“I was a little surprised that so many people in my community don’t trust this vaccine," said the Rev. Liz Walker, MDiv '05, pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church and a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group. “I am talking to parishioners to try and get people the real information and then they can make wise choices."
"When it comes to social justice, it's not enough to have sincerity of complaint; we must have a substantive knowledge of that which we seek and the means by which we seek it. We must have specificity, particularity and moral clarity in terms of our lens. So we have to seek justice, like this widow, with persistence, with diligence, with an unrelenting spirit," says Visiting Professor Cornell William Brooks.
Brooks teaches students to bring sacred and secular together in service of social justice
When Cornell William Brooks saw the video of George Floyd, the African American man killed last May by a Minneapolis police officer, it immediately brought to mind another terrifying image: the photo of the disfigured corpse of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African American lynched in Mississippi in 1955.... Read more about Public Policy, Prophetic Vision
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
"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.
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
"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.
Georgette Ledgister, Visiting Lecturer on Women's Studies and African Religions and a 2020-21 Women's Studies in Religion Program Research Associate, discusses issues of storytelling and relationship and community building with NPR affiliate Blue Ridge Public Radio.
In conjunction with the HDS Committee on Racial Justice and Healing and in cooperation with the courses "Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion" (T&M) and "Introduction to Ministry Studies" (IMS), Professors David Holland and Matthew Potts hosted a two-part series of community conversations on issues of white supremacy and anti-blackness in the study of ministry and religion.
On September 2, Professor Potts, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and of Ministry Studies, moderated a discussion on white supremacy in the study and practice of ministry.