One Tree At a Time

Beginning in the Fall of 2017 I took a three-year leave from my teaching at the University of Maine Farmington to pursue a Master’s of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School. So far, it’s been an intellectually and spiritually challenging experience that has helped me grow as a thinker, a teacher and a person-in-the-world. One of my favorite classes has been “The Tree at the Center of the World: Sacred Trees in World Religions,” with Dr. Kimberly Patton. It was this class, along with the course I took from HDS Writer-in-Residence Terry Tempest Williams, “Apocalyptic Grief and Radical Joy,” that helped me get up the courage to be a witness to, and speak on behalf of, a nearly 200-year-old Red Oak that is slated to be cut down to make way for a renovation of Andover Hall, the campus’s gothic-style main building. The conversation over the “Divinity Tree” has garnered lots of attention. Here’s a link to a recent story by Barbara Moran, the environmental reporter for Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR


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