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Morning Prayers

Jarred Batchelor-Hamilton, MDiv '20, will be the speaker for the Memorial Church Morning Prayers. Sponsor: The Memorial Church. Contact: Alfredo Garcia Garza, MDiv candidate, will be the speaker for the Memorial Church Morning Prayers. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM. Appleton Chapel, Memorial Church.

Faith in American Public Life: Confronting Controversies, Cultivating Common Ground

*Please note this event is open to members of the Harvard community.* Please joins us for a discussion of Melissa Rogers' new book, Faith in American Public Life (Baylor University Press, 2019). E.J. Dionne will moderate a discussion with Rogers, former special assistant to President Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2013-2017), HDS Visiting Professor Cornell Brooks, and RLP director Diane L. Moore. Panelists will discuss current controversies and the continuing search for common ground regarding faith in American public life and religious freedom. Sponsor: Religious Literacy Project at HDS. Contact: rlp@hds.harvard.edu. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave. For more info visit www.melissarogersbook.com.

Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative Conference: Exploring Cultural Activism

Please join us for our upcoming Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative Conference "Exploring Cultural Activism." The conference will feature our RCPI Fellows and the diverse and important work they are doing. More information on the conference schedule and registration can be found online. Sponsor: The Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative. Contact: Reem Atassi. Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Friday, November 15, 2019. Room 119, 60 Oxford Street.

Making Babies: Childbirth and Ceramic Production in the Hebrew Bible and Israelite Religion

Kerry M. Sonia (Washington and Lee University), Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Hebrew Bible, will give the lecture, “Like a Woman in Labor: The Ritual and Social Dimensions of Childbirth in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel.”. Sponsor: Women's Studies in Religion Program The Semitic Museum. Contact: Tracy Wall. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM. Room 119, 60 Oxford.

"The Oldest Living Things in the World" Opening Reception

Please join us for the opening reception of The Oldest Living Things in the World, an art exhibit by Rachel Sussman. Artist and author Rachel Sussman is a Guggenheim and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and two-time TED speaker. Her critically acclaimed, decade-long project "The Oldest Living Things in the World" combines art, science, and philosophy into a traveling exhibition and New York Times bestselling book. For the past five years she has been deepening her investigations of personal and cosmic time, being, and consciousness, fostered by a spiritual awakening ignited by shamanic medicine practices. Following this reception, Sussman will deliver the lecture "All the Time in the World: An Artist’s Awakening with Ayahuasca," at 5:30 pm, in the Common Room of the CSWR. Photo credit: Vida Mulec. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Conference Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

All the Time in the World: An Artist’s Awakening with Ayahuasca

Join artist and author Rachel Sussman as she shares her physical, intellectual, and spiritual journey around the world and through time-space. She will discuss her epic 10-year project, "The Oldest Living Things in the World," newer mind-expanding works incubated at NASA and SETI, and, for the first time, will be sharing her personal journey of spiritual awakening and transformation through her relationship with ayahuasca. Artist and author Rachel Sussman is a Guggenheim and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and two-time TED speaker. Her critically acclaimed, decade-long project "The Oldest Living Things in the World" combines art, science, and philosophy into a traveling exhibition and New York Times bestselling book. For the past five years she has been deepening her investigations of personal and cosmic time, being, and consciousness, fostered by a spiritual awakening ignited by shamanic medicine practices. Prior to this lecture, at 4:30 pm, in the Conference Room of the CSWR, the opening reception of The… Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

Terry Tempest Williams at the Brattle Theatre

Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams for a discussion of her latest book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing. Tickets are available online only, from $6 to $28. Pre-sale tickets on sale October 10; general entrance tickets on sale October 24 at 9 am. All tickets for this event include a $5 coupon for use in the bookstore. Pre-sale tickets include a copy of Erosion. Books bundled with pre-sale tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand. Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable. Sponsor: Harvard Book Store. Contact: info@harvard.com. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The Brattle Theatre 40 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA 02138. For more info visit www.harvard.com.

Climate Grief Support Group

The Climate Grief Support Group is a listening circle for those suffering from grief and despair amid ecological collapse. This is an informal, drop-in group put on by the Massachusetts chapter of Extinction Rebellion (https://xrmass.org/). All are welcome. Sponsor: Student-initiated. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Avenue.

Sacred and Profane: Byzantine and Ottoman Music Traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean

A journey through the world of Byzantine and Ottoman sacred and secular music and their legacy in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. This highly interactive workshop examines the sacralization of the profane and the profanation of the sacred in music theory and practice of the Orthodox Christian and Islamic East. Featuring: Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, PhD, award-winning composer, musician, and founding member of the En Chords Ensemble Rev. Fr. Romanos Karanos, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Liturgical Music, Hellenic College Holy Cross and Artistic Director of the Boston Byzantine Music Festival The Pharos Ensemble. With Eirini Tornesaki - vocals, Vasilis Kostas - laouto, George Lernis - percussion and Panos Aivas - kanun The workshop is free and open to the public. Photo Credit: King David, Illuminated Psalter, Constantinople, 10th century. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France. Sponsor: Harvard University's Department of Art + Architecture, Center for the Study of World Religions, Boston Byzantine Music Festival. Contact: egeorganteli@fas.harvard.edu. Friday, November 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Lecture Hall 004, 485 Broadway, Cambridge.

Us Kids: We Call BS

Monday Matinees, "The Politics of the Unseen: Exploring the Moral Imagination" presents We Call BS, a film in progress, features Emma Gonzalez, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when she gave a powerful speech at an anti-gun rally on February 18, 2018, calling "BS" on lawmakers and gun advocates. Following the film, Robb Moss, Harvard College Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard, converses with Us Kids director Kim Snyder, Us Kids producer Maria Cuomo Coles, David Hogg, Harvard student and March for Our Lives founder, and Bria Smith, Emerson student and March for Our Lives board member. Dialogue with the audience will be encouraged. This is the fourth of a special film series that focuses on issues of social and racial justice; ethics of data collection and its impact on free elections; moral leadership; gun violence; and dreams of farming and caring for the land.  Discussions will center around what role the moral imagination plays in… Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School gratefully acknowledges the support of the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies for this event.  Partners for the event are the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School; Harvard University Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies; and the Constellation Project. Contact: Gretchen Legler, glegler@hds.harvard.edu. Monday, November 18, 2019, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Author Discussion: Imagining Judeo-Christian America--Religion, Secularism, and the Redefinition of Democracy

Please join us as K. Healan Gaston, HDS Lecturer in American Religious History and Ethics, discusses her recent publication. E.J. Dionne (HDS) and Mark Silk (Trinity College) will serve as respondents. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

Harriet

"The Politics of the Unseen: Exploring the Moral Imagination" presents Harriet, the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Following the film, David B. Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and the Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies at HDS, will be in conversation with Harriet producer Debra Martin Chase. Dialogue with the audience will be encouraged. The KUUMBA Singers of Harvard College will also perform. This is the last of a special film series that focuses on issues of social and racial justice; ethics of data collection and its impact on free elections; moral leadership; gun violence; and dreams of farming and caring for the land. Discussions will center around what role the moral imagination plays in addressing societal concerns, how each film… Sponsor: Harvard Divinity School gratefully acknowledges the support of the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies for this event.  Partners for the event are the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School; Harvard University Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies; and the Constellation Project. Contact: Gretchen Legler, glegler@hds.harvard.edu. Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Theological Bioethics Within Marginalized Communities: Culturally Competent Conversations about Death and Dying

Current bioethical conversations in healthcare about death and dying consider the role of "Playing God" with physician-assisted suicide, advance directives, or other forms of "death with dignity." These conversations often center the concerns and desires of middle-class, White communities and do not tend to consider how approaches to death and dying within marginalized communities, particularly communities of color, may differ. This event will explore the role of religion and spirituality in the context of communities of color that seek life-prolonging healthcare interventions and ways in which conversations about death and dying may be avoided altogether. This event will be interactive as we explore together what death and dying means for folks and in communities in which death is imminent and ever present. Please join us for lunch and this important conversation! Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Conference Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

Morning Prayers

Tamira Stephens, MTS '15, will be the speaker for the Memorial Church Morning Prayers. Sponsor: The Memorial Church. Contact: Alfredo Garcia Garza, MDiv candidate, will be the speaker for the Memorial Church Morning Prayers. Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM. Appleton Chapel, Memorial Church.

William Belden Noble Lecture Series: Lecture 2

Presented by the 2019-2020 William Belden Noble Lecturer in Residence, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock. Dr. Warnock is Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A national voice on social justice issues such as voting rights and criminal justice, Dr. Warnock will deliver four lectures over the course of the academic year on Oct. 16, Nov. 20, March 11, and April 22. All lectures will take place at 7pm in the Memorial Church Sanctuary and are free and open to the public. Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Memorial Church Sanctuary.

Harvard University AAR/SBL Reception 2019

Faculty, students, staff, alumni, colleagues, and friends are cordially invited to attend the Harvard University reception at the AAR/SBL Annual Conference. Guests enter at the Home Plate Gate. Visit the AAR/SBL website to see more events taking place at the conference. Sponsor: This event is organized by the Dean's Office of Harvard Divinity School in collaboration and with financial support from the Center for the Study of World Religions and the Committee on the Study of Religion. Contact: Margie Jenkins. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Petco Park, 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101.

Author Discussion: Religion Around Virginia Woolf

Please join us as Stephanie Paulsell, HDS Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies, discusses her recent publication. Amy Hollywood (HDS) and Terry Tempest Williams (HDS) will serve as respondents. Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions. Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476. Monday, December 2, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.

Seasons of Light

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious and Spiritual Life invites the entire HDS community to Seasons of Light on Dec 3 at 5:30 pm in 60 Oxford, Room 119. As the nights grow longer and the days shorter, this beloved annual multireligious service honors the interplay of holy darkness and light in the world’s religious traditions, including choral and instrumental music, readings by HDS students, the ritual kindling of many flames, and communal prayers and songs. All are welcome! Sponsor: The Office of the Chaplain and Religious and Spiritual Life. Contact: rsl@hds.harvard.edu. Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Room 119, 60 Oxford Street.

Confucian Gathering

Confucian Gathering provides a space for those who are interested in Chinese spiritualities. Sponsor: HDS Confucian Student Group. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Room 118, 60 Oxford Street.

Climate Grief Support Group

The Climate Grief Support Group is a listening circle for those suffering from grief and despair amid ecological collapse. This is an informal, drop-in group put on by the Massachusetts chapter of Extinction Rebellion (https://xrmass.org/). All are welcome. Sponsor: Student-initiated. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Avenue.

Climate Grief Support Group

The Climate Grief Support Group is a listening circle for those suffering from grief and despair amid ecological collapse. This is an informal, drop-in group put on by the Massachusetts chapter of Extinction Rebellion (https://xrmass.org/). All are welcome. Sponsor: Student-initiated. Contact: studentlife@hds.harvard.edu. Thursday, January 9, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Avenue.