Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
At the core of Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church is a profound belief in openness and inclusion. "We are a real progressive, open and affirmative congregation," says Rev. Karl Gustafson. "We are all about art, peace, justice, inclusiveness and wide open thinking. We have lots of space for all kinds of people."
Sunday services are followed by coffee hours and thoughtful discussions about the day's sermon. Music for services comes about in a casual manner. Gustafson says their "fabulous" pianist often writes original pieces to go along with other musical selections that are practiced directly before the service "by whomever shows up."
"I like to say we are a half a bubble off plumb here…meaning we're not quite ordinary," he says.
A limited Sunday school program is offered, and a Peace, Justice and Mission Committee organizes events to address local and global issues. The Church also provides space to The Nave Gallery, and in collaboration with ARTSomerville they sponsor exhibitions and concerts there and in the church sanctuary.
Founded in the 1920s, today the congregation is small—about 40—but its multicultural membership hails from across the globe.
- Hours: Summer: 9:15am choir rehearsal; 10am service; 11am refreshments and fellowship Otherwise: 9:45am choir rehearsal; 10:30am service;11:30am refreshments and fellowship
- Handicap Accessible: The church is partially accessible. They have a stairlift, but regret that the restrooms are not accessible.
- Founding Date: 1/1/1920
- What makes this community special?: "All the arts. The multicultural thing is fantastic. The multilingual thing, the multiracial thing, the multi-socio-economic thing...all that stuff." -- Rev. Karl Gustafson
- Parking: On-street: free
- Denomination: Presbyterian
- Congregation size: 40
- Services: Choir/music programs, Study groups