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Understanding Religion and Public Life

Harvard Divinity School launched this week Religion and Public Life (RPL), a new initiative and degree program with the core mission to advance the public understanding of religion in service of a just world at peace. The master of religion and public life (MRPL) is the first new degree program at HDS in 50 years, since it introduced the master of theological studies.

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Sustaining and Documenting Co-Resistance: A Conversation between RCPI Fellows Mati Milstein and Oriel Eisner

July 5, 2022
Written by Erin Naomi Burrows 
 

Through a photo documentation project in the complex area of the South Hebron Hills in Area C of the West Bank, two Harvard Divinity School fellows uncovered layered Jewish identities of activists in solidarity with Palestinians, including within themselves.... Read more about Sustaining and Documenting Co-Resistance: A Conversation between RCPI Fellows Mati Milstein and Oriel Eisner

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RPL in the News: "Maggie Rogers on Creating Intention, Connection through Music at Harvard Divinity"

May 26, 2022

"When Maggie Rogers took the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April to perform in front of tens of thousands of people, many of them likely did not know the performance was also part of her graduate school requirement.

Rogers, the Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, and performer, will graduate this year from Harvard Divinity School with a Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL) degree, a program designed for experienced professionals who wish to...

Read more about RPL in the News: "Maggie Rogers on Creating Intention, Connection through Music at Harvard Divinity"

Video: Leading Toward Justice: Intersections of Religion, Ethics, and Journalism

May 9, 2022

Toward Justice: Intersections, of Religion, Ethics, and Journalism

Hosted by HDS Alumni Relations and co-sponsored by Religion and Public Life, this event series  showcases the unique impact of Divinity School alumni in the world. This panel discussed the critical importance and need for ethical practices and religious literacy in the field of journalism today.... Read more about Video: Leading Toward Justice: Intersections of Religion, Ethics, and Journalism

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A Catholic Abortion Doula on Reproductive Justice as a Religious Vocation

May 6, 2022

Phillip Picardi, Master of Religion in Public Life (MRPL) candidate, has launched a series of daily newsletters, Religiously Blond, as part of his final public project. An award-winning journalist and editor best known for rebranding Teen Vogue, Phillip also founded them., served as Editor-In-Chief of Out and is the current host of the Crooked Media podcast...

Read more about A Catholic Abortion Doula on Reproductive Justice as a Religious Vocation
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Meet CRPL Student Ciara Moezidis, MTS ‘23

May 5, 2022

Human of HDS features Certificate in Religion and Public Life student, Ciara Moezidis, MTS ‘23. Read about her connection to RPL, her experience interning at the UN and launching the Death Café: 

“How can we become more religious and culturally literate in both our policymaking and understanding of current issues affecting human rights when advocating for communities who have been wronged?”... Read more about Meet CRPL Student Ciara Moezidis, MTS ‘23

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