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Each week, Ventricles introduces an interesting topic about science and technology, from the past, the present and sometimes (how we imagine) the future. Featuring interviews with scholars working at the intersection of science, religion and culture, Ventricles explores the many ways that people know and have known the world. Ventricles is a new podcast written and produced by Shireen Hamza for the Science, Religion and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School. We'd love to hear your thoug ...
 
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With her super-sensitive sense of smell, sixteen year-old Kaia Smith is used to not fitting in. So when she receives an invitation from Dr. Vadim Grigori to participate in the Grigori Young Scholars Program with its promise that she will meet others like herself, she jumps at the chance. But what is the GYSP really about? Why are the faculty so interested in the story of the Fall of the Watchers? Why are they obsessed with antimony? And what role will GYSP participants like Kaia play in thei ...
 
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Did you know that Christmas was illegal in Massachusetts from 1659 to 1681, and anyone caught celebrating the holiday would be subject to a fine of 5 shillings?And who was responsible for canceling Christmas? Was it pagans, or liberal policymakers, or the anti-religious? Nope, it was one of the most pious groups of people at the time: the Puritans.…
 
This conversation was part of the fall 2021 series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker was writer Michael Pollan.Michael Pollan has been educating us with illuminating prose on “the botany of desire” for a very long time. He discusses his latest book "This Is Your Mind On Plants" and his landmark bestseller "How To Change Yo…
 
This conversation was part of the fall 2021 series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker was poet Victoria Chang.Victoria Chang writes in her New York Times Notable Book of 2020, Obit, “I always knew that grief was something I could smell. But I didn’t know that it’s not actually a noun but a verb. That it moves.” After the de…
 
This conversation was part of the fall 2021 series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker was Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at Harvard Divinity School.We are not the only species that lives and loves and grieves on this planet. Janet Gyatso focuses on the…
 
This conversation was part of the fall 2021 series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speakers were climate activist Morgan Curtis, MDiv '24, and brontë velez, Black-latinx transdisciplinary artist.Morgan Curtis and brontë velez discuss the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and climate collapse, and how seeing the world who…
 
This conversation was part of the fall 2021 series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker was Gwich’in activist Bernadette Demientieff.Bernadette Demientieff, Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, discusses why sacred land protection matters to indigenous communities. Learn how her community in Alaska is standi…
 
This conversation was part of the fall 2021 series "Weather Reports: The Climate of Now." The featured speaker was British filmmaker Lucy Walker.Following the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire (the deadliest in California’s history), British filmmaker Lucy Walker directed “Bring Your Own Brigade” (2021). The film urgently asks: why are catastrophic w…
 
Dune. The Matrix. Blade Runner. Star Wars. We know that fantasy and sci-fi use religion, but do they change actual religion in the process? Do they impact how we believe, what we believe, and even the nature of belief itself?In this episode, we investigate why fantasy and sci-fi use religious elements in storytelling and even create full religions …
 
The second half of the conclusion of Antimony. Episode 16 features: Emmett Prough Richter (Neith) David Merrill (Josh) Lydia Brauer (Kaia) Josiah Dykstra (Dr Grigori) Jenni Ovenstone Smith (Dr Calleo) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Rachel Hunter (Rachel) George McLaughlin (Shemihazah) Pan Conrad (Michael) Amy Richter (Gabriel) Ron Day (Ship Captain) Jen…
 
The first half of the conclusion of Antimony. Episode 16 features: Emmett Prough Richter (Neith) David Merrill (Josh) Lydia Brauer (Kaia) Josiah Dykstra (Dr Grigori) Jenni Ovenstone Smith (Dr Calleo) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Rachel Hunter (Rachel) George McLaughlin (Shemihazah) Pan Conrad (Michael) Amy Richter (Gabriel) Ron Day (Ship Captain) Jenn…
 
This week, we conclude our Divinity Dialogues Gomes Award podcast series with a reflective conversation between Dean Hempton and our 2021 Gomes Friend of the School honoree, Drew Gilpin Faust. Faust holds several titles, including President Emerita of Harvard University and Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor. She has also been a longtime p…
 
"The notion of a stranger, for me—the way I was raised and the way that I studied—is that the stranger just might hold the key to your liberation"Continuing "Divinity Dialogues"—a special edition podcast series from Harvard Divinity School that puts conversations on faith, purpose, and bearing witness at the center of today’s most pressing issues. …
 
Kaia and Dilani discover the Grigoris' secret project with some help from a friend. The GYSP survivors figure out their final stop on the program's itinerary. Episode 15 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Joseph Pagano (Security Guard) Jenni Ovenstone-Smith (Dr Calleo) Josiah Dykstra (Dr Grigori) Kristin Pagent (Aunt Alin…
 
The GYSP students explore the Burj Khalifa and have a bittersweet reunion with a friend. One of the students gets released from the program and gives a cryptic message as she goes. Episode 14 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Emmett Prough Richter (Neith) David Merrill (Josh) Aya Fouad (Zia) Rachel Hunter (Rachel) Henry …
 
Continuing "Divinity Dialogues"—a special edition podcast series from Harvard Divinity School that puts conversations on faith, purpose, and bearing witness at the center of today’s most pressing issues.Today, we hear from HDS alum Omar Sultan Haque, MTS ’04, MD ’08. Dr. Haque is a physician, social scientist, teacher, and philosopher who studies q…
 
Continuing "Divinity Dialogues"—a special edition podcast series from Harvard Divinity School that puts conversations on faith, purpose, and bearing witness at the center of today’s most pressing issues.  Today, we hear from HDS alum Rod Owens, MDiv ’17, author, activist, Buddhist Lama, and one of this year’s Gomes Distinguished Alumni Honorees. Co…
 
Episode 1 - Introducing Divinity Dialogues—a special edition podcast series from Harvard Divinity School that puts conversations on faith, purpose, and bearing witness at the center of today’s most pressing issues.Today, we hear from HDS alum Joshua Eaton, MDiv ’10, investigative journalist and one of this year’s Gomes Distinguished Alumni Honorees…
 
A dialogue between CSWR director and HDS Professor Charles Stang and Tanya Luhrmann on her book, "How God Becomes Real." Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the Albert Ray Lang Professor at Stanford University, in the Stanford Anthropology Department (and Psychology, by courtesy). Her work focuses on local theory of mind and the world of the spirit: on voices,…
 
The GYSP group rewards trip, "Skyscrapers: Past, Present, and Future," begins in an unlikely, but ancient place. Ally listens to another Dream Lab transmission, "1866—Samya and the Peerless," in which Samya makes a change. The students arrive in Dubai. Episode 13 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Patrick Gillingham (Flig…
 
Todne Thomas, HDS Assistant Professor of African American Religions, discusses her recent publication, "Kincraft: The Making of Black Evangelical Sociality."Judith Casselberry (Bowdoin College) and Soong-Chan Rah (North Park University) served as respondents.Full transcription available: https://cswr.hds.harvard.edu/news/2021/05/10/video-author-dis…
 
This lecture focused on the Hindu view of life from the margins. While the “Hindu margin” is a fairly large heterogeneous group, this lecture laid the lens on the third gender, Kinnars (pejorative term hijṛā) and spiritual partners, categorized as “consorts.” Both these groups were discussed within the ritual praxis of “lived religions,” within the…
 
How do we face the harsh realities and the loss associated with climate change, while still finding joy in the natural wonder that surrounds us? Today, we're speaking with Terry Tempest Williams, activist, conservationist, Harvard Divinity School Writer in Residence, and author of numerous books, including the environmental literature classic, "Ref…
 
Kaia and friends come up with a plan to steal their files from Dr. Beakley's office. Would what they find be worth the risk they were taking? Dr. Grigori announces the rewards for GYSP students who have survived another week. Episode 12 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) David Merrill (Josh) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Emmett Prough Richter (Neith) …
 
An anamnesis experiment with the prompt "Samya" leads to Malmesbury Abbey, AD 1538, and Brother Aylward's dangerous translation of a mysterious manuscript. Episode 9 features: Lydia Brauer (Kaia) Amy Richter (Narrator) Phyllis Everette (Nurse Berith) Stephen Keeler (Brother Aylward) Simon Tibbs (Brother Kendrick) David Copley (Brother Wystan) Krist…
 
This panel brought together Daan Keiman, spiritual caregiver and facilitator at a psilocybin retreat in the Netherlands, with Jamie Beachy, a MAPS MDMA Therapist and director of the Center for Contemplative Chaplaincy at Naropa University, in dialogue with Trace Haythorn of ACPE to explore their visions for psychedelic chaplaincy.What is the potent…
 
The students discover a strange gallery and Neith's research in the school's bell tower. In the church in the center of town, experiments with sound and a composition by St. Hildegard of Bingen lead the students to new understanding, but also drive them further into danger. Episode 8 features, in order of appearance: Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) David…
 
A conversation with pastor, professor, and policy influencer Quardricos Driskell about whether Black History Month has taken on new significance in 2021. We also chat about avoiding complacency around racial justice issues now that the Trump presidency is over, how the Black Lives Matter movement can continue its momentum by working across generati…
 
The HDS Office of Development and External Relations was pleased to host "Virtual Voices of Divinity: Making Meaning in 2021 at the Crossroads of Business and Capitalism, Ethics, Faith, and Justice," on February 2, 2021.Featured speakers included:John P. Brown, MBA '74, MDiv '88, Practitioner in Residence in Religion, Business Ethics, and the Econo…
 
The most influential religious historian of the twentieth century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the "best-kept secret" in history. Did the ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same secret tradition? A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs, and fungi passed from one generation to the next,…
 
In an October 2020 op-ed for the Christian Post, Joe Biden wrote: “My Catholic faith drilled into me a core truth—that every person on earth is equal in rights and dignity, because we are all beloved children of God.” As president, he continued, “These are the principles that will shape all that I do, and my faith will continue to serve as my ancho…
 
Kaia encounters family in the dream lab. Rewards are given at the GYSP Week Two assembly, but so are student expulsions. A friend reveals herself. Xanthe calls for help. Kaia faces a choice. Episode features in order of appearance Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Phyllis Everett (Nurse Berith) Katherine Hilton (Dilani) Josiah Dykstra (Dr. Grigori) Aya Fou…
 
Kaia and Dilani meet with Dr. Calleo who gives Kaia an offer she can't refuse. The GYSP students conduct experiments with antimony. Kaia undergoes the Discernment Process. Josh discovers a mysterious letter that sheds light on Nephilim and their descendants. Episode 6 features in order of appearance Lydia Brauer (Kaia Smith) Katherine Hilton (Dilan…
 
From Those Who are Unaffiliated | Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl SaganRead by Kate Hoeting, MTS II Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Reli…
 
From Traditions of the Afrikan* Diaspora | Regla de Ocha-Ifá, an AfroCuban Spiritual Tradition Chanted by Nadia Milad Issa, MTS I *Preferred spelling of the student representative. Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual,…
 
From the Tradition of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | Isaiah 60: 1-4; 18-20, The Holy Bible (King James Version) Read by Joe Sorensen, MDiv III Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Malon…
 
From the Islamic Tradition | The Qur’an, Surah Nur, Chapter 24, Verse 34–35 Read by Reem Shaikh, MTS II Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.…
 
Meditation | MUSIC: Xavier I. Sayeed, MTS I and Eilaf Farajallah, MTS I Five Prayers: A Pageant of Formative Sounds and Souls Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religio…
 
Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.The full video recording of Seasons of Light 2020 can be found on the HDS YouTube page: https://www.yout…
 
From the Christian Tradition | 2 Corinthians 4:6-18, The Bible (NRSV) Read by Emmanuel Correa Vazquez, MDiv III Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritu…
 
Communal Invocation | Adapted from the poetry of Hafiz Read by Kerry A. Maloney and Xavier I. Sayeed, MTS I Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual L…
 
From the Hindu Tradition Read by Malini Srikrishna, MTS II Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.The full video recording of Seasons of Light …
 
Shining, in the Gathering Light | “Holy Darkness” by Dan Schutte HDS Choir with Xavier Sayeed, MTS I, guitar and bass Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and S…
 
Meditation | “Adoro te devote,” 13th-century Benedictine plainsong Tianyi Yuan, MTS I, bamboo flute Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.The …
 
From Those Who are Claimed by Multiple Belongings | “In Praise of Fire” by John O’Donohue Read by Jessica Young Chang, MDiv II Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religi…
 
“Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by Dolly Parton Julia Reimann, MDiv II and Margaret Hamm, MDiv II, vocals; Carolyn Beard, MDiv II, vocals and bass; Mary Perez, MDiv II, guitar; Madeline Levy, MTS II, fiddle; and Kate Hoeting, MTS II, banjo Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direc…
 
From the Pagan Tradition | A Winter Solstice Blessing Chanted by Natalia Schwien, MTS II Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.The full video …
 
Benediction Mark D. Jordan, Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity Seasons of Light is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life under the direction of Christopher Hossfeld, Director of Music and Ritual, and Kerry A. Maloney, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.The full video recording of S…
 
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