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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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Hartford Seminary to Announce New Name, Logo
On October 13, 2021, Hartford Seminary will announce a new name and logo, the culmination of a two-year strategic planning process. The public is invited to watch the announcement via livestream on our Facebook page. The program begins at 11 a.m. ET and will be recorded. In an article on the front page of the Sept. 20 Hartford Courant, President Joel N. Lohr said the seminary is committed to deepening and expanding its work in peacebuilding and interreligious dialogue. The new name, he said, will reflect that focus. Board of Trustees Chair Clare Feldman spoke to the ways the Seminary is working to address the current moment. “The level of vitriol and anger and frustration has risen, it seems to many of us on the board, over the last few years,” she said. “We’ve looked at one another in our meetings and said: ‘What can we do to help lower the temperature, to have people listen to one another?’” The Courant highlighted the three new MA programs that started this fall: Interreligious Studies, Chaplaincy, and International Peacebuilding. The article also focused on the new area of Executive and Professional Education, which will bring the Seminary's expertise into the workplace. “Gone are the days where [companies] can just expect people to check part of their identity at the door,” Katy O'Leary, Director of Executive and Professional Education, said. “Employees want more than that, they want to feel seen and understood. Employers ... want to be able to attract and retain top talent.” The Seminary launched its strategic planning project on Sept. 16, 2019. The project steering team, co-led by Professor Deena Grant and Trustee Nancy Roberts, and project partner rpk GROUP collected data and conducted interviews with faculty, staff, alumni, Trustees, donors, and community members. Additionally, the project Steering Team engaged in drafting a shared future vision (SFV) for Hartford Seminary, which was then approved by the Board of Trustees in March 2020. In 2020-2021, we engaged a digital communications firm based in Pittsburgh to lead us through a rebranding process, culminating in Board of Trustees approval of a new name and logo in May 2021.        
Recording Available for Mitka's Secret Program
President Joel N. Lohr, along with co-authors Steven Brallier and Lynn Beck in Nashville, spoke on Sept. 19 with Dr. Avinoam Patt about their book Mitka's Secret, the remarkable life story of Mitka Kalinski, who survived seven years of enslavement to a Nazi officer during and after World War II. The program was attended by 142 participants from the U.S., Canada, the Virgin Islands and Australia. It was co-sponsored by Hartford Seminary, the Mandell JCC, and Voices of Hope. To view the recording, click here.
President Lohr Schedules Fall Office Hours
President Joel N. Lohr has scheduled office hours for the Fall 2021 semester. 4-5 p.m., Thursday, September 23 4-5 p.m., Thursday, October 28 4-5 p.m., Thursday, November 18 4-5 p.m., Thursday, December 16 President Lohr will hold office hours for students, faculty, and staff by appointment. Appointments will be made on a first come, first served basis in 15-minute time slots during the above designated hours. Contact Lorraine Browne (lbrowne@hartsem.edu) to set up an appointment!  

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AARP - Faith in the Neighborhood Series
Hartford Seminary faculty and staff will supply the content for this free AARP CT Virtual U series. AARP membership is not required for this event. It will not be recorded, so live attendance is expected. AARP CT will welcome attendees from around the country for this opportunity to develop your professional toolkit and to create livable communities right in your neighborhood and for those you serve in surrounding communities in Connecticut. This 3-part “Faith in the Neighborhood Series” runs from October 14th through November 9th of this year. 10/14/2021 @ 12PM ET (60min) Religious Manyness:  The US—especially in certain urban areas—is intensely religiously diverse. Agreement with that statement is easy to find. But finding agreement on what “religion” is? That is not so easy! Yet, however it is defined, everyone is oriented toward it somehow. In this session, we learn about the scope of religious diversity in the US and how it came to be. We learn methods for understanding what “religion” is; obstacles to and options for interreligious engagement; and wise policies for navigating the multi-faith neighborhood. Additional Sessions in this series. Registration required for each at www.aarp.org/ctevents Tuesday, 10/26/2021 @ 7PM ET Clothing, Cuisine, and Calendars: Complexities of the Multi-faith Neighborhood Tuesday, 11/9/2021 @ 7PM ET What Goes on In There? An Introduction to America’s Religious Diversity in Ten Buildings This session is live and not recorded. ALL 3 Sessions are pending approval for (1.0) Continuing Education Units by NASW/CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.  This approval is also applicable for license renewals for CT LPCs, LMFTs, and licensed psychologists.
Unequal Impact: Climate and Environmental Racism in a Warming World
As climate change continues to increase in intensity, the economic and health disparities are being born by poor and marginalized communities, both globally and locally. Join us for a 90-minute webinar featuring the Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, civil rights activist, former pastor, and current Chairperson for Interfaith Power & Light, and Jehann El-Bisi, a Black indigenous climate activist working to fight Line 3, an oil tar sands pipeline. Rev. Durley and Ms. El-Bisi will discuss the disparate impact and unique experiences of Black and indigenous communities in the climate crisis. This free webinar is co-sponsored by Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and Hartford Seminary.       About the Speakers REV. DR. GERALD DURLEY was born in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in California and graduated from high school in Denver, Colorado. Being endowed with exceptional basketball skills and a deep interest in improving the civil and human rights of African Americans, Dr. Durley chose to leave the west and venture south to Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. While earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, playing on a championship basketball team, and serving as student government president, he became very active in the civil rights movement. After graduating, Dr. Durley became one of the first Peace Corp volunteers to enter Nigeria, West Africa. From Africa he ventured to Switzerland where he enrolled in postgraduate studies at the University of Neuchantel. While there, he was invited to play for one of the Swiss National basketball teams. When he returned to the United States, Dr. Durley enrolled in Northern Illinois University where he again became intensely involved in the struggle for human dignity, and earned one of the first Master's Degrees in Community Mental Health. He earned a Doctorate in Urban Education and Psychology from University of Massachusetts and a Master of Divinity from Howard University. Dr. Durley is the former Pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church, where he served for 25 years. Currently the Chairperson of Interfaith Power & Light, Rev. Durley is a highly sought speaker on civil and human rights issues. He and his wife, Muriel, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. JEHANN EL-BISI has an earned doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an advanced graduate summer program certificate in the study of conflict zones, and transformation, from SIT Graduate School in Brattleboro, VT. She served on the faculty as an adjunct professor, teaching Multicultural Education at the Neag Graduate School of Education, at the University of Connecticut, at Storrs. Jehann completed her first 30 min documentary film, The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni!"- Service and Solidarity in Standing Rock, a personal reflection in 2017, and has been giving talks related to climate justice, from an indigenous perspective, using the film as an educational tool. Her second film, Reflections: An Interview with Lenny Foster, is currently airing on San Francisco public television.

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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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