Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister
500 years ago, almost to this day, Martin Luther went to his local church in Wittenberg, Germany, and hammered to its door a list of 95 complaints against the Christian Church which essentially ruled all of Europe. Martin Luther was a professor, and he was calling for an academic debate about whether the Church needed to be "reformed." But the debate he ignited spread far wider than he'd ever imagined, eventually leading to what became known to Protestants (the protestors) as the "Reformation." The Western Christian Church split between Roman Catholics, with allegiance to the Pope in Rome, and Protestants of many different strands, including Lutherans in Germany. Wars have been sought since, so we need to know: what really was at stake? What differences were most important? Today between some Catholics and Protestants there seems to be a growing support of one another, at least in places like Boston, at least in the last 40 years - what allows that? This Sunday, all over the world, the 500 th Anniversary of Martin Luther's challenge to the church is being celebrated. What challenges to our church are still in order? Come and we'll learn together. 
 - Rev. Joy Fallon

Spotlight On... 
The first Sunday Concert of the 60th Season | Sunday, October 29 | 5 PM

Advance tickets are available at a $5 discount can be found at this link.

For more information, visit this link.
Words by Rumi
Prayer Group: Praying with the Mystics

Curious about who mystics are, or how they develop their special closeness with the Divine, a sense of the Holy  within them and surrounding them? Join this informal discussion of several "Love Poems from God" attributed to mystics
from both the eastern and western traditions, Christian and Muslim. Second Sunday of each month at the Parish House,  10-10:45 AM.
  • Sunday, November 11: Rumi
  • Sunday, December 10: Meister Eckhart
Our Text: Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.
Weekly Prayer Groups

On Tuesdays at noon Joy offers a meditation and prayer group designed for those able to commit to coming regularly. It runs for 7 weeks, October 3 - November 14 , meeting at 64 Beacon Street in Joy's office. Please  feel free to email Joy with any questions 

On Thursdays at noon Amelia holds a guided meditation developed from spiritual practices of  early Christianity. This group is geared to those who cannot commit to coming regularly, and those who would prefer a more structured  and guided meditation practice. This group meets at the Little Chapel on 64 Beacon Street. RSVPs are not required but feel free to email  with any questions. 
Raising Kind Kids 

It's not easy being a parent, and we want King's Chapel to be a safe place where parents can share ideas about how to raise our kids - the thing we parents most worry about. Last week we started the Sunday morning conversations we'll hold the third Sunday of every month from 10-10:45 AM, while our children are in church school.

I shared some of the important research done by Harvard professor Richard Weissbourd about
the messages our kids hear from us parents. We intend to convey certain values, but kids are wise: they watch how we act. Most conclude that we prize achievement or how happy they are more highly than how they treat others. That means that when self-interest collides with being kind or honest, children are at high risk of choosing cruelty or dishonesty.

Of course achievement, happiness and hard work are important values. But what should we do if we want to raise children who prioritize caring, value fairness, and do not always put themselves first? Weissbourd offers concrete suggestions - helpful adjustments we can make.
Our small group discussed these, and shared things we try to do.

It was just a beginning, part of an ongoing conversation, but for me, I learned, got to know some families
better, and left strengthened and encouraged. 

Join us next time, November 19 at 10 AM at the Parish House.
- Joy
Unitarian Trip to Romania:  Exploring our Roots | Summer 2018 | Informational Meeting Wednesday, November 8 at 7:15 PM | Parish House

Register now for a new pilgrimage to explore shared Unitarian religious beliefs and historical traditions. King's Chapel is invited to participate with fifteen partner churches in Transylvania, in Romania, for 8 days in July 2018. Join Joy and Bob Fallon, Kathe German, Denton Crews and others for discussions, tours, and learning, as we celebrate the 450th anniversary of religious tolerance in Europe, brought about by the earliest Unitarians. 

The Rev. Roger Berchausen, Executive Director of the UUA Partner Church Council, and a planner of the conference, will share more detailed information about the pilgrimage, and answer our questions, at a special meeting on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:15 PM at the Parish House. Dinner will be provided. RSVP to

The itinerary for the trip includes lectures, panel discussions, small group conversations and spiritual practices coupled with special programs and tours to historical sites.

The Roots Pilgrimage, beginning late in the day on July 9 and ending July 17, will start and end in Kolozsvár (Romanian name: Cluj). After a visit to the Verespatak (Rosia Montana) gold mining area, pilgrims will settle in Aranyosszék (Scaunul Ariesului), the Aranyos (Aries) River valley area forty-five minutes southwest of Kolozsvár. This is an important region in Transylvanian Unitarianism.

The trip is expected to be both a ministerial and partner church visit opportunity for King's Chapel. 

The cost of the pilgrimage for North Americans is $875 for double occupancy rooms including meals, local transportation, and all events; airfare is separate. There is also a $150 registration fee. Deadline for registration is March 15, and advance registration is December 1. 

For more information, please contact Denton Crews, KC Partner Church Committee chair, at 617-227-0363 or

Interested parishioners will receive a packet of pilgrimage materials including a flyer, an itinerary, FAQs, and links to web sites for the pilgrimage and the year-long celebration of Torda 450.
Upcoming Events...
Meet the Ministers | Sunday, October 29 | 10-10:30 AM

Come join Joy and Amelia for a time of socializing and open conversation in the Parish House. This is a good opportunity for new people to learn more about the church and the pastors, and for long-time members to get to spend time with their ministers (and each other) informally. Bring questions, jokes, or simply yourself. We will have coffee and sweet treats. Those attending Morning Prayer can walk to the church together about 10:30.

All Saints and All Souls Service | November 5 | 
11 AM

As is our tradition at King's Chapel, during our All Saints and All Souls Holy Communion Service on November 5, at 11 AM, worshippers will be invited to come forward to light a candle in memory of those who have died. Special large candles will be lit for those who were members and died in the last year; please contact the church office to make us aware of any such members who have passed away. Additional candles will be available for all who wish to offer prayers for the saints and souls we hold dear in our hearts.  The choir will offer selections from  Maurice Duruflé's Requiem. 

Listening Lunch | Sunday | November 5 | 12:30 PM

The Adult Religious Education Committee will host our fifth Listening Lunch on Sunday November 5 immediately after our Morning Prayer service. Please join us for conversation and a light lunch where we will listen to each other in a round table discussion format as we explore beliefs and uncertainties.

Lunch participants may choose to reflect on their loved ones who have passed, and/or ways in which spirituality provides a source of strength.

RSVP important: space is limited. Please contact or call (617) 227-2155.
Visioning for Social Justice | First Session: Wednesday November 15 | 7:30 PM 
At King's Chapel service is at the heart of our identity. Each new member who joins the church covenants to worship God and to serve humanity, supporting those in need "as brothers and sisters of God's family" ( K ing's Chapel Prayer Book p. 120 ).
This year King's Chapel will focus on our social justice outreach, undertaking a visioning process for what our work should be over the next five years. This is the continuation of work already undertaken by the Community Action Committee, who have worked diligently over the past two years to narrow down our partnerships from twelve to six. This year the congregation will look at the work in which the church is already engaged, and the organizations with which we are already in relationship. The congregation will decide which of these partners we would like to deepen our relationship with and focus on over the next five-year period. The congregation is invited to come together and share their values, vision, hopes and dreams for our social justice work: we will make this decision together. Choosing strategic partners for our social justice outreach will allow us to engage deeply with the work: It is our hope that these partnerships will engage the entire congregation, from the church school to the pulpit and beyond. By our spring annual meeting we hope to have three strategic partnerships, chosen by the congregation, that reflect the values and identity we hold. We will present and vote on these priorities during the Annual Meeting.
You are invited to come, share your values, and vision for the future of the church. The first session will be held after Evening Worship on November 15 th  at 7:15 PM (this will serve as the November Theology on Tap; later we'll host listening sessions after our other worship services, too). We will learn about the partnerships in which the church is already engaged, and share our values and hopes for this important work. 
From the Church School:

Join us on Halloween at the Parish House for some fun crafts and delicious treats!

From 2:30-4:30 PM , we'll be making pipe cleaner cats and mummies, cotton ball ghosts, and having spider races! Donuts and apple cider will be served, and our nursery will be open for families needing a moment of calm or an unexpected diaper change.

From 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM  Branch Street will be closed to traffic and we'll be inviting trick or treaters of all ages to stop by our festively decorated garden to add more candy to their rapidly-filling bags. 

If you would like to help us put up decorations on the Monday night  before Halloween or if you would like to help show off our Parish House with a flare of spooky fun, please contact us at
From the Freedom Trail:
Join the 130 people who have already purchased tickets for Tales from the Crypt! Our opening weekend tours were completely sold out.

Searching for an exciting way to kick off the Halloween season? The King's Chapel Freedom Trail Program invites you to Tales from the Crypt: Halloween Crypt Tours, beginning next Friday October 13. Descend beneath King's Chapel with our history educators on a candle-lit tour of the 18th-century crypt! Tours will be offered at 5:30 PM and 6:15 PM on October 28, 30-31. Advance tickets required, available at Please contact our Freedom Trail Program Director, Faye Charpentier, at to learn more.

Photos from the Crypt Tours:

Our 2017 Stewardship Appeal
Thank you to those of you who have heard our appeal for necessary funds and pledges to come in as soon as possible. We are slowly reaching our goal of $225,000, but funds received to date only total $153,000 in hand. This means that we will need another $72,000 before the end of the year. Please help. If you have not yet sent in your pledge, please do so. If you would like to add to your promised amount, we appreciate that!
From the Parish House
Volunteer Help Needed Immediately!

We are seeking volunteers to verge our Sunday Morning Light services. Our dear verger Carol Sentenne is no longer able to work with us, so we are actively seeking someone to fill her position. In the meantime, we are asking you to help if you can.

The Morning Light Verger's duties are from 8:00 - 11:30 each Sunday. This person assists in the set up of the worship service in the Little Chapel, set up for coffee hour after the service, greeting people as they come in for the service or other event or activity that morning, and assuring that all is cleaned and secured before leaving for the day.

If any of you can offer one or multiple Sundays in the next month or so, we feel that we can have coverage until a permanent verger is in place. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Gretchen at 617-227-2155 x 108 or
Weep & Rejoice
Memorial Service for Charles Perry | Saturday, November 25 | 2 PM | King's Chapel

A memorial service for Charles will be held at King's Chapel in Boston (corner of Tremont and School Sts) at 2 PM on Saturday, November 25th. The family requests that in lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations to King's Chapel in Boston or the Forest Society of Maine.

In This Issue
Last Sunday's Sermon: 
Click photo for last week's sermon!

Sunday Services
October 29
Morning Light | 9 AM
At the Little Chapel

Morning Prayer | 11 AM
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Quinn Bernegger & Mary Sears , Soloists
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  •  Paul Luca, Usher in Charge
  • Betsy Peterson, Cathy Price and Steve Courtney, Ushers
  • Zack Charette, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 
  • Old Testament: Deut   34: 1-5 
  • New Testament: Matt 22: 36-40
The flowers on the chancel today are donated by Cathy Price in honor of her niece Brittany Ann Taggart and nephew Ryan Thomas Price

After the service, Bill Kuttner will meet those interested in learning more about  King's Chapel at the Communion Rail.
Also after the service, all are invited to Coffee Hour,  hosted by Amy Meyer and friends of the Hospitality Committee.

From the Bench
In honor of Luther's 500th, we will bridge the gap of five centuries with music, starting with organ voluntaries based on his signature tune, A Mighty Fortress, written by German composers of the 19th century. The choir will sing Heinrich Schütz's 17th century setting, featuring some of the original tune's fun syncopated rhythms that seem to have evaporated through centuries of congregational hymn singing.
Additionally, you will hear Charles Ives's extraordinary version of Psalm 90. In this choral work, Ives explores the cosmos, eternity, Anglican chant, bitonality, and some of the most beautiful unison lines you'll ever hear.
Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, October 31 |      
12:15 PM

Concordia Consort
"Spooky Frescobaldi, Handel, Teleman"
Upcoming Meetings
Prayer Groups at  the 
Little Chapel

Tuesday | October 3 - November 14 | 12 PM |  Led by Joy

Thursdays | October 5 - November 9 | Led by Amelia

Sunday| November 12| Led by Joy
Freedom Trail Extras

Educator Jennifer Roesch faces her fears and rings the Paul Revere bell! It continues to be "the sweetest sound ever heard."

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Accessibility Assists

Our beautiful Georgian sanctuary designed by Peter Harrison and completed in 1754, has been lovingly maintained by the congregation since its completion. One of the box pews has been made wheel-chair accessible. Ushers are available to assist those who are wheelchair-bound to that pew.

A sound system has been installed in the sanctuary of The Chapel to amplify the sound during worship services. Hearing assistance devices are available for your use. Please see an Usher for assistance.