Frequently Asked Questions

How far are you from Harvard Yard?
It takes approximately four minutes to stroll in a leisurely fashion from the John Harvard statue to the front door of our church (called Christ Church Cambridge). This is a map of our location; we’re on the far side of that small cemetery right outside Johnston Gate.


What makes Episcopalians different from other Christians?

This is a very good question, with a long answer! The short version is that we’re a little different because we’re smack in the middle of “Protestant” and “(Roman) Catholic” in both the way we worship and what we believe, and because we worship BCP, stack of red spineswith something called The Book of Common Prayer. The “Common” in this case means “shared,” or “belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole.” However, as we say, this is a very short answer; for a longer answer, come see how we worship, and ask some of us in person!

Do you have a Facebook page?
Yes! Right here! This is where we keep our freshest updates, most pressing news, and newest pictures.

Do you have a blog?
newsletter, the widow's mite, a leptonYes, right here! Here you can find recent sermons by Luther (our chaplain), as well as short reflections by Olivia (our Kellogg Fellow), and student leaders.

Do I have to dress up to attend?
IMG_1393BAbsolutely not! You’re welcome here in whatever clothes you happen to be wearing. A few of our congregation tend to dress up a little, but this is not at all necessary—others come in jeans and T-shirts.

Do I have to take communion? Do I have to do anything special during the service?
You don’t have to do anything! You’re more than welcome to just come and sit and listen, or participate as you like.

Are there any other Episcopal/Anglican churches in the area?
Yes, there are many! The Society of St. John the Evangelist has a monastery on the river, just on the other side of the Square. Christ Church Cambridge generously shares their chapel and library with us, and they have beautiful and lively services in the mornings. St. James’s Episcopal Church is just down Mass Ave towards Central; St. Bart’s Episcopal Church is located in the middle of Central Square. The Crossing is part of the “emergent church” in the Episcopal tradition, and meets in the diocesan Cathedral right outside Park Street Station. Boston College has an Episcopal Chaplaincy, and the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Boston University is led by Revd. Cameron Partridge, formerly our Interim Chaplain here at ECH.

Can you recommend any other resources online for learning about the Episcopal Church, or keeping myself up-to-date with church events?
The Diocese of Massachusetts

The Episcopal Church of the United States

The Anglican Communion
(This is the global community of which our Episcopal Church is a part.)
And here’s the website for The Episcopal News Service.