By 1954 the neighborhood population had leveled off, and various factors affected neighborhood growth. There were only 16 acres of open space in Brighton, curbing new development. The Massachusetts Turnpike came through the neighborhood in 1960, encouraging suburban flight. Boston University, Boston College and Harvard University expanded into the area.
In the late 1970s the Thrift Shop, Community Supper and Food Pantry were opened because of the congregation’s desire to address growing economic need in the community.
Happily in 2003, the Allston Congregational Church reunited with the Brighton Congregational Church to form the Brighton Allston Congregational Church. This union has strengthened both.
In 2005 we voted to become an Open and Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Christ. This is our Open and Affirming Statement: “We, the worshipping members of Brighton Allston Congregational Church, UCC, proclaim that every person seeking a spiritual home is worthy of membership in the body of Jesus Christ. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Open and Affirming ministry of this church declares that the amazing grace of God, made manifest through Jesus Christ is a gift meant for people of every race, age, ability and sexual orientation. All people are welcome at Christ’s table and in the rites of the church. We open our hearts in welcome, and we affirm the dignity and worth of every person as we strive to be a community that Jesus is building, faithful to God and bold in Christ.”