One Earth, Many Stories – Class Project

This semester, I had the pleasure of taking the Harvard Divinity School course, Bridges to JustPeace: Understanding Fragmentation, Inspiring Empathy, and Building Coalitions for a Just and Peaceful Future. The professor, Diane Moore—head of the Religious Literacy Project—created the course in response to the recent contentious election in the United States. Each week we read and wrote a paper on at least one book (often over 500 pages long!) examining a contemporary issue related to the growing economic disparity and social fragmentation in the United States. The main case studies included climate change, white poverty, and Black Lives Matter. At the end of the semester, one option for the final project was to create an artistic expression to be publicly displayed. I jumped at this chance. After addressing such intensely emotional topics all semester, it was cathartic to artistically express my experience. I decided to do an artistic collage and use my blog as the public space for display.

Titled “One Earth, Many Stories,” the collage incorporates a variety of themes and concepts from the class readings, with the hope of reminding viewers that every issue can be understood through a variety of perspectives. The collage’s intricate details and hidden messages are difficult to see on the computer screen, so I invite you to click on the photo, zoom in, and scroll through scene by scene 🙂

Happy viewing!

Sarah

Sarah Koss - One Earth Many Stories Collage

P.S., Here is a list of my favorite books from this course:Read More »

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Religious and Spiritual Communities (Spiritual Tool #5)

This summer I am thrilled to be working as a student researcher at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, one of the hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Last week, my supervisor told me about a recently published study from the Harvard School of Public Health, which found that over the course of a 16-year period, participants who regularly attended religious services had a 33 percent lower mortality rate than those who never attended religious services.[i][ii] In other words, while all the participants would have died eventually if the study had continued, in general those who regularly attended religious services lived significantly longer. What?!

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