Alumni News and Profiles

Melissa Wood Bartholomew

On the Path of Love and Justice

November 9, 2020

Melissa Bartholomew fosters diversity, inclusion, and belonging at HDS

Melissa Wood Bartholomew, MDiv ’15, has been here before—the horrifying event, the protests, the renewed pledges, soon forgotten, to combat racism. While she has concerns about whether the current movement for racial justice will be sustained, she says this time feels different. ... Read more about On the Path of Love and Justice

Kevin Cranston, MDiv '86, is assistant commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

There Is No 'Other' Here

November 9, 2020

Kevin Cranston and the truth of pandemics

Kevin Cranston, MDiv ’86, learned early on that viruses tell the truth. As a gay man coming of age during the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s, he saw the ways that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) crossed national and geographic boundaries to reveal the underlying disparities in U.S. society. The populations that suffered most during the health crisis were also the most vulnerable—the poor, people of color, addicts, and gay and bisexual men like him. In a word, the marginalized “other.”... Read more about There Is No 'Other' Here

Ministry of Healing

Ministry of Healing

November 9, 2020

White-Hammond provides care to the sick—and addresses the injustice that makes them ill

Gloria White-Hammond, MDiv ’97, is committed to healing and ministry—often in the most difficult situations.... Read more about Ministry of Healing

Dean David N. Hempton

Hope for Renewal

November 9, 2020

I write at perhaps the most challenging moment of our lifetimes, as our society reels from global pandemic, economic collapse, and social unrest. We have all been affected. Many in the HDS community are on the front lines as activists, caregivers, and even policy makers. I want you to know that we at HDS are thinking of you. We are inspired by your efforts. We thank you for making a world of difference. 

In recent months, I have often reflected on my time as an undergraduate at Queen’s University, Belfast, in the early 1970s, the first—and some of the worst—years of the “...

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Aric Flemming

Love on the Road to Justice

October 19, 2020
"So let us hold fast to love on the road to justice, though the road is windy. I believe we will get there to the promised land. We will get there indeed if we hold fast to love," says Aric Flemming, MDiv '19.
In June, a damaged Christopher Columbus statue in Boston's North End

Pushing to End Myth of Columbus, Honor History of Indigenous Peoples

October 9, 2020

Celebrated by Italian immigrants in the United States since 1792, Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 to commemorate the "arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas." The explorer’s reputation has darkened in recent years as scholars have focused more attention on the killings and other atrocities he committed against Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean.... Read more about Pushing to End Myth of Columbus, Honor History of Indigenous Peoples

Melissa Wood Bartholomew

Nothing Can Separate Us

October 2, 2020
"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—and the racism pandemic we have been fighting since my ancestors arrived from the West Coast of Africa, I am reminded that there is so much that we don’t know," says Melissa Wood Bartholomew, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at HDS.

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