Faculty and Research

Paintings of the victims of the 2019 El Paso shooting

'Month of Unity' Aims to Help El Pasoans Heal from 2019 Walmart Mass Shooting

July 6, 2021
“The healing garden is about curing, not just remembering. It’s about restoration, it’s about hope of transformation, coming out of this,” said HDS Professor Davíd Carrasco. "It's also saying to the people who have tried to put a boot in the face of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in recent years — that we will not imitate your cruelty with ours."
Shadow of man in front of stained glass in Maine church. AP photo

Millions Skipped Church during Pandemic. Will They Return?

June 29, 2021
Smaller organizations with older congregations that struggled to adapt during the pandemic are in the greatest danger of a downward spiral from which they can’t recover, said the Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies.
Professor Frank Clooney standing in the CSWR. Photo by Kris Snibbe, Harvard Gazette

Spirit Matters: Francis X. Clooney

June 9, 2021
Professor Francis X. Clooney speaks about comparative religion, the value of learning from other traditions, and his experience as a Catholic priest engaged with Hinduism.
alestinian children play in front of their destroyed homes in Beit Hanoun town following the Israel airstrikes in Gaza in mid-May 2021.SOPA Images

As Palestinians Rebuild Following the Latest War Between Israel and Hamas, Housing Will Take Center Stage

June 3, 2021
Gazan architect Salem al Qudwa, 2020-21 Fellow in Conflict and Peace at HDS, and contributor to a new book called Open Gaza: Architectures of Hope, has developed a green, flexible, and affordable model for self-built homes in Gaza. They are designed to be constructed on sand and rubble, and can create a “nurturing and safe environment for women and children, and to empower communities.”
Stephanie Paulsell in Memorial Church

Breaking Through

June 2, 2021
“To have been on pilgrimage with you through these days has been one of the most profound experiences of my life, one from which I hope I will never stop learning,” said outgoing Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church and HDS Professor Stephanie Paulsell.
Interim Pusey Minister Stephanie A. Paulsell and her successor, Matthew I. Potts, both of Harvard Divinity School

The Morning Exercises, Virtual Again

May 27, 2021

Speaking alternately from outside Memorial Church, Interim Pusey Minister Stephanie A. Paulsell and her successor, Matthew I. Potts, both HDS professors, closed out the Honoring the Class of 2021 program with a benediction.

Professors Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Francis Schüssler Fiorenza

HDS Professors Receive Honorary Degrees

May 24, 2021
Professors Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Francis Schüssler Fiorenza both received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.
Professor Matthew Ichihashi Potts

Into a Waiting World

May 18, 2021
"In every case, at every level, we feel ourselves caught between a past we must let go and a future beyond our grasp. In every case we’ve been left with neither the comforts of the familiar nor the confidence of the foreseeable. In every case, all we really know about the future is that it’s coming," said HDS Professor Matthew Ichihashi Potts, newly appointed Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.