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, September 25th ~ 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Sunday is Arlington Street's annual commemoration of 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. Come join in this happy, hilarious, and love-filled worship service!

Uncomfortable Conversations

Sunday, September 25th ~ 12:30 pm, Carol Smith Room
The Transformation Team for Racial Justice offers this time and space for facilitated discussion and continuing conversation about developing an anti-racist worldview. We plan to hold these conversations periodically at Arlington Street Church. All are welcome and no RSVP is needed. For more information or to suggest discussion topics in advance, email

Woody O'Kane

Sunday, September 25th ~ 2:00 pm, Sanctuary

Please join us on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of longtime Arlington Street member Mary Alice (Woody) O'Kane. Woody was a veteran of our choir and was with George Whitehouse in the bell tower on Christmas Eve, as always, ringing in the holiday. She will be greatly missed!

Let's Ramp Up Our Prophetic Hospitality!

Arlington Street's ramp construction project is currently featured on Faithify, the crowdfunding platform of Unitarian Universalism. With your help, we hope to raise $5,000 in the next 30 days. Find out how you can help!

In Celebration of Blessing of the Animals Coffee Hour and Lunch is Vegetarian & Vegan

Immediately following worship, Parish Hall

Let's all gather downstairs for coffee, soup, sandwiches, and community! 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.

1st Annual New England Muslim Festival

Sunday, September 25th, 11:30 am - 6:00 pm, Malden City Hall Plaza
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Car Donations Made Easy!

Start your fall off on the right track by donating a vehicle. If you are finally splurging on that new vehicle, donate your trade-in to Arlington Street. Just click the link below or call 855-500-RIDE (7433)

The Campaign to Restore the Tiffany Stained Glass Windows

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Arlington Street Circle of Caring

Sundays, October 2nd, 16th, and 30th ~ 12:45 pm, Carol Smith Room

Have You Made Your Pledge Yet?

Coming Up at ASCenter

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

Tuesday, September 27th ~ 6:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Kundalini Yoga Class

Every Wednesday ~ 6:00 pm, Clarke Room

Social Action

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Community Dialogues on War and Reconciliation

September 23rd - 25th ~ Unitarian First Church Boston
66 Marlborough Street

Uncomfortable Conversations

Sunday, September 25th ~ 12:30 pm, Carol Smith Room

Protest the Proposed Changes to Prison Visitation

Thursday, September 29th ~10 am, Ashburton Café, McCormack Building (1 Ashburton Place, near the State House)

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

CRE on Sundays

In addition to hanging out with our beloved animal friends, each group will share Joys and Sorrows and discuss the First Principle Project. If your children are planning to participate today, please be sure that you have completed their CRE registration form for the new church year. Check out CRE to learn more.

Children's Religious Education Registration is Open!

Hey CRE families, it's the start of the school year, and that means it's time for CRE REGISTRATION! Click to read more.


Sunday, September 18th, 12:30 pm, Perkins Room

ASC Youth group (8th - 12th grades) please meet in the Perkins Room for pizza and conversation before we head over to the Islamic center together!

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 and Newsletter

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

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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! This week's sermon by Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie is "Animal Lessons."

Arlington Street Church is a Welcoming Congregation.

All are welcome!

Enter through the
Great Doors at
25 Arlington Street, Boston

From the Pulpit

#LEAP4ASC Read why others are leaping for Arlington Street Church during this season's Covenant Renewal!

#LEAP4ASC Reese Millican

#LEAP4ASC Robert Holley

#LEAP4ASC Tammy Tai

#LEAP4ASC Al Ingram

#LEAP4ASC Connie Scanlon

#LEAP4ASC Teresa Herbert

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

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
[June 12, 2016]

The Butterfly Effect
[June 5, 2016]

Covenant Renewal: Whose Are You?
[May 16, 2016]

Make Yourself Useful
[May 16, 2016]

Covenant of Right Relations

Thanks to our wonderful friends across the river at First Parish in Cambridge (Unitarian Universalist) for sharing their Covenant of Right Relations with us! With the guidance of our Transformation Team for Racial Justice, we're beginning to consider how to make it our own. Click here to read.Your insights are welcome! Please email

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