2018 Gomes Honors

Gomes Honoree Jalane Schmidt. Photo handout.

To Fight the Alt-Right

April 9, 2018

Jalane Schmidt could hear the chants across the street from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia on the night of August 11, 2017. “Blood and soil!” the torch-bearing marchers shouted as they gathered in front of a statue of Thomas Jefferson. “You will not replace us!”... Read more about To Fight the Alt-Right

Simran Jeet Singh

Responding to Hate with Grace

March 29, 2018

Simran Jeet Singh was running home from his office at New York University when he heard the slur. His first impulse was to ignore it as he had so many times in the past. Then he stopped, stiffened, and turned back to the young man who had shouted at him. He and the friends with him were the same age as the students Singh saw in his classrooms every day. Singh decided that this was a “teachable moment.”... Read more about Responding to Hate with Grace

Alum Robert Franklin

Leadership by Example

March 29, 2018

Robert Franklin is worried about America. He sees distance, mistrust, and division in society eroding the foundations of U.S. democracy. A student of political science, Franklin understands that changing demographics, geographic isolation, identity politics, and economic inequality are all factors in the country’s polarization. But the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor at Emory University sees a deeper cause as well: a failure of moral leadership.... Read more about Leadership by Example

Ann Braude

Illuminating HDS's "Faces of Divinity"

March 28, 2018

"The past is never dead,” William Faulkner wrote in Requiem for a Nun. “It's not even past." Faulkner’s sentiment was top of mind for HDS Senior Lecturer Ann Braude when she and her team of three doctoral students took on the Herculean task of telling the School’s story on the occasion of its bicentennial year. Braude wanted to enable faculty, students, staff, and alumni to access HDS’s past in a way that connected to the work being done here today.... Read more about Illuminating HDS's "Faces of Divinity"

karen tse

To Hear the Cries of the World

March 28, 2018

Karen Tse, MDiv '00, walked into a prison in the African nation of Burundi and found children: an eight-year-old boy tossed into jail for stealing a mobile phone; twelve-year-old girls imprisoned for "sex crimes"; a two-year old girl who had spent most of her short life behind bars with her mother, who was convicted of stealing two diapers and an iron.... Read more about To Hear the Cries of the World