Church of St. John the Evangelist
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Who We Are
We are an urban, liturgically ceremonial, socially progressive church. We hope that whether you’ve been part of us in the past, currently claim us in the present, or may try us soon, you know that you, wherever you may be on life’s journey, are truly welcome at Bowdoin Street.
This sincere welcome has been a proud part of our heritage from our inception. The parish was founded to minister to freed African slaves after the Civil War. We have welcomed categories of people made unwelcome in some churches and in some societies: the poor, the hungry, gay and lesbians, those with AIDS, women seeking ordination, and the homeless. We are proud of this welcome and we continue to be a hospitable place for all of these peoples. We welcome a variety of other Christians who have found with us a place of beauty, both liturgically and musically, and who are in search of a truly open church. We also offer an urban oasis for those who seek a holy place to be in, quietly or in the presence of music. All are welcome.