The Rev. Dr. Rena Joyce Weller Karefa-Smart, the first black woman to earn a doctor of theology degree from HDS in 1976 and a leader in the international movement to bring churches closer together, died on Jan. 9. She was 97.
Dr. Damaris Parsitau, research associate in Harvard Divinity School's Women's Studies in Religion Program, was named one of this year's Faces of Kenyan Science. She is one of 20 exceptional Kenyan researchers, practitioners, innovators, educators, and tinkerers.
Ann Braude, director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program at HDS, discusses the Spiritualism movement in America during the nineteenth century, and how it helped bring women—and reformist ideas—into the public sphere.