"In Islam, doing things in a congregational fashion is far more praiseworthy than doing it individually. The quality of being in close company in spaces of togetherness is sacred. It’s the notion of Suhba in our tradition, and it’s deeply impactful. So this situation certainly shocks the system," said Yasir Fahmy, Instructor on Muslim Studies at HDS.
"Choose courage in the face of fear and uncertainty. Remember that there are also positive contagions out there. Courage is contagious. Courage involves mustering the internal strength and conviction to face the horizons of an uncertain future, knowing that whatever the case, the future will be brighter than the past," writes Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Instructor on Muslim Studies at HDS and Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University.
"Digital connections for spiritual practice are not only becoming more prevalent but, even after this health crisis passes, will be increasingly necessary for religious and spiritual organizations to survive and to meet people where they are," said Kerry Maloney, chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life.
"The pandemic will become a matter of history, but the starker choice before us won’t go away: shall we be blind to our neighbors in need, bothered when their humanity and rich complexity become too evident, wed more to our ordinary ways of doing things than to God’s glory at work in the world?" writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks for Sunday Services at Memorial Church on March 22, 2020.... Read more about I Do Choose
We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As you know by now, HDS and Harvard are transitioning to online classes in order to minimize the possibility of transmission. We take this unprecedented step because the health and well-being of everyone in our community—and all those whose lives they touch—is our greatest concern.... Read more about We Are Thinking of You: A Message from HDS Dean David N. Hempton
Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies and Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church, delivered the following remarks during Sunday Services at Memorial Church on March 8, 2020.... Read more about Things Unseen