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Spiritual but not Religious

Video: The Future of "Spiritual, But Not Religious"

April 13, 2018

“I am spiritual but not religious.” We have all heard this phrase. But, where did this expression come from? What does it mean today? And what may it mean tomorrow? This panel explores these questions, clarify surrounding scholarship, and forwards the conversation. Panelists include Charles M. Stang, Robert C. Fuller, Linda A. Mercadante, and Jeffrey Kripal.

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Video: Arvo Pärt's White Light: A Panel and Performance

March 26, 2018

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world today. His style is often characterized as a “mystic” or “holy” minimalism, inspired in part by Gregorian chant. This panel explores the religious dimensions of Pärt’s music and how it has been received, performed, and adapted for various vocal and instrumental ensembles.

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Prof. Dan McKanan

Video: Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism

March 6, 2018

Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity (HDS), discusses his recent publication, Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism. Terry Tempest Williams (HDS) and Rebecca Kneale Gould (Middlebury College) serve as respondents.

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Professor Eduardo Kohn

Video: Anthropology as Cosmic Diplomacy: Toward an Ecological Ethics for the Anthropocene

November 15, 2017

"Forests think." Eduardo Kohn, author of the book How Forests Think, discusses a kind of thinking, which he calls “sylvan," that is manifested by tropical forests and those that live with them. This mode of thought can provide an ethical orientation in these times of planetary human-driven ecological devastation that some call the “Anthropocene."... Read more about Video: Anthropology as Cosmic Diplomacy: Toward an Ecological Ethics for the Anthropocene

Secularization and Religious Innovation

Video: Secularization and Religious Innovation in the North Atlantic World

November 8, 2017

David Hempton—HDS Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, and John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity—discusses his recent publication, Secularization and Religious Innovation in the North Atlantic World. Heather Curtis (Tufts) and Jon H. Roberts (BU) served as respondents.... Read more about Video: Secularization and Religious Innovation in the North Atlantic World

Professor Mark Jordan

Video: Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas

November 6, 2017

Mark D. Jordan, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Christian Thought (HDS) and Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), discusses his recent publication, Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas. James Keenan, S.J. (BC) and David Decosimo (BU) serve as respondents.... Read more about Video: Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas