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, 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!

July 9 ~ Material Aid ~ Richard Marshall

Richard will discuss the concept of material aid, drawing on sources from ancient times, and move on to briefly discuss the concept of reparations for the impact of slavery in America. Finally he will tell us about several grassroots examples of material aid, drawn from the personal experiences of his co-workers and friends.

Richard Marshall has been a pediatrician in the city of Boston for more than 40 years. He is originally from a farming family in rural California. He has a wide range of interests, but has been involved in racial justice work since he presented a positive view of President Eisenhower's decision to send troops into Little Rock, Arkansas in the fifth grade, much to the shock and embarrassment of his teacher and family.

July 16 ~ Jaimie Dingus
July 23 ~ John O'Connor
July 30 ~ Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary
August 6 ~ Liz Weber
August 13 ~ Tina Rose
August 20 ~ Rev. Vera O'Brien
August 27 ~ Rev. Joanna Lubkin
September 3 ~ 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:
• Ted Rudinsky presented a set of goals to guide the drafting of a memorandum of understanding between Arlington Street Church and the Foundation for the Preservation of 20 Arlington Street.
• Art Nava presented the treasurer's report and a draft FY18 budget, which was approved by the Pru.
• Jennifer Pinck and Brigid Williams presented a preliminary redesign for our new accessibility ramp. Further designs, schedule, and budget will be discussed at next month's Pru meeting.
• Al Ingram presented a vision and process for follow-up to the congregational retreat, which will be presented to the congregation in the near future.

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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.