Upcoming Events

This section provides a partial listing of upcoming events on religions and the practice of peace at Harvard University and beyond.

To submit information on an upcoming event, email rpp@hds.harvard.edu and include the link to the webpage on which the event announcement appears

Join us for the RPP Colloquium Series in 2016-17: "Envisioning Strategies for Sustainable Peace: Exploring Religious Contributions"

Fall 2016: September 22, October 6, November 10, December 1
Spring 2017: January 26, March 2, March 23, April 6

Visit the RPP Series Archive to view videos and full descriptions of past RPP Colloquium sessions. 

The RPP Colloquium is hosted in 2016 with generous support from the El-Hibri Foundation.

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute 21st Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace: Drop-in Information Sessions
Several Information Sessions: Saturday, April 1, April 29, 2017
Walk for Peace: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hosted by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Boston, the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. Every year families from across the state and region walk together toward peace to demand dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder. The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event. It is a center committed to healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss.

Seeking Higher Ground: Religion and Conflict Transformation

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This one-day, interactive conference at Hebrew College will explore the vision of our religious communities as places for higher ground. Hands-on workshops will offer specific skills and practices from the world of conflict transformation to assist communities and leaders in working towards this vision.

"Trembling Before G-d" Film Screening

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“Trembling Before G-d” is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma – how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. Join Harvard's Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, FAS Diversity Relations and Communications, and the Harvard Ed Portal for this free screening.

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Faithful People Gather to Speak out for Peace A Call to Action

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Join Massachusetts Peace Action to connect with people of faith and community leaders who are coming together to work toward a more peaceful world through reducing the threat of nuclear weapons and our warfare economy. The event will bring together a number of honored speakers, including Mayor Denise Simmons; Rev. Paul Ford, Senior Pastor, Union Baptist Church; and Jim Stewart, Director of First Church UCC shelter

Refugee Immigration Ministry's Interfaith/ International Concert

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Refugee Immigration Ministry was founded in 1986 as an Interfaith Ministry whose purpose was to offer Spiritual Care in the detention facilities. As RIM has expanded to other services the collaboration between faith groups has brought volunteers together from many cultures and faiths to provide community-based services to uprooted and often isolated persons. RIM’s participating faith groups include: American Baptist, Buddhist, Episcopal, Hindu, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Sikh, Society of Friends, Unitarian Univeralist, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and United Presbyterian. 

Pursuing Justice, Building Peace: Growing the Resistance

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Massachusetts Peace Action will be coming together on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's speech "Beyond Vietnam,"  to think about this powerful and historic articulation of the message of the modern peace and justice movement. We will read key excerpts from the speech at this event. Keynote speaker Vijay Prashad, the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, will speak. He is the author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and sixteen other books.

Spiritual Resistance and Resilience in a Time of Climate Change

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Looking deeply into our sources of hope can sustain our efforts to renew the web of life and to create a just society. This retreat will explore a framework for the heart to help us become healers filled with compassion, energy, and hope. The retreat will include presentations, guided meditation, silence, and conversation. The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, PhD, will lead the retreat at Trinity Church in the City of Boston. She is a founding member of Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action, and a leader in New England Regional Environmental Ministries. 

Kids4Peace Boston 2017 High School Interfaith Conference

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kids4PeaceBoston trains and empower youth to become interfaith peace leaders. This conference will focus on bringing together Muslim, Jewish, and Christian teens to take action in combatting Islamophobia, spreading interfaith understanding, welcoming refugees, and taking action on the causes you care about!

Drop the MIC (Military Industrial Complex)

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

How can we connect our movements and reclaim our resources from the destructive forces of defense, “security,” and policing?  How is militarism expanding in policing and in our schools?  How is it propping up resource extraction abroad and here in the U.S. as at Standing Rock? How can we work to withdraw our consent from these practices and center those that create community control and true community safety and defense?

Massachusetts Peace Action will host a conversation about the real effects of U.S. militarism on our local communities, our society and around the world. Speakers include Maggie Martin and Matt Howard of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW);  Mike Prokosch of Dorchester People for Peace; and Didi Delgado and Karlene Griffiths Sekou of Black Lives Matter. 

Spiritual Activism: A Conversation with Ruby Sales
Monday, April 10th, 2017

Join us for a conversation with Ruby Sales, public theologian, founder and director of the Spirit House Project, and icon of the civil rights movement. This conversation will seek to address the questions: What are the spiritual dimensions of our current crisis? What are the spiritual implications of police violence against people of color, voter suppression, the scapegoating of immigrants and refugees, the opioid crisis, and the rise of white nationalism? What spiritual work will help us re-imagine our democracy, link multiple struggles, protect human dignity, and cultivate solidarity?

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Presents: "Resolve: Negotiating Life's Conflicts with Greater Confidence"

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School will host Hal Movius, founder and president of Movius Consulting and author of Resolve: Negotiating Life’s Conflicts with Greater Confidence. If you dread conflict, you’re not alone. Research suggests that interpersonal conflict is the biggest daily stressor we face, and that most of us go through life avoiding potential conflicts at work and at home, or giving in when we feel pressured. In Resolve, Hal Movius discusses how you can handle life’s negotiations more effectively and with less stress by developing three distinct types of confidence: mastery, awareness, and poise.