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Boston/North Shore Unitarian Page

note-rt  Since I moved from the North Shore of New York's Long Island to Boston's North Shore area of Massachusetts in mid-2010,
the Long Island Unitarian page is now essentially CLOSED (and might NOT be maintained).



(the Unitarian Universalist movement
in Boston's North Shore)

(16 Nov 2013)



North Shore (Boston) UU History
Local UU Churches in my area of Boston, Massachusetts's North Shore

UU History of Boston's North Shore

There are many very old Unitarian and Universalist churches all around Boston and it's North and South Shores.

Downtown in Boston are many famous UU churches, including the Arlington Street Church, the Community Church of Boston, and First Church in Boston, but, to my mind, none can top King's Chapel for reasons I detail below.

Although Quincy, Massachusetts, is on Boston's South Shore, the Adams family (NOT the Addams family!) is so closely associated with Boston itself and the State House, that I repeat this Long Island anecdote here:

John and Abigail Adams were members of the First Parish Church* of Quincy and, in 1826, shortly after his father's death, John Quincy Adams (their second of five children) formally affiliated with the Quincy church, conceding at the time that he should have taken the step thirty years earlier, but, to my surprise, JQA (as he identified himself) and Louisa Adams were also residents of Long Island, summering in Deer Park from about 1835 until his death in 1848 (ref.:  NEWSDAY, page A32, Tuesday, 13 Aug 2002).  The John Quincy Adams Elementary School at 172 Old Country Road in Deer Park sits on JQA's former estate and has a portrait of JQA donated by family members in its main lobby.

    (* - where all four Adamses are buried)

Another famous South Shore UU church is the "Old Ship Church" in Hingham, where Abraham Lincoln's ancestors worshipped.

[More to follow.]

Local UU Churches
in my area of Boston, Massachusetts's North Shore

When we were moving to Boston's North Shore from Long Island's North Shore in mid-2010, I did a quick search on the UUA web site UU Directory's "Find a Congregation" page for local UU churches.  HA!  Would you believe 75 within a 25-mile radius?  How about 10 within a 5-mile radius?  There are even three within a mile-and-a-half (quelle richesse)!

There are dozens of major UU churches and some very small ones in this immediate area (Boston/Suffolk County, and Middlesex# and Essex# Counties, Boston's "North Shore", and neighboring South Shore Norfolk and northern Plymouth Counties).

[# - in an historical aside here, "-sex" in Middlesex and Essex (as well as in Sussex and Wessex, elsewhere) has nothing whatsoever to do with gender or procreation but rather stands for "Saxon", as in the Middle Saxons and East Saxons, etc.]

[More to follow.]

King's Chapel

Directly across School Street from the venerable old Parker House* hotel (of rolls fame and now an Omni), at 68 Tremont Street, and only two short blocks southeast down Beacon Street from the State House, stands King's Chapel.  In their own words, they "blend old and new - a church founded in 1686, with the oldest American pulpit still used".  They "are Christian like those who founded {their} church; and - - - are willing to continue deeply exploring the astonishing implications of Jesus’ teachings in our world today".  They "follow an old form of worship known well to Catholics, Episcopalians, and Lutherans, in a beautiful prayer book passed down by {their} forebears; and - - - unabashedly keep asking big, new questions, relevant to today - - - ".  They "sit in pew boxes that have been in place since the time when members had to purchase their seats" (no, you don't have to buy one now).

For those who have a hankering for that "old-time religion", although free of Trinitarianism, you just can't beat King's Chapel for comfort and familiariity.

In addition, back in 1785, King's Chapel took the then-alarming step of rewriting the Anglican Book of Common Prayer by excising all reference to the Trinity, a tract which, now in its ninth editon, is still very much in use today.

Whereas historically most American Universalist churches were (and often still are) non-Trinitarian Christian in orientation, relatively few Unitarian and Unitarian-Universalist churches are and that makes King's Chapel all the more outstanding.

I feel that attendance at a Sunday worship service at King's Chapel should be almost mandatory for all new UUs and old-timers who have never experienced such worship would do well to visit.  It gives a wonderful sense of history and of balance.

[* - in another historical aside, the Parker House not only invented the world-famous Parker House roll, a small, semi-circular bread, but they also created the equally-famed Boston cream pie (actually a cake that is filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate.  It was created by Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian at the Parker House in 1856 and consists of two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla-flavored custard or crème pâtissière, topped with a chocolate glaze.  The Boston cream pie was named the official dessert of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1996!

But wait - it gets better (for me, at least):

A Boston cream doughnut is filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière and topped with chocolate icing; it is another name for a BERLINER, und (with my apologies to JFK)



  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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note-rt  Since I moved from Long Island to Massachusetts in mid-2010,
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