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, Nov. 19th, Dec. 3rd, and 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.

Imagine! An Evening of Encouragement. Inspiration. Radical Imagination

Tuesday, November 28th ~ 7:00 pm, Union United Methodist Church, 485 Columbus Avenue, Boston

We have been working. We have been organizing. We have been marching. We have been resisting. We have been fighting back! Now let us come together for a time of refreshing, an evening of soulful, intimate conversation. Encouragement. Inspiration. Radical Imagination! We need it... Tickets are $35.00, additional donations to sponsor another attendee are appreciated, and no one will be turned away due to funds. Doors open at 6:30. Please contact m4blmboston@gmail.com for more information. Organized by Black Lives Matter Boston, Union United Methodist Church, The Dignity Project International, Arlington Street Church, Veterans for Peace.

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

Tuesday, November 28th ~ 6:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Buddha's Belly and Arlington Street Zen Center (feel free to come to one or both) meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

6:00 Buddha's Belly: 6:00 Buddha's Belly: We'll complete our discussion of Jack Kornfield's new book, No Time Like the Present.
Our next book will be All the Rage: Buddhist Wisdom on Anger and Acceptance.

7:00 Arlington Street Zen Center: Our gathering includes seated and walking meditations, a dharma talk, and conversation. If you'd like to walk in the Public Garden (optional!), please dress for the weather. Beginners and experienced meditators from all traditions are warmly welcome.

Arlington Street's Literary Salon, The Wednesdays: Shakespeare;

Wednesdays ~ 6:00 pm, Frothingham Library
November 29th ~ ​Troilus and Cressida
December 13​th ​~ All's Well That Ends Well​
Professor Alan Helms and Rev. Kim welcome you to the fifth 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!

Ritual for Honoring Transition

Sunday, December 3rd ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

For seven years, Laura Evonne Steinman served as Arlington Street's Director of Religious Education. With the timing of her leaving in June, we missed the opportunity to say goodbye. This simple ritual is to honor the transition in our staff, release what is past, and welcome what is to come.

If you would like to share favorite memories of Laura's work among us, please write them down (think candle cards – no more than 3 minutes) and e-mail them to brobbins@ascboston.org by November 26th. Rev. Kim and Beth will be organizing these reflections to create a nice flow and identifying readers for those who can't be present or don't feel comfortable speaking in front of the group. If you won't be reading your own reflection, please note that when you send your submission. Children, youth, and families are especially encouraged to participate. All are welcome!

Bringing in the Greens

Saturday, December 9th ~ 11:00 - 4:00 pm, Sanctuary

We're decorating the sanctuary for the holidays! It requires a small battalion of volunteers. No experience required, and it's a lot of fun!
Please plan to join in! Come for all or part of the time. Please RSVP to Office@ASCBoston.org.

Ushers Needed for Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is special at Arlington Street, with three candlelit services: 5pm (a family-oriented service, with music provided our choir) and again at 7 and 9pm (with music provided by the Boston Gay Men's Chorus). We need ushers to help out with all three services. You can volunteer by signing up at the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall after today's service; or by emailing or phoning the church office (office@ascboston.org; 617-536-7050). Please be sure to let us know which service or services you are volunteering to usher and provide an email address and phone number where we can reach you. Thank you! We have been working. We have been organizing. We have been marching. We have been resisting. We have been fighting back! Now let us come together for a time of refreshing, an evening of soulful, intimate conversation. Encouragement. Inspiration. Radical Imagination! We need it... Tickets are $35.00, additional donations to sponsor another attendee are appreciated, and no one will be turned away due to funds. Doors open at 6:30. Please contact m4blmboston@gmail.com for more information. Organized by Black Lives Matter Boston, Union United Methodist Church, The Dignity Project International, Arlington Street Church, Veterans for Peace. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Intersectional Book Group

Monday, January 8th ~ 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Frothingham Library
Join Rev. Kim for the fourth in our series of occasional discussions about books with intersectional themes. For this gathering, we'll be reading Lindy West's Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, a series of essays dealing with issues of body image, popular culture, feminism, and social justice. All are welcome!

Mark Your Calendar!

There are many great Arlington Street Church events in the works for the new year. As you begin planning for 2018, be sure to save the dates for:

January 8th – Intersectional Book Group

January 14th – Ice Skating & Hot Chocolate at Frog Pond

February 11th – Chinese New Year Parade & Dim Sum Outing

March 24th – Indulge Auction & Celebration

April 1st – Easter Sunday Worship

April 8th – Rise Against Hunger Service Event

April 29th – Covenant Renewal Sunday

May 6th – Ordination of Beth Robbins

May 12th – Sakyong Mipham (son of Chögyam Trungpa; head of Shambhala)

June 9th – Pride! And an evening Kirtan with Krishna Das

Plus ... Stay tuned for special evenings with Cris Williamson and our own Karlene Griffith Sekou!

Parking Spaces in Alley - No Parking 24/7

Just a reminder, parking spaces 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 are unavailable at any time Monday through Saturday. 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.