Faculty News and Research

Professor Mark Jordan

Recalling the ‘Brave Spaces’ for LGBTQ+ History Month

October 27, 2020

Believing that a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, gathered other educators and community leaders to discuss the issue in 1994. The group selected October as LGBTQ+ History Month because public schools are in session and traditions including Comings Out Day occur that month.... Read more about Recalling the ‘Brave Spaces’ for LGBTQ+ History Month

Professor Mayra Rivera. Photo: Courtesy Mayra Rivera

Harvard Portrait: Mayra Rivera

October 26, 2020
“Growing up, I always loved literature and the philosophical questions it asked about the world. Religion was the other discourse that I knew was interested in those questions,” said Mayra Rivera, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Religion and Latinx Studies at HDS.
Pope Francis at the Vatican

Pope May Support Same-Sex Unions, but That Doesn’t Mean the Vatican Does

October 23, 2020
"People who are against any compromise in this direction will see this as another sign that Francis has gone astray, that he is not adhering to church teaching. And they will add this to their list of complaints about him," says HDS Parkman Professor of Divinity Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Professor Catherine Brekus

Harvard Professors Discuss Role of Religion in the 2020 Election at Divinity School Lecture

October 23, 2020
"Trump's greatest effect on religion has been to privilege the voices of white evangelicals, who have supported him in huge numbers because of their hope that he will restore something that they feel has been lost—namely, the white, Protestant identity of the United States. In contrast, both Jim Kloppenberg and E.J. Dionne noted that religious pluralism has strengthened American democracy," said HDS Professor Catherine Brekus.
Professor Matthew Potts

Whose Image is This?

October 20, 2020
"As I’ve listened to our leaders and those who would become our leaders answers difficult questions of their own these last several weeks, I’ve been led to wonder: Do we fare any better than these Herodians and Pharisees? They are easy to accuse, but can we be as easily absolved?" says Professor Matthew Potts.
Constance Buchanan

Constance Buchanan Dies at 73; Gave Women Voice in Religion

October 15, 2020
Former WSRP director Constance Buchanan "was hired to be a bridge between the righteous anger of the young radical feminists in the divinity school classrooms, and the millennia of theological education that had been exclusively in the hands of men," said Ann Braude, current WSRP director.
Melissa Wood Bartholomew

Nothing Can Separate Us

October 2, 2020
"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—and the racism pandemic we have been fighting since my ancestors arrived from the West Coast of Africa, I am reminded that there is so much that we don’t know," says Melissa Wood Bartholomew, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at HDS.
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