"In the days of the pandemic, even if we remain very careful about distancing ourselves, let us at least in our hearts show up, cease to be distant, dwell among those who suffer, our tears mingling with theirs, at every tomb," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Might the Covid-19 pandemic open our eyes to important truths about ourselves? Jay L. Garfield, Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy, examines the Buddhist insights made apparent by the current crisis.
"In Islam, doing things in a congregational fashion is far more praiseworthy than doing it individually. The quality of being in close company in spaces of togetherness is sacred. It’s the notion of Suhba in our tradition, and it’s deeply impactful. So this situation certainly shocks the system," said Yasir Fahmy, Instructor on Muslim Studies at HDS.
"The pandemic will become a matter of history, but the starker choice before us won’t go away: shall we be blind to our neighbors in need, bothered when their humanity and rich complexity become too evident, wed more to our ordinary ways of doing things than to God’s glory at work in the world?" writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
"Choose courage in the face of fear and uncertainty. Remember that there are also positive contagions out there. Courage is contagious. Courage involves mustering the internal strength and conviction to face the horizons of an uncertain future, knowing that whatever the case, the future will be brighter than the past," writes Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Instructor on Muslim Studies at HDS and Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University.
Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks for Sunday Services at Memorial Church on March 22, 2020.... Read more about I Do Choose
Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks during Sunday Services at Memorial Church on March 8, 2020.... Read more about Things Unseen
During a recent seminar, Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, argues that the foundational role of Hinduism in the building of the Indian secular nation-state can shed light on the current ultra nationalist policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party.