In 2002, two dozen Colombian army officers and former guerrilla fighters gathered at a hotel outside of Bogota.
These leaders—representing the opposing sides of a conflict that has lasted 53 years and killed over 220,000 Colombians—arrived on the same airplane and together rode the same bus to the same hotel. Here, they were asked to change out of their respective uniforms before eating dinner in the cafeteria. Read more about Examining the Struggle for Human Rights in Latin America
HDS Dean David N. Hempton is a social historian of religion with particular expertise in populist traditions of evangelicalism in Europe, North America, and beyond. On September 21, he spoke at the Morning Prayers service in Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. Below are his remarks:
Earlier this month, I was one of six Harvard Divinity School students sitting in the United Nation’s Security Council chamber listening to delegates from countries around the world talk about how faith and religion were both causes and solutions to peace and violence. Read more about Peace, in Theory and Practice
Whether it was engaging the subtleties of conflict resolution, the wisdom of his religious tradition, or the intricacies of art as a woodworker and musician, Fr. Raymond Helmick, S.J. leaves behind a rich legacy of fostering beauty, mutual understanding, and peace. Fr. Helmick, Jesuit, part-time teacher in the Theology Department of Boston College, instructor in the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), and resident of St. Theresa’s Church, passed away on Thursday, April 21 at the age of 84. Read more about RPP Celebrates the Life and Gifts of Peacemaker Fr. Raymond Helmick, S.J.
In the early 1990s, Pastor James Movel Wuye and Imam Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa had reached a critical juncture in their roles as religious leaders in the northern Nigerian town of Kaduna. Wracked by violent interreligious conflict, Kaduna was a community where Christians and Muslims clashed, and Pastor James and Imam Ashafa, then leaders of youth militias on opposing sides of the conflict, were entrenched in the violence. Read more about RPP Welcomes Nigeria's Interfaith Peacebuilders the Pastor and the Imam
When Karen Vickers and Albert Budney went with their high school senior class to the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, they were impressed by its theme of "Peace through Understanding"—so much so that 25 years later, after the couple had married, the idea inspired Karen to enter Harvard Divinity School on her way to the Episcopal priesthood. Read more about Building Peace through Religious Understanding
The First Ladies Forum on Education brought forward leaders in both education and gender equality to discuss endowing youth of the world with the resource and opportunities needed to accelerate achievement of Millennium Development Goals and development of the post-2015 agenda of the United Nations.Read more about First Ladies High Level Forum on Education Cites RPP Model