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

Judah Leblang: One-Man Show - One Man's Journey through the Late Middle Ages

Friday, March 24th ~ 8:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Writer/storyteller/columnist Judah Leblang presents a new version of his one-man show—One Man's Journey through the Late Middle Ages. The show, based on Judah's book Finding My Place, is a mostly humorous look at getting older and dealing with times when 'man planned and God laughed.' Tickets are $15/$12 for ASC members at the door. For more information, click here for the flyer, go to or call 617-466-9637. Clips from a previous performance are on line at:

Join the Meal Packing Assembly Line & Feed 20,000 this Afternoon!

Sunday, March 26th ~ 1:00 pm, Parish Hall

Sunday is our 4th annual meal packaging event with Rise Against Hunger! With neighbors from Emmanuel Church, Bethel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, and The South Asian Arts Council, we are transforming the Parish Hall into an all-ages assembly line. Be part of the fun as we package 20,088 highly-nutritious, dehydrated meals to be shipped across the globe to hungry people in dire circumstances. Looking forward to a joyful afternoon of hands-on service in support of international hunger relief!
Donations are also welcome at the event or at A gift of $29 covers the cost of 100 meals. Give $100 and feed 345. Thank you for your generosity!

Looking forward to seeing you on 3/26! Thank you for your support!

Sanctuary and Solidarity

Monday, March 27th ~ 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Undocumented people are not safe—anywhere. How can Arlington Street Church be involved with the congregations organizing on this issue? Let's begin by launching a Task Force on Immigrant Justice. The first meeting will be at the church on Monday, March 27th. ALL are invited! Sponsored by the Social Action Committee.

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

Tuesday, March 28th ~ 6:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel

Buddha's Belly and Arlington Street Zen Center (feel free to come to one or both) meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

6:00 Buddha's Belly: We will continue our discussion of The Book of Joy by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Please read through the end of Day 1 (page 78).

7:00 Arlington Street Zen Center: Our gathering includes seated and walking meditations, a dharma talk, and conversation. If you'd like to join Rev. Kim and walk in the Public Garden (optional!), please dress for the weather. Beginners and experienced meditators from all traditions are warmly welcome.

Arlington Street's Literary Salon, The Wednesdays: Shakespeare

Wednesdays ~ 6:00 pm, Frothingham Library

March 29th ~ Henry V
April 12th ~ Much Ado About Nothing
April 26th ~ Julius Caesar
May 10th ~ As You Like It ​
Prof. Alan Helms and Rev. Kim welcome you to the next installment of the Wednesdays Shakespearathon! Reading all 38 of Shakespeare's plays​ is admittedly a huge ambition, but Shakespeare is, by universal consent, not only the greatest writer in the English language, but one of the immortals of world literature. We'll need patience with archaic language while attending to a plethora of footnotes (there's no doing without them unless you live in a world where you cut your meat with a bodkin and your children say their orizons at bedtime). In other words, ​these Shakespeare courses are not for the faint of heart. But since it's generally true that "as ye sow, so shall ye reap," the rewards will be enormous. For many of us, this will be one of the great experiences of our lives! ​All are welcome!

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.