A message from Pastor Mark Seifried regarding the COVID-19 State of Emergency:

Our Sunday 10:30 am services will be on our Facebook Page and WebEx until further notice. We have suspended Wednesday night Community Suppers and closed the Thrift Store until the state of emergency has been lifted. Food distribution from the Allston Brighton Food Pantry will no longer happen at the church. We are currently working on a system to deliver food baskets. If you would like to be on the delivery list for the food pantry, please call or email the church office (see email and phone number below). We have been grateful for volunteers who have come from different organizations to help us keep going. I am most grateful for your resilience and support. It feels like the Holy Spirit is blessing us.

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.

 

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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.


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 Mark Seifried,
Interim Senior Minister

 

 

Mark Seifried was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He did his undergraduate studies in the school of Consumer and Family Sciences at Purdue University. He came to New England to go to seminary at Andover Newton Theological School in 1996 and never left. He currently lives in Allston.  Mark is an intentional interim minister, which means his call is to shorter term ministries to help congregations assess their mission and to retool for the changing landscape of ministry. He will also help us with the search and call process as we seek new long-term pastoral leadership. 

 

Richard Stroshane,
Church Administrator

 

Richard Stroshane came from the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Mae Siu Wai, back in 1981. They have lived in Allston Brighton ever since. They had two children who are now grown. Rich had a long healthcare career at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In retirement he has fulfilled has interest in being part of a team by working part time and volunteering. He began as a volunteer with the church's Community Supper on Wednesdays and then became a member of the Food Pantry's board. He also volunteers and works part time for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in Boston. He is a long time member of Eliot Church of Newton and is learning to play several musical instruments.

 

David Harris,

Building Manager

 

David Harris (more information to come)

 

 

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.