"We are slowed down, yet living in a world of urgency and woe, where there is so much to be done. It is surely for the good that we are asking ourselves, 'Why do I do the research, writing, and teaching that I do?' This existential crisis may be a good one, pushing us back to the basics," said HDS Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Members of the Harvard community, including MTS candidate Eboni Nash and Kerry Maloney, HDS chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life, discuss what they hope to see and do again, when COVID passes and we’re together on campus again.
"And yet, the situation we’re in will not last forever. Slowly, by fits and starts, things will begin changing. We have a future together," says Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies Stephanie Paulsell.
"Our lives are so fragile. They always have been. We are always living on the brink, on the edge, at the threshold. Every single day carries the possibility of our last judgment. Every breath is a prelude to the apocalypse. As the philosopher and mystic Simone Weil once wrote: 'Human existence is so fragile a thing and exposed to such dangers that I cannot love without trembling,'" says Wilson Hood, MDiv '19.
“I was a little surprised that so many people in my community don’t trust this vaccine," said the Rev. Liz Walker, MDiv '05, pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church and a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group. “I am talking to parishioners to try and get people the real information and then they can make wise choices."
"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—and the racism pandemic we have been fighting since my ancestors arrived from the West Coast of Africa, I am reminded that there is so much that we don’t know," says Melissa Wood Bartholomew, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at HDS.
Some of us might feel guilty about grieving, especially if we haven’t actually lost someone to COVID-19. But as we are all grieving the lost rhythms of our daily lives as well as our feelings of familiarity and safety, gratitude can help us build resiliency and look to the future.