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The Kingdom of Holy Women


Damaris S. Parsitau, 2018-19 Women's Studies in Religion Program Visiting Associate Professor, delivers the lecture “The Kingdom of Holy Women: Pentecostalism, Sex and Women’s Bodies in an African Church," which is based on five years of ethnographic research carried out at the Ministry of Repentance and Holiness, a new and controversial Pentecostal church based in Kenya.

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Religion, Conflict, & Peace

Watch students offer reflections on their J-term course to Israel and the West Bank, part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative, a joint collaboration between HDS’s Religious Literacy Project and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Spiritual Machines

Ever since early scientists began experimenting with immortality elixirs in the middle ages, religion has been influencing transhumanism. Now, we’re beginning to see transhumanism influencing religion.

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Divinity Chapel, "its history—and its current multifaith, multipurpose use—gives the space a mixed atmosphere of reverence and rebellion. For me, it’s a regular site of quiet reflection and renewal," says HDS Professor David Holland.

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Reclaiming Egalitarian Jewish Wedding Customs

Reclaiming medieval Jewish wedding processional customs to open up a liminal space for a woman to be seen in between her attachments to men.

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Chris Berlin, second from right, leads a group meditation in Emerson Chapel.

Mainstream Meditation and the Million-Dollar Mindfulness Boom

August 13, 2019

Today, mindfulness mediation can be found everywhere from schools to prisons to sports teams.

The trendy fitness apparel company Lululemon is now advertising mindful clothing for men. There’s also Mindful Meats, Mindful Mints, and Sherwin-Williams sells a paint color they call Mindful Gray. There’s even Mindful Mayo, which you can buy at your local Whole Foods for $5.99.... Read more about Mainstream Meditation and the Million-Dollar Mindfulness Boom

Professor Frank Clooney

Around the World in 21 Days

August 9, 2019
Professor Francis Clooney just completed an around-the-world trip in three weeks. "In all these sites, my task—and the rationale for the whole trip—was interfaith learning. Specifically, I wished to highlight the need to deepen dialogue by sustained, reflective study," he writes.
Anne Monius

Remembering Anne Monius, Distinguished Scholar and Dedicated Mentor

August 5, 2019

Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions, passed away on August 3, 2019, at the age of 54. She died of natural causes. 

A distinguished scholar and engaging teacher, Monius taught for 17 years at Harvard Divinity School, where she specialized in the religious traditions of India. Her research examined the practices and products of literary culture to reconstruct the history of religions in South Asia. ... Read more about Remembering Anne Monius, Distinguished Scholar and Dedicated Mentor

Marianne Williamson by Radio Open Source

A Politics of Love

August 2, 2019
HDS faculty member Dan McKanan and Ministry Innovation Fellow Angie Thurston discuss presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and New Age spiritual movements on Radio Open Source.
Hilma af Klint 1907

Hilma Af Klint’s New Ways of Seeing

July 26, 2019
Professor Stephanie Paulsell on the Swedish woman who created magnificent abstract paintings years before Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.
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HDS's Diane Moore on What Americans Know About Religion

July 24, 2019
"If you embrace a complex, rich and dynamic understanding of religion, you'll never exhaust the incredible array of religious expressions it's possible to study," says Diane Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project at HDS.
Carlyle Stewart, MDiv candidate

Humans of HDS: My Life's Calling

July 17, 2019

"I know that the people in that church are praying for me all the time—even when I was sick and lost and messing up, doing dumb stuff, there was somebody praying for me. I think, to be able to dedicate my life to those people, there is no greater honor than that."—Carlyle Stewart, MDiv '20

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom panel

The State of Religious Freedom in the U.S.

July 15, 2019

Starting July 16, the U.S. Department of State will host its 3-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The event “brings together leaders from around the world to discuss the challenges facing religious freedom, identify means to address religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, and promote greater respect and preservation of religious liberty for all.” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Vice President Michael Pence, and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi are all expected to speak.

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David Carrasco and Toni Morrison

HDS's Carrasco Appears in Toni Morrison Documentary

July 8, 2019

The recently released documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, is an artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller. The film examines Morrison's life, works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. It features interviews with Morrison and a number of her peers, critics, and colleagues, including HDS’s Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America.... Read more about HDS's Carrasco Appears in Toni Morrison Documentary

Executive Education instructors Laura Tuach and Melissa Wood Bartholomew

Executive Education with a Soul

July 2, 2019
Making Change, HDS's summer executive course, is an intensive, four-day class designed to offer a different type of value from those offering management skills or best business practices.
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