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Video: Lived Religion and Spirituality in 2019

April 23, 2019

How is our lived experience of religion and spirituality changing? Where are the boundaries of religion being tested and transformed? How will scholars and practitioners define and understand religion in the future?
A multi-generational panel of scholars and practitioners at HDS explored the shifting structures of religious practice and identity, and shared insights about the emerging landscape of spiritual community.... Read more about Video: Lived Religion and Spirituality in 2019

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Professor Stephanie Paulsell to Deliver Annual Harry Vaughan Smith Lectures

January 18, 2019

Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at HDS, will deliver Mercer University’s 28th annual Harry Vaughan Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion Lectures. She will present three lectures on the theme "Lost in the Mystery of God: Spiritual Practices."

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Video: Radically Happy: Meditation and Mindfulness Based in Ancient Wisdom

November 13, 2018

Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon are authors of the recently released book Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind. These two meditation experts—a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a traditionally trained Tibetan Rinpoche— discussed their efforts to make meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist thought accessible to a secular and modern audience.... Read more about Video: Radically Happy: Meditation and Mindfulness Based in Ancient Wisdom

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A Pilgrimage of Virginia Woolf Readers

August 20, 2018
Pilgrimages draw their power from the wisdom that religious traditions have passed down through the generations: how walking together can create a community out of strangers; how a book can become a portable, generative sacred space; how a shared meal can express our desire to know and to be known, writes Professor Stephanie Paulsell.
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Video: The Future of "Spiritual, But Not Religious"

April 13, 2018

“I am spiritual but not religious.” We have all heard this phrase. But, where did this expression come from? What does it mean today? And what may it mean tomorrow? This panel explores these questions, clarify surrounding scholarship, and forwards the conversation. Panelists include Charles M. Stang, Robert C. Fuller, Linda A. Mercadante, and Jeffrey Kripal.

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Shining a Light on America’s ‘Spiritual Blackout’

December 4, 2017

Cornel West's  course, “American Democracy,” co-taught with Harvard Law School professor Roberto Unger, addressed the rise of inequality and nationalism in the United States through the lenses of class, race, and identity, and suggested ways to work for institutional change. In this interview, he shares his thoughts about the “escalating spiritual  blackout” in  American politics, what can be done to counteract it, and the role that Harvard Divinity School can play.
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Shopping Period: Examining Alternative Spiritualities

Shopping Period: Examining Alternative Spiritualities

August 22, 2017

This feature is part of an HDS Communications interview series offering students a closer look at selected upcoming courses. Below, we chat with Professor Dan McKanan about his fall 2017 class “Alternative Spiritualities in the United States,” which surveys spiritual practices and movements that have been labeled as metaphysical, esoteric, occult, harmonial, and New Age. ... Read more about Shopping Period: Examining Alternative Spiritualities

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