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

Coming Up at the ASCenter

The Arlington Street Center for Liberal Religious Inquiry and Spritual Practice

Inquiry is an approach to religious commitment and education that is deeply rooted in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. Practice is equally important, as we seek to translate our ideals, values, and spiritual insights into action in our personal lives. With these principles in mind, the ASCenter offers programs that explore the principles, history and practice of the Unitarian Univeralist tradition; the Jewish and Christian roots and influences of liberal religion; resources and wisdom from world religions; study of Sacred Texts; appreciation of spiritual themes in literature, art, music and drama; and discussion of critical social issues facing our contemporary society.

Current Events

ASC Social Group Events!

Friday, February 16th ~ Evening, Loews Cinema, Boston Common

Saturday, March 17th ~ 2:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Thanks to all who joined the ASC Social Group for a great outing to Emily Jaworski's concert in January. Let's keep the fun going for February and March! On February 16th, we will catch a movie together at the Loews Boston Common theater, followed by dessert. Stay tuned for the movie selection and time once the listings come out. On March 17th, we will gather for inclusive, family-friendly party games in the Hunnewell Chapel. Bring your playful side and creative spirit for an afternoon of improv style games. You are also welcome to bring snacks to share. For more information or to join the ASC-social Google group, contact Sharon though You can also find us on Facebook by searching for "ASC Social." Please contact Helen in advance if you need disability accommodations. All are welcome!

Delegates Needed for General Assembly Meeting

Sign up before February 18th ~ Welcome Table in the Parish Hall

Are you planning to attend the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly meeting in Kansas City this June? If your answer is yes (either in person or online), would you consider serving our beloved spiritual community as a GA delegate? The Nominating Committee will be submitting names for five delegates to vote on behalf of Arlington Street Church at our association's annual meeting. For more information, please contact or see Rachel Corey at the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall after the service for more information before February 18th. Thank you!

Indulge 2018 Planning Meeting

Sunday ~ 12:30 pm, Clarke Room

Join the team as we continue planning and preparing the invitations for mailing. Indulge 2018 is our spring fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, March 24th. Come be a part of helping to make this fun night a reality!

The Wednesdays Literary Salon: ​Richard Wilbur with Professor Alan Helms and Rev. Kim

Wednesdays, February 14th and 21st, and March 7th ~ 6:00 pm, The Vendome, 160 Commonwealth Ave. (tell the doorman you're there to see Professor Helms)

A blurb from Professor Helms: Richard Wilbur, who died last October at the age of 96, was one of the best American poets of his or any other generation. A complete master of poetic forms, he was always deft and poised and intelligent. And with the possible exception of Eliot, no one can match him for wit and grace and elegance. He has soul as well, but his skill is a more perennial attraction. Watching him perform is like seeing the king of acrobats at the peak of his career. Our second Poet Laureate (Robert Penn Warren was the first) and winner of innumerable awards, including a National Book Award and two Pulitzers, he also wrote lyrics for Candide, my candidate for best Broadway musical of all time. He was a brilliant translator as well, working with Russian, French, and Spanish writers among others. Here's a teaser for you, called Exeunt, that hints at his prowess:

Piecemeal the summer dies;
  At the field's edge a daisy lives alone;
   A last shawl of burning lies
    On a gray field-stone.
All cries are thin and terse;
  The field has droned the summer's final mass;
   A cricket like a dwindled hearse
     Crawls from the dry grass.

I've chosen 36 po​ems for our three meetings - ​a​ tidy dozen per session. Our text is Richard Wilbur: New and Collected Poems (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988). Please be sure to get the correct title! Packets of these poems will also be available from Rev. Kim or in the church offfice.

Here they are:

February 14 ~
Praise in Summer (page 391)
A Dubious Night (372)
On the Eyes of an SS Officer (348)
Potato (345)
Tywater (342)
The Death of a Toad (320)
Year's End (302)
Pity (300)
Parable (298)
Marché aux Oiseaux (296)
Museum Piece (292)
The Pardon (285)

February 21 ~
A Baroque Wall-Fountain in the Villa​ Sciarra (271)
Boy at the Window (267)
Exeunt (265)
Mind (240)
A Black November Turkey (238)
Piazza Di Spagna, Early Morning (236)
​Love calls Us to the Things of This World (233)
Pangloss's Song (215)
Ballade for the Duke of Orléans (211)
A Summer Morning (188)
Junk (185)
Advice to a Prophet (182)

March 7 ~
A Late Aubade (153)
Playboy (146)
Running (137)
A Black Birth in Winter (72)
Cottage Street, 1953 (68)
To the Etruscan Poets (55)
The Writer (53)c
A Storm in April (52)
Hamlen Brook (41)
A Finished Man (40)
Transit (34)
Under a Tree (24)


Kundalini Yoga Class

Every Wednesday ~ 6:00 pm, Clarke Room
Experience fun exercises and poses, breathing techniques, chanting, meditation, and deep relaxation in this unique class. Moving energy through your body brings positive change and growth. There is a $10 charge that goes to the church. First class is free!

Pru in Review ~ January

The Prudential Committee is our governing board, made up of leadership elected by and from Arlington Street members.
At the January meeting, the Pru reviewed and discussed reports on:
• Financial status
• Potential Foundation projects, including brownstone assessment/repair
• Family Ministry Director search planning
• A proposal to move our banking and investment management to another financial institution
• Nominating Committee activities and plans for this year
• Accessibility ramp status, potential costs, and options
• Visioning and strategic/operations planning approach and roadmap

#FiredUp4ASC: Fired Up Towards our Covenant Renewal Goal!

Thanks to everyone who made Covenant Renewal Sunday the most successful celebration of pledging in the history of Arlington Street Church! If you have not yet made your pledge for the next church year (Fiscal Year 2018 begins July 1st), please do that now! We are more than 83% of the way to our goal and waiting for those few outstanding pledges. Please keep in mind Flame and Smokey's generous match of all new money—new and increased pledges! As you consider your pledge during Covenant Renewal, please reflect on what Arlington Street Church means in your life. If this community has been transformative for you, consider taking a leap in your level of investment in the church. Coordinating your values with where your money goes is a powerful spiritual practice! Thank you for your generosity!

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Arlington Street Zen Center

Leader: Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie, Senior Minister
September - May: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month
Time: 7:00–8:00 pm
Location: Hunnewell Chapel
An evening of meditation practice. Sessions include seated & walking meditation, Dharma talk, and conversation. This practice is open to all, both beginning and experienced practitioners.

Arlington Street Zen Center always follows the Buddha’s Belly Reading Group.


Buddha’s Belly Reading Group

Leader: Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie, Senior Minister
September - May: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month
Time: 6:00 pm–7:00 pm
Location: Hunnewell Chapel
Buddha’s Belly Reading Group meets twice monthly to discuss issues of spiritual practice from a Buddhist perspective. Members come from many different faith traditions and religious practices. The group has discussed works by Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chodron, Sylvia Boorstein, Shunryu Suzuki and others.


Kundalini Yoga

Leader: Jean Ko Stewart
Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 pm–7:00 pm
Location: Hunnewell Chapel
Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, consists of simple yogic techniques that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter his or her age or physical ability. It is a complete system of yoga that includes breath (pranayam), yoga postures (asanas), sound, chanting (mantra) and meditation. It is designed to provide you with the experience of your highest consciousness through the raising of your Kundalini.

Note: Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably made of cotton or other natural, breathable fiber. Avoid eating immediately before class. Also, there is a $10 fee for this course. First class is free!


Transformation Team for Racial Justice

September - May: 3rd Tuesdays of each month
Time: 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
The Transformation Team for Racial Justice is an ongoing task force of Arlington Street Church that seeks to identify and eliminate interpersonal and institutional barriers of racism and oppression, and build a justice-seeking, multiracial, multicultural community. If you have suggestions, questions, comments, or concerns for The Team, please email, attend our open meetings on the third Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8:30 p.m. or speak with a team member (Sarah Cooleybeck, Margy Herley, Peter Lowber, Laura Pattison, Nancy Perna, Steve Marable, and Barbara Seidl). Membership on the Team requires a one year commitment and anti-racism/anti oppression/multicultural training.


The Wednesdays Literary Salon

Leader: Professor Alan Helms and Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie
Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Location: Frothingham Library
Join Professor Alan Helms and Rev. Kim, Arlington Street Church members and the general public in a book group. The leaders guide discussions of specific works of drama, literature, and poetry.