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Jacob Olupona, professor of indigenous African religions at Harvard Divinity School and professor of African and African-American studies in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, recently sat down for an interview about his lifelong research on indigenous African religions. "The success of Christianity and Islam on the African continent in the last 100 years has been extraordinary, but it has been, unfortunately, at the expense of African indigenous religions," said Olupona.

The spirituality of Africa

Though larger religions have made big inroads, traditional belief systems, which are based on openness and adaptation, endure

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To be with someone in death is a beautiful, profound, and almost biblical experience, said Annette Nicolas, a Boston Theological Institute student enrolled in a hospital chaplaincy course at Harvard Divinity School. “I feel blessed to be in that position, and to also study spiritual caregiving at HDS.”

The last companions

Divinity School program helps teach chaplains how to befriend and comfort the sick and the dying

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