Welcome to King's Chapel a note from Rev. Joy Fallon
Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! I am delighted to be the Senior Minister at King’s Chapel, as of March 2013, and hope I may be able to welcome you personally.
King’s Chapel is a remarkable church, and we hope you’ll come be with us, to worship on Wednesdays or Sundays, to hear a remarkable concert on Tuesdays and special Sunday afternoons, and to be part of our community, in the very heart of Boston.
We blend old and new – a church founded in 1686, with the oldest American pulpit still used; and a community of people open and searching, still learning how God can be more real, more understandable to each of us in our daily lives.
We are Christian like those who founded our church; and we are willing to continue deeply exploring the astonishing implications of Jesus’ teachings in our world today. Imagine how different our world would be if we really lived out Jesus’ teachings about compassion and justice for all, peacemaking, and forgiveness.
We follow an old form of worship known well to Catholics, Episcopalians, and Lutherans, in a beautiful prayer book passed down by our forebears; and we unabashedly keep asking big, new questions, relevant to today, trusting that God loves us and welcomes all our questions, however big or small.
We sit in pew boxes that have been in place since the time when members had to purchase their seats; and today we fling open our doors to all comers, without any required charge, because we think that’s how God reaches out to welcome everyone, regardless of our doubt or faith.
Like children of the American Revolution, our members get to vote on all issues of importance in our community; and with the Unitarian Universalist spirit of today we treasure all the world’s religions, believing that a God of Love embraces us all, freely and fully. We proudly claim our place as the first Unitarian Church in the country, full of free and independent thinkers then, as now.
For years in my earlier career as an attorney, I walked the streets all around King’s Chapel. I waited for the “T” at Government Center, or rushed at night to catch my bus home to my young children. I remember well the stress and press of life in our city, and am convinced that King’s Chapel can be a sanctuary in the midst of all of that – a place for workers and retired persons, for visitors and long-time residents, for young and old, for singles and families, to come and be refreshed, to learn a little more, to share what you have to offer others.
Come and see if we might be a home for you, for a few minutes or for a lifetime. We welcome you!