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

Summertime at Arlington Street

The program staff and the Arlington Street Choir are away for the summer, but will be back for worship on September 10th. Today and every Sunday through Labor Day, we are grateful to our musicians, our preacher, the volunteer team, and Jaimie Dingus, our Summer Student Minister, for this beautiful worship service!
Next to the Hunnewell Chapel, there is a nursery for restless babies and their caregivers. This space offers a rocking chair, changing table with supplies, and a live audio feed of the service.
Should you need a minister over the summer, please call the church office at 617-536-7050. The admin staff is always here for you; Jeffrey, and Brad are glad to help! Happy summer, one and all!
During summer the best way to stay informed on all of the church's activities is to visit our website, ASCBoston.org and click on "Calendar." Jeff Bouchard, our facilities manager, keeps it current.

Summer Worship

Sundays, June 18th - September 3rd ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Thanks to the Worship Team for the fabulous lineup of speakers engaged for this summer, and especially to Kate Birney for playing "Worship Tetris" to schedule them all! The Worship Team is thrilled to welcome Jaimie Dingus, who will serve as our Summer Student Minister. Come keep the faith!


August 27 Awesomely, Wondrously Made ~ Rev. Joanna Lubkin
What might our relationship with our bodies and each other be like if we start from the premise that we are each "awesomely and wondorously made?" (Psalm 139) Rev. Jo will invite us to reflect on awe, wonder, inherent worth, and the gifts we're here to give the world.

Rev. Joanna Lubkin is an Affiliated Community Minister here at Arlington Street Church and serves as the Unitarian Universalist Chaplain at Wellesley College. She studied at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College Rabbinical School. Joanna sings in the Arlington Street Church choir and at The Sanctuary Boston.

September 3 Circle 'Round for Love ~ Art Nava

We Need Your Smiling Face!

The Arlington Street Church Visitor Center is now open for our second season of tours! Please consider joining in this effort by volunteering to serve as a Visitor Center greeter. The job is easy and fun – you will meet people from across the globe and join in their delight as they discover our dazzling church home for the first time. Sign up for a weekday or a Saturday shift or start as an ad-hoc volunteer – all levels of commitment are welcome! Learn more by contacting Rodger Vine at rvine@ascbostonorg. Thank you for helping us extend Arlington Street's prophetic welcome from Sunday morning to seven days a week!

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

Here are a few key highlights from the most recent meeting of the Prudential Committee, the governing board of Arlington Street Church:
• Some work is being done over the summer regarding the composition of our investment portfolio. An Investments Subcommittee is being formed.
• The Pru and HR discussed communications regarding concerns about Laura Evonne Steinman's recent departure, and the processes to be used to find and hire interim and permanent CRE Directors. The Pru affirmed its commitment to support the transition efforts and to keep the congregation engaged and informed as much as circumstances permit.
• Pink & Co. detailed the progress on the ramp. They have successfully leapt the hurdle of the Boston Landmarks Commission, and are finishing up the removal and cleanup of the previous construction. They also presented blueprints of the new ramp, and a timeline for ramp construction through September.
• The Pru took a small step toward orienting its new members and planning for the new year.

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ABOUT ASCENTER ONGOING GROUPS

 

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 transformation@ascboston.org, 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.