Alumni News and Activities

HDS alum Marcus Briggs-Cloud

Elevating the Oral Tradition: How Indigenous Language Activists Help Shape Learning at Harvard

December 17, 2019

When Marcus Briggs-Cloud, MTS ’10, began to sing in his native Muscogee language in the main hall at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology this past October, it was a testament to the survival of his community and culture through centuries of genocidal efforts against indigenous peoples in the United States. ... Read more about Elevating the Oral Tradition: How Indigenous Language Activists Help Shape Learning at Harvard

Sadada Jackson, MTS '19

Curating the Future

December 16, 2019
Digging into Tozzer Library's trove of indigenous-language texts, Nipmuc tribe member Sadada Jackson, MTS '19, curated an exhibit that is in many ways a love letter to her grandmother.
HDS alum the Rev. Daniel Smith

Changing Our Landscape

December 11, 2019

The Rev. Daniel A. Smith, MDiv '99, Senior Minister at First Church in Cambridge, and Lecturer on Ministry Studies (HDS), delivered the following remarks at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on December 3, 2019.... Read more about Changing Our Landscape

Scotty McLennan

What Makes Life Real

November 14, 2019

In Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, the title character agonizes over a dreadful thought as he nears the end of his life: “What if my entire life, my entire conscious life, was not the real thing?” Scotty McLennan asks his students to ponder the same question before they start their careers as global entrepreneurs and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.... Read more about What Makes Life Real

Sheila Glenn

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

November 14, 2019

Sheila Glenn wasn't always "the Rev. Sheila Glenn." As a young adult, the pastor from New York City got swept up in the drug culture and was an addict for many years before making the choice to seek treatment. That choice led her back to church, to college, and eventually to Harvard Divinity School, where, in the sermon that won her the 2008 Billings Preaching Prize, she reflected on what it took to get sober and sane.

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Julia Hintlian, MTS ′18 and Harvard PhD Candidate

Humans of HDS: Formations of My Identity

September 24, 2019

“I’ve spent time in the Republic of Armenia, and in ‘Western Armenia’ (now Eastern Turkey). A lot of our churches have been desecrated and destroyed, and those of us who are fortunate to survive have a responsibility not only to know what we’ve lost, but to know that what we have inherited is valuable.”—Julia Hintlian, MTS ′18 and Harvard PhD Candidate... Read more about Humans of HDS: Formations of My Identity