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

Get Ready for the Adventure of a Lifetime

Saturday, April 1st ~ 6:30 pm, Arlington Street Church

Indulge, Arlington Street's annual fundraising gala, is this Saturday! Please stop by the Indulge table in the Parish Hall to purchase your tickets to the best Indulge ever, or visit! Ticket price is $75 per person, with "upgrade to early boarding" for an additional $25 per person.

Following on last year's success, we're bringing back the raffle with even more fantastic prizes. Tickets are available now at the Indulge table during coffee hour ($20/each) and will be sold at the event. The drawing will be at the end of the evening, and you do not have to be present to win.

Living in the Cave: Addiction and Shame with Peg O'Connor

Sunday, April 2nd ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Plato's famous allegory of the cave is a way to understand some dimensions of addiction, relapse, and recovery. As useful as the allegory may be, it does raise an important question: Why are some people in the cave in the first place? This talk explores structural dimensions of oppression and their relation to addiction and how shame can be both a cause and a consequence of addiction. Peg O'Connor is the author of Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery and the popular "Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken" blog on She is also a columnist for the Pro Talk series on and served as chair of the 2015 Nobel Conference on Addiction. Peg is a recovering alcoholic who believes that philosophy helped her to get and stay sober.

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

Arlington Street's governing board, known as the Prudential Committee or "the Pru," has these updates to share from their meeting on February 21st:

• Physical improvements are underway, including painting and repair work outside the Perkins Room and the renovation of the Stage Right Room.

• The details of the relationship between the church and our new associated nonprofit organization known as the "Foundation for the Preservation of 20 Arlington Street" remain under discussion.

• Saturday is our March retreat, and it promises to be a fantastic event!

• Preservation architects, Hickox-Williams, have been retained to assist with construction of the new ramp.

As always, the complete minutes of the meeting are available upon request.

The Campaign to Restore the Tiffany Stained Glass Windows

Read all about it and find out how you can participate!

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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.