Memorial Church

Central Administration

Divinity School Dean Advocates for Peace at Morning Prayers

​As live organ music filtered through Holden Chapel on Wednesday morning, about 50 attendees greeted the usher, accepted a program and hymnbook, and sat in silent contemplation, waiting for Morning Prayers to begin.

College

Memorial Church Construction Continues, Forcing Groups to Relocate

Memorial Church’s programming has continued largely unhindered as Church staff gets creative with where they host events.

Remembering 9/11
College

Fifteen Years Later, Harvard Reflects on 9/11

The event, which nearly 100 people attended on the steps of Memorial Church, centered on the power of unity in the face of loss.

Race

Rev. Walton Expresses Support for NFL's Kaepernick at Morning Prayers

Jonathan L. Walton voiced support for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has drawn criticism for sitting down during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

Morning Prayers with Faust
On Campus

Morning Prayers with Faust

Drew G. Faust, the President of Harvard College, leads morning prayer in Holden Chapel Wednesday morning. Among other things, Faust spoke about utilizing Harvard’s past to build a better future.

Morning Prayers with Faust
Central Administration

Faust Calls for Confronting the Past Ahead of New School Year

University President Drew G. Faust explored the importance of “confronting difficult truths” at Wednesday’s Morning Prayers.

Eden Girma
On Campus

Eden Girma

Eden H. Girma '18 performs "Ella's Song", encouraging the crowd to join in on the refrain "we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes".

Walton
On Campus

Walton

Pusey Minister of Memorial Church Jonathan L. Walton places an index card on the steps of Memorial Church. Those in attendance were invited to write down on colorful cards the actions they pledged to take to combat hate and violence in the future.

Baccalaureate Service
College

Baccalaureate Service

Members of the Class of 2016 process into Memorial Church to attend the annual Baccalaureate Service.

College

Humanists Honor Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher

Storm Troopers, Wookies, and Star Wars fans gathered to watch actress Carrie Fisher receive the Humanist Hub's Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism on Monday.

Three Friends
Central Administration

With Portrait Unveiling, Gomes Makes Harvard History

​As a professor and chaplain on Harvard’s campus for more than three decades, Reverend Peter J. Gomes was beloved as a thunderous Baptist preacher and staunch advocate for gay rights.

Memorial Church's Easter Celebration
Religion

Memorial Church's Easter Celebration

Josh Bean ‘16 and other students perform the Alleluia Choruses during the Easter Service in Memorial Church Sunday morning. Viewing over his shoulder, seen are attendees including Dr. Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, and Dr. S. Allen Counter, Director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Easter Service at Memorial Church
Religion

Easter Service at Memorial Church

Professor Jonathan Walton delivers instructions on the taking of communion for attendees at the Easter service Sunday morning, as volunteers prepare to distribute wine and bread while attendees look on.

Attendees at Memorial Church Easter Service
Religion

Attendees at Memorial Church Easter Service

Attendees of the Easter Service in Memorial Church Sunday morning are seen watching on as Professor Jonathan Walton delivers the sermon. Worshippers present included Dr. Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, who is seen seated in the first pew, and Dr. S. Allen Counter, Director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, who is in the second.

Morning Prayers during the Queer Divine Week
Student Life

Divinity Students Share BGLTQ Experiences at Memorial Church

Titled “The Queer Divine: Perspectives and Theologies from LGBTQ Lived Experiences,” the series of services examines the intersections between queer identity and religion.