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Student organizations provide opportunities for involvement, leadership, programming, social connections, and experiential learning that are crucial to the 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 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 the HDS Student Association. 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 student organizations currently registered for the 2013-14 academic year. While many organizations carry on from year to year, many new organizations form and others subside. 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 wishing to create programming at HDS can use the Online Student Event Planning and Request Form found on the Student Life page of my.hds, to request program needs: funding, meeting space, a/v support, and so on.
To be put in contact with the officers of a particular student organization, please email the Office of Student Life.
The HDS Buddhist Community (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. We host weekly meditation gatherings, social functions, and other Buddhism-related events throughout the school year.
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 lay ministry in the Catholic Church. We invite members of the HDS and Boston Theological Institute 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 lay 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.
The purpose of Connect with Palestine, HDS is to establish a connection between students in the United States and in Palestine and to increase awareness of the realities of the Israeli occupation and the impact it has on all parties/sides. We will work toward an exchange event where we host Palestinian university students here at HDS and try to visit them in Palestine as well.
Cult/ure's goal is to publish original scholarship from graduate students of religion, religious studies, theology, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, and religious history.
Sing a cappella music in a fun, energetic ensemble that performs occasionally throughout the year at HDS community functions and at a formal showcase in the spring semester.
Support and fellowship for UCC (United Church of Christ) students at HDS.
EcoDiv brings ecological perspectives to bear on the study and practice of religion and ministry, calling on students, staff, and faculty to attend to the ecosystem in the many academic disciplines and activities at HDS. EcoDiv promotes and hosts speakers, conversations, films, workshops, advocacy, and other events. EcoDiv was instrumental in starting the HDS garden and works closely with the HDS Green Team to support infrastructure and behavioral change. EcoDiv also offers religious awareness and sensibility to larger ecological efforts through collaboration with other organizations.
The goal of the Episcopal/Anglican Fellowship is to support HDS Anglican students, faculty, staff, and any others who wish to join with a center of worship, spiritual reflection, theological growth, and personal support.
Full Immersion is a community of Baptist students at HDS who gather together for fellowship, worship, and service. Together we facilitate vocational discernment and professional development.
Who said “It’s not all fun and games?” The purpose of Fun 'n Games at HDS is to create fun, social activities on and off campus. Such activities may include pumpkin carving, potlucks, apple picking excursions, museum visits, and a sleep-over in Andover!
Expressing the Divinity School's commitment to sustainability, the HDS Garden Group grows organic vegetables and flowers for the community and serves as a space for quiet reflection, communal celebration, and hands to get dirty.
Graduate Christian Fellowship at HDS is an evangelical, non-denominational group that exists to encourage students in the Christian faith. We do this through weekly get-togethers where we eat, pray, read and discuss scripture, and through other events and services.
Harambee is the organization for students of African descent at HDS. The organization welcomes African American, 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.
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 Jewish Student Association (JSA) seeks to provide communal space for Jewish students and to reach out to other groups on the HDS campus. Our past programs have included interfaith events and dialogues, guest talks, Torah study, and holiday festivities such as Shabbat dinners, Sukkah building, Passover Seders, and Purim parties. We strive to include new ideas and programs, and are eager to hear new interested voices. Whether you crave text study, theological debate, new perspectives on old ideas, or celebration of ancient holidays, please join us!
The Korean Student Association seeks to provide educational support, networking, spiritual well-being, and a sense of community for Korean and Korean American students at HDS. 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.
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 to provide support and fellowship through other activities.
HDS Muslim Council is a non-denominational association that extends a Muslim narrative to the broader Harvard community and greater Boston area. We sustain and strengthen Muslim life on campus through social, cultural, and politically themed events and initiatives. We welcome all, and our members are actively engaged in all facets of student life across HDS. Learn more.
Nuestra Voz is committed to fostering a welcoming space where all Latino/a students can share their voices and engage with HDS, the Harvard community, and beyond.
The group's mission is to create daily opportunities for members of the HDS community from various traditions to sit quietly together in meditation. We offer morning meditations every weekday.
The HDS Pacifism and Nonviolence Association (PANA) was created to advocate for pacifism, express objections to militarism, and urge for an end to war as an instrument of politics. To this end, the group seeks to educate others about pacifism, foster awareness among the wider Harvard community, and provide a public witness for pacifist beliefs.
This group provides HDS Presbyterians, and those interested in Presbyterianism, a chance to worship, reflect, and socialize with one another.
HDS Prison Education Project (HPEP) partners with Partakers and Boston University's College Behind Bars Program to provide academic mentoring for students pursuing a college degree while incarcerated at MCI Norfolk.
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.
The purpose of this group is threefold: 1) to provide a community for those who are not affiliated with an organized religion; 2) to increase awareness and knowledge of the religiously unaffiliated in the general HDS community, and 3) to build relations with similar groups outside of HDS.
Sacred harp singing, or shape note singing, is a tradition of a capella sacred choral music rooted in the American South. Our twice-monthly singing performances are nondenominational HDS community gatherings.
The Society for Comparative Theology (SCT) is committed to furthering the study of comparative theology at HDS. We strive 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. Through regular meetings, many of which involve guest lectures from professors within the field, and our graduate student-managed journal, we offer a space for students to discuss relevant publications, present their own projects and ideas, and receive constructive feedback from their colleagues.
The HDS Student Assocation, formerly SAEC, contributes the voice of students to the administrative and policy-making recommendations of the School. Through the work of the elected student officers and with the approval of the Dean, student representatives are assigned to HDS committees. The HDS Student Association provides opportunities for conversation among students, faculty, and staff through roundtable discussions and town hall meetings.
Taizé at HDS organizes monthly Taizé-style worship services open to all students, staff, faculty, and visitors from HDS, Harvard University, and the greater Boston area. Based on the worship of the ecumenical Christian monastic community in Taizé, France, Taizé at HDS seeks to create contemplative, Christ-centered worship through songs, chants, scripture readings, prayerful meditation, and silent renewal.
The purpose of this group is to explore and expand the place of the Talmud and Talmudic methods of discourse within the multifaith conversations at HDS and through informal study, panel discussions, and other events.
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 mission of HUUMS is to support one another in our 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 our members in the larger community of HDS, the Boston Theological Institute, and Unitarian Universalism.
The goal of VeriTOSS is to enjoy the sport of Ultimate Frisbee through honest, fun competition. We welcome new tossers and experts alike to promote a spirited atmosphere and healthy welcoming community where a team sport becomes an expression of prayer.
The Wick is dedicated to publishing the best creative writing from HDS students and alumni, as well as from the wider Harvard community.
The Yoga Etc. Studio at HDS is a multi-purpose group dedicated to exploring and sharing the practice of yoga in its many dimensions. We plan to offer physical asana practices as well as educational experiences, including lectures and discussions. We seek to explore ethical dimensions of our practice, including niyamas and yamas.
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 11:30am on Wednesdays when the choir is scheduled to 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.
The goal of WomenCircle is to create an interfaith space for women to cultivate spirituality and celebrate the feminine face of God. Principal activities include monthly gatherings, annual fall retreats, and hosting a Noon Service.