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

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

Tuesday, September 26th ~ 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: We'll continue our discussion of Sharon Salzberg's Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection, and finish it up on October 10th. Sharon is a beloved teacher and the co-founder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques to help deepen our capacity to love and be loved. Coming up: Jack Kornfield's new book, No Time Like the Present.

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

We Need Your Smiling Face!

The Arlington Street Church Visitor Center is wrapping up our second season of tours at the end of October. Please help us make our last month a great one by volunteering 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!

#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!

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.