Special Events

RPP periodically hosts special events for the Harvard community and general public.

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015, "Promoting the Practice of Peace in the 21st Century: Mobilizing Our Resources as Universities, Religious Communities, and Global Citizens"

At this public event, RPP hosted scores of students, faculty, and members of the public to hear an address by Dean David N. Hempton; view Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a documentary about Liberian women's interfaith action for peace; and participate in a dinner-dialogue moderated by HDS professor Diana Eck, founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard. They also heard remarks from Melissa Bartholomew, MDiv '16, who spoke about her peacebuilding efforts in Seattle as co-founder of Women United for Peace through Prayer.

"This is developing into a forum for ideas to be exchanged, and events like this—when open to the public—become an avenue for information, for people to engage at the table, and to empower us, because ultimately the Dean's goal is for us to see ourselves as peace agents and, to do that, we have to have the tools to become peace agents," Bartholomew said.

In speaking to the crowd, Hempton said that if we are ever to attain a world in which the goods of social harmony and human flourishing are more widely enjoyed, it will require the soul searching and thoughtful engagement of all of us.

"We're here at a moment in history that is calling upon each of us to ask, 'How am I using the abilities and resources, the rights and the privileges, that I've been given to make the world a more humane and harmonious place?'