Telling Our Stories

Convention Speaker Innovates to "Liberate" Religious Rituals

Casper ter Kuile, a researcher and fellow at Harvard Divinity School, will give the keynote address at the Diocese of Chicago's annual convention in November.

Ter Kuile, who holds masters of divinity and public policy degrees from Harvard, is a co-founder of How We Gather, which describes itself as a “Millennial-led spiritual startup collaboration between Harvard Divinity School and the Fetzer Institute.” The project studies how people find meaning, connection and community in an increasingly secular world.

“What drew human beings to religion in the first place has not disappeared,” ter Kuile says. “The consistent yearning for meaning and purpose and connection and the joy of experiencing ritual or something bigger than yourself. All of these elements, marking stages of time and life journeys, all of that is still 100% relevant. And what our research has always focused on is, ‘well what are people doing to fulfill that and how can we help them do it better?’”

Despite his research on secular communities, ter Kuile, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his husband, Sean Lair, is far from finding organized religion irrelevant. Our traditions have great wisdom to offer, he says, in an age when “an undercurrent of stress and disconnection is having massive implications for our health and wellbeing.” He advocates innovating based on tradition to “liberate” religious rituals.

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