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

Blessing of the Animals


Blessing of the Animals

Sunday ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary
Each year on a Sunday near the Feast Day of St. Francis, we celebrate the animal companions in our lives by welcoming them (crated, on a leash, in a bowl, in a photo) to be blessed. Welcome to this happy, hilarious, and love-filled worship service!

Coffee Hour and Lunch

Sunday ~ Immediately following worship, Parish Hall
Let's all gather downstairs for coffee, soup, sandwiches, and community! For Blessing of the Animals, Jon Ellertson is featuring a vegan feast! If you're visiting Arlington Street Church, or would like information about Unitarian Universalism, please visit the Welcome Table.

We welcome additional volunteers to help with food preparation and, especially, with clean-up. To volunteer, and for more information about joining our team, please stop by the kitchen today, or contact Jon Ellertson.

Rice Sticks and Tea: Looking for Volunteers

Saturday, October 10th ~ 7:45 am - 9:30 am, Parish Hall
Did you know that Cantonese is the primary language spoken in the Parish Hall on every second Saturday ​morning ​of the year?​Rice Sticks and Tea​, which distributes food to over 100 Chinese families,​ is a non-profit organization run by a board of Chinese American professionals (lawyers, engineers, entrepreneurs, etc​.).​
Volunteers are needed to bag and distribute the food, and to help clean up. It is a very rewarding experience! If you are interested, please come help on Saturday, October 10th. If you have any questions, please contact

The Campaign to Restore the Tiffany Stained Glass Windows

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Maine Walk for Peace

October 9-24th ~ Maine


Sunday, Oct. 11th ~ 11a m, Herbert and Day Streets in Davis Square

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

Tuesday, October 13th ~ 6:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

The Wednesdays: Flannery O'Connor

Wednesdays, October 14th and 21st ~ 6:00 pm, Frothingham Library

The Mainstreaming of Mindfulness in America: The Promise and the Perils with John Kabat-Zinn

Friday, October 16th ~ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Sanctuary General Admission: $25 / Benefactor: $30

Day of Mindfulness Practice and Dialogue with John Kabat-Zinn

Saturday, October 17th ~ 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, Lesley University's Washburn Hall, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA General Admission: $125 / Benefactor: $175

Arlington Street Circle of Caring

Sunday, October 25th ~ 12:30 pm, Frothingham Library

Arlington Street Samhain Celebration

Saturday, October 31st ~ 8:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Jay Michaelson Book Release!

Sunday, November 8th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

It's Covenant Renewal Season! Have You Pledged Yet?

Coming Up at ASCenter

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Meditation in Everyday Life

Mondays, September 28-October 26th, 6-8pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Kundalini Yoga Class

Every Wednesday ~ 6:00 pm, Clarke Room

Social Action

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Rice Sticks and Tea: Looking for Volunteers

Saturday, October 10th ~ 7:45 am - 9:30 am, Parish Hall

Animal Issues Group

Just Coffee!

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

CRE on Sundays

Happy Animal Blessing Sunday! After the second hymn, children, youth, family members, and their animals are gathering in the Perkins Room. Check out CRE to learn more.

Children's Religious Education Wants You!

Would you enjoy assisting behind the scenes, sharing a story or your spiritual practice, going on a field trip, leading a sex ed class, holding babies, building with legos, or digging in the dirt! If the answer is yes, please contact Laura or Erica for more information!

CRE Is on Facebook!

Check out the CRE Facebook page to see what we're up to!

ASC's Children's Religious Education Blog

Check out the CRE blog to see what's coming up and what we've been doing lately.

View ASC's Children's Religious Education Calendar

Check out the CRE calendar to see what's coming up!


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Join the Arlington Street Choir !

Every Thursday ~ 7:00 pm, Clarke Room

Experience the spiritual practice of communal singing! Take just a couple of hours out of your week to create something beautiful, make friends, and add more music to your life! Musicians and non-musicians are welcome—we are a mix of professionals and amateurs.

Click here to see or hear ten minute move on Unitarian Universalism!

  Unitarian Universalism

  If you are new to Unitarian Universalism,
  “Voices of a Liberal Faith — Unitarian Universalists”

  is a great introduction. Click here to watch
  this ten minute video!



Special Considerations for Special Needs

The Arlington Street public transit station re-opened in June 2009 and now provides handicapped access from the transit station to street level via elevators and/or a ramp. A separate part of the MBTA project created a wheelchair ramp leading from street level on Boylston Street to the church office door.

Handicapped access to the Sanctuary on Arlington Street is provided by a ramp on Arlington Street which leads to an entrance to the Sanctuary.

During worship services, and other special events, FM amplification headsets can be provided upon request. Braille hymnals are also available for Sunday services, as well as a large print version of the hymnal and each week’s order of service. Please ask an usher for assistance.

Arlington Street Church has a wheelchair accessible restroom immediately adjacent to the Sanctuary.


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It's Sunday at 11 am
Do You Know Where Your
Spiritual Communtiy Is?

Join us for worship this Sunday! The Homily by Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie is "A Hummingbird, Lions, Tigers, A Bear, Elephants, A Dog, That Man, and Us."

Arlington Street Church is a Welcoming Congregation.

All are welcome!

Enter through the
Great Doors at
25 Arlington Street, Boston

From the Pulpit

The season of Covenant Renewal here at Arlington Street is the time when we renew our covenant with our beloved spiritual community and pledge gifts of love, service, and financial support to this place and to our work in the world.

This year's Covenant Renewal theme is #IamASC. Here's what some Arlington Street members and friends are saying!

Harriotte Hurie - #IamASCBoston

Al Ingram - #IamASCBoston

Harlow Robinson - #IamASCBoston

Robert Holley - #IamASCBoston

Tricia Boulet - #IamASCBoston


We invite you to visit the Worship Archives. You can either read or listen to sermons.

Blessing of the Animals A Hummingbird, Lions, Tigers, A Bear, Elephants, A Dog, That Man, and Us
[October 4, 2015]

The Holy in Disguise
[September 27, 2015]

The Morning Takes Care of the Day
[September 13, 2015]

ASC Sermon Podcast

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Welcome to Arlington Street Church

asc churchWelcome to Arlington Street Church, gathered in love and service for justice and peace. We're so glad you found us! Unitarian Universalists believe that personal experience, conscience, and reason are the final authorities in religion. Instead of subscribing to a single religious creed or doctrine, we keep an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places, and we honor a diversity of answers. Join us! All are welcome!


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Candles of Sorrow & Joy

Candles can be submitted online by Arlington Street Church members and friends and will be included in our weekly Candles of Sorrow & Joy ritual during the Sunday morning worship service.

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Book a Tour of Arlington Street Church

Arlington Street Church offers tours of our historic church for Coming of Age programs, heritage tours, religious education programs, and other interested parties.

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Love and Justice