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Worshiper in African American church

Excavating the Spiritual Genius of Black People

December 4, 2018

“Mouths don’t empty themselves unless ears are sympathetic and knowing,” wrote the twentieth-century anthropologist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston in Mules and Men, her collection of African American oral histories, sermons, songs, and folk tales. Hurston’s words could have been a mantra for sociocultural anthropologist Todne Thomas, who embedded herself in Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American religious communities in the American South as research for her forthcoming book.... Read more about Excavating the Spiritual Genius of Black People

Myth of Modernity art

Myth of Modernity

November 9, 2018

Professor Mayra Rivera joins the discussion for the latest Ministry of Ideas podcast episode. Many think modernity is about the rise of science, the spread of democracy and capitalism, or the decline of religion or superstition. But those stories ignore the bigger picture about colonialism and race.

ReSignifications

What Can We Learn From Art That Doesn’t Shy Away From the Past?

April 27, 2018

Anaïs Garvanian is a first-year MTS student at HDS focusing on the history of Christianity. She works as a gallery attendant at Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art. In the essay below, she writes about her interpretation of the current exhibition ReSignifications, which deals with issues of race, migration, identity, and the use of art as a vehicle for starting difficult conversations.... Read more about What Can We Learn From Art That Doesn’t Shy Away From the Past?

Christianity, Race, and Mass Incarceration

Video: Christianity, Race, and Mass Incarceration

October 20, 2017

The Christianity, Race, and Mass Incarceration Conference gathers scholars of various disciplines, activists, organizers, and formerly incarcerated persons and places them in conversation with each other. This conference is a critical study of carceral punishment, especially as it relates to questions of Christian thought and practice, and to provoke awareness and activism around incarceration in America.... Read more about Video: Christianity, Race, and Mass Incarceration

Rev. Schuyler Vogel

Responding to Hate With Solidarity

March 7, 2017

On the evening of February 27, two swastikas and the phrase “race office” were carved into the front doors of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York. On Friday, March 10, that church community hosted an Interfaith Solidarity event in response to the swastika vandalism. Below, senior minister and HDS alumnus Rev. Schuyler Vogel, MDiv ’14, talks about standing together in the face of intolerance.... Read more about Responding to Hate With Solidarity

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