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Faith and Women’s Rights: The Role of Religion

January 18, 2022
The Harvard Center for African Studies hosted the Folorunso Alakija Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life in Africa, titled "Faith and Women’s Rights: The Role of Religion," on December 1, 2021. The event was moderated by Leila Ahmed, Victor S. Thomas Research Professor of Divinity at HDS.
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Professor John Brown Reflects on Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2022

“May we all remember that the time and the place of a man’s life on earth are the time and the place of his body, but the meaning of his life is as vast, as creative, and as redemptive as his gifts, his times, and the passionate commitment of all his powers can make it.”—Howard Thurman, April 4, 1968, With Head and Heart... Read more about Professor John Brown Reflects on Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered as Twelfth Baptist Church Honors Wu with MLK Legacy Award

January 9, 2022

The Rev. Willie Bodrick II, MDiv '14, senior pastor at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, stood at the pulpit Sunday and recalled the first time he met Michelle Wu a decade ago. The two were graduate students at Harvard—Wu in law school and Bodrick at the divinity school—when they took a class with renowned Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree. One day after class, Ogletree introduced Bodrick to Wu, telling them, “You all should get to know each other.”

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Q&A: You Know We’re at War, Right?

January 6, 2022
"Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, the abolitionists of old, couldn’t vote their way to freedom. They had to do a lot more than that. That’s what I’m saying: We’ve got to do a lot more than that," says Cornell William Brooks, HDS Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership.
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Seeking Certainty in Uncertain Times

January 3, 2022
Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions Michael D. Jackson, an anthropologist, reflects on West African divination as a case study in hope during times of great uncertainty.
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Season of Cheer

December 17, 2021
You can’t help but notice the spirit of renewal and joy across campus, whether it’s the Indian festival of lights at the Divinity School, menorah lighting outside Widener, or friends gathering around the fire pits at Science Center Plaza. Here are just a few of the festive scenes that have brightened the semester.
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In a Country Shadowed by Death, God Gets a Pass. Why?

December 16, 2021
“This view, advanced by numerous theologians in one way or another, is the notion that the evils and sufferings we experience are part of a plan that yields a greater final good," says David Lamberth, HDS Professor of Philosophy and Theology.
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The View from Mass Hall: A Just World at Peace

December 15, 2021
"At a moment when growing tension between modernity and fundamentalism threatens much of the world, Harvard Divinity School is both a balm and a beacon," writes Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow.
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A Just World at Peace

December 15, 2021
"At a moment when growing tension between modernity and fundamentalism threatens much of the world, Harvard Divinity School is both a balm and a beacon," writes Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow.
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Video: 2021 Seasons of Light

December 13, 2021
As the nights grow longer and the days shorter, this beloved annual multireligious service honors the interplay of holy darkness and light in the world’s religious traditions, including choral and instrumental music, readings by HDS students, the ritual kindling of many flames, and communal prayers and songs.... Read more about Video: 2021 Seasons of Light
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'The Gift of Generosity'

December 8, 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 8, 2021.

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Crying Out in the Wilderness

December 5, 2021
"The way of love into the wilderness of our world is difficult, but it would be a lie to say that God has not yet given us the gifts that we need to respond. Our world faces terrible questions, questions to which we do not yet have answers, but we have been given the means to face those questions and to live through them," said the The Reverend Matthew Ichihashi Potts, PhD, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, HDS Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, during a sermon at the Memorial Church. 
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'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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