Benjamin Crockett, MTS candidate, spent a week in Lebanon serving with Jesuit Refugee Service to document life in a refugee camp. He believes that true storytelling is putting oneself in others' shoes.
Zachary Davis, MTS ’19, a producer at HarvardX and host of the podcast “Ministry of Ideas,” would like to change how we understand religion’s place in the twenty-first century. An initiative of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School, “Ministry of Ideas” has garnered the acclaim of outlets such as BuzzFeed and The Guardian.
“It’s important—even if we don’t stay in the religious tradition we were raised in—to be grateful for it, whatever it is. God uses those traditions, those people, and the communities we were raised in to make us into the people we’re supposed to be.”—Helen Byler, MTS ’18... Read more about Humans of HDS: Gratitude for My Upbringing
The following talk was given on April 28, 2018, by new HDS graduate Melissa Lago at the Bilbao International Literature Festival. This year’s theme was, “Return to nature, a literary utopia,” which sought to pay tribute to Henry David Thoreau and to propose a new way of living based on his work. Melissa’s talk was part of a program to celebrate the translation of Terry Tempest Williams’s book, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, into Spanish.... Read more about What Does It Mean to be Awake?
Whether you’re packing for a trip to the beach or woods, or comfortably settling onto your couch this vacation season, HDS has some book suggestions you may want to add to your bag or side table. Members of the HDS community recently shared what they’ll be reading this summer—for work and for pleasure.... Read more about What’s on HDS’s Summer Reading List
MDiv candidates Lindsey Franklin and Denson Staples were selected by their student colleagues, faculty, and staff as the class speakers for HDS Commencement 2018. The following remarks were delivered by Franklin and Staples at the Diploma Awarding Ceremony on May 24.... Read more about The Afterlife of Ideas
During shopping week, Benjamin Grimm ducked into Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies Diana Eck’s “Religion in India: Texts and Traditions in a Complex Society,” his sixth class of the morning. “I fell in love with it,” he says, laughing. “I was so over my head. I was little white boy from Nowheresville, New York, trying to remember all these names. We read ‘The Mahabharata,’ which has all these crazy lineages. I spent hours in Lamont making diagrams.”
“The idea of Shabbat—the way that I’ve always taken it to heart, or what makes me feel better when I’m so overwhelmed with work and asking, “How can I take a day off?”—is the guiding principle that you spend six days changing the world and then one day letting the world change you.”—Shira Telushkin, MDiv '18... Read more about Humans of HDS: Something I'm Proud Of