When we first joined the editorial staff of Harvard Divinity School’s graduate journal, we decided to change things. We imagined redesigned websites, flashy logos, and thousands of printed copies. We wanted multiple levels of peer-review, laser-like editorial precision, and a heightened—no, poetic—sense of style. We refused to let any aspect of the journal stagnate. We had dreams.

But building and running a journal is hard work, and the modest issue you’re currently holding reflects that. If we—along with our fellow editors—have produced something worthwhile, it’s in part because of the help we’ve had through this difficult process. We’ve relied on friends and colleagues throughout the entire HDS community, many of whom we’re honored to acknowledge below. Omissions reflect limitations of space, not of gratitude.

In the Office of Student Life, Tim Whelsky provided constant support and guidance. His help was crucial not only in maintaining the journal’s past achievements, but also in envisioning new ways to involve the journal in the HDS community. Likewise, Katie Caponera connected the journal with essential resources for the production process and for campus outreach.

Professor Anne Monius, the journal’s faculty advisor, offered invaluable expertise and, as one of original advisors of the journal a decade ago, an important link to the publication’s history. She readily answered questions on topics ranging from the overly broad to the hopelessly mundane, providing insight from which the journal benefited immensely.

In the Office of Communications, Kristie Welsh dedicated considerable time and effort to helping us with layout, design, and the printing process. Wendy McDowell, also, was a valuable resource and advisor for many of the challenges of putting together a print/online publication.

The faculty reviewers formed a key part of the journal’s current iteration. Each approached submissions with a care that added immeasurably to the quality and depth of this year’s issue. We’re thankful not only for their time and energy, but for their belief in the academic value of a student-run, student-centered journal. 

The student editorial board likewise demonstrated a level of attention and commitment critical to the journal’s success. They reviewed the largest number of submissions in the journal’s history, invariably offering helpful comments and informed critiques.

Finally, the HDS Student Association generously provided the funding necessary for making this year’s issue—and a return to print—possible. We remain grateful to them, and to all those whose efforts enabled this publication.