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Andover-Harvard Library receives archive from former Pentecostal televangelist.
Diane Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School, used Harvard’s Memorial Church as a focal point in kicking off her discussion on religion. Moore spoke as part of the Harvard Ed Portal’s faculty series.
From pastor to corporate lawyer to divinity school student, Danny Ballon has learned that you don’t have to choose between being gay and being Christian. Now he wants to help others understand their options.
A HarvardX MOOC explains world religions through their scripture.
The movie “Spotlight” shows investigative reporting at the heart of journalism’s charge, says editor who led child abuse probe.
As rhetoric against Muslims rises across the nation, members of the Harvard community increasingly are pondering how to safeguard and support the rights of all.
Two Harvard Divinity School students uncover a new sense of community for millennials who choose a different way to “worship.”
A Q&A with Professor Ali Asani, in advance of a visit to Harvard by religious leader Aga Khan, probes the worldwide erosion of pluralism when it comes to respecting beliefs.
Though larger religions have made big inroads, African spirituality, a belief system based in openness and adaptation, endures, says Harvard religion professor Jacob Olupona.
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A Harvard Divinity School program helps teach chaplains how to befriend and comfort the sick and the dying.
Harvard Divinity School faculty will attend two of Pope Francis’ stops during his six-day visit to the United States Sept. 22-27.
Scholars in theology, policy, and science weigh in on the pope's call for sweeping action against climate change.
The conference “Education and Buddhist Ministry: Whither — and Why?” was held at the Harvard Divinity School and marked a new undertaking for its Buddhist Ministry Initiative.
The head of religion research at the Pew Center, Alan Cooperman, told a Harvard Divinity School audience on April 17 that Muslims could exceed the number of Christians in fewer than 60 years.
Longtime presidential adviser and Harvard Kennedy School Professor David Gergen engaged in a wide-ranging conversation on the complex intersections of religion, politics, and public life.
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, spoke about love, environmental issues, and apathy to a capacity crowd at Harvard's Memorial Church.
A growing number of monks are coming to Harvard Divinity School through the Ho Family Foundation Scholars program, which covers all tuition and living expenses for a year. They share their experiences and diverse backgrounds.
It’s been an interesting few months for the Catholic Church, as key changes in both personnel and tone signal Pope Francis’ continued push toward greater inclusiveness.
Atalia Omer, who received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 2008 and is currently associate professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the 2014 Dana McLean Greeley Lecture for Peace and Social Justice at Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions at 5:15 p.m. today in Andover Hall on the Divinity School campus.
In a panel discussion, Harvard academics wrestle with the issue of when to speak out on pressing public issues.
In a question-and-answer session, Harvard Divinity School’s Francis X. Clooney discusses how Christian advocates and opponents of the death penalty turn to Scripture for support of their positions.
Rabbi Angela W. Buchdahl, senior rabbi-designate at New York City’s Central Synagogue; Sheik Yasir Qadhi, dean of academic affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute; and the Rev. J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, gathered for a discussion on the role of religion in public life.
In response to a new report from the Brookings Institution that contends that “religious voices will remain indispensable to movements on behalf of the poor, the marginalized, and middle-class Americans,” Harvard Divinity School’s Dan McKanan shared his insight.
The HDS Episcopal/Anglican Fellowship hosts the fourth annual New England Anglican Studies Conference, an academic and ecumenical conference at Harvard Divinity School. The theme of this year’s conference is “Christianity and Capitalism.”
The man dubbed President Obama’s pastor, Joshua DuBois, said in a lecture that he is dismayed that Americans turn to God to resolve “infinitesimally small” questions not worthy of the Almighty.
In a question-and-answer session, a Divinity School scholar discusses the sweeping breadth, complexity of Islamic culture. Ousmane Kane will deliver an inaugural lecture on March 6 at Harvard Divinity School to celebrate the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professorship of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society.
Marshall Ganz ’91, who is credited with devising a grassroots organizing model used by President Obama, says that religious faith can play a greater role in community organizing.
Social anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann’s most recent book, “When God Talks Back,” examines the evangelical experience through an anthropological and psychological lens.
Take a look at the breadth of religious life at Harvard, where members of the community participate in moments of worship, spirituality, and community ...
A panel of experts and scholars from a range of fields convened at Harvard Divinity School to explore the role that universities can play in forging interreligious dialogue and peacemaking.
An exhibit at Harvard Divinity School’s Andover-Harvard Theological Library and accompanying digital archive offer an intimate look at religious dimensions to the Civil War.
Gazette reporter Colleen Walsh spoke with the Harvard Divinity School’s Francis X. Clooney, the Parkman Professor of Divinity, professor of comparative theology, and director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, about some of the meaning behind the pope’s recent rhetoric.
A panel of scholars gathered at Harvard Divinity School to discuss “Studying Religion in the Post-9/11 World: The Importance of Taking Religion Seriously from a Humanities Perspective in Troubled Times.”
Five panelists at Harvard Divinity School — including Dean David N. Hempton — grappled with the ways religion is sometimes used to justify acts of terror, covering as well the role of faith traditions in encouraging healing.
The first conference on African diasporic religions offered spiritual lessons from the continent that helped to create humankind, including a reminder that the body itself is a sacred space.
Harvard President Drew Faust and Divinity School Dean David N. Hempton discuss the role of religious studies and spiritual life in the 21st century — at Harvard and beyond.
Author James Carroll and Harvard Divinity School professor Francis Clooney explored the significance of the Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s selection as pope, the potential challenges he faces as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, and the direction for the church in the years and decades to come.
After Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on Wednesday, Harvard analysts weighed in on what his selection, as the Vatican’s first Jesuit and first South American leader, could mean for the future of the Roman Catholic Church.
Two political philosophers explored the role of religion in public life during a discussion sponsored by the nonprofit organization The Veritas Forum.
A Harvard Divinity School panel explored the workings of Shariah law and the rights of women under its rules, in part through the eyes of its first female judge.
The Gazette asked Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, a professor of Roman Catholic theological studies at the Divinity School, to weigh in on the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to step down.
Songs of struggle and freedom filled the vast sanctuary at Harvard’s Memorial Church on Monday as part of a celebration of the life and message of Martin Luther King Jr. The event marked the start of the University’s third annual Interfaith Awareness Week.
Ellery Schempp, one of the last living symbols of a series of Supreme Court cases that banned mandatory displays of faith in public schools, brought the contentious battle over religious expression to life for a Harvard Divinity School audience.
In a talk sponsored by Harvard Divinity School, four religious scholars explored the question of “Religion and the Election: Does it Matter?”
Four words on a previously unknown papyrus fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, a Harvard professor says.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Helen Whitney opens a three-day series of William Belden Noble lectures titled “Spiritual Landscapes: A Life in Film.” Her work draws out examples of how faith can foster not only inner peace, but also public turmoil.
A panel of scholars explored the topic of Islam in Nigeria in preparation for the visit to Harvard by Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto.
Americans are a God-fearing people, but we increasingly identify as nonreligious, according to Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam. Putnam shed light on “the rise of the nones” and other findings from his new book, “American Grace,” in a talk at Harvard Divinity School on Feb. 15.
Harvard Divinity School professor Peter Machinist encouraged students to alter their perspectives on education and life through defamiliarization.