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Matthew Potts

'The Meaning of Prayer'

December 1, 2021

The Reverend Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at HDS, and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on December 1, 2021.

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John Camardella, MRPL ’22

Humans of HDS: Talking about Religion in the Classroom

November 29, 2021

“My job in the classroom is to bring in a wide variety of voices to give the students an understanding that religions are internally diverse, changing all the time, and embedded differently in the cultures in which they are practiced.”—John Camardella, MRPL ’22

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The Podcast That Lived

November 26, 2021
Now in 2021, the podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text” is back for series two with a new host team: Vanessa Zoltan, MDiv '15, is joined by Harvard Divinity School Professor Matthew I. Potts, who is also Pusey Minister of Memorial Church.
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How to Muddle through Thanksgiving with an Empty Seat at the Table

November 19, 2021
“People need acknowledgment that what we’re still going through is very hard. There’s a sense culturally now that kids are being vaccinated that it feels like we may be coming to a different point,” says Laura Tuach, assistant director of field education in the Office of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School and a mom of young twins.
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'A Life of Prayer'

November 18, 2021
Laurie D. Sedgwick, MDiv ‘23, Coordinator, HDS Office of Career Services, Administration, Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on November 18, 2021.... Read more about 'A Life of Prayer'
The Rev. Elam D. Jones M.Div. ‘19, Ph.D Student, Harvard Divinity School, U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Officer. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications.

All That One Has to Live On

November 16, 2021
"I implore us to consider ways in which we can better support those who give all that they have to live on. Standing with service members and veterans rather than standing apart and cheering them on. And the hopes of maturing through mutual exposure to one another. Where we all must work together to forge a fair exchange of service and support that benefits all who need it most," said the Rev. Elam D. Jones MDiv ‘19, Ph.D Student, HDS, U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Officer, during a sermon at the Memorial Church. 
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Harvard Divinity School’s Swartz Hall Expands

November 10, 2021
Built in 1911 by Allen & Collens, Architects, Swartz Hall is the the Ivy League university’s only Collegiate Gothic building and serves as the heart of Harvard Divinity School’s academic and administrative operations.
Matthew Potts

'Let Your Light Shine'

November 10, 2021

The Reverend Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at HDS, and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on November 10, 2021.... Read more about 'Let Your Light Shine'

The Williams Family (Mark, Preston, Connie, and David) at the Preston N. Williams Chapel Naming Celebration in November 2021. / Photo: Justin Knight

The Art of Transformative Love

November 9, 2021

Connie and Preston Williams, Long-Standing HDS Leaders, on the Connections Between Family, Community, and Justice

“Agape is not weak, passive love. It is love in action. 
Agape is love seeking to preserve and create community.” 
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
My Pilgrimage to Nonviolence

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An Ivy League Professor's Analysis of Collective Trauma and U.S. Politics Today

November 9, 2021
"Since 9/11, U.S. leaders have focused on granting physical security to Americans, which has proven insufficient to rebuild the collective narrative and has been further discredited by the ineffectual management of the pandemic," writes Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at HDS.
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Love Makes All Things New

November 9, 2021
"This is the miracle. Christians all over the world are going to be changed because we are welcoming these children into our fellowship today. Christians across time and place are going to be changed because we welcome them," said said the Rev. Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at HDS and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.
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Video: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future: The Renewal of Swartz Hall

November 8, 2021
The renovation of Swartz Hall embodies Harvard Divinity School’s vision for a campus that is truly inclusive —a place where students from every imaginable tradition and background can come together in pursuit of humanity’s most fundamental questions and answers—both in classrooms worthy of their brilliance and in communal spaces that nurture the informal interactions from which new ideas and new relationships so often flow.... Read more about Video: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future: The Renewal of Swartz Hall
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Nancy and X.D. Yang on Building an Intellectual Community

November 4, 2021

As the fall semester began in 2021, the first two Yang Visiting Scholars in World Christianity joined the HDS community eagerly awaiting them in Cambridge. Both Dr. Chandra Mallampalli, Professor of History at Westmount College in California, and Dr. Oluwakemi Abiodun Adesina, Associate Professor of History and Head of the Department of History and International Studies at Redeemer’s University in Nigeria, research and teach about Christianity as a worldwide religion. As the inaugural Yang Scholars, they are creating a foundation of experts that will expand over the years, numerically and geographically, thanks to the vision and generosity of Nancy and X.D. Yang.... Read more about Nancy and X.D. Yang on Building an Intellectual Community

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Compassion in Crisis: Professor Janet Gyatso on Empathy, Ethics, and New Epistemologies

November 4, 2021


Scholar, professor, academic leader, author, animal rights advocate—Janet Gyatso contains multitudes

As Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs here at HDS, Janet Gyatso has helped lead the School through the many challenges of 2020 and 2021 by grounding herself in the practice of compassion. As a professor of Buddhist studies, she has shifted the focus of her classes to explore current issues from new Buddhist perspectives. As a scholar with a fierce appreciation for the welfare of all sentient beings, Gyatso has started working on her next book: an exploration on the connections between animal welfare and empathy.... Read more about Compassion in Crisis: Professor Janet Gyatso on Empathy, Ethics, and New Epistemologies

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Modeling Multireligious Community: Cody Hooks, MDiv '22

November 4, 2021

The summer before starting at HDS, Cody Hooks (he/him) undertook a pilgrimage through northern New Mexico to visit LGBTQIA+ elders and gather up fragments of their collective history. Many had lived through the peak of AIDS and forged ways of caring for one another in the midst of devastation, “making lives of soulful abundance out of a sometimes impossible world.”... Read more about Modeling Multireligious Community: Cody Hooks, MDiv '22

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