Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC | 404 Washington St, Brighton MA 02135 | Office: baccoffice@verizon.net | Pastor: brightonucc@verizon.net | 617-254-4046

About Us

Our doors are open to all. There is a wheelchair-accessible ramp located on the Dighton Street (east) side of the building. This brings you to the first floor of the church where the sanctuary, community hall, Thrift Shop and the accessible restroom are located. The Community Supper dining hall and Food Pantry are in the basement as is our kitchen and our occasional emergency shelter.


People come here for many reasons, and from many different backgrounds. Some of us are new to faith and some are life-long believers. All are searchers. We are single, married, widowed, or partnered; LGBTQ and straight; young, vintage and all ages in between; immigrants and short-term residents. All of who we are is celebrated as part of what makes each one of us unique and a blessed part of the community. Here, we are all children of a loving God.


Our Mission Statement:  The people of Brighton Allston Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, seek in gratitude and joy to embrace, love and share with all God’s gift of love, compassion and acceptance as a living, diverse and genuine community of Christ Jesus.


Statement of Faith

We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:


You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image, and set before each one the ways of life and death. You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin. You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.


In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.


You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues and races.


You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.


You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.


Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.

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The Ministers and Staff

The Ministers of the Church


In the Congregational church, all who show up minister together as they feel called to serve in the various ministries of the church and for the world. Come lead worship, sing, teach a class, work for justice or help in our food ministry and Thrift Shop.


The Reverend Karen Fritz,
​​​​​​​Pastor


The Reverend Karen Fritz serves as our pastor and teacher. Pastor Karen has served exuberantly with us since 1998. She is a warm, caring and inspiring leader as she experiences our feisty and diverse congregation as truly beloved community. She grew up in Baltimore and worked as a community organizer before graduating from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.


Lois Corman, 

Church Administrator


Lois is our church administrator. She works part-time, but is almost always in on Wednesdays. When she's not in the office, you can find her quilting, traveling, and gardening. 

Fernando Michelin, 

Musician


Fernando Michelin is our church musician. A native of Uruguay, Nando came to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music more than 30 years ago. He leads the Nando Michelin Group and has recorded several jazz CDs, including Duende, Reencontro, When Einstein Dreams, Common Grounds, and Facing South. He is an associate professor in the piano department at Berklee College of Music. There are samples of his music on myspace, or follow the Nando Michelin band on Facebook.


Seminary Interns


From local seminaries, we are also blessed with creative ministerial interns who learn and lead with us each year.