HDS Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership Cornell Brooks says America’s legacy of racial discrimination means communities of color are being hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic on everything from health to economics to political disenfranchisement.
"We need, once again in 2020, amid pandemic and all else that ails us, to learn how to speak resurrection-words that stop the ordinary way of things and draw people into the mystery of Life writ large and whole," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Matthew Potts, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School and Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church considers rituals of love and service in a season of social distancing.
"Many of us regret that churches are closed this week, services canceled or only online. But Holy Week is happening. It is not as if the last days of Jesus, and the last supper, the washing of the feet, the agony in the garden, the dying on Friday and burial in a hastily prepared tomb do not happen: they do, but not in church," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
“The classes are proceeding as close to normal as one could hope for under the circumstances. We’re all determined to finish the semester,” said Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs.
In a panel for Baylor University, HDS Professor Cornel West and alum Robert George, MTS '81, speak on faith communities coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, and what can religious leaders do for the communities during this time.
With bans on large gatherings and people self-isolating at home, Shaykh Yasir Fahmy, Instructor on Muslim Studies, reflects on how the coronavirus is affecting religious and faith communities in Greater Boston and New England.
"In the days of the pandemic, even if we remain very careful about distancing ourselves, let us at least in our hearts show up, cease to be distant, dwell among those who suffer, our tears mingling with theirs, at every tomb," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.