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Emmanuel House

Emmanuel House is a six-person intentional Christian community, which is part of the Charles River Episcopal Co-Housing Endeavor (CRECHE), and affiliated with Emmanuel Episcopal Church in the city of Boston. The mission of Emmanuel House is to strive to embody God’s presence and create connection in their corner of Allston through prayer, hospitality, and community gardening. Emmanuel House housemates live in the rectory of St. Luke’s and St. Margaret’s where they start each day with morning prayer, live according to a covenant, and have a lot of fun together! They have transformed the courtyard between the rectory and the sanctuary into a community garden, which is entering it's fifth growing season.

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CRECHE's mission is to create a community-focused alternative to the for-profit housing market that is rooted in relationship and mutuality: co-housing communities in which people live like families, sharing meals, common spaces, and the rhythms of home care. They've planted communities all over the Boston area, and there are currently Creche houses in Allston (The Emmanuel House!), Dorchester, and Newton.

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Emmanuel Episcopal Church has been serving the urban community of greater Boston as a dynamic center for spiritual discovery and renewal since 1860.

  • We explore Christian tradition and foster inquiry through the celebration of liturgy, music, and the arts.

  • We strive for justice and peace.

  • We welcome all people without exception to our Eucharistic table.

  • We honor individuals of every age, gender, ethnic heritage, sexual orientation, and religious background.

  • We respect the dignity of every living being.

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There are a number of ways to get involved with the garden:

  • Join us at a work day

  • Tend to your own garden plot

  • Harvest some herbs for your dinner

  • Attend an event... or even host one! 

Check out our events calendar to see upcoming work days and events. Join our mailing list to get updates. To inquire about tending your own garden bed, or about hosting an event in the garden, please email Jamie:

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