Student Organizations

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 Organizations & Resources page of my.hds.

HDS student organizations

Following is a list of student organizations currently registered for the 2016–17 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 Organizations & Resources 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.

HDS ACIM Study Group

This is a study group for students of—and those interested in learning about—A Course in Miracles (ACIM), a spiritual book published by the Foundation for Inner Peace. Meetings will include discussing and analyzing sections of ACIM, as well as opportunities for personal sharing and support for ACIM newcomers.

HDS Anglican/Episcopal Fellowship

The HDS Episcopal/Anglican Fellowship is a space for Anglican/Episcopal students and faculty (as well as those interested in the tradition) to gather for worship and community-building. We offer a regular eucharistic service on Mondays and meet periodically throughout the year for socializing and service to our wider community. We also plan a spring conference on an issue pertinent to the wider Church.

HDS Augmented & Virtual Reality Collective

Gathering space for divinity students interested in ministry applications for virtual reality. We will workshop projects, connect with university resources, and provide programming for the HDS community.

HDS Better Together

Harvard University’s students represent a diversity of religious and secular perspectives from across the country and around the world. HDS Better Together: Students for Interfaith Action seeks to build pluralism and cooperation across this diverse student body through interfaith action initiatives. This organization will promote the spirit of one Harvard and collaborate on opportunities for interfaith action through co-organizing and cross-publicity. This joint effort will benefit the wider University community by making interfaith action accessible to a greater and more diverse number of participants from all fields and backgrounds.

HDS Buddhist Community

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 Catholics

HDS Catholics seeks to provide spiritual support and fellowship for the Catholic community at HDS and share in the full depth and breadth of interreligious dialogue and interfaith work with all of our fellow religious student organizations.

HDS Creative Commons

HDS Creative Commons is a low-key student group focused on crafting of all kinds as a means to foster community connections, individual creativity, and teaching basic handicraft skills. Biweekly gatherings and some special events throughout the semester provide opportunities for folks to gather, share their projects, and learn new skills. Crochet, knitting, quilting, and embroidery are just a few of the crafts we know; bring yours to share!

HDS Creative Writing

We are a gathering space for students who write, and provide fellowship and community for HDS writers who want feedback, support, and are looking to share enthusiasm for writing in general. We meet every other week to write together, and host an open mic reading once a semester. Sometimes we may bring in speakers, or publish our work. Who knows? Have a great idea? Join us!

The Dignity Project International at HDS

The purpose of the Dignity Project International at HDS is to create a community platform for transnational discourse about human dignity; engage scholars, community leaders, students at the intersections of de-colonial theories, governance, public policy, and religions; forge a coalition for solidarity international social movements; and foster indigenous, pluriversal knowledge sharing and research across subaltern populations.

DUCCS: Divinity United Church of Christ Student Group

This student denominational group meets to create community, develop and sustain relationships, build awareness and understanding, provide opportunities for worship and gathering, offer educational and vocational advocacy, and nurture a circle of connection and creativity for those who identify with the Disciples or United Church of Christ traditions or simply seek an open and welcoming group of students and peers.

HDS Energy & Bodywork Collective

Validating spiritual practices that incorporate energy and bodywork as a primary means of knowing. Providing opportunities for others to learn more through lectures, workshops, and community conversations centered around the healing arts.

Full Immersion: HDS Baptists

HDS Full Immersion is a group for individuals that identify as Baptist and/or would like to learn more about our incredibly diverse denomination. We gather together to worship and praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to sharpen and strengthen one another, and to see to it that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We gather together to proclaim our faith and to defend the right for all to practice as they see fit.

HDS Garden Group

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.

HDS Graduate Christian Fellowship

The Graduate Christian Fellowship is a ministry for those members of this community with Evangelical inclinations, history, or curiosities. There are almost as many denominations represented, as there are people present at a given meeting, as evangelicalism is a movement that transcends denominations without negating them. We are united by faith in the triune God, trust in the Bible, and our love for our savior, Jesus Christ.

We meet with the purpose of discussing how to live out our faith throughout our time in graduate school context. We read the Bible for devotional purposes and pray for each others needs and concerns. As an organization we have weekly Bible studies, participate in Harvard-wide Graduate Christian events, and attend the annual Boston Grad fall retreat.

HDS Graduate Journal of Religion

The HDS Graduate Journal of Religion works to publish original scholarship from graduate students of religion, religious studies, theology, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion, and religious history.

Harambee: Students of African Descent at HDS

The mission of the Harambee at Harvard Divinity is to provide a support network for the Black community at Harvard and to provide cultural enrichment for the campus and the community at large. The organization's objectives are to provide cultural enlightenment for the Harvard Divinity community and greater Harvard community through various events reflecting the struggles, joys, and celebration of Black communities reflected in the diversity of blacks in the Harambee community. We also seek to enhance networking at Harvard and Boston through social activities and general body meetings.

HDS Hindu Studies Colloquium-Junior

Holds meetings of HDS students who are interested in studying Sanskrit scriptures. It will give opportunity for members of this group to come together to read and share texts of common interest in a non-academic environment; socialize to de-stress; and receive spiritual guidance from Hindu Chaplain Swami Tyagananda, who leads the sessions.

HDS Historic Conservation Alliance

The purpose of the Harvard Divinity School Historic Conservation Alliance is to prepare graduate students interested in history and conservation for careers post-HDS. HCA will provide opportunities for members to engage in preservation activities in the Boston area and across the country, while also providing sessions including lectures, student presentations on interested topics, career enhancement seminars, and social events.

HDS Jewish Student Association

The JSA provides Jewish students, as well as the wider HDS community, with events and programming centering on Jewish life, ritual, thought, and practice. We celebrate holidays together, do charitable work, and provide a sense of community for anyone interested in engaging in Jewish life. We’d love for you to join us!

HDS Latter-day Saint Student Association

The HDS Latter-day Saint Student Association provides resources and support to anyone interested in, or doing research about, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Activities included live viewings of the worldwide General Conference of the Latter-day Saint Church in October and April, hosting worship services, and interfaith engagement within the HDS and the surrounding communities.

HDS Lutherans

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.

HDS Methodists

The purpose of United Methodist Covenant Group is to gather in the Wesleyan tradition of weekly covenant group meetings, as well as providing support and fellowship through other activities.

HDS Muslims

HDS Muslims is the principal student organization for Muslims at HDS. We sustain and strengthen Muslim life on campus through social, cultural, and spiritually-enriching events and initiatives. Our members are actively engaged in all facets of student life across HDS. All are welcome.

HDS Mystical Student Reading Group

To gather students from diverse traditions who are drawn to mystical literature and discuss and share our practices and texts. To also occasionally hold events.

Nuestra Voz at HDS

Nuestra Voz is committed to fostering a welcoming space where all Latinx students can share their voices and engage with HDS, the Harvard community, and beyond.

Occulta Veritas at HDS

We are a member-curated occult “salon” celebrating the esoteric history of the world. We explore and discuss a constellation of metaphysical ideas (alchemy, hermeticism, kabbalah, Freemasonry, theosophy, Sufism, spiritualism, mesmerism, mystery religions, yoga, tantra, weird science, new thought, transcendentalism, and Rosicrucianism) and actively promote a diverse community. We encourage all curious minds to join us.

HDS Peer Advocates

Peer Advocates is a confidential non-administrative student-led peer support group at HDS whose aim is to provide educational and community resources for any students who have experienced sex and gender-based violence in the community. Along with our peer support group, we also offer programming geared towards ethical leadership for MDiv and MTS students who would like skills and resource training in how to respond effectively to disclosure. We also partner with Harvard-wide events and organizations such as OSAPR and community agencies that respond to systems of oppression and address the intersectionalities of gender identity, race, class, and sexual orientation.

HDS Prison Education Project

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 at HDS

To provide a safe space at HDS for queer folks and gender non-conforming individuals to gather together in fellowship,community, dialogue, and celebration.

HDS Racial Justice and Healing Initiative

The Racial Justice and Healing Initiative seeks to advance racial justice and healing by means of cross-disciplinary dialogue, scholarship, and training designed to address personal and systemic racism through strategies rooted in love. We strive to equip students, scholars, and practitioners of religion to lead racial justice and healing efforts within HDS, Harvard University, Greater Boston, and throughout the world, in order to eradicate racism.

HDS Religious Nones

The purpose of this group is threefold: 1) to provide a community for those who belong to no or any organized religion, who wish to come together to share their evolving journeys, practices, world views, and fundamental questions; 2) to increase awareness and understanding of this community at HDS and Harvard; and 3) to build relations with similar groups at HDS, Harvard, and beyond.

HDS Sacred Harp

HDS Sacred Harp teaches and promotes the singing of Sacred Harp singing among the HDS, Harvard, and Greater Boston communities. We are open to everyone, from complete beginners to seasoned singers.

HDS Student Association

The HDS Student Association, 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.

HDS Students for Afghanistan

HDS Students for Afghanistan is a diverse group of Afghan students and students interested in Afghanistan at Harvard University. We work to deepen and broaden understandings of Afghanistan. We will bring together scholars from different academic backgrounds to find a common ground and a more holistic, comprehensive perspective on the country to challenge our initial perceptions and develop a more nuanced understanding of the nation. Our goal is to collectively engage faculty, students and the larger community to promote research and cultural activities. The current international attention on Afghanistan provides a great opportunity for Harvard University to lead the discussion by bringing scholars, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. This collaboration will furthermore create mutual learning opportunity for scholars to access data and deepen their research on the area.

Tutoring Tomorrow Today

Tutoring Tomorrow Today connects Harvard students with the children of Harvard campus workers (Dining and Custodial) for tutoring and community building meals where everyone learns from one another.

HDS Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Students

The HUUMS Covenant (ratified by the membership on December 6, 2013) reads: “We, the members of HUUMS, covenant to work together to create a more loving and just world around us. Grounded in the living tradition of Unitarian Universalism, we covenant to welcome difference among each other, work patiently through challenges that face us, support each other in heartache, share in each other’s joy, and comfort each other in ambiguity. May we strive to extend these hallmarks of our membership to the larger HDS community and the world at large. Let our faith be expressed through our actions as well as our words.”

As a student group, HUUMS engages in regular weekly, student-led worship services, organizes community service projects, hosts social events and retreats, and gives historical UU walking tours to coming of age groups visiting the Boston area. We are an active and vibrant student organization, and we welcome everyone who is interested to contact us to learn more!

HDS Women of Color Collective

To create a space for Women of Color at the Divinity School and beyond.

Other groups open to students

Harvard Divinity School Choir

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.

Wednesday Noon Service Steering Committee

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

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.

HDS Voices

Giovanni Bazzana, Associate Professor of New Testament

HDS students have shown me, through their conversations in and outside the classroom, that diversity is never a problem; rather, it is frequently a constructive element when interlocutors are willing to listen to each other and willing, always, to question their own presuppositions.
—Giovanni Bazzana, Associate Professor of New Testament
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