Harvard Divinity School
The Harvard Divinity School announced Tuesday it will continue with plans to remove the red oak tree in front of the Andover Theological Library, despite objections from some Divinity School students and Cambridge City Council’s one-year moratorium on cutting down trees.
Arborists have said that a century-old oak tree at Harvard Divinity School should be removed, the University announced Thursday evening.
Students in a freshman seminar taught by Divinity School Professor Catherine A. Brekus ’85 curated an exhibit at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library exploring the intersection of slavery and Christianity. The exhibit will be on display until March 15.
Divinity School enrollee Jesse Bercowetz, who said he identifies as a pagan, said he believes the tree is like an elder family member. Cutting it down is an act of murder. “I question an architectural team and administration who cannot figure out another solution,” he said.
The event convened thinkers from a variety of backgrounds, who spoke about everything from indigenous communities, to religion, to mental health, each in relation to nature and humans’ complex relation to it.
A $25 million donation to the Divinity School will enable a complete renovation of the main campus building, administrators announced last Thursday.
A metallic-gold shipping container at the Divinity School is connecting Cambridge students with refugees from Iraq, Gaza City, Jordan, and Germany.
Traditionally, Tyagananda said, monasticism has focused on “not being a part of society at all.” Modern monastics, by contrast, maintain some societal engagement.