Social and Racial Justice

Cornell William Brooks is Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at HDS.

Public Policy, Prophetic Vision

November 9, 2020

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

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

Discussion on white supremecy

Video: White Supremacy in the Study and Practice of Ministry

September 2, 2020

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.

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Commencement student speaker Ashley Lipscomb, MDiv '20. Photo: HDS

'Be the One'

May 28, 2020

Ashley Lipscomb, MDiv '20, was selected by her student colleagues as the class speaker for HDS Commencement 2020. The following remarks were delivered by Lipscomb during the Virtual Diploma Awarding Ceremony on May 28.... Read more about 'Be the One'

Illustration by Steven Fisher

Gathering Historias' Reveals Deep-Rooted Connections to Nature and Community

April 29, 2020

Steven Salido Fisher is doing sacred work simply by listening to people as they share the stories in their hearts. The Harvard Divinity School (HDS) student is building on a mission to give people in the local Hispanic community an elevated voice about the natural environment. His project, “Gathering Historias” is documenting, in their native language, their experiences with nature including the historic green space of The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.... Read more about Gathering Historias' Reveals Deep-Rooted Connections to Nature and Community

De “Gathering Historias” participante Tania Erlij: “Hay mucho para ver, cómo lo veas, como científica o como nada más apreciar.

Gathering Historias' Revela Conexiones Profundas Con La Naturaleza Y La Comunidad

April 29, 2020

Steven Salido Fisher está realizando un trabajo venerable simplemente al escuchar las historias que las personas comparten desde sus corazones. El estudiante de la Escuela de Teología de Harvard (HDS, por sus siglas en inglés) está trabajando en una misión para darle una voz elevada a los habitantes de la comunidad hispana local en el tópico del medio ambiente. Su proyecto, “Gathering Historias,” está documentando, en su idioma nativo, las experiencias de las personas con la naturaleza, incluyendo el espacio verde e histórico del Arnold Arboretum de la Universidad de Harvard.... Read more about Gathering Historias' Revela Conexiones Profundas Con La Naturaleza Y La Comunidad

Abel Rodriguez

Seeking Justice for Migrants

April 16, 2020

The day that Abel Rodriguez won his first asylum case was the best of his career as an immigration attorney. He was overjoyed and his work seemed full of meaning after accompanying his client through a process that was long and stressful but ultimately successful. Then he did the math.

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A figure with its back to the camera looks at a transparent screen with various social media posts

Politics of the Unseen

October 30, 2019

Terry Tempest Williams, HDS’s writer-in-residence, and film producer Geralyn White Dreyfous have curated a special film series that is open to the Harvard community as well as the general public, and includes the chance for audience members to engage in discussion with directors, producers, and subjects of the films.... Read more about Politics of the Unseen

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