My name is Anne Sexton and in my former life I was a Catholic.
As an infant I was baptized into the Catholic Church. At the age of five I was enrolled in The “Abbey” a catholic school located on the grounds of a Dominican Monastery. I was taught by sisters of the Dominican Order starting in kindergarten and lasting thru my entire school career. I was enthralled with the “mysteries and secrets of the church”. The Mass was still said in Latin which added to the “mystery” of the church experience. As the incense swirled and the bells were rung for communion the congregation bowed their heads. As a small child I remember peeking thru my fingers to see what miraculous things were happening on the altar. These are memories that I cherish.
My biggest disappointment in the Catholic Church came at a time of personal need. I married and divorced at a very young age. As a divorcee the church no longer allowed me to receive communion. A rejection I found hard to accept.
This rejection by the church made me pay closer attention to their teachings, on birth control, their views on the Gay community, the role of women in the church. It soon became apparent that many teachings in the Catholic Church left me with too many doubts. I felt it was time to find a more tolerant place of worship.
In 1972 I met my current husband Peter, also an ex catholic and together we searched for a new church. It was not an easy transition for either of us. I consider myself a Christian and needed a church to worship that offered me comfort, spirituality and peace of mind. After much soul searching, and sitting thru many tedious sermons, Peter, a Boston native, suggested King’s Chapel, the first Christian Unitarian Church in the United States. Our first visit was an Easter Sunday morning. The music was magnificent. I loved the beautiful architecture of this building and Carl Scovel’s sermon was inspiring leaving me wanting to return. We did return, our daughter Alissa, was baptized by Carl in 1977. Charles Foreman was the assistant minister, Daniel Pinkham was the music director. In December 1992 we became members of King’s Chapel.
There have been many changes since that first Easter Sunday. Despite that I continue to worship here. We have a different music director, Heinrich Christianson, a different senior minister Joy Fallon and a different assistant minister Shawn Fielder, the choir is still breathtaking and the sermons thought provoking.
It is important for me to be part of a church that has a strong identity with it’s European background, that practices religious tolerance, I enjoy being surrounded by likeminded liberal thinkers that have a strong social conscience, where members of the congregation participate in the politics of the church, actively searching for the right ministers to lead this congregation.
Finally I like being part of a Christian community that has continued liturgical worship with the Book of Common Pray since 1686?
These are some of the reasons I continue to worship at King’s Chapel. I consider this my home. This is where my heart is and I will always be truly grateful that I found the King’s Chapel community.