Greetings All! Welcome to the website for the Harvard Divinity School Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Students (HUUMS). HUUMS is a community of students enrolled at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) as well as members schools of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI). We are a community of students, for students and by students. Our mission is to support one another in our studies, vocations, and lives through worship, professional and spiritual development opportunities, and fellowship. We strive to authentically represent the interests and needs of Unitarian Universalist students at HDS. We also seek to advocate for an academic environment at HDS that fosters excellence in Unitarian Universalist scholarship and ministry.
Regardless of faith affiliation, we welcome and encourage students and members of our community, both visiting and local, to join us in worship and fellowship! Our weekly worship is held on Fridays at noon in Divinity Chapel in Divinity Hall, and is followed by fellowship lunch at 1:00 p.m. in the Rock Café in Rockefeller Hall .
Please direct questions or comments to the HUUMS Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail-In Donations may be sent to:
HDS Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Students
Harvard Divinity School
45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Meet our 2016 board members:
Hi, everyone! I’m from Portland, Oregon where I grew up attending the First Unitarian Church of Portland. While in undergrad at Occidental College in Los Angeles, I majored in Religious Studies and worked on interfaith initiatives in the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life. I’m currently a second year MDiv at HDS, and I am enjoying being a part of this amazing community full of inspiring people. While at HDS, I’ve enjoyed studying the history of North American religious traditions, and I am currently working as a Research Assistant on an anthology of Unitarian Universalist history. I am so grateful for the wonderful HUUMS community, and I’m looking forward to another exciting year!
Hello! I grew up in Arlington, MA, going to St. Eulalia’s, a Catholic church in Winchester. When I was in high school, I started going to First Parish UU of Arlington, MA—and I became a UU! I still identify as Christian, too, but that’s a long journey. Maybe we could chat about it over coffee sometime? At other times in my life, I’ve lived in Deep Springs, CA, and in Providence, RI. I love both those places a lot. Right now, I’m serving as the Youth Program Coordinator at my home congregation, and I’m an M.Div student at HDS. I have a sneaking suspicion I want to become a minister because my minister in high school, Carlton, planted the idea in my head. (But, as Pooh says, “You never can tell with bees”). Also, because I want to help nurture and support people as they create a more loving and just world. I think HUUMS is incredible, and hope to cultivate people’s relationships with our little religious community.
Hey there! I’m a MDiv candidate in my second year at HDS. I was born and raised in Manchester, UK and moved to the USA when I was sixteen. I’ve grown up in a Pakistani home with the fortune of learning Urdu, Punjabi, as well as, English. Over the year’s I’ve also picked up Spanish. My upbringing inspired my love for traveling, and so far I’ve traveled to twenty-seven countries. I came upon Unitarian Universalism in 2009 when I was hired to work at the Director of Youth Ministry for the UU Church of Arlington, VA. My Muslim parents and siblings had mixed emotions about it, and thought I had joined a cult. But, they grew to understand UU through my experiences over time. Working at UUCA for three years felt like a truly pluralistic experience that I wouldn’t exchange for the world. But, more importantly, I felt called to ministry through my work with youth at UUCA, Interfaith Alliance and also various other interfaith projects I had the luck of being involved in while living in Washington DC. Since, UUCA, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the UUA as a contributing author to Be the Change! a training focused on giving UU youth a space to start a discussion on the role of race, identity and justice. I’ve also had the opportunity to be on the Youth and Young Adult Committee of the UUA and the GA Program Development Committee. I”m looking forward to learning and growing with the HUUMS community throughout my time here at HDS.
I’m from Chicago, Illinois, though I also consider Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I went to college, an important home. I grew up Catholic and found Unitarian Universalism while in college, attending First Unitarian Universalist Society of Milwaukee. While exploring my new faith identity, I got involved in service and spiritual opportunities at my Franciscan university. In going on service trips, leading prayer services, and participating in social justice ministries, I learned a lot about the ways that good ministers and strong spiritual communities can have a profound impact on the individual and the collective. I currently serve as the Director of Education at United First Parish Church in Quincy and am involved in the LGBT Spirituality Group at St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center, where I did field education. I also serve the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program and journey with high school and college students through Rome and Assisi. I’m an MDiv on the ordination path and hope to do interfaith community ministry and look forward to discovering where that leads me!
Stewardship and Spiritual Development: Cora McCold
Social Events: Will Williamson
Programming: Aileen Fitzke