Faculty and Research

Professor Jocelyne Cesari

‘Beyond Wishful Thinking’: Peace Building in the Middle East

February 11, 2020

On January 3, the United States launched a drone attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, whom United States officials said was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition soldiers. Soleimani’s killing prompted a retaliatory attack by Iran on an American base in Iraq, during which a Ukrainian passenger jet was mistakenly shot down, killing 176 people on board.... Read more about ‘Beyond Wishful Thinking’: Peace Building in the Middle East

Dean David N. Hempton

Dean David Hempton on Religious Freedom

February 7, 2020
Dean David N. Hempton joins NPR to discuss religious freedom ahead of his talk at the Christian Center of Park City in Utah on February 8.
Dan McKanan

HDS Professor McKanan to Receive Leadership Award from Camphill Foundation

February 5, 2020
“From his days as a Camphill volunteer coworker to his ongoing work raising consciousness of Camphill’s vital contributions to humanity and environmentalism, Professor McKanan has done much to advance communities where people of all abilities are embraced and empowered,” said Karen Murphy, executive director of Camphill Foundation.
K. Healon Gaston

Scholar Creates ‘More Light and Less Heat’ around Judeo-Christian Political Discourse

February 4, 2020

K. Healan Gaston is Lecturer on American Religious History and Ethics at Harvard Divinity School for 2019–20. Gaston is a specialist in the history of religious thought, ethics, and theology, and she teaches courses on religion’s roles in the intellectual, cultural, and political history of the United States.

HDS student Emily Farnsworth spoke with Gaston about her new book ...

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Sally Hammel (left), Laurie Sedwick, Angie Cecil and Gretchen Legler embrace following their sunrise pilgrimage to Walden Pond in November. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell, Memorial Church

Finding Meaning in the Journey

February 4, 2020
Stephanie Paulsell, Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at HDS, established a pilgrimage project in the fall that invited students, congregants, and other members of the Harvard community to find meaning and discovery closer to home.
Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., third from left, in Africa.

A First Visit to Africa

January 17, 2020
Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., reflects on his first trip to Africa, where he lectured on comparative theology and interreligious learning.
Professor Frank Clooney

Advent Is like John the Baptist

December 9, 2019
"Our final surprise too in the Advent season may be that God does come, even in 2019, but most often in smaller and quieter ways than we had expected," writes Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.