Student Programs

Students hunker down for study and for conversations in the Student Oasis.

Students Discovering an Oasis in the Center of Harvard Yard

April 5, 2018

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

For freshman Wassim Marrakchi, the Student Oasis on the ground level of the Memorial Church is a secret sanctuary for study, for quiet socializing and for making slatetblankit, a dish from his Tunisian homeland, for his Canaday housemates.

“This place has been a really great place for me to share nice moments with my friends, but also when I need some time alone, I can find it here,” said Marrakchi ’21. “I think more students are getting to know the space because every time I come here, I’m surprised to...

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What brings you joy?

Our Student Advisory Board weighs in

From the anxiety of Convocation through the excitement of Commencement, the rhythms of Memorial Church revolve around the student journey through Harvard. The Memorial Church Student Advisory Board was formed three years ago to empower students themselves to shape how the church serves the spiritual and intellectual needs of Harvard students through that journey. This year's board includes representatives from the student ushers and deacons, Church School teachers, Harvard University Choir and Choral Fellows, among others. We asked the...

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Church Schoo teacher Sophie Iosue works with students during Sunday class.

Sunday School Tradition at Memorial Church Thrives at 60

November 3, 2017

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

On a sunny fall morning, the bell in the steeple of Harvard’s Memorial Church calls worshippers to Sunday services and a flock of sleepy undergraduates, hurried graduate students and long-time congregants begins to file through the doors of the storied sanctuary.

In the midst of conventional University faces are the smiles, giggles, and eye-rolls of chatty young children in the herding tow of parents and grandparents. Each Sunday during the academic term the children, ages 3-15, take part in a...

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