About Us

Episcopal_Church_Welcomes_You_125_156The Mission of St. Paul's

"To be a place in this world where all can experience the fullness of Christ's love and learn to follow the Two Great Commandments: to love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength; and to love our neighbor as ourselves."

OUR PARISH is:

Inclusive: A progressive faith community welcoming people of all backgrounds.
Educational: A robust church school program, an active high school youth group and adult educational programs.
Musical: We love to sing and celebrate the power of music through congregational singing, choral anthems, and our children's music programs.
Accessible: A bright worship space available to all.
Compassionate: Home to the Brookline Food Pantry, and committed to contributing 10% of our church income to social justice and relief charity.
Committed: Involved in local and global ministries including our ongoing mission in Honduras.

Richard Upjon's Watercolor Perspective View of St. Paul's Church, 1851Richard Upjon's Watercolor Perspective View of St. Paul's Church, 1851

OUR PARISH was founded in 1849 by Brookline residents who engaged Richard Upjohn to design the graceful Gothic Revival structure that dominates the corner of St. Paul Street and Aspinwall Avenue.

A fire in 1976 devastated the sanctuary, leaving only its exterior walls.

St. Paul's After 1976 FireSt. Paul's After 1976 Fire















In reconstructing the church, architect Brett Donham blended elements of twentieth century design, including solar heat, with the beauty of the old structure. The contrasts in the building reflect the interesting diversity within the congregation.

New interior, light, contemporary design.New interior, light, contemporary design

After the fire, with new roof and solar panels for heatingAfter the fire, with new roof and solar panels for heating

Among us are parishioners from around the comer and around the world, representing a wide range of professional, economic, and educational backgrounds. Our parish family includes grandparents, single adults, teenagers, and couples, with children and without. We value our human diversity and strive to learn from each other while worshiping together.

We hope you will want to join us in some way. St. Paul’s has much to share and we welcome what you can bring to our community. Perhaps one of our parishioners expressed it best when he wrote:

St. Paul’s allows you to be yourself, whether you wish to join the dozens of available activities or simply worship with us and go your way. There is room here for the individual, the activist, and the thinker / questioner. Faith and love abound!

St. Paul's is a member of the Diocese of Massachusetts and the Episcopal Church.

St. Paul's stepped into the Photovoltaic era in March 2012. After installing solar (heating) panels on the Aspinwall Street side of the sanctuary thirty years ago (see photo "After the fire..." above), St. Paul's installed in March 2012 a 9.87 kilowatt array of Photo-voltaic (PV) panels on the parish house roof. This system has reduced our use of and dependence on fossil fuels to generate electricity and continues our commitment to improve our environmental stewardship of the earth and saving money.

In terms of environmental stewardship, most (80%) of the fuel that is used to generate Massachusetts' electricity is fossil fuel, such as coal and gas. Statewide only 6% is from renewable sources. Photovoltaic panels convert the sun's rays to electricity, which we either use or sell it back to the NStar power company "grid" at a favorable rate. St. Paul's generates almost 40% of the electricity we use from this renewable source and contributes to improving the state-wide average. The power output varies by day and month based on the intensity of sunlight, as shown in the chart below. Checkout last month, last year, or try Custom Graphing!

Through creative use of federal and state incentives we installed this PV system in a way which reduces our electricity costs. It is effectively possible to both improve our finances slightly at the same time as we are improving our impact on the environment.

A St. Paul's "Solar Working Committee" was formed in August 2011 to investigate how to do this. We received competitive proposals from two well-qualified firms and reviewed the proposals with the Vestry. The Vestry approved the overall project and the selection of RePower Partners of Lexington to do the installation and the financing in ways which can take advantage of the state and federal incentives. RePower will also manage the system and ensure its power production for St. Paul's. This "lease to own" agreement will eventually allow St. Paul's to accrue all the benefits of the electric power savings of the PV system.

The array of PV panels is primarily on the flat roof section of the Parish Hall Roof (above the Lichtenburger Room), with a portion also on the sloped roof of the Parish hall itself. It may be desirable to add PV panels in other locations in the future; we have also given some consideration to the future of solar (heating) panels the Aspinwall St side of the sanctuary. More on such options at a future time. For now we have started on another significant chapter in St. Paul's role as a leader in sustainability and energy responsibility.

The individuals who contributed to the Solar Working Group include Jeffrey Brown, Tom Daniel, Jack Elder, Roger House, Genae Johnson, Stephen Kelley, John Mahoney, Jeff Mello, Fred Muehter, and Jim Batchelor.

SUNDAY MORNINGS AT ST. PAUL'S

please see "Weekly Calendar" below for details

8:00 -- Contemplative Communion Service in Chapel with time for silence and shared reflections on the readings

9:00 -- Christian Education for All Ages:  Sunday School and Youth Group in Lower Level, Adult Education in Lichtenberger Room (September through June)

10:00 -- Holy Communion with Music, Choir and Sermon in the Sanctuary

11:00 -- Coffee and Conversation

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Welcome to St. Paul's

Many of us have come from different faith traditions; some from no tradition. However, all of us have been drawn to this sacred place seeking answers to life's deeper questions. 

As an intergenerational community of faith, we celebrate God's graciousness by proclaiming in word and deed that God's love is abundant and unconditional. Our spiritual commitment to social justice and ministry beyond our walls calls us to individual and collective action.

Wherever you are on your journey with, or toward, God, from any tradition or none, you are welcomed and invited to experience God's life-giving grace and peace with us at St. Paul's.

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