Interfaith Awareness Week at Harvard

Interfaith Awareness Week at Harvard February 7, 2011

Hey folks! This week at Harvard there is an incredible lineup of interfaith events in honor of Interfaith Awareness Week. I’ll be around for the first half of the week before embarking on my speaking tour, and will be helping with events. If you’re a Harvard student, we’d love to see you there!

All events are free and open to all Harvard undergraduates and graduate students.

Monday, February 7

Panel Discussion: “Global Perspectives on Interfaith Responses to Violence”

5:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Center for the Study of World Religions, 42 Francis Avenue

(Green and white building across the street from Andover Hall, on the Divinity School campus.)

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How can members of diverse faiths work together to combat violence—including religiously-motivated violence—in their communities? Join us for a conversation about how faith communities around the world are harnessing the power of interreligious cooperation to address legacies of religious and ethnic violence in their homelands.

Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology Francis X. Clooney, S.J. will moderate a discussion in which student and faculty respondents relate their experiences working with interfaith initiatives in conflict regions around the globe.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of World Religions Click here


For more information, contact AnnMarie Micikas at (720) 289-5904 or

Monday, February 7

A Service Honoring the Life and Legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Memorial Church, One Harvard Yard

Keynote Address: “Social Transformation through Compassion”

Father Gregory Boyle, S.J., Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California

Join us for this annual service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. Our theme this year is “Social Transformation through Compassion” and we will hear from keynoter Father Gregory Boyle, S.J. who works the Executive Director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. Homeboy Industries is recognized as the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the county, and has become a national model. Father Boyle has been working in L.A. with gang members for the past 22 years helping to provide jobs, training, meaning, hope and alternatives to violence to thousands. His latest book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, speaks about the role of compassion in helping to transform individuals and communities. This book was released on March 9, 2010, and received the 2010 SCIBA (Southern California Indie Booksellers Association) Non Fiction Book Award and was named as one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly.

Sponsored by The Harvard Chaplains, The Memorial Church, The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and the Black Students Association


For more information, contact Rev. Rob Mark, , or the Harvard Chaplains’ office at or (617) 495-5529.

Tuesday, February 8

Feasting on Faith

A weekly dinner discussion among students.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Pforzheimer House, Dining Hall Balcony

Sponsored by the Harvard College Interfaith Council

Tuesday, February 8

“On Faith” in the Harvard Houses

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Pforzheimer House, Comstock Living Room

  • How has your experience during college challenged, weakened, strengthened, deepened, or transformed your outlook on identity, faith, and life-style?
  • How have you responded in thought and in action to these experiences?
  • To what extent do you discover who you are, do you choose who you are, and to what extent does the experience of difference have an impact on that?
  • How does the present environment at Harvard support and challenge you with what you have chosen?

The Harvard Chaplains invite you to an evening of interfaith conversation and learning. Join students and Harvard Chaplains for a panel discussion followed by small group conversation. Come hear personal narratives from one another, reflect on your experiences, and share hopes and dreams for the future of faith at Harvard and the world you wish to build. Moderated by Rev. Scott Campbell of the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church and Dr. Bernie Steinberg, Lecturer in Public Policy at The Kennedy School of Government and Executive Director Emeritus of Harvard Hillel, with Harvard Chaplains facilitating. All students are welcome—religious, non-religious, and undecided.

Sponsored by the Harvard Chaplains.


For more information write to, call 617-495-5529, or watch the archived videos of Congress on the Future of Faith at Harvard

Wednesday, February 9

“Fremont, U.S.A” Film Screening

8:15 – 10:00 p.m.

Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street


“Fremont, U.S.A.” offers a glimpse of religious diversity in a small California city that has been transformed by new immigration. Through civic engagement and interfaith action, strangers have become neighbors. Yet Fremont has also faced real challenges, especially after 9/11.The film was produced and directed by Elinor Pierce and Rachel Antell. Elinor Pierce, also the Research Director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, will lead a discussion of the film following the screening. Dr. Diana Eck, Director of the Pluralism Project and Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, will introduce the evening. The film’s run time is 57 minutes.

Sponsored by the Pluralism Project at Harvard University.


For more information, contact the Pluralism Project at or (617) 496-2481.

Thursday, February 10

Interfaith@Harvard Scavenger Hunt

4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Harvard Chaplains Office, The Memorial Church

(Begins and ends in our offices in the basement of the church.)

A Humanist Center, a Catholic Church, and Hillel share a city square… No, this isn’t the start to a bad joke-it’s Harvard. Ever wondered where Buddhists at Harvard meet? And did you know that nearly 100 years ago the son of the founder of the Baha’i faith spoke in Cambridge? These sites (among others) are part of the interfaith landscape at and around Harvard University. To learn more about this diverse terrain, join us for an interfaith-themed scavenger hunt that will begin at Memorial Church with the creation of teams and distribution of clues and will conclude with a brief trivia game at the same location.

Sponsored by the Harvard Interfaith Collaborative.


For more information, contact Whittney Barth at or (513) 280-3012.

Friday, February 11

Interfaith Speak-In: What If…?

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Ticknor Lounge, in Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard

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  • What if people of all faiths and traditions worked together towards common goals?
  • What if students of all backgrounds came together to save the planet?
  • What if YOU took a stand this semester for environmental justice?

Join the Harvard College Interfaith Council for a celebration and exploration of Harvard’s diversity and the opportunities it creates for cooperation and understanding. Hear the inspiring stories of your fellow students, tell your own story (if you wish), eat delicious food, enjoy live music, and learn what you can do to promote environmental justice and engaged pluralism on campus. Students of ALL faith backgrounds (including the faithless, the undecided, and the apathetic) are encouraged to attend! Don’t know what “interfaith” even means? Great—come find out!

Sponsored by the Harvard College Interfaith Council.

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