Epiphany by Janet McKenzie

Christmas at the Memorial Church

November 30, 2018

The Christmas Season is here! Save the date for our upcoming Christmas services.

Christmas Carol Services

The 109th Annual Christmas Carol Services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec.11 at 8 p.m. Doors will open one hour before each service. Admission is free and open to the public; an offering for charity is collected. The Dec. 9 service will be broadcast live on Harvard's radio station WHRB 95.3 FM and via Internet streaming at


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Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue

Statement from the Professor's Desk

October 29, 2018

Friends of the Memorial Church Community:

We just experienced a tragic week in what has been a tumultuous year of a traumatic decade. Politically motivated pipe-bombs, the assassination of two Kentucky residents by a white supremacist, and the unconscionable slaying of eleven Jewish sisters and brothers inside of their synagogue have left all people of goodwill breathless. We live in a theatre of terror. That the leadership of this nation appears to inflame rather than extinguish the embers of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and discrimination only pours salt in our...

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Sacred Spaces, Memorial Church

Harvard’s sacred spaces

October 9, 2018

New and old spots encourage pause and reflection, for religious and mindful communities alike.

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow gives Morning Prayers address

Bacow Stays in the Moment at Morning Prayers

September 5, 2018
With the intensity and nonstop pace of the fall semester set to commence, President Larry Bacow on Tuesday encouraged members of the Harvard community to carve out time in their harried schedules for “contemplation and reflection.”
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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