Social Justice

Emmanuel Church serves greater Boston as a dynamic center for spiritual discovery and renewal. Since 1860, Emmanuel Church has ministered in the margins. When ours was the first building constructed on Newbury Street in the newly filled Back Bay, on the outskirts of the city, that was a physical reality. For 151 years, it has been a spiritual reality as well. Emmanuel’s mission and sense of community have consistently been outward looking and expansive.

Beginning with our first rector, Dan Huntington, Emmanuel focused on mission work, first through the creation of mission churches. The arts have always been important to the spiritual life at Emmanuel, but in the 1960s we explicitly added art and music to our mission as another expression of healing ministry and outreach. Our building is full of various artistic endeavors, from Emmanuel Music, Inc., to the New England Puppet Cooperative, both in residence for more than forty years.