Arlington Street Church, Unitarian Universalist. Gathered in Love and Service for Justice and Peace. 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
 

About Us

Ministerial & Administrative Staff

•   Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie • Senior Minister
•   George Whitehouse • Minister at Large
•   Chris Alburger • Intern Minister
•   Jeffrey Bouchard • Facilities Manager & Administrative Assistant
•   Mark David Buckles • Director of Music
•   Laura Evonne Steinman • Religious Educator/Artist in Residence
•   Erica Rose Long • Children's Religious Education Assistant
•   Brad Nobles • Sexton

 


Rev. Kim

Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie • Senior Minister •office@ascboston.org

The Reverend Ms. Kim K. Crawford Harvie was raised in Concord, Massachusetts and graduated with honors from Middlebury College (Vermont) and Harvard Divinity School. Ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1984, she spent the following year as an intern at First Parish in Brewster, Massachusetts. In 1985, she was called to the Universalist Meeting House in Provincetown, Massachusetts, which she served until 1989. In 1987, she received the Maximilian Kolbe Award for Community Service and, in 1988, she was named Provincetown Citizen of the Year. In 1989, she  was called to Arlington Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts, where she continues to serve as Senior Minister. 

In Boston, Rev. Crawford Harvie co-founded two non-profit organizations: In the Best Interests of the Children, dedicated to providing educational and material assistance to young people and families affected by pediatric HIV/AIDS; and The Shared Heart, a traveling exhibition and book of photographs (released in 1997 by William Morrow) of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teenagers with accompanying text in their own words, designed to support the Massachusetts Safe Schools Initiative.

In 1992, Rev. Crawford Harvie was the recipient of Harvard Divinity School's First Decade Award. In the same year, Rev. Crawford Harvie also received distinguished alumnae awards from Middlebury College and Concord Carlisle High School. In 1996, the Legacy Foundation named Rev. Crawford Harvie Uncommon Woman of the Year. In 1999, Rev. Crawford Harvie was named one of ten delegates from the United States to Women Waging Peace, an international women's peacemaking initiative. In 2002, the Women's Educational and Industrial Union of Boston honored her as one of 100 outstanding women in the Commonwealth. In 2004, Rev. Crawford Harvie performed the first same-sex wedding in a church in the United States.

Having raised three daughters (the younger two adopted in Peru) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kim and her wife, Kem Morehead, a math teacher at Concord Academy, now serve as houseparents for 27 teenagers.

 

 

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Chris Alburger • Intern Minister CAlburger@ascboston.org

Chris Alburger was raised in the golden hills of Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, and steeped in the Bay Area's liberal spiritual and political values, environmentalism, and multiculturalism. Chris grew up in a Presbyterian church learning that God is love, and, with Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, and atheist friends, quickly came to see God's love as embracing all people.

In high school, after a few rough years, Chris went on a 3-week whitewater rafting and mountaineering trek with Outward Bound that was absolutely life changing, and became deeply invested in the healing of our individual lives and our shared world. After being in the wilderness, Chris was profoundly moved by Emerson and Transcendentalism. Chris went to Beloit College, in Wisconsin, where he learned about Unitarian Universalism in his first semester and embraced it on the spot. Chris majored in Creative Writing, lived at the Gay

Straight Alliance house, studied microfinance in Nicaragua and public health in Uganda, and was involved in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) campus ministry and student government, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 2009.

After college, Chris road tripped it back to the Bay Area in his white pickup truck, went to massage school, started his own business, and had a very successful private practice as a massage therapist for a few years. He also got a red motorcycle and enjoyed riding up into the mountains, through the redwoods, and along the coast. During this time, Chris was a lay leader at the UU Church of Berkeley and participated in a year-long Spiritual Activist Leadership Training program offered by the UU Legislative Ministry of California.

In 2012, Chris enrolled at Harvard Divinity School, where he was President of the Harvard Divinity School Student Association. Chris also worked as an Admissions Representative, helped lead the school's weekly multi-religious worship service, and wrote the section on Unitarian Universalism for the Pluralism Project's religious literacy curriculum. Chris is now in his third year in the Master of Divinity program.

 

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Jeff

Jeffrey Bouchard • Facilities Manager & Administrative Assistant • JBouchard@ascboston.org

Jeffrey David Bouchard is the Assistant to the Administrator at ASC. He is responsible for coordinating building usage by the congregation and the public, maintaining church property, ensuring security and fire systems are operating properly, and giving tours of our facilities to the public and UU youth groups. Jeffrey schedules numerous weddings, concerts, lectures, and meetings at ASC every year.

Jeffrey, the son of a Pentecostal minister, was raised in the Belfast/Searsport, Maine area. For many years he taught Sunday School and played piano during the worship services at his father’s church. Prior to coming to ASC, Jeffrey was the sexton/Assistant to the Administrator at the Park Street UU Church in Bangor, Maine, where he became a Unitarian Universalist. His current favorite vacation playland is Provincetown, which he visits a few times a year.

 

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Brad

Brad Nobles • Sexton

Brad Nobles has been Sexton at ASC since 1995. He is responsible for the upkeep of the building, including preparing the sanctuary and the Parish Hall for its many, many uses. Brad sets up for events, concerts, and weddings. He provides a knowledgeable presence and helping hands for our congregation, guests, and renters. Brad also helps the volunteers who set-up and staff the weekly Friday Night Supper Program.

Brad was born in New York City and raised in Boston. He loves jazz and sports. Before he came to ASC, he worked for twenty years in movie theatres, which he truly loved. He was a motion picture operator at such grand old theatres in Boston as The Orpheum, The Opera House, and The Strand in Dorchester.

 

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Rev. George

Rev. George G. Whitehouse • Minister at Large •GWhitehouse@ascboston.org

The Reverend George G. Whitehouse was appointed Minister-at-Large by the Arlington Street Church under the Reverend Jack Mendelsohn in 1969. He attended Northeastern University and Harvard Divinity School and was ordained by Arlington Street Church. Since 1969 he has represented ASC in many social outreach programs involving students, children, families and several Juvenile Criminal Justice start-up programs. George is currently on the board of the Bethany Union for Young Women (a subsidized housing facility in Boston for young women between the ages of 18–30), the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Heritage Society, and the Tuckerman Coalition (a consortium of UU’s advocating for legislation affecting families and children living in poverty). He has also been the resident Campanologist at ASC since 1961.

 

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Mark

Mark David Buckles • Director of Music • MBuckles@ascboston.org

Mark David Buckles, conductor, composer, music educator, and multi-instrumentalist, is a native of Beverly Hills, Michigan. Mark received his Masters of Music in Conducting at the Boston University College of Fine Arts and his Bachelors of Music in Composition from the University of Michigan School of Music.

Mark serves as Adjunct Professor of Music Theory at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and as Music Director Emeritus of Juventas, the acclaimed Boston-based New Music Ensemble dedicated to performing the works of young composers, which he co-founded in 2005.

In 2003 and 2005, Mark participated in the European American Music Alliance in Paris, where he received honors for his studies in counterpoint and harmony. Mark is also a 2006 graduate of the Conductors’ Institute at Bard College.

A prolific composer and arranger of choral, vocal, and instrumental music, Mark has received commissions from the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club, the University of Michigan Honors Convocation, Miller College, and Dixboro United Methodist Church. His works have been performed and recorded by the University of Michigan Chamber Choir, the Boston Choral Ensemble, the Boston University Concert Chorus, the Saint Petersburg String Quartet, and various other ensembles.

 

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Laura Evonne Steinman

Laura Evonne Steinman • Director of Religious Education for Children and Families/Artist in Residence • les@ascboston.org

Laura Evonne Steinman is a life-long Unitarian Universalist (UU) who grew up in Rochester, NY. She attended Rochester's First Unitarian Universalist Church, where Rev. Richard Gilbert was the Minister and Elizabeth Strong was the DRE. Laura had no idea how lucky she was. After attending the Religious Education program, she began teaching and volunteering at many church functions. During and after graduate school, Laura Evonne served as the Director of Religious Education of Third Unitarian Church on the west side of Chicago, a small congregation with a small multi-aged RE program. Today, Laura Evonne colorfully weaves together art, spiritually, justice, and community action.

In conjunction with her UU upbringing, Laura Evonne's spiritual journey is informed by her mixed-faith background. She is nurtured by both her father's Jewish family of Russian descent and her mother's Polish-Catholic experience. When not working at Arlington Street, Laura Evonne keeps her colorful soul active in community: specializing in creating community art and working with children on the autism spectrum; working/volunteering at Gould Farm, the oldest therapeutic farm for those struggling with mental illness in America; teaching sewing and mending classes; and creating visual elements for worship rituals. You might also find Laura organizing a new moon gathering at Moishe House Boston: Kavod Jewish Social Justice House, marching in an anti-war march, volunteering with her cat and dog through PetPals at Cambridge Homes, cooking a veggie dinner, gardening, visiting family, or just soaking up the magic that is around most every corner.

Laura received her BFA in Sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design and her Master's in Art Education (with a focus in Community Arts) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She believes: "In each of our hands we hold gifts to share with others; let our hands be open wide to all the experiences we encounter in our world community."

Laura Evonne and her partner Christa A. Lamb live in North Andover, on what they call the "Lion and Lamb Farm" with a big veggie garden, 2 cats - Krowka and Bonita , 2 dogs - Mr. Fred and Jenne belle, a school of fish, and tons of house plants.

 

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Erica Rose Long

Erica Rose Long • Children's Religious Education Assistant • elong@ascboston.org

Erica Rose Long was lucky to grow up in Augusta, Maine, a short a drive from the "Vacationland" coastline. In 2012 Erica graduated from Bates College where she studied English literature, religion, and studio art. Alongside her studies Erica worked as a fellow to the college Multifaith Chaplain for three years. As a fellow Erica coordinated a weekly multifaith service, planned annual services like the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service, and worked to create safe spaces where Bates to students could engage with issues of identity, faith, and social justice.

During Erica's junior year at Bates she studied abroad at the University of Cape Town. Erica fell in love with the city; it's people and their stories. Upon her return Erica wrote an honors thesis on the works of South African novelist and journalist Fred Khumalo, who sat on the panel for her thesis defense.

After graduation Erica moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina and joined the Johnson Intern Program (Now the Johnson Service Corps). As a Johnson Intern Erica lived in intentional community with 7 other young adults, took courses in Servant Leadership, and worked as a Health and Vocational Counselor at a halfway house for women recovering from substance abuse and addiction.

Erica is in her second year of the Master of Divinity Program at Harvard Divinity School. At HDS Erica serves on the board of HUUMS (Harvard Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Students).

 

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Updated October, 2014