Jonathan Walton and his young family struggled through their first New England winter after arriving from Southern California in 2010. Walton, who was a new assistant professor at Harvard Divinity School, admitted that he, his wife, Cecily, and then-6-year-old twins felt a bit marooned at their off-campus home as the days grew darker. “We didn’t know anyone, we had two small children, and it got dark at 4 o’clock in the afternoon,” Walton said. “If it wasn’t for Dorothy [Austin] and Diana [Eck], the Lowell House co-masters, we might have been on a plane back to California.” Instead, Walton and his family moved into Lowell House, where he became a resident scholar. The family lived in the Master’s Residence in an upstairs apartment equipped with its own entrance. The apartment was separate, but the Waltons were not, sitting for meals in the dining hall, talking Harvard football with students, and taking on...
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