2024 Billings Preaching Prize Competition
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1w ago
Each spring, the Office of Ministry Studies organizes the Billings Preaching Prize Finals, an annual preaching competition open to all HDS students who have not previously won. Congratulations to MDiv candidate Auds Jenkins, the 2024 Billings Preaching Prize Competition winner, and to finalists Nicole Marie and Eve Woldemikael for their incredible talents. The event also featured readings from Solomon Kwaghko, the Massachusetts Bible Society scripture reading winner, and Ivy Wang, the OMS reading prize winner. This event took place April 17, 2024. Learn more: https://hds.harvard.edu/ Full tran ..read more
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Battle of Siffin: The Intrigues Against Imam Ali's Statebuilding Project
Harvard Divinity School
by Harvard Divinity School
1w ago
Full title: Battle of Siffin: The Intrigues Against Imam Ali's Statebuilding Project & Its Legacy in the Modern Middle East This talk explores the politics and legacy of the Battle of Siffin — a foundational moment in the early political memory and history of Islam that pitted Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib against a rebellion in Syria led by Mu'awiya ibn Abi Sufyan. As the first Shi'a Imam and fourth Sunni Caliph, the figure of Ali looms large in the consciousness of Muslims from the very early Islamic period until today. The talk is divided into two sections. The first explores the dialogue and ..read more
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Peter J Gomes STB ’68 Distinguished Alumni Honors: Journeys of the Soul
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Sahar Shahid, MDiv ’17, and the members of the HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council are pleased to invite fellow graduates and the School community to celebrate Peter J Gomes STB ’68 Distinguished Alumni Honors and our theme of Journeys of the Soul. This year, we seek to honor those who, across various systems of belief, delve into the soul's journey in this life and beyond and are committed to practices that foster connection with the transcendent. Read about this year's honorees here: https://hds.harvard.edu/news/2024/04/22/journeys-soul-hds-recognizes-awe-inspiring-alumni-2024-gomes-distinguished-hon ..read more
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Compassion in Action: Addressing Discrimination Through the Lens of Buddhist Teachings
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by Harvard Divinity School
1w ago
Listen to Tibetan Buddhist master H.E. Ling Rinpoche's teachings on embodying the power of compassion and wisdom to uproot discrimination and bigotry. HDS was so honored to extend this rare opportunity to the community to experience the teachings of Buddhism from a representative of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Bio His Eminence the 7th Kyabjé Yongzin Ling Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the senior tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He entered Drepung Monastery in India in 1990 and completed all of his Buddhist studies and training by 2017. He is one of the few religious figures in the Tib ..read more
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Stendahl Symposium 2024: New Horizons, New Resistance
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by Harvard Divinity School
1w ago
A yearly tradition at HDS, the Stendahl Symposium honors the memory of former professor Krister Stendahl, who tirelessly sought to repair fractions between Jews and Christians, supported the ordination of women, and pushed for the full inclusion and participation of women and minority voices in academia and interfaith work. Opening Remarks: Given by Samirah Jaigirdar, HDSSA Academics Chair Panel 1: Conversations Across Religious Boundaries "Christian Zen: Innovative Syncretism or Cultural Appropriation?" by Jeffrey Ng "Are You My Mother: Redefining Adoptive Relationships Through a Comparative ..read more
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Africana Religions and Healing in the American South Public Symposium
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by Harvard Divinity School
1w ago
Students enrolled in HDS 3326 "Africana Religions and Healing in the American South," co-facilitated by Dr. Tracey E. Hucks and Dr. Melissa Wood Bartholomew, shared their experiences and takeaways from a study tour/pilgrimage the class took over Spring Break. The class traveled to the Gullah/Geechee heritage communities in the Lowcountry Sea Islands and to the historic slave sites, monuments, and former slave plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. The trip was designed to immerse students in the physical contexts they have been learning about to enhance their understanding of the spiritual ..read more
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RCPI Spring 2024 Book Series: Stranger in My Own Land
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1w ago
Full title: RCPI Spring 2024 Book Series: Stranger in My Own Land: Palestine, Israel and One Family's Story of Home This book talk featured “Stranger in My Own Land: Palestine, Israel and One Family's Story of Home,” a memoir by Palestinian writer Fida Jiryis. “Stranger in My Own Land” chronicles a desperate, at times surreal, search for a homeland between the Galilee, the West Bank and the diaspora. The book is a tale of conflict, exodus, occupation, return, and search for belonging, narrated through Jiryis’s personal experience with displacement. In the book, Jiryis asks difficult questions ..read more
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The Passions of Aisha: Women, Trauma, and Jinn Possession in Morocco
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by Harvard Divinity School
1w ago
This lecture was given by visiting Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Islam, Z. Fareen Parvez (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). This event took place on April 4, 2024. For more information: https://hds.harvard.edu A full transcript is forthcoming ..read more
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Public Courage and the Academy:Beyond the Binaries: Depolarizing our Politics and Bridging Our World
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by Harvard Divinity School
3w ago
Full title: "Public Courage and the Academy: Beyond the Binaries: Depolarizing our Politics and Bridging Our World" The Rev. Dr. Deborah Johnson explored the theme of depolarizing our politics and bridging our world. She invited us to move beyond societal binaries and to embrace a more inclusive and compassionate future. Rev. Dr. Deborah Johnson (she/her) is a renowned spiritual leader and social justice activist known for her significant contributions to promoting universal spiritual principles and cultural diversity. As the founding minister of Inner Light Ministries, she has dedicated her l ..read more
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Public Courage and the Academy:The Future of the Church and the Cosmopolitan Leaders Its Calling For
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by Harvard Divinity School
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Full title: "Public Courage and the Academy: The Future of the Church and the Cosmopolitan Leaders It's Calling For" Join this online conversation featuring Bishop Yvette Flunder and the Rev. Eric Ovid Donaldson. Bishop Yvette Flunder (she/her) is an American womanist, preacher, pastor, activist, and singer from San Francisco, California. She is the senior pastor of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, California, and the Presiding Bishop of the Fellowships of Affirming Ministries. Public Courage and the Academy is a speaker series that explores the power religion plays in ad ..read more
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