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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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Students from the Church School collect toys for area children

Memorial Church Sunday School Students Collect Nearly 400 Toys for Area Children

December 21, 2017

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

Students from Memorial Church’s Sunday school program collected nearly 400 toys for children in Cambridge and Boston who otherwise might not have presents under the tree this Christmas day.

The toy drive began with the start of Fall Term as part of an annual outreach effort by the Church School to the wider Harvard community. By mid-December collection boxes in the church were filled many times over with new toys, books and games. The Church School children also raised nearly $500 in cash donations in a...

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University Choir procession during the 108th Annual Christmas Carol Service.

Christmas Carol Tradition Returns to Memorial Church

December 7, 2017

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

As the holidays neared, they lifted their voices.

The 108th Annual Christmas Carol Services in the sanctuary of the Memorial Church not only celebrated the Christmas season in song, but also reflected in music the exacting times in the nation and around the world.

The Harvard University Choir performed two services to standing-room-only-audiences Dec. 10 and 12, raising more than $10,000 in collections for a local non-profit organization...

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Names in the Memorial Room

Honoring Service and Sacrifice in Celebration of Memorial Church Anniversary

November 9, 2017

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

Four men, uniquely connected to Harvard University, sacrificed their lives in a tragic moment on the high seas during World War II, but their names are not among the nearly 1,100 carved in stone on the south wall of the Memorial Church Sanctuary.

The Rev. George L. Fox, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, The Rev. Clark V. Poling and Father John P. Washington were four United States Army chaplains who met at the Army Chaplain School at Harvard in 1942. On Feb. 3, 1943 their troop ship, the SS Dorchester, was...

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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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