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 Life page of my.hds.

HDS student organizations

Following is a list of student organizations currently registered for the 2014–15 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.

Anglican/Episcopal Fellowship

The goal of the Anglican/Episcopal 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.

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.

Catholic RENEWAL

Catholic RENEWAL seeks to work towards radical hospitality and inclusion in the Catholic Church by advocating for women and lay people to be in positions of leadership.

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.

Connect with Palestine

Connect with Palestine endeavors to shed light on the conflict in Israel and Palestine and to encourage conversation across varying viewpoints.

Cult/ure

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. View recent issues

Divinitones

The Divinitones aim is to share in community through the power of a cappella music.

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.

EcoDiv

EcoDiv promotes environmentalism and eco-justice at HDS and in the broader community through creative opportunities for education, direct action, collaboration, and/or reflection.

Feminist Studies in Religion at HDS

Feminist Studies in Religion is a student peer group devoted to providing a forum for discussion and dialogue among women and men of differing feminist perspectives and the way(s) in which these perspectives shape and inform the way we talk about, teach, and preach religion.

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. All are welcome to join us as we go DEEPER!

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.

Gender Violence Awareness Project

This group brings together students who are passionate about understanding and spreading awareness about the scope of religious and cultural contexts in which gender violence occurs. Students come together from a variety of religious backgrounds, and critically examine current events as well as historical sources to educate the community and spread awareness about gender violence. We will also compile resources within our own community as well as within the broader global community to facilitate communication within groups working toward a common goal of gender equality and the eradication of violence.

Graduate Christian Fellowship

Graduate Christian Fellowship at HDS is a fellowship group for those who consider themselves evangelical Christians in any form to any extent. We pray, we worship, we read scripture, and we build community.

Harambee

Harambee fosters a community of engagement, fellowship, and support for members of the African Diaspora.

Hindu Studies Colloquium-Junior

Weekly meetings to discuss various practical, social, liturgical, and spiritual self-care applications of various theological concepts that we, as students, learn from several of the courses related to Hindu theology. It also serves as self-support group for HDS students involved in Hindu studies. This group also provides opportunity for brainstorming various Hindu theological concepts so as to foster interfaith dialogues that Indians have done so well over the centuries.

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!

Korean Student Association

The HDS Korean Society 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. The group is open to and welcomes all HDS students, faculty, and staff who are interested in Korean culture and society.

Language-Learning Exchange Club

The HDS Language-Learning Exchange Club connects students who are studying the variety of languages offered at Harvard and HDS with native speakers and English language learners so that language exchange, as well as cultural exchange, may be better facilitated. Also, we hope to offer language learners a particular sense of community during their studies. Languages currently include Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin, Modern Hebrew, Mongolian, Nepali, Spanish, Tibetan, and Urdu.

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 Muslim Council

Harvard Divinity School's 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 religious, 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.

Nuestra Voz

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.

HDS Presbyterians

This group provides HDS Presbyterians, and those interested in Presbyterianism, a chance to worship, reflect, and socialize with one another.

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

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.

HDS Religious Nones

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.

Society for Comparative Theology

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.

Spontaneous Dance Society

The Spontaneous Dance Society is Harvard Divinity School's home for spontaneous dance. It also serves to spread information about spontaneous non-dance and non-spontaneous dance opportunities on campus and beyond.

HDS Student Association

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

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.

Tutoring Tomorrow Today

Tutoring Tomorrow Today establishes meaningful and lasting relationships between HDS students and the families of the campus facilities management and food service workers through personal mentoring.

United Methodist Covenant Group

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.

Urantia Book Study Group

Our purpose is to study The Urantia Book, a spiritual text that harmonizes religion, science, and philosophy. The Urantia Book Study Group provides a forum to read and discuss the book’s teachings and consider how to incorporate them into our lives. In the spirit of these teachings, it is also our purpose to be of service to the HDS and Harvard community.

HDS Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Students

HUUMS mission is to:

  • provide a vibrant community of formation that models the relationships we want to see in the world;
  • support each other in our studies, vocations, and lives through worship, professional and spiritual development, and fellowship opportunities;
  • advocate for excellence in Unitarian Universalist scholarship, teaching, and ministry at Harvard University;
  • represent the interests of our members in the larger communities of Harvard Divinity School, the Boston Theological Institute, and Unitarian Universalism;
  • serve the larger Unitarian Universalist community, both at Harvard and beyond, through educational outreach, including our walking tour program;
  • offer hospitality at our weekly worship;
  • provide chaplaincy at Harvard University;
  • cultivate and maintain a strong relationships between HUUMS Alumni and current students.

VeriTOSS: The HDS Ultimate Frisbee Team

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

The Wick is dedicated to publishing the best creative writing from HDS students and alumni, as well as from the wider Harvard community.

Yoga Etc. Studio

The Yoga Etc. Studio facilitates the sharing of mind-body spiritual practices for the HDS and Harvard community by offering students a chance to share their own practice and learn from others. The idea is akin to that of a "mind-body cooperative."

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.