A message regarding the COVID-19 State of Emergency:

Beginning on March 6, our Sunday 10:30 am services will be hybrid, taking place both IN PERSON in our sanctuary and ONLINE on our Facebook Page and Zoom. The Allston Brighton Food Pantry is still running and food distribution takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 10am-1pm. Community Supper is each Wednesday from 4:30-6pm and continues to be take-out style. If you need food to be delivered to you, please call the church office at 617-254-4046 or send an email to office@brightonallstonucc.org. 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 Nikira Hernandez,
Senior Minister

 

Pastor Nikira (they/them) is a queer, Two-Spirit, teacher, preacher, healer, and activist. They believe that everyone is a beloved child of God - including you reading this now, Cedar tree standing tall outside, Great Blue Heron flying over head, and Racoon peering through your garbage bin - and that there is nothing you could do (or not do), believe (or not believe) that could keep you from the love of the Creator. Pastor Nikira's theology is grounded in both their Christian and Native American (Paiute) spiritual traditions, and informed by their participation in Black Lives Matter and Indigenous sovereignty movement spaces. Pastor Nikira graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a concentration in Environmental Justice, and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. They grew up jumping in the ocean in unceded Ohlone territory. When not at work, Pastor Nikira is most likely to be found in the garden, or walking in the woods with their dog, Jesse.

 

Chef Pam Cannon,

Food Ministry Coordinator

 

Chef Pam Cannon (she/her) was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and now lives in Lower Roxbury where she is a community activist. A graduate of Bunkerhill Community College, Chef Pam's family owned a grocery store and sub shop. Chef Pam has many years of experience, and her most important project to this date is food insecurity on all levels. She loves community and nonprofit work and has partnered with many agencies to work on important projects in Boston. She has two adult children who also work for nonprofit organizations. Chef Pam has worked at the Marriott, Museum of Fine Arts, First Parish Church, Tuesday Meals Program, First Baptist in Jamaica Plain, Senior and Youth Meal Programs, Newton First Parish, Coffee Hour, Community Works for Justice, and as a culinary instructor. Her hobbies include dancing and listening to music.

 

Fernando Michelin, 

Music Director

 

 

 

Fernando Michelin (he/him) is our church musician. A native of Uruguay, Nando came to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music more than thirty 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.

 

Rebekah Shore,

Building Manager

Rebekah Shore (she/her), originally from Fremont, California, moved to Massachusetts in 2015 to attend Gordon College, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance. Rebekah and her wife, Jamie, have lived in an intentional community in the Packards Corner area of Allston since 2019, where, with their housemates and neighbors, they tend a community garden. Rebekah is an enthusiastic Episcopalian, and serves as Junior Warden of Emmanuel Church in the Back Bay. Additionally, Rebekah serves on the CRECHE (Charles River Episcopal Co-Housing Endeavor - a nonprofit network of Christian intentional communities in the Boston area) board of directors as chair of the property committee. Rebekah has been Building Manager for BACC since February 2021.

 

Richard Stroshane,
Church Sexton

 

Richard Stroshane (he/him) 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 his 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.

 

Jamie Thompson,

Office Administrator &

Community Resource Specialist

More information to come