The Rev. Mel Kawakami, MDiv '74, ThM '85, is a retired pastor and pastoral counselor for the United Methodist Church. He spent his career helping communities devastated by unexpected loss, including his tenure as pastor of the Newtown United Methodist Church in the heart of Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
The day that Abel Rodriguez won his first asylum case was the best of his career as an immigration attorney. He was overjoyed and his work seemed full of meaning after accompanying his client through a process that was long and stressful but ultimately successful. Then he did the math.
2020 Peter J. Gomes, STB ’68 Distinguished Alumni Honoree Milia Islam, MTS ’04, was eight years old when her family moved to the United States from Bangladesh, settling eventually in Fulton, MO. The small town was overwhelmingly white and very conservative. The Islams were the only Muslims and among only a handful of people of color.
“It’s rare for a divinity school to have such a diverse group of people,” says Israel Buffardi, MDiv '19, of HDS. “[It allows for] building community with all different types of people and finding connections with each other and the values in their lives.”
As the director of Harvard Business School’s Forum for Growth and Innovation and senior lecturer of business administration, Derek van Bever, MBA ’88, MDiv ’11, makes management education his ministry. In so doing, he draws on his HDS experience and challenges future business leaders to evaluate their actions—and the actions of the organizations they lead—through a rigorous ethical framework.... Read more about Ministry of Management Education
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