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Student organizations provide opportunities for involvement, leadership, programming, social connections, and experiential learning that are crucial to educational mission of the Divinity School.
The Office of Student Life supports student organizations at HDS. HDS student organizations reflect the diversity of student needs and interests. Resources are given to those students with new ideas who would like to establish new groups, as well as to the further growth and development of already existing groups. All student organizations register with the Office of Student Life on an annual basis. Once an organization is recognized, it is eligible for financial support from Life Together, the Student Association of HDS. Current HDS students can find the paperwork to register a new organization on the Student Life page of my.hds.
HDS Student Organizations
Following is a list of the currently registered student organizations for the 2012-13 academic year. While most organizations carry on from year-to-year, many new organizations form each year and others subside. To be put in contact with the officers of a particular student organization, please contact the Office of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a courtesy to our student organization leaders, we maintain a policy of not publicizing or distributing their contact information, but all are happy to receive inquiries about their involvement here at HDS.
Registered student organizations can use the Online Event Registration form, found on the Student Life page of my.hds, to request program needs: funding, meeting space, a/v support, and so on.
The HDS Anti-Oppression Coalition works to integrate antioppression learning and resources into all levels of this institution through partnerships with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
The HDS Asian Student Association welcomes all members of the HDS community to join them in exploring the many faces of Asian culture and tradition. They hope to be a "home away from home" for international students from Asia, as well as a common space and platform for Asian students to express their values and concerns. We cordially welcome all new and returning students to join us in the coming year's activities.
The HDS BAR Hoppers visit various religious communities and congregations in the Boston area in order to interact with and learn from religion as it's lived and practiced.
"Beer and Hymns" is a Christian practice made famous by its large-scale incarnations at the Greenbelt and Wild Goodse Festivals, and it has found its way into congregational and even seminary settings. It is as simple as it sounds: people get together over beer to sing their favorite hymns.
The HBC is a nondenominational Buddhist group serving the Harvard and Cambridge communities, supporting engagement with Buddhist traditions through spiritual practice as well as academic study. Every Tuesday from 6 to 7pm we host meditation sessions in Andover Chapel at Harvard Divinity School. Brief instructions are offered at the beginning, followed by a reading or talk and discussion. All experience levels are welcome. Along with these sessions we organize other Buddhism-related events and social gatherings throughout the school year. Our programming ranges from day-long meditation retreats, to scholarly talks, to explorations of the dharma in new expressive media, such as our Dharma Jam dance events.
HDS Catholic RENEWAL is attentive to the needs of the people of God who seek a space and community to dialogue about women's leadership and ministry in the Catholic Church. They invite members of the HDS and BTI communities to engage in dialogue and create a public response that represents the voices of the faithful. Catholic RENEWAL hosts events, group conversations, and actions on campus and around Boston that promote the recognition of women's leadership and ministry in the Catholic Church.
The HDS Catholics' mission is to provide a supportive community for members of the Catholic tradition to practice and grow in their faith. HDS Catholics is also committed to providing the HDS community with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the Roman Catholic tradition though a variety of prayer services, dialogues, and events.
Expressing the Divinity School's commitment to sustainability, the HDS Community Garden Group grows organic vegetables and flowers for the community and serves as a space for quiet reflection, communal celebration, and hands getting dirty.
Cult/ure is the student-run academic journal of Harvard Divinity School and the only graduate journal of religion at Harvard University. We publish exemplary student scholarship in the areas of religious studies, ministry studies, and theology. As a publication produced under the auspices of Harvard Divinity School, the journal seeks to increase the visibility and relevance of the religious scholarship being done at Harvard across the country, and around the world.
The purpose of this organization is to foster a supportive community for sharing creative writing, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, personal essay, screenwriting, and other forms of literary expression.
Full Immersion is a community of Baptist students at HDS, who gather together for fellowship, worship, and service. Together they facilitate vocational discernment and professional development.
Graduate Christian Fellowship at HDS is an evangelical, nondenominational group that exists to encourage students in the Christian faith. They do this through weekly meetings where they eat, pray, read scripture and discuss, and through other events.
Harambee is the organization for students of African descent at Harvard Divinity School. The organization welcomes African Americans, Caribbean, Latin American, Afro-European, Afro-Asian, and African students. As an organization at a school committed to "scholarship and ministry in a religiously plural world," Harambee welcomes students regardless of religious faith or denomination.
HDS Humanists will provide a home for Humanistic fellowship and community. Public events will be held to help educate the HDS community about contemporary Humanism, its history, current movements with Humanism, and the relation of Humanism to religion.
HUUMS's mission is to support each other in studies, vocations, and lives through worship, professional and spiritual development opportunities, and fellowship; to advocate for excellence in UU scholarship and ministry at HDS; and to represent the interests of its members in the larger community of HDS, the BTI, and Unitarian Universalism.
The HDS Immigration Initiative is an advocacy group that affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the ethic of reciprocity found throughout the world's religions known as the Golden Rule. It seeks to raise awareness about the challenges that undocumented people face in the United States with particular attention to immigration reform as a moral issue. The HDS Immigration Initiative also provides opportunities for students to act in solidarity with undocumented people.
ICWJ is an interfaith group of students at HDS who are committed to action concerning issues of worker justice/labor and who seek to integrate their professional development and vocational formation with these issues.
The purpose of the JSA is to provide an active community for Jewish students at HDS, and to work within the HDS community to foster interreligious dialogue and communication.
The HDS Korean Student Association seeks to provide educational support, networking, spiritual well-being, and a sense of community for Korean and Korean American students of Harvard Divinity School. It also serves as a context for the study of issues facing Korean and Korean American ministry. In addition, it strives to enrich all HDS students' multicultural, social, and academic experiences.
The mission of the HDS Latter-Day Saints is to create a community that helps its members to better understand and live the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in scripture and the words of latter-day prophets, to improve ourselves as historians and academics, and to facilitate opportunities for the HDS community to develop a richer understanding of the Mormon faith.
HDS Lutherans seek to grow in understanding both the depth and breadth of Lutheran identity, and to creatively share such understanding with others while treasuring the plural nature of this place. We orient our time together around worship, community, and learning. All are welcome, and we delight in the presence of ecumenical and interfaith friends. We gather weekly for evening prayer, reflection, and conversation. About once a month we host a "Table Talk" at the Rock or at a local pub or restaurant, frequently featuring guests from the wider Lutheran community. We travel several times each year, notably to the "Lutherans in Diaspora" conference every February (with Yale, Union, and Princeton). We are grateful for the support of University Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran Church, with whom we share excellent retreats, trips, and other social/educational programming.
The purpose of HDS Methodists is to gather in the Wesleyan tradition of weekly Covenant Group meetings, as well as providing support and fellowship through other activities.
Dance! Spirituality! Life!
HDS Muslim Council works to create a growing community life for Muslims and the wider campus.
Energizing the HDS community through spirit-filled song and exploring the boundaries of spiritually transformative music.
Nuestra Voz is committed to fostering a welcoming space where all Latino/a students can share their voices and engage with HDS and beyond the Harvard Community.
This group will provide HDS Presbyterians, and those interested in Presbyterianism, a chance to worship, reflect, and socialize with one another.
HPEP believes that education is a fundamental right and a means to reform and liberation. We provide mentoring relationships to men and women behind bars who are earning college degrees while serving their sentences.
Queer Rites is a group of students who have come together to foster dialogue and to explore ritual around what it means to be queer, what it means to be spiritual, and where those two intersect and interact. We are a space for investigation of the meaning of being queer at HDS.
Sacred harp singing, or shape note singing, is a tradition of a capella sacred choral music rooted in the American South. The twice-monthly singings are nondenominational community gatherings.
This group would bring together scholars of Semitic languages at HDS (of all levels, from beginner to native speaker) to share in the work of study, translation, and textual analysis.
SCT is a student organization committed to furthering the study of comparative theology at Harvard Divinity School. It strives to create a welcoming environment for those seeking an introduction to the field, while also providing resources and support to students interested in pursuing academic careers involving comparative theology. By means of regular meetings, many of which involve guest lectures from professors within the field, and its graduate-student-managed journal, the society offers a space for students to discuss relevant publications, present their own projects and ideas, learn from scholars in the field, and receive constructive feedback from their colleagues.
HDS South Asia serves as a valuable extension of academic learning about South Asia at HDS. It explores the richness of the social, cultural, political, and spiritual dimensions of lived experience in South Asia.
Working alongside the Science, Religion, and Culture program, this group plans to discuss and promote the collaboration of science and religion at the Divinity School and across the university.
The HDS Student Initiative on Religion and Government exists to stimulate and showcase academic research and practice in the interdisciplinary field of religion and government, including the fields of religion and law, religion and politics, and religion and policymaking. It aims to foster communication, facilitate contacts, and create opportunities for discussion and engagement among students, researchers, academics, intellectual leaders, and practitioners in this area. It does this through a variety of means, including events, networking, and discussion groups. It welcomes members from other Harvard schools, including the College, the Kennedy School, and the Law School. (In fact, several members are pursuing joint or concurrent degrees at Harvard!) If you're interested in religion and government, the group can help you develop that interest.
The mission of HDS Team Rocket is to play a variety of games, including board games, card games, video games, role-playing games, and much more!
The Tough Mudder Club hopes to build community, develop teamwork, and strengthen our mental, spiritual, and physical endurance as we train for obstacle course events ranging from 3 to 12 miles. We will prepare for the Tough Mudder events in Boston on May 11, 2013.
VeriTOSS is the ultimate Frisbee team at Harvard Divinity School. We play relaxed games weekly to promote fun, foster community, and engage in Frisbee-fueled fellowship.
Poeticizing romantics who will neither confirm nor deny the absence or presence of hope or hopelessness. The Wick collects the creative work of the talented HDS community and compiles it for an end-of-the-year publication.
Yoga, meditation, and tai-chi offered to the HDS community.
Other Groups Open to Students
The HDS Choir sings occasionally for the weekly Noon Service in Andover Chapel, as well as for the annual "Seasons of Light" celebration. Rehearsals take place in Andover Chapel at 11:30 am on the Wednesdays that the choir will sing. Any students, staff, or faculty interested in joining the choir may contact Harry Huff, organist and choir director.
Hosted each week by a different religious community of the HDS campus and overseen by a steering committee of students and staff, this weekly service allows the HDS community to pray with our companions across the boundaries of our many respective traditions. The Wednesday Noon Service Steering Committee is dedicated to creating a safe and respectful environment for diverse faith-based and student-run groups at HDS. Acknowledging the unique religious diversity of our campus, we aim to support and advance the religious pluralism of the School by engaging and honoring the many religious perspectives, commitments, and experiences among us. By creating a recognized time and place for all of us to come together in prayer, in reflection, in ritual, and in conversation, we seek not only to aid the ongoing dialogue among our various faiths, but also, to come to know and to serve each other.
WomenCircle is a gathering of women that meets monthly for creative, moving, and interactive services. We are activists, dancers, poets, religious and community leaders, scholars, teachers. We identify as straight, queer, single, partnered. We welcome all that you are to our circle and hope that you will celebrate with us.