Arlington Street Church, Unitarian Universalist. Gathered in Love and Service for Justice and Peace. 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA


Christmas Eve!

Sunday, December 24th ~ Services at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 9:00 pm

O, Come All Ye Faithful! Our choir sings in the holiday at the 5:00 family service, with participation by all the children. This service is perfect for children, but all are welcome at all three services. At 7:00 and 9:00, the Boston Gay Men's Chorus stands in for the Heavenly Host! Candle lighting is a highlight of all three services. Please come and bring your loved ones to share in this magical evening!

This Sunday, December 17th

Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 17th, 11:00 ~ Multigenerational Worship Service ~ Sanctuary

Rodger Clinton Vine, Christmas Music on Piano

Sunday, December 17th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Arlington Street's Artist in Residence, Rodger Clinton Vine, presents a brief program of Christmas music for the piano, followed immediately by our annual Carol Sing!

11th Annual Carol Sing!

Sunday, December 17th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Join Arlington Street's musicians for our annual old-fashioned Christmas carol sing! Mark David Buckles, Director of Music, and the Arlington Street Choir will lead us in seasonal favorites, from Jingle Bells to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Hot chocolate, tea, cookies, and fruit to follow!

Arlington Street Circle of Caring

Sunday, December 17th ~ 12:30 pm, Carol Smith Room

Are you battling illness, struggling with isolation, caring for someone who is sick or dying, or coping with grief after a loss? Please visit the Circle of Caring and join our community of support, peace, healing, and love. Facilitator, Maureen Peterson calls on her significant personal experience to create a safe space for sharing our stories and supporting one another through the crises of life.

Uncomfortable Conversations about Race

Sunday, December 17th ~ 12:30 pm, Program Room (inside Perkins Room)

The Transformation Team for Racial Justice offers this time and space for facilitated discussion and continuing conversation about developing anti-racist worldview. We hold these conversations periodically at Arlington Street Church. All are welcome and no RSVP is needed. For more information, email

Arlington Street Fun and Friends!

Sunday, December 17th ~ Flour Bakery (131 Clarendon Street) ~ After the Carol Sing (2:00 pm)

Do you want to meet more people and make friends at ASC? So do we! We're in the process of planning a monthly social outing. We will get together for dinner, theater, bowling, walks, movies, and anything else that gives us a chance to get to know each other and have fun! Join us at Flour after the Carol Sing (around 2:00) to share ideas and start planning! Questions or ideas? Please contact Gaby Whitehouse or Sharon Gentges at, or speak with Rev. Kim. Here's to Fun and Friends!

Coffee Hour and Lunch

Sunday ~ Immediately following worship, Parish Hall

Let's all gather downstairs for coffee, soup, sandwiches, and community! Please visit the Arlington Street Cares Table (on your right as you enter the Parish Hall) to sign cards for people who have shared candles of sorrow and joy with us.

We welcome additional volunteers to help with food preparation and, especially, with clean-up. To volunteer, and for more information about joining our team, please stop by the kitchen.


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Annual Bethel Holiday Party

Sunday, December 17th ~ 2:30 pm, Bethel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, Dorchester

Mark Your Calendar!

Intersectional Book Group

Monday, January 8th ~ 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Frothingham Library

Buddha's Belly ~ The Buddhist Book Discussion and Arlington Street Zen Center

Tuesday, January 9th ~ 6:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Coming Up at ASCenter

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Kundalini Yoga Class

Every Wednesday ~ 6:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Social Action

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Vigil to End Gun Violence

Thursday, December 14th ~ 6:15 pm, First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street

Uncomfortable Conversations about Race

Sunday, December 17th ~ 12:30 pm, Program Room (inside Perkins Room)

A Sustainable Environment

Car Donations Made Easy!

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

CRE on Sunday

Children and youth are invited to remain in the sanctuary for this morning's intergenerational Lessons & Carols service. Check out CRE to learn more.


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Rodger Clinton Vine, Christmas Music on Piano

Sunday, December 17th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

11th Annual Carol Sing!

Sunday, December 17th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Concerts by Boston Chamber Music Society

Saturday, March 10th ~ 11:30 am, Sanctuary

Join the Arlington Street Choir!

Every Thursday, Starting September 7th ~ 7:00 pm, Clarke Room

Experience the spiritual practice of communal singing! Take just a couple of hours out of your week to create something beautiful, make friends, and add more music to your life! Musicians and non-musicians are welcome—we are a mix of professionals and amateurs.

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Special Considerations for Special Needs

The Arlington Street public transit station re-opened in June 2009 and now provides handicapped access from the transit station to street level via elevators and/or a ramp. A separate part of the MBTA project created a wheelchair ramp leading from street level on Boylston Street to the church office door.

Handicapped access to the Sanctuary on Arlington Street is provided by a ramp on Arlington Street which leads to an entrance to the Sanctuary.

During worship services, and other special events, FM amplification headsets can be provided upon request. Braille hymnals are also available for Sunday services, as well as a large print version of the hymnal and each week’s order of service. Please ask an usher for assistance.

Arlington Street Church has a wheelchair accessible restroom immediately adjacent to the Sanctuary.


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It's Sunday at 11 am
Do You Know Where Your
Spiritual Communtiy Is?

Join us for worship this Sunday! This week's Service by Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie is "Lessons and Carols."

Arlington Street Church is a Welcoming Congregation.

All are welcome!

Enter through the
Great Doors at
25 Arlington Street, Boston

After the service, let's all gather downstairs
for coffee, soup, sandwiches, and community.

From the Pulpit

#FiredUp4ASC Read why others are fired up for Arlington Street Church during this season's Covenant Renewal!

#FiredUp4ASC Jonah Beukman

#FiredUp4ASC John Markham O'Connor

Pride by Robert Holley

We invite you to visit the Worship Archives. You can either read or listen to sermons.

Angels Unawares
[December 3, 2017]

The Whole Thoreau: Contact!
[November 12, 2017]

No Regrets
[October 29, 2017]


For other sermons, please click here. 

Covenant of Right Relations

Thanks to our wonderful friends across the river at First Parish in Cambridge (Unitarian Universalist) for sharing their Covenant of Right Relations with us! With the guidance of our Transformation Team for Racial Justice, we're beginning to consider how to make it our own. Click here to read.Your insights are welcome! Please email

ASC Sermon Podcast

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These podcasts are made possible by the generosity of the congregation of Arlington Street Church.

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Welcome to Arlington Street Church

asc churchWelcome to Arlington Street Church, gathered in love and service for justice and peace. We're so glad you found us! Unitarian Universalists believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason are the final authorities in religion. Instead of subscribing to a single religious creed or doctrine, we keep an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places, and we honor a diversity of answers. Join us! All are welcome!


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Candles of Sorrow & Joy

Candles can be submitted online by Arlington Street Church members and friends and will be included in our weekly Candles of Sorrow & Joy ritual during the Sunday morning worship service.

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Love and Justice