Dean Hempton on Religions and Peace

Ever since Dean David N. Hempton, in his first formal address as Dean of Harvard Divinity School in 2012, shared reflections on his personal experiences with religion and conflict during the Troubles in his native Northern Ireland, he has been calling upon universities, religious communities, leaders across sectors, and global citizens to mobilize for sustainable peace. Listen to the Dean's recorded talks below.

Dean Hempton on the Origins of Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative

Dean David N. Hempton describes the origins and need for the Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative.

Sermon at Memorial Church: Harvesting Peace

Dean David N. Hempton delivered the sermon during Sunday Services at Memorial Church on October 4, 2015.

Read the full sermon, as prepared for delivery

Talk to Alumni Leaders: Religion and the Promotion of Peace in the 21st Century

Dean David Hempton addressed the Harvard Alumni Association in Cambridge on May 1, 2014. His talk, attended by over 200 alumni leaders from across the University, focused on ways that “religious resources—from members of religious communities to institutions and networks, and from theological and ethical ideas to spiritual practices—can play powerful roles in inspiring and sustaining efforts for peace."

Religions & Peace: Do Universities Have a Role?

"Religions & Peace: Do Universities Have a Role?" a panel on December 2, 2013, explored the ways that people of different religions can work together to end violence—and what universities can do to facilitate this process. This panel marked an important point of evolution for the RPP Initiative, as faculty and experts gave a resounding endorsement for the necessity and urgency of collaboration and dialogue on religions and the practice of peace in academia.

Convocation 2012: The Fog of Religious Conflict

In his 2012 Convocation address, Dean David N. Hempton drew on the memory of violence he witnessed in Northern Ireland to offer hopeful visions for the future. His address, "The Fog of Religious Conflict," began a discussion on religion and the practice of peace that led to the RPP Initiative that exists today.