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

Congregational Events & Announcements

Arlington Street Circle of Caring

Sundays, March 5th and 26th, and April 9th and 23rd ~ 12:30 pm Carol Smith Room

Are you battling illness, caring for someone who is ill, struggling with isolation or in the process of losing someone you love? Or have you already lost someone, and are you trying to cope with the heartbreak and anger that accompany loss and grief? If you are currently struggling, or have experienced this or any other type of life crisis and would like to share how you made it through, then please join the Caring Circle. Maureen Peterson is an ASC member who has lost her parents and her best friend to cancer and her brother and close friends to AIDS. Lisa Kirk, who officially joined the ASC Community last year has lead grief and small support groups for other congregations and has lots of experience and insight to share with the group.

Their vision of the Circle of Caring is to create a safe space in which to share our stories, discuss what might help, and just be together in support, in healing, in peace and always in love.

Arlington Street Corporation Meeting

Sunday, March 5th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel (*Vote required)
1. Membership Update* (Doc Kinne)
2. Election of Delegates* (Nominating Committee)
   General Assembly:
      Dan Brotman
      Joanna Lubkin
      Tina Rose
      Rich Abreu (TBD)
      Peter Lowber (TBD)
      Art Nava (TBD)
   UU Urban Ministry:
      Jon Ellertson
      Nancy Perna
      George Whitehouse
3. Treasurer's Update (Art Nava)
4. Accessibility Ramp Update (Tina Rose)
5. Congregation Retreat (Rev. Kim, Tina Rose)
6. Q&A on Written Reports
7. Any Other Business

Creative and Organized? The Tiffany Team Needs You!

Help the Tiffany Window Team as we get prepared to welcome guests for sanctuary tours this spring. We are planning to offer a self-guided mobile tour that highlights the rich history of Arlington Street Church and the story of our majestic Tiffany windows. We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate collecting the necessary materials, including scripts, recordings, and pictures. Ideally, this volunteer will also be a part of configuring the tour with the aid of a consultant or an easy to learn platform. If the idea of this fun and creative project sparks your interest, please contact Art Nava at office@ascboston.org. Thank you!

Participate in Small Group Ministry with Sanctuary Boston

Sanctuary Boston will be facilitating committed small group meetings in downtown Boston and Cambridge/Somerville this spring. Sign up by February 16th at https://www.facebook.com/events/1821020138173579/

How it works: A small groups of committed people meet 7 times over several months for the chance to talk more deeply about a wide range of spiritual topics. Past topics have included renewal, living deliberately, life balance, forgiveness, and social justice. Each group is different, and group members are encouraged to suggest topics. Each group will have two facilitators. People often bring snacks to share. Sanctuary Boston would love to have you, whether you're a seasoned veteran of small groups, or if you've never done it before!

We will offer a kick-off/preview of small groups on Thursday, Feb 9, 6:30-8:30, at First Church Boston. If you are unable to attend but are new to small groups, a facilitator will call you to provide more information and welcome you to our community.

All groups meet from 6:30-8:30 on the following dates:

Mondays (Cambridge/Somerville): March 6, March 20, March 27, April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22.

Tuesdays (Cambridge/Somerville):March 7, March 21, March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23.

Thursdays (at First Church Boston): March 9, March 23, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25.

***Please note: group members must attend at least six out of seven sessions. **** Please contact: Emily Balkam (emilyrbalkam@gmail.com) for more information.

Shaping Our Vision - A Retreat to Advance Our Future

Saturday, March 11th ~ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Don't miss this opportunity to gather as a community, dream about our future, and create a collective vision for Arlington Street Church. This workshop is sponsored by the Prudential Committee and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Please visit tinyurl.com/zlog43y for details and registration.

Film Series Coming to ASC: Long Strange Trip, A Journey through 2,000 Years of UU History

Part 1: March 12th ~ 12:30 - 2:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Throughout 2017, Arlington Street historian, Holly Hendricks, will be screening all six episodes of Ron Cordes' documentary series tracing Unitarian Universalist history from early Christianity to the modern era. The first episode, which looks at the pre-Reformation roots of liberal religion, will be screened on March 12th and followed by a discussion. For more information, visit www.uuworld.org/articles/long-strange-trip-video

Judah Leblang: One-Man Show - One Man's Journey through the Late Middle Ages

Friday, March 24th ~ 8:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Writer/storyteller/columnist Judah Leblang presents a new version of his one-man show—One Man's Journey through the Late Middle Ages. The show, based on Judah's book, Finding My Place, is a mostly humorous look at getting older and dealing with times when 'man planned and God laughed.' Tickets are $15/$12 for ASC members at the door. For more information, click here for the flyer, go to www.judahleblang.com or call 617-466-9637. Clips from a previous performance are on line at: www.judahleblang.com/show

From Spirit with Love: A Council Gathering of The Ancestors

March 25 - 26th ~ Roots and Wings Healing Arts, Natick

Join licensed psychologist and spiritual elder, Dr. Maria Michael, for this experiential workshop designed to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. Discover inner balance and alignment through ancient wisdom healing techniques including light, sound, touch, and energy. Learn more at www.drmariamichael.com.

Feed 20,000 in Two Hours

Sunday, March 26th ~ 1:00 pm, Parish Hall

Don't miss Arlington Street's 4th annual meal packaging event with Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). This year we will be joined by our neighbors from Emmanuel Church and Bethel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church for an all-ages assembly line! We will package 20,088 highly-nutritious, dehydrated meals that will be shipped across the globe to feed hungry people in dire circumstances.

Sign up now to join the assembly line and contribute to international hunger relief in this fun afternoon of hands-on service. Bring co-workers, friends, family, and neighbors of all ages! Donations are also welcome – a gift of $29 covers the cost of 100 meals. Give $100 and feed 345. To register for the event or make a contribution, please visit http://events.stophungernow.org/ArlingtonSt2017

Looking forward to seeing you on 3/26! Thank you for your support!

Arlington Street's Literary Salon, The Wednesdays: Shakespeare

Wednesdays ~ 6:00 pm, Frothingham Library

March 29th ~ Henry V
April 12th ~ Much Ado About Nothing
April 26th ~ Julius Caesar
May 10th ~ As You Like It ​
Prof. Alan Helms and Rev. Kim welcome you to the fourth installment of the Wednesdays Shakespearathon! Reading all 38 of Shakespeare's plays​ is admittedly a huge ambition, but Shakespeare is, by universal consent, not only the greatest writer in the English language, but one of the immortals of world literature. We'll need patience with archaic language while attending to a plethora of footnotes (there's no doing without them unless you live in a world where you cut your meat with a bodkin and your children say their orizons at bedtime). In other words,​ ​these Shakespeare courses are not for the faint of heart. But since it's generally true that "as ye sow, so shall ye reap," the rewards will be enormous. For many of us, this will be one of the great experiences of our lives! ​All are welcome!

It's Covenant Renewal Season! Have You Pledged Yet?

The outpouring of generosity at Covenant Renewal Sunday's service was spectacular! Thank you to all who pledged!

Along with giving volunteer service, making an annual pledge is part of membership here at Arlington Street. Everyone is invited to fill out a pledge form (found on the back of "Inside") and place it in the offering plate. Let's give to maintain this beautiful building, to support music and religious education, to pay the minister and staff, and to manifest our vision of love, service, justice, and peace in the world!

Parking Spaces in Alley - No Parking 24/7

The Finance Team has started to rent additional parking spaces to help generate additional income for the church. As a result, parking spaces will no longer be available for week night activities. Fortunately there are several low cost options nearby including 10 St. James, the Common Garage (ask about coupon books at their office) and along Arlington Street after 7pm.

Dining Out with Arlington Street Church Neighbors

Enjoy an evening out with Arlington Street members in your neighborhood! The Membership Team is planning a series of dinners around town to give members a chance to socialize, make new friends, and build community. The team is currently organizing gatherings in these areas:
·  South End
·  Jamaica Plain, Brookline, & Brighton
·  Cambridge
·  Merrimack Valley

Want details on one of these dinners or help in starting a Dining Out program in your area? Visit the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall after the service or e-mail the church office at Office@ASCBoston.org.