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Religion

Memorial Church
On Campus

Memorial Church

Sunlight comes through the windows in Memorial Church. The Morning Prayers service takes place in Memorial Church every weekday morning.

Diwali
College

Harvard Dharma Hosts Annual Diwali Celebration

Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu students’ association, hosted a prayer service and home-cooked dinner on Saturday evening in celebration of Diwali, the five-day festival of lights celebrated throughout South Asia.

Hindu Prayer Space
On Campus

Hindu Prayer Space

The Hindu prayer space is located in the basement of Canaday Hall B.

Freshman Survey 3 Graphic
College

Freshmen Split on Defunding Police, Other Hot-Button Political Issues

This third installment of The Crimson’s four-part survey of the Class of 2025 examines their beliefs on politics, religion, and Harvard issues, as well as aspects of their lifestyle, such as sex, drugs, mental health counseling, and technology.

Greg Epstien
Religion

Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein Elected President of University Chaplains’ Organization

Humanist Chaplain Greg M. Epstein will serve as the president of the Organization of Harvard University Chaplains after being selected by more than 30 other chaplains of different faiths.

Rosovsky Hall
Crime

HUPD Investigating Two Vandalism Incidents at Harvard Hillel Amid Nationwide Rise in Anti-Semitism

The Harvard University Police Department is investigating two incidents of vandalism at the Harvard Hillel building that occurred within two weeks of each other in late May and sparked forceful emails from administrators.

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City Politics

City Council Votes to Terminate Contracts With Companies Allegedly Violating Human Rights, Drawing Criticism from Harvard Jewish Leaders

The Cambridge City Council voted to end its contract with companies that “perpetuate violations of International Human Rights Laws” during a Tuesday meeting that followed more than seven hours of public comment the previous day.

Matthew Ichihashi Potts Memorial Church Minister
Religion

Matthew Potts Appointed as New Memorial Church Minister After Two-Year Search

Matthew Ichihashi Potts will serve as the next Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals beginning July 1, University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced in an email to Harvard affiliates last Friday.

Covid Empty Campus Yard
College

Harvard Chaplains Reflect On A Year of Religious Life in the Pandemic

Before the pandemic struck, Harvard’s religious groups would physically gather to worship, study scripture, perform service work, and enjoy food in each other’s company.

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College

Harvard’s Muslim Students Celebrate Virtual Ramadan with Zoom Prayer Sessions, Care Packages, and New Halal Menu Options

Observing its second Ramadan of the pandemic, the College’s Muslim community is celebrating with virutal programming and enjoying halal meals from Harvard University Dining Services — a new offering that resulted from months of discussion between students and HUDS.

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Student Groups

Sikhs and Companions Hold Vigil for Sikhs Killed in Indianapolis Shooting

Sikhs and Companions of Harvard hosted a vigil Sunday night to honor the victims of the recent mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, in which four of the eight victims of the attack were Sikh.

Israel Trek Petition Hillel
College

Harvard Hillel Executive Director Accuses Cornel West, Supporters of Furthering ‘Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theory’ In Tenure Controversy

Responding to vigorous campus support for Professor Cornel R. West ’74 — who said last month Harvard declined to consider him for tenure in part due to his outspoken criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians — Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg, executive director of Harvard Hillel, criticized West for having “egged students on” in “scapegoating and demonizing” Jewish people.

Gehrke Memorial
College

Religious Groups Keep Faith During Pandemic, Remote Academic Year

As the College approaches the first anniversary of sending students home due to the pandemic, students said they have adopted new ways to practice their faith in the Covid-19 era, including attending reduced-capacity services, convening for religious conversations over Zoom, and seeking support from Harvard chaplains.

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Religion

A ‘Public Enlightenment’: Harvard Divinity School Begins New Program in Religion and Public Life

The Harvard Divinity School launched a new program in Religion and Public Life this month, its first new degree program in 50 years.

Divinity School
Religion

Harvard Professors Discuss Role of Religion in the 2020 Election at Divinity School Lecture

Harvard professors discussed the evolving role of religion in the 2020 presidential election in a lecture hosted by the Divinity School Thursday.

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