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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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Video: Decolonize Now: A Conversation about Radical Imagination and Justice in Israel/Palestine

April 22, 2022

Since the signing of Oslo, or the Declaration of Principles, in 1993, the question of Palestine has been rammed into the constricting paradigms of statehood and diplomatic negotiations. The peace process framework not only eschewed the consequential dimension of power from the question of Palestine but limited its possible futures by reducing it to a matter of, at best, equitable partitions. This conversation aimed to peel back those debilitating frameworks to consider how other approaches like anti-racism, feminism, and anti-imperialism could help overcome restrictive binaries and lead...

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RPL Spring Newsletter

April 21, 2022

Dear RPL Community, 

The glorious arrival of spring coincides with the cumulation of Religion and Public Life’s first full year at HDS. Amid the hectic flurry of these final weeks, we are celebrating months of powerful connection, learning, and collaboration. ...

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Bears Ears is Listening: We Are Still Here and the Land is Calling Us Back

April 19, 2022

Bears Ears is Listening: We Are Still Here and the Land is Calling Us Back 

 

Thursday, April 28th 1-2:00 pm EST | Zoom

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Cynthia Wilson, (RPL Native and Indigenous Rights Fellow) and Angelo Baca (Cultural Resources Coordinator for Utah Diné Bikéyah) will speak from their experience as Indigenous community organizers helping to secure the protection of Bears Ears National Monument.... Read more about Bears Ears is Listening: We Are Still Here and the Land is Calling Us Back

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Understanding Climate Through Stories: Teresa Cavazos Cohn, RPL 2021–22 Climate Change Fellow 

April 18, 2022
Written by Natalie Cherie Campbell  

Teresa Cavazos Cohn: RPL Climate Change Fellow

Religion and Public Life’s first Climate Change Fellow, Teresa Cavazos Cohn, says that working with the Religion and Public Life (RPL) community is a real opportunity. She shares,

“RPL has proven to be a creative space in terms of my own thinking. For example, RPL is helping me think about diverse, global audiences in relation to climate in new and dynamic ways that are quite energizing.”... Read more about Understanding Climate Through Stories: Teresa Cavazos Cohn, RPL 2021–22 Climate Change Fellow 

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