We are a welcoming and inclusive church inviting people to explore the journey of faith. Our focus is on joyful worship, building community, encouraging faith exploration, passionate social justice and committed outreach.
We have just published Splendid Epworth, a history of our congregation.
The book is written by longtime Harvard- Epworth member Lane Lambert and published by Lexington Press.
It traces our history from its founding in 1868 as the North Avenue Methodist Society to the church's current role as a leading New England Methodist voice for LGBTQ inclusion.
The book also tells the story of a church member who went to China in 1875 as one of New England's first female Methodist missionaries, the arrival of an Alabama minister who was threatened by the Ku Klux Klan, and the civil-rights era Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee office that operated in the church basement.
Splendid Epworth is now available for purchase for $25 per copy. To order copies, click here. 'Church History' on the memo line. For mail orders, please put your mailing address and 'Church History' on the memo line.
Message from Rev. Herb Taylor
To Harvard-Epworth Church Family and Friends,
It is hard to watch the news. Even normally it is often filled with bad news, but during this pandemic the news can be overwhelming. I find myself counseling others (and myself) to watch or listen to the news channels in small doses. Of course it is important to have up to date and factual information so that we can make wise decisions. But, along this stressful journey we are on it is also important for us to not lose sight of how we wisely nourish our spirits, soothe our emotions, and care for our faith. In these times, be intentional and purposeful at finding opportunities to seek out hopeful, joyful and inspirational opportunities multiple times in each of your days.
Our church will help along the way. See the announcements below to find ways to stay involved in church through our livestream worship, our new YouTube channel, and by taking advantage of the programming and support opportunities you can find within our “Virtual Menu” of offerings. Our church is about sharing good news (of God’s love, peace, and hope) in the midst of each day. Thank you for all the ways you are involved here and for all the ways you share this good news with others.
There is also, of course, many other places where you can find good news. One place I found this week which warmed my heart and made me laugh, which I would encourage you to look at (especially if you are fans of the TV show “The Office”) is a YouTube video Some Good News with actor John Krasinski. It is a good reminder of the good that happens all around us every day which can exude from each of us in small, but powerful, ways as well. A quick google search also finds the Good News Network or Inspire More. You can also find information through our United Methodist Church.
God will not leave us alone. Not now. Not ever. Feel God’s breath moving against your skin. Breathe the Spirit into your lungs. We still have difficult and painful days in front of us. The pandemic will cost us something. But we will get through it together, by the grace of God. And when we do, when we step through on the other side of this, we who are made in the image of the Creator God will continue to participate in the work of New Creation. Thanks be to God.
So, as we approach the coming of Holy Week and Easter, always remember the good news of the God of resurrection, who is with us always and will help us rise up from all that surrounds us now. Let’s be the “church” individually and together, for ourselves and for others.
Grace and peace,
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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