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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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Harvard's Favorite Spots

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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Israel Buffardi, MDiv '19

HDS Grad Finds His Community in Ministry

June 27, 2019
“It’s rare for a divinity school to have such a diverse group of people,” says Israel Buffardi, MDiv '19, of HDS. “[It allows for] building community with all different types of people and finding connections with each other and the values in their lives.”
David Carrasco and Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Unseen and Unsung: A Brief Oral History

June 20, 2019
"It was impressive how she would fall into this deep awareness of what she was looking at. That’s the way I’ve noticed her over the years," says HDS Professor Davíd Carrasco of writer Toni Morrison.
Redeem Priesthood

Clooney: Don’t Abolish the Priesthood. Redeem It.

June 20, 2019

"We must reform the church much more deeply and seriously, stripping away the clericalism, the old boys’ club mentality and the cluelessness of church officials who seem unable to talk to ordinary Catholics," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

Gloria Korsman, MDiv ’92

Humans of HDS: A Lifelong Path

June 17, 2019

"Here we have the opportunity to build relationships and to learn from each other in a way that forms the building blocks of peace in society. I feel really proud to be a part of that, and privileged to be a part of the community."—Gloria Korsman, MDiv '92

Wendy Jehlen, MTS '00, as a starling in the “valley of bewilderment,” one of seven the birds must pass through on their search for Simorgh in The Conference of the Birds. Photo by Gary Alpert

Dance in Translation

June 14, 2019
Harvard Magazine writes about HDS alum and choreographer Wendy Jehlen’s "dance diplomacy."
HDS student Sadada Jackson. Photo by Hadley Green

Engaging with Indigenous Languages at Harvard Library

June 13, 2019
The United Nations declared 2019 the “Year of Indigenous Languages.” Inspired by this mandate and her indigenous heritage, Harvard Divinity School student Sadada Jackson embarked on a project to better capture Tozzer Library’s Indigenous North American materials in her capacity as a graduate research assistant.
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HDS Live Stream

May 30, 2019

Dear friends: We had hoped to live stream today's Diploma Awarding Ceremony, but we are experiencing technical difficulties. We will post the recorded video of the ceremony tomorrow, May 31. Our sincerest apologies.

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Divinity Chapel

The Harvard Community's Favorite Spots

May 24, 2019
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.
Professor Frank Clooney

An Interreligious Opening in Hungary

May 23, 2019
"There is much to be said about the fate of small countries caught between East and West, subject to invasions over the centuries, and how that history affects people’s sense of themselves and others," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney.
Aric Flemming, MDiv '19

Finding Rhythm in Reverence

May 21, 2019
“Harvard Divinity School has been very, very instrumental in working through my own identity,” says graduating student Aric Flemming, MDiv candidate. “Harvard Divinity School has helped to not only shape my identity, but has helped to shape how I understand people and life, living, and spirituality.”