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EXPLORING DIFFERENCES, DEEPENING FAITH

EXPLORING DIFFERENCES, DEEPENING FAITH

EXPLORING DIFFERENCES, DEEPENING FAITH

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With roots that go back to 1834, Hartford Seminary is a non-denominational graduate school for religious and theological studies. What makes us unique is our multi-faith environment and our proven ability to prepare leaders for the complex world that surrounds us.

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Seminary’s Spirituality Center Announces Collaboration
Hartford Seminary is pleased to announce that its longstanding work in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, under the able and dynamic leadership of Emerita Professor Miriam Therese Winter, is thriving and growing. This work, evolving and now being recognized as a formal Center at the Seminary, will soon begin collaborative work with the Spiritual Life Center (SLC) located in West Hartford. The SLC provides a variety of services and programs that help people explore meaning, discern choices they face, and choose ways to put their faith or spirituality into action for justice and peace. As such, SLC offers a beautiful complement to the current work of Hartford Seminary’s Center. Hartford Seminary and SLC will begin working together to offer additional programming that aspires to enhance the spiritual life of our two communities, and by extension, the world at large. This collaboration is the next iteration of Emerita Professor Miriam Therese Winter’s pioneering presence at Hartford Seminary. The decision to enhance and augment the work of Professor Winter as a formal Center is the result of a long-term strategic planning process approved by Hartford Seminary’s Board of Trustees in 2020. The Center’s building at 76 Sherman Street in Hartford, redesigned and dedicated in 2010, with an outdoor labyrinth added in 2014, will continue to offer programs and events in applied spirituality, growing its work into the future. The Center is the home of the groundbreaking Women’s Leadership Institute – now in its 23rd year. Many who have graduated from the program have made this next step possible through their financial and other contributions. They are convinced that, in the spirit of Professor Winter, additional and ongoing programming will help more people experience an embodied spirituality grounded in the real world of our personal and public lives. The transformative energies of many can make an impact during these challenging times. In discussing the Center’s future, Professor Winter speaks of a transformative presence that radiates far and wide. “I want to establish ad hoc or permanent groups for exploring and embracing the transformative wisdom inherent within all creation – through nature, books, film, personal and group reflection, the labyrinth, and through music and ritual celebrations. I want to encourage others to be a healing presence in ways that make all people feel affirmed and included.” President Joel N. Lohr, in responding to the growth of the Center and its new partnership, remarked, “What a gift to see Professor Winter’s work recognized, and now complemented by the extraordinary Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, many members of which are her students. We look forward to journeying together into the future, even as we remain committed to our own important communities. Thank you, MT, and thank you, SLC. Congratulations on this milestone!” Please look out for announcements about upcoming programs.            
Dr. Bilal Ansari Receives 2021 Peacemaker Award
Bilal Ansari, Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology, has been recognized with the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Peacemaker Award by the Northern Berkshire (MA) Community Coalition. The Peacemaker Award is given annually to individuals or groups. The award, which originated as part of the local celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., is made to people or groups who have contributed substantially to peace in the Northern Berkshire region. Dr. Ansari was recognized for his racial justice work in Williamstown, MA. He is a founding member of the town's Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Committee and serves on the Racial Justice and Police Reform group. Williamstown is the home of Williams College, where Dr. Ansari serves as a Vice President in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In an interview in iBerkshires.com, Dr. Ansari gave credit to others who have worked along with him for racial equity in the community. In that article, Wendy Penner of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, said: "[Dr. Ansari's] family has a long history in the Williamstown community, which he has shared, including painful acts of racism and discrimination against them," Penner said. "[He has] used this history to educate and empower the community to respond to racism, to not tolerate racism and to address racist practices and their impact." Dr. Ansari will receive a certificate of recognition and his name will be engraved on a Peacemaker Plaque kept in the office of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. For the full article in iBerkshires.com, visit this link. Congratulations, Bilal!
Seminary Encourages Participation in Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events
The Seminary will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend an event honoring Dr. King. Hartford Seminary’s participation in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King is fundamental to our ongoing commitment and collective efforts towards racial and social justice. Here are various events: 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast, 9:00am (Login opens at 8:30am) - https://www.mlkbreakfast.com/ A Bold Conversation with Dr. Bernice King and Ambassador Andrew Young, a 1955 graduate of Hartford Seminary, moderated by Dr. Michael L. Lomax There is a fee for this virtual event. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service with Faith Congregational Church, 3:30pm - Immanuel Congregational Church MLK service hosted via Zoom. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Darrell Goodwin, the new Executive Conference Minister for the Southern New England Conference. Please join us for this service focusing on continuing the work of racial justice. More information and a Zoom link will be coming out in advance of the service. 2021 King Holiday Observance Beloved Community Commemorative Service, 10:30am–1:45pm - The King Center The culminating program for the weeklong celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy is the Beloved Community Commemorative Service. The event will be live-streamed on multiple platforms, including Facebook, The King Center web page, and other sources, as well as televised locally on Fox 5 Atlanta. 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtual Celebration, 11:00am - The Ridgefield Playhouse Free event broadcasted on YouTube. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day: Message of Hope - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Embrace the power of art and storytelling as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Stop by the museum and pick up a free art pack to design a mixed-media collage from home that presents your hopeful vision for the future. Free admission noon–5 p.m. with timed ticket reservation. Highlights tour at 11 a.m., Family tour at 11:15 a.m. Virtual activities will be available all day at thewadsworth.org/event/messagesofhope/ and include a reading by children’s book author Abdul-Razak Zachariah and dance performance by Jakar Hankerson. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
D.Min. Student Fr. Michael J. Dolan Named President of Northwest Catholic
Father Michael J. Dolan, a student in Hartford Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program, has been named President of Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. Father Dolan, who has been the school's interim president since November, received the appointment last week. Northwest Catholic, run by the Archdiocese of Hartford, opened in 1961. It serves students from around the Hartford region. Father Dolan has had a long career in Connecticut, including time spent as a chaplain at both the University of Hartford and Trinity College. He has also served various parishes and as an administrator at numerous schools, both at the secondary and college level. He has been a board member at East Catholic High School, Notre Dame High school, and the Connecticut Coalition for Interfaith Understanding. In addition to his recent studies at Hartford Seminary, Father Dolan is a graduate of Assumption College. He has a Master's of Divinity from St. John's Seminary and has studied at the Aquinas Institute in St. Louise and at New York University. Congratulations, Father Dolan!
Special Muslim World Issue Has Historic Cover, Illustrations
The Muslim World journal is pleased to announce the publication of the special issue, “Black Muslim Portraiture in the Modern Atlantic,” edited by Zain Abdullah, an award-winning scholar, arts curator and Associate Professor of Religion & Society and Islamic Studies at Temple University. In over 100 years of the journal’s history, this is the only issue of The Muslim World with a unique cover and all illustrations (over 60) in color. “Black Muslim Portraiture in the Modern Atlantic” looks unique because its contribution is at once groundbreaking and long-lasting. Focusing on the seventeenth to the twenty-first century artistic depictions of Muslims of African descent, this collection of articles places in conversation specialists from divergent fields who together, in Abdullah’s words, “provide the nuance necessary for thinking broadly and creatively about how Muslims throughout the ages and across societies, political systems, and cultural terrains strategize in ways that address their textured humanity.”        
Climate Conversations
Join us for an in-depth conversation with national leaders, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, founder of Hip Hop Caucus, and Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, a leading climate scientist, on climate change, where we are, where we are going, and what we can do about it. Moderated by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El in Stamford, this event is co-hosted with the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network. Free, but donations deeply appreciated. Once you register, you will be sent the webinar link via Eventbrite.     About the Speakers The Rev. Lennox Yearwood The Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is the President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, U.S. Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. Rev Yearwood entered the world of Hip Hop Politics as the Political and Grassroots Director for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004, and as a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign in a run up to the 2004 Presidential Election. To carry the energy of the efforts beyond election day, he founded Hip Hop Caucus in September of 2004. The goal of Hip Hop Caucus is to build a powerful and sustainable organization for the culture’s role in the civic process and empowerment of communities impacted first and worst by injustice. As a national leader and pacemaker within the Green Movement, Rev Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental issue advocacy. With a diverse set of celebrity allies, he has raised awareness and action in communities that are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns and elected officials. His innovative stance has garnered the Hip Hop Caucus support from several environmental leaders including the Sunrise Movement, League of Conservation Voters, Earthjustice, and Zero Hour. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe Katharine Hayhoe is an Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law in the Public Administration program of the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech. She has a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Colgate University and from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Professor Hayhoe's research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. She has published over 125 peer-reviewed abstracts and publications and served as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences, including the Second, Third and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments. Her TED talk has received nearly 3 million views and she is currently writing a book on talking about climate change that will be released in early 2021. She is an Oxfam Sister of the Planet and currently chairs the Earth Science Women's Network Advisory Council as well as serving on the American Geophysical Union's Climate Communications Prize Committee, the National Center for Atmospheric Research Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture Committee, the science advisory board for the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, the Editorial Committee of Texas Tech University Press, the scientific research advisory council for Engie, the international advisory board for the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and the advisory board for the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. In 2019, Dr. Hayhoe was named to Foreign Policy's list of 100 Global Thinkers for the second time and received the United Nations Environment Programme's flagship award, being named Champion of the Earth in the category of Science and Innovation.      
Three New Degree Programs Will Launch in Fall 2021
Reinvention is a hallmark of Hartford Seminary, so it’s no surprise that this institution founded in the early 19th century has once again embarked on a quest to redefine its future. After a yearlong strategic planning process, Hartford Seminary’s Board of Trustees adopted a new Strategic Vision in March 2020. By 2025, Hartford Seminary will be the nation’s leading resource for interreligious education, research, and peace studies, providing cutting-edge research and immersive learning opportunities that enable leaders and institutions to thrive in a religiously complex world. Soon after that approval, our faculty developed three new degree programs that streamline Hartford Seminary’s offerings and align them anew with emerging academic and professional standards. In late 2020, these new degrees were accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and are pending review by The New England Commission on Higher Education. We are proud to announce that applications will be accepted to the following degrees for Fall 2021: Master of Arts in Interreligious Studies, which capitalizes on Hartford Seminary’s history and expertise in this specialized area. Students may also select to specialize in two other areas: Ministerial Studies for those who would like to pursue ministry and go on to complete a Master of Divinity at one of our partner schools through our Cooperative MDiv, or Islamic Studies. Master of Arts in Chaplaincy, which expands on our history-making Islamic Chaplaincy Program, opening it up to people of all faiths, while maintaining an option to specialize in Islamic Chaplaincy. Students will learn the critical skills necessary for a profession in chaplaincy. Master of Arts in International Peacebuilding, which builds on our one-of-a-kind International Peacemaking Program and allows scholarship recipients to complete this full-time, cohort-based, professional MA in 12 months. Please visit the links above for more details on applying for these degrees, or contact our Admissions Office at admissions@hartsem.edu or 860-509-9549.
The Role of Mary in Christianity and Islam
Join us during this celebratory time of the year as members of Hartford Seminary’s Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations explore the role of Mary in the Gospels and the Qur’an, and in Muslim and Christian belief. Mary, mother of Jesus/’Isa, plays a prominent role in the Gospels and in the Qur’an, having a complete chapter named in her honor. During December, the Annunciation of the birth of Jesus by the Angel Gabriel and the birth of Jesus is read in Christian communities during the Advent and Christmas seasons. However, the Qur’an also provides a record of the Annunciation and birth of ‘Isa, which is an important sign of God’s message and an inspiration for Muslim belief. Our speakers include: Chaplain Aida Mansoor, Coordinator of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program, who will speak about Mary from a Muslim woman’s perspective. Muslims see Mary as the most important woman, chosen by God for her faith and piety to have Jesus (pbuh). The Rev. Carl Chudy, Catholic priest, a member of the Xaverian Missionary order, and Hartford Seminary Doctor of Ministry student, who will speak on the principle shift  of Catholic mariology since Vatican II, as a movement away from honoring the privileges and splendors of Mary for their own sake in what has often been called an 'isolated mariology,' to an emphasis on Mary as one with us. Dr. Hans Harmakaputra, Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Theology and Muslim-Christian Relations, who will draw primarily from the Gospels’ depiction and the ways in which Mary inspires Protestants in piety. Dr. Hossein Kamaly, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, who will talk about the Advent in the Masnavi of Rumi, and the presence of Mary in public piety. The session will be moderated by Dr. David D. Grafton, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.
Responding to Pandemic Times with Pandemic Faith with Nelba Márquez-Greene
Please join us for the biennial Michael R. Rion Lecture featuring Nelba Márquez-Greene, founder of The Ana Grace Project.  The title of her talk is "Responding to Pandemic Times with Pandemic Faith." This endowed lecture is named for Michael R. Rion, a former Seminary president. It honors an individual who embodies a dedication to ministry in daily life and is committed to service to others. This event is free, but registration is encouraged and donations to Hartford Seminary are gratefully accepted. About the Speaker Nelba Márquez-Greene is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and has worked in private practice, community mental health, and academic settings in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to founding The Ana Grace Project, Nelba served as the Coordinator for Klingberg Family Therapy Center’s outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric clinic and was an adjunct faculty member at Central Connecticut State University. “Love Wins” is the family slogan they adopted after Ana’s senseless murder in 2012 at Sandy Hook School. It is now a movement and is one of increasing relational connections. Nelba maintains an online community of over 100,000 followers and an Ana Grace Project community where people from all over the world learn, share, grow and witness love through grief. Behind this is the belief that not only does Love Win – it also saves lives. The Ana Grace Project has adopted classrooms in New Britain that focus on social and emotional learning. It has hosted mental health conferences and professional learning opportunities all over the country. Nelba holds a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Joseph College. Nelba was the founding member of the CTAMFT Diversity Committee and has served on the CTAMFT Board of Directors. For her efforts, she has received the 2004 Minority Fellowship Award by the AAMFT, the 2004 Distinguished Professional Service Award, and the 2013 Service to Families Award by the CTAMFT. In 2018, she was selected as one of “100 Women of Color” and as a YWCA Women’s Leadership Award recipient. She is featured in the 2019 release The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton and in People Magazine’s October 2019 issue as one of ten Women Changing the World. Nelba has testified and advocated at the state and federal levels on many different mental health initiatives, hosted TEDx talks, and is a sought-after speaker nationally.
DID YOU KNOW...
Hartford Seminary became the first seminary in America to open its doors to women, in 1889.
In 1902, Hartford Seminary was a founding member of the American Association of Schools of Religious Education.
The first American center for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations opened at Hartford Seminary in 1973.
In 1990, Hartford Seminary became the first nondenominational theological institution in North America to name a female president.
Naming a Muslim to the core faculty was a first for nondenominational theological institutions in North America in 1991.
Hartford Seminary established the first Islamic Chaplaincy Program in America in 2001.
The first chair of Shi’i Studies in North America launched at Hartford Seminary in 2015.

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