Religious traditions insist on the importance of cultivating our faculty of attention, whether it be attention to ourselves, others, our environment, or the presence of the divine in any of these three. This panel will explore whether and how the practice of writing, especially fiction writing, helps us cultivate this art of attention. What is it about writing, and the imagination and patience required, that helps us learn how better to attend?
"I love being here at HDS and in the United States and meeting new people—visiting scholars, faculty, postdocs, students, colleagues. I love learning their stories. It is what I have always wanted: to be in a very diverse environment, teaching, studying, and learning with my students every day. You always learn if you just keep your eyes open."—Karin Grundler-Whitacre, Assistant Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs... Read more about Humans of HDS: A Happy Duality
HDS's Ministry Innovation Fellows are sponsoring the Nuns and Nones project, which seeks to bring these two groups together in order to explore new forms of community life, help millennials see models for sustainable activism and create an intergenerational network of connections.
Writer and environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams talks about her activism, her craft, and the lessons recently learned as she begins her second year as writer in residence at Harvard Divinity School.