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Old 01-23-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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I am originally from Boston but spent 7 yrs in MS. While there, I found the most amazing church called Southpoint. The pastor was hysterical, the music was contemporary and the people were like family. I live in Dorchester now but will travel a little ways. Can anyone recommend a really great church?

I've attended a couple here and the speaking in tongues, over the top, $$ hungry ones are NOT for me.

Def looking for a more laid back, contemporary type feel.

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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No one? Anyone proud of their church? Any pastors on here?
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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Maybe during your stay in Mississippi you forgot how Catholic it is up here, and how secularly liberal. I couldn't name a hip church if I tried, and I tried. Maybe if you tried a faith based forum you might get better luck.
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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lukec - you might be right about that! lol
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:11 AM
 
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I personally don't do religion, but as an active community member I do notice that there are quite a few active Unitarian Universalist churches in the area--(I'm just north of Boston) Arlington, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, etc. They seem to sponsor quite a few activities, etc. Might be worth checking out?

Also, a good friend of mine is a Lutheran pastor in Malden. I can't speak for how funny she is "at work", or how contemporary the music is, but I know that she is liberal and actively plans youth-oriented activities (bible study at pubs, for instance...). Her church is First Lutheran of Malden.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:24 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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I responded in more detail to your thread in the general MA forum, but basically recommended that you check out various Unitarian parishes.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:18 PM
 
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With a few exceptions, the Unitarian churches here are generally not Christian-focused, so whether or not I'd recommend them would depend on if you're looking for a Christian focus or not. If you are looking for a Christian church, I would try Old South Church in Copley Square. I've been to a few services and they seemed fairly "hip" to me. Lots of people in casual dress. There is a smaller 9:00 Sunday service and a busier 11:00 service with a choir. The later service normally doesn't do Communion if that is important to you. They also have a Thursday evening "jazz worship."
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:09 PM
 
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I'm UU, but it doesn't sound like the UU churches in the area would be quite right for you. Based on your description of your church, you want charismatic leadership and a fun, somewhat liberal Christian outlook.

UU churches fit the liberal/welcoming part, but the congregations often excise the word "God" (not to mention Jesus) from sermons. Also, UU churches frequently reevaluate their leadership, so you could pick one with a minister you like, only to end up with someone else next year. (Look at the website of pretty much any UU church to see what I'm talking about -- at any time, half have an "interim" minister until the congregation can pick someone they really want.)

I can't point you to a specific church, but United Church of Christ might be a good fit. (See Find a UCC Church for a list of area churches.) Some Unitarians even refer to it as "Unitarians Considering Christ" because it is such a welcoming Christian church. Look at ones close to your area, or that are easy for you to access, then try to visit at least twice to get a feel for each one.

Aside from UCCs, I'd also recommend you check out International Community Church (ICC Home Page) in Allston. I haven't been there personally, but it sounds similar to your last church.

Also, I know the weather is terrible right now, but try to do your visiting before summer -- the city empties out considerably, so summer church services are often much less vibrant.
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Old 01-29-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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My old church was SouthPoint Church - Home - the pastor there was very funny. Usually came in with jeans & a T. He absolutely preached the word of God. It wasn't just great music & jokes. But it was very casual in the sense of no pressure. There wasn't a donation plate passed & it was very much "come as you are", new believer, non-believer, wanting to believe type place.

Thanks everyone for the detailed replies! I really appreciate it and am looking forward to more responses!
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