Faculty and Research

Cornell William Brooks

Election 2020: What Next?

November 12, 2020
"When it comes to social justice, it's not enough to have sincerity of complaint; we must have a substantive knowledge of that which we seek and the means by which we seek it. We must have specificity, particularity and moral clarity in terms of our lens. So we have to seek justice, like this widow, with persistence, with diligence, with an unrelenting spirit," says Visiting Professor Cornell William Brooks.
Teren Sevea

A Student of Miracles

November 9, 2020

Sevea studies the role of spirit mediums in the South and Southeast Asian Islamic world

Teren Sevea grew up in a “universe of miracle workers.” They were in shrines, in cemeteries, in homes, and coffee shops, and, of course, on the streets of Southeast Asian cities in which he spent most of his life. He can’t remember the first time he saw a miracle worker, but he does recall vividly the powerful mix of emotions these figures conjured up in him.... Read more about A Student of Miracles

Petitioners are sworn in as new citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in 2014.

The Canopy

November 9, 2020

Under the auspices of RPL, programs come together to promote a just world at peace

Yaseen Hashmi, MTS ’21, didn’t expect an epiphany when he joined students from HDS and six of Harvard’s other graduate schools for a January-term course in Israel and Palestine, but that’s what he got.... Read more about The Canopy

Cornell William Brooks

Public Policy, Prophetic Vision

November 9, 2020

Brooks teaches students to bring sacred and secular together in service of social justice

When Cornell William Brooks saw the video of George Floyd, the African American man killed last May by a Minneapolis police officer, it immediately brought to mind another terrifying image: the photo of the disfigured corpse of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African American lynched in Mississippi in 1955.... Read more about Public Policy, Prophetic Vision

Gloria White-Hammond

Ministry of Healing

November 9, 2020

White-Hammond provides care to the sick—and addresses the injustice that makes them ill

Gloria White-Hammond, MDiv ’97, is committed to healing and ministry—often in the most difficult situations.... Read more about Ministry of Healing

Dean David N. Hempton

Hope for Renewal

November 9, 2020

I write at perhaps the most challenging moment of our lifetimes, as our society reels from global pandemic, economic collapse, and social unrest. We have all been affected. Many in the HDS community are on the front lines as activists, caregivers, and even policy makers. I want you to know that we at HDS are thinking of you. We are inspired by your efforts. We thank you for making a world of difference. 

In recent months, I have often reflected on my time as an undergraduate at Queen’s University, Belfast, in the early 1970s, the first—and some of the worst—years of the “...

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Pope Pius XII gives a blessing at the end of a radio message, September 1, 1943. (CNS photo)

Neither Demonic nor Heroic

November 9, 2020
HDS Professor Kevin Madigan writes about the latest archival findings at the Vatican on Pius XII and the Jews.
Giovanni Bazzana is Professor of New Testament at HDS.

Apocalypse Now

November 9, 2020

Bazzana uncovers the truth about the book of Revelation in early Christianity—and today

Coronavirus. Unemployment. Social unrest. People often describe the times we’re living in as “apocalyptic,” but Giovanni Bazzana wouldn’t necessarily agree.... Read more about Apocalypse Now

Cornell William Brooks

An Electorate That Wanted to Be Heard

November 5, 2020
"At this moment, the country stands divided by class fissures and racial fault lines in the middle of a pandemic, and nevertheless nearly 100 million people cast ballots in the midst of 9 million coronavirus cases and 230,000 coronavirus fatalities. This is a testament to the intestinal fortitude of people all across the country," said Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at HDS.
Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands during a service at the International Church of Las Vegas in Las Vegas on Oct. 30, 2016.

White Evangelical Support for Trump Goes beyond His Policies, Supporters and Historians Say

November 2, 2020
"I think 'Make America Great Again' is broader than just an evangelical attitude. But it is, in many ways, tailor-made for them—they hear that and they absolutely hear, 'We need to make America Christian, the way it used to be when it was run by White conservative Christians,'" says Lauren Kerby, Religious Literacy Specialist for Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School.