When HDS Ministry Innovation Fellow Casper ter Kuile asked on social media who, on lockdown, would want to participate in a weekly community sing, he found more than 100 eager strangers from the U.S., Europe, and Africa.
“The classes are proceeding as close to normal as one could hope for under the circumstances. We’re all determined to finish the semester,” said Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs.
In a panel for Baylor University, HDS Professor Cornel West and alum Robert George, MTS '81, speak on faith communities coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, and what can religious leaders do for the communities during this time.
With bans on large gatherings and people self-isolating at home, Shaykh Yasir Fahmy, Instructor on Muslim Studies, reflects on how the coronavirus is affecting religious and faith communities in Greater Boston and New England.
"In the days of the pandemic, even if we remain very careful about distancing ourselves, let us at least in our hearts show up, cease to be distant, dwell among those who suffer, our tears mingling with theirs, at every tomb," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Might the Covid-19 pandemic open our eyes to important truths about ourselves? Jay L. Garfield, Visiting Professor of Buddhist Philosophy, examines the Buddhist insights made apparent by the current crisis.