Faculty News and Research

Professor Matthew Potts

Burning Hearts

May 4, 2020
Professor Matthew Potts offers the Sunday Sermon for Memorial Church.
Stephanie Paulsell

How Do We Keep Time during a Pandemic?

May 1, 2020
"It’s hard to keep track of time when time itself feels like it’s bristling with panic or weighed down by grief, filled to overflowing with video calls, or emptied of work and connection, made dense and opaque by illness," writes Professor Stephanie Paulsell.
Diane L. Moore

HDS Partners with Boston Children's Museum to Explore Religious Literacy

April 30, 2020

Boston Children’s Museum has received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to conduct research into religious identity and spirituality in the context of the public experience of the Museum. The grant is funding explorations into ways to improve understanding of religions and foster knowledge and respect for diverse religious beliefs.... Read more about HDS Partners with Boston Children's Museum to Explore Religious Literacy

Faith And Purpose During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Faith And Purpose During The Coronavirus Pandemic

April 27, 2020
HDS faculty and alumni join WGBH radio to discuss how the coronavirus has changed the way people celebrate Easter, Passover, and Ramadan, and how secular groups search for meaning during the coronavirus crisis.
Road to Emmaus

Easter on the Road of Lost Hopes

April 27, 2020
"If we are scattered, he scatters too; if we are not in the holy city, but on the mundane roads of ordinary life, that is where he chooses to be; if we are marooned at home, distanced and masked, then that is exactly where he shows up next," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Professor Jocelyne Cesari

Religion and Nationalism in Russia

April 24, 2020
Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, discusses the role of Orthodoxy in Russia's nation-building, domestic politics, and international relations.
Terry Tempest Williams

A Planetary Pause with Terry Tempest Williams

April 23, 2020
"And in the midst of deep suffering, I think there are these grace notes. If we can take this time for what it is, a planetary pause, that I think ultimately can restore us to an equilibrium we haven't known," says HDS writer-in-residence Terry Tempest Williams.
Kerry Maloney

In Spiritual Company

April 23, 2020

Kerry Maloney, chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life at Harvard Divinity School and Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church, reflects on the combination of hope and lament that thread through our days in lockdown and reminds us to find shelter in the spiritual company of those who have weathered past storms.... Read more about In Spiritual Company