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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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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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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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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.