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

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 or click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Organized by Black Lives Matter Boston, Union United Methodist Church, The Dignity Project International, Arlington Street Church, and 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!

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 ~ October

The Prudential Committee is our governing board, made up of leadership elected by and from Arlington Street members.
Discussions considered progress on reviews of:
• Pru meeting practices
• Financial reports
• Congregation membership tracking practices
• Family Ministry program
• Accessibility ramp project contracting, permitting, budgeting, planning, and funding options
• The Pru took action to start the definition of the Director of Family Ministry search process.
The Pru initiated long-range strategic planning for the church, agreeing to an approach which incorporates the results of the Visioning Retreat from last March, and which engages a consultant later this year to help define a roadmap for moving forward.

Share Rev. Kim's Sermons around the World

Each week we share Rev. Kim's sermon on our YouTube channel. We would love your help to record the sermon each week, to edit the video on iMovie, and/or to post the video to YouTube. No prior experience necessary, although it would be helpful. Ideally we will form a team of four to five, and organize a monthly schedule where we share the weekly tasks. If you are interested, please contact Office@ascboston.org.

#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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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.