Cheryl Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling at HDS, discusses her coedited anthology of “freedom stories” exploring what it means to be Black and Buddhist in America.
Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at HDS and Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard Kennedy School, discusses the significance of the conviction of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd and what it may mean for the future of meaningful police reforms.
HDS Senior Lecturer Cheryl Giles discusses her new co-edited anthology, Black & Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation & Freedom, in which eight teachers share their journeys.
"So let us hold fast to love on the road to justice, though the road is windy. I believe we will get there to the promised land. We will get there indeed if we hold fast to love," says Aric Flemming, MDiv '19.
"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—and the racism pandemic we have been fighting since my ancestors arrived from the West Coast of Africa, I am reminded that there is so much that we don’t know," says Melissa Wood Bartholomew, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at HDS.
In conjunction with the HDS Committee on Racial Justice and Healing and in cooperation with the courses "Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion" (T&M) and "Introduction to Ministry Studies" (IMS), Professors David Holland and Matthew Potts hosted a two-part series of community conversations on issues of white supremacy and anti-blackness in the study of ministry and religion.
On September 2, Professor Potts, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature and of Ministry Studies, moderated a discussion on white supremacy in the study and practice of ministry.
The original "freedom schools" offered a free, progressive education to Black students in the Civil Rights era-South. At Harvard, HDS alum Najha Zigbi-Johnson and Lesedi Graveline, MTS '21, reimagine what an Ivy League education could look like.
Harvard students and faculty members, including HDS Professor Todne Thomas, reflect on what Juneteenth means to them, amid the national reckoning with racism sparked by the police killing of George Floyd.
Professor Todne Thomas and other Harvard faculty discuss the books they recommend for those who want to learn more about the issues and to expand their understanding of systemic racism, white privilege, and the long legacies of slavery and white supremacy in American history.