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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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The 108th Annual Christmas Carol services

Christmas at the Memorial Church

November 29, 2017

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

Christmas Carol Services

The 108th Annual Christmas Carol Services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec.12 at 8 p.m. Doors will open one hour before each service. Admission is free; an offering for charity is collected. The Dec.10th service will be broadcast live on Harvard's radio station WHRB 95.3 FM and via Internet streaming at whrb.org starting with the organ prelude at 4:45 p.m. The service will also be rebroadcast on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 11 a.m.

Advent / Christmas Eve Service

We hope you can also join us on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. for a combined Advent / Christmas Eve Service, which will feature a community choir. If you would like to sing, come to rehearsal before the service at 9:30 a.m. in the choir room on the ground level of the church.

Carols in the Memorial Church

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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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The Memorial Room of the Memorial Church

Celebrating our 85th Anniversary

November 3, 2017

“While a bright future beckoned they freely gave their lives and fondest hopes for us and our allies that we might learn from them courage in peace to spend our lives making a better world for others.” — Inscription in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Church of Harvard University.

Please join the Memorial Church of Harvard University on Nov. 11 & 12 to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the dedication of the church. As we celebrate this anniversary, we especially honor those who have served and continue to serve.... Read more about Celebrating our 85th Anniversary

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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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 based on the...

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Westley Conn

Westley Conn appointed new Ministry Fellow

June 13, 2017

 

We are excited to announce that Westley Conn has been hired as the new Ministry Fellow in the Memorial Church. Wes will be involved in worship life of the church and partner with the ministers to engage the wider community. He will also continue to be responsible for the Church School and the development of Christian Education.

Wes has served as the Church School Director for the Memorial Church for the past three years. Previously, he served as the Ministry Intern and Sunday School Director for Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ in...

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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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