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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Prof. Jonathan L. Walton arrested during protest

Prof. Walton arrested during pro-DACA rally in Harvard Square

September 8, 2017

Prof. Jonathan L. Walton, along with 30 other protesters, was arrested by Cambridge police during a pro-DACA rally on Thursday evening after blocking traffic on Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square. The planned act of civil disobedience by local area educators was intended to protest the recent decision by President Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Prof. Walton's statement on the protest

“No human being is illegal. History teaches us that whenever governments or laws render some in violation of law...

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Leverett House exiting Senior Chapel

Prof. Jonathan L. Walton to Harvard '17: Imagine, Dream, Then Act

May 25, 2017

In a world of growing inequality and unstable global conditions, Prof. Jonathan L. Walton called on graduating Harvard College seniors to dedicate their lives to making the world a better place.

“The past four years at Harvard have provided you with the space and ability to transcend generational categorizations, and defy limited expectations, in order that you might help rewrite this history of the world with a positive and progressive chapter,” Walton told the Harvard College Class of 2017 in his...

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The University Choir sign from the loft of Memorial Church during Pal Sunday services.

Renovation eyes evolving mission of Memorial Church

April 18, 2017

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

The Memorial Church is fully open to the Harvard Community following an eight-month renovation designed to transform the 85-year-old building into a more accessible, comfortable and versatile place for the evolving mission of Harvard’s “space of grace.”

The multi-million-dollar project, completed in January, is one of the most extensive renovations of the church since its construction in 1932. Visitors will notice little, if any, change inside the historic sanctuary. But those who venture downstairs will discover a complete redesign of the ground floor into a contemporary space featuring a new “Student Oasis,” meeting rooms and music rehearsal suite.... Read more about Renovation eyes evolving mission of Memorial Church

The historic Memorial Church Bell on display at the church

Historic bell granted new life at Memorial Church

April 10, 2017

By Jeffrey Blackwell/Memorial Church Communications

Gregory Curci can look at a piece of cast metal and read the craftsman’s skill like an archeologist brushing away the sand from a long-forgotten artifact. Deep in the lines and imperfections of a piece of solid iron weighing thousands of pounds, he sees the hands of the maker.

“You can see what almost look like brush marks, it’s like they dug the mold out of the sand,” said Curci, running his hand across the 1,500-pound yoke of the bell that once hung in the spire of the Memorial Church. “Someone put every one of these brush strokes in this casting. A modern casting would look like it came out of a machine. This looks like someone made it by hand and sculpted it out of clay.”... Read more about Historic bell granted new life at Memorial Church