A network of five faith-based student organizations at Harvard Law School co-hosted the first Interfaith Conference on Faith & Legal Work on March 3, 2014. The conference brought together local practitioners, scholars, and students in the field to discuss the intersection of religious identity and professional practice. Organizers estimated that 60-70 participants, including law school students, divinity school students, and other community members, joined panel sessions and a reception at Wasserstein Hall at the Law School. Three panels comprised the event and highlighted...
On Saturday, October 26th, nearly one hundred people gathered at the Paulist Center in downtown Boston for "Making Our Way: Muslim Women in North America." A keynote address was delivered by Dr. Ingrid Mattson, former president of the Islamic Society of North America, and a panel discussion followed, focusing on the experiences of Muslim women post-9/11. Panelists also included Umm Juwayriyah, author of the book The Size of Mustard Seed, and Lietenant Colonel, Army Reserves Shareda Hosein.
An information fair featuring many of the event's co-sponsors preceded and followed the lecture and... Read more about Pluralism Project Co-Sponsors "Making Our Way: Muslim Women in North America"
The Center for the Study of World Religions and the Pluralism Project partnered to screen the films “La Trappe” and “In Ordinary Life” on Tuesday, March 12th. A question and answer session with the films’ director, Canadian filmmaker and Harvard PhD student Lina Verchery, followed. Despite inclement weather, the evening drew over thirty people.
“La Trappe” explores the delicate connections that exist between Buddhist monastics and lobster fisherman who, despite...
Over 100 people gathered in Andover Chapel on Friday, November 2nd to celebrate the launch of Chris Stedman’s book Faithest: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. Diana Eck gave introductory remarks and Stedman, the assistant chaplain for the Harvard Humanist Community, read an excerpt from the book. The evening was organized by Harvard Divinity School Humanists, a student group on campus. Paul Escobar, one of the event organizers, is a 2012-2013 Pluralism Project research associate.
On Thursday, November 15, Pluralism Project staff and over seventy friends from Harvard Divinity School, the Harvard Interfaith Council, and the Harvard Chaplains screened the film Life of Piat the AMC Loews Theater on Boston Common. Directed by Academy Award Winner Ang Lee, Life of Pi is a 3-D adaptation of the 2001 novel by Yann Martel. The film was released on November 21st.
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In early February, Harvard University chaplains, staff, students, and faculty organized interfaith events on and around campus to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week, designated in 2011 as the first week of February by the United Nations. The Memorial Church and the Harvard Interfaith Collaborative welcomed Rami Nashashibi, Executive Director of Inner-City Muslim Action Network in Chicago, Illinois, to campus to speak on the spiritual legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Pluralism Project hosted a film screening... Read more about The Pluralism Project Participates in Harvard’s Interfaith Awareness Week
On February 7th, the Pluralism Project and the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School hosted a panel event entitled “The Contours of Common Ground.” The event gave panelists an opportunity to reflect on different conceptions of “common ground” and its role in fostering interfaith engagement.
The Pluralism Project would like to extend our thanks to Lucia Hulsether, field education intern at the CSWR, and the Project’s own April Winebrenner-Palo for organizing this event. Video of the event is available on the Harvard Divinity School ... Read more about Pluralism Project and the Center for the Study of World Religions Co-Host "Contours of Common Ground"
A panel discussion on Tuesday, December 4th at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government featured discussion on "The Dignity of Difference: Developing Theologies of Religious Pluralism and the Challenges of Leadership. Panelists included:
Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Culture at Harvard University;
Diana Eck, professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University; and
Lord Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Kingdom
During the first two weeks of June 2012, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University and Andover Newton Theological School hosted an intensive summer seminar in Greater Boston that challenged participants to grow in their leadership capacity by discussing case studies, making site visits to local religious communities, and learning how to be effective in public narrative.
Twenty-two students from the Boston-area theological schools and two Pluralism Project undergraduate interns participated in the “Building an Interfaith Community and Leadership: The Boston Workshop," a seminar made... Read more about Pluralism Project and Andover Newton Theological School Co-Host Interfaith Leadership Seminar
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In 2010, the United Nations declared the first week of each February “World Interfaith Harmony Week.” Since its inception the following year, members of the Harvard University community have offered programming to the campus and beyond. Partners included the Harvard Chaplains, the Harvard Undergraduate Interfaith Council, the Center for the Study of World Religions, and the Pluralism Project.
This year, the week’s events included a screening of the film Soundtrack to a Revolution: A Documentary; a panel discussion of the book My Neighbor’s Faith; a brown bag lunch... Read more about Harvard Community Celebrates World Interfaith Harmony Week