"And in the midst of deep suffering, I think there are these grace notes. If we can take this time for what it is, a planetary pause, that I think ultimately can restore us to an equilibrium we haven't known," says HDS writer-in-residence Terry Tempest Williams.
Kerry Maloney, chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life at Harvard Divinity School and Affiliated Minister in the Memorial Church, reflects on the combination of hope and lament that thread through our days in lockdown and reminds us to find shelter in the spiritual company of those who have weathered past storms.... Read more about In Spiritual Company
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.
Kevin Cranston, MDiv '86, assistant commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the director of the state’s Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, spoke about how he and his team are working hard tracking cases of COVID-19 and helping advise local and state officials on policies to best mitigate its spread.
"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.