not Sorry' for Bringing New Meaning to Beloved Books

'Not Sorry' for Bringing New Meaning to Beloved Books

April 18, 2019

Vanessa Zoltan is not sorry for co-founding a podcast that treats J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books as sacred texts. She’s not sorry for her new show, “Hot and Bothered,” which encourages listeners to write and find meaning in romance novels. Most of all, she’s the founder and CEO of Not Sorry Productions, the feminist production company that creates these shows.... Read more about 'Not Sorry' for Bringing New Meaning to Beloved Books

2019 Gomes Honors Emphasize Spiritual Innovation

2019 Gomes Honors Emphasize Spiritual Innovation

March 5, 2019

In 1815, the Reverend William Ellery Channing laid out a vision for the graduates of the institution that would become Harvard Divinity School. In a fundraising circular written over the signature of Harvard President John T. Kirkland, Channing wrote that the new school’s alumni would be not only religious leaders who “speak to the conscience and heart with power,” but also scholars who “address our understandings with clearness” and “throw light over the obscurities of the sacred volume.”... Read more about 2019 Gomes Honors Emphasize Spiritual Innovation