The Sanctuary Boston is a community of vibrant worship and real connection founded in 2012. We gather in worship twice monthly on Wednesday evenings, alternating between Boston and Cambridge. Whether you go to church on Sunday morning or light candles on Friday nights, whether you’ve been hurt by religion, saved by it, or some of both, whether you’re brand new to spiritual community, or a seasoned seeker, you are welcome.

The Sanctuary Boston welcomes people of all beliefs, ages, abilities, classes, cultures, races and ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions. Bring your whole self.

Find out more about our worship services and our small group ministry.

What we believe

At the Sanctuary Boston, we believe that everyone deserves to experience beloved community. We are a community grounded in Unitarian Universalism and open to seekers of all kinds.

Unitarian Universalism calls us to honor the sacredness in every person, find our own beliefs and spiritual path, and live out a belief in the interconnection of humanity and the earth through works of love and justice.

Our individual beliefs and practices may vary widely. We are humanists, theists, Christians, Buddhists, Jews, pagans, and mystics. In the end we don’t feel spiritual community is so much about what we “believe to be true,” but about how we should live and love and share the gift of our lives.


Matt Meyer, Director of Community Life
Matt Meyer is the Director of Operations and Community Life for Sanctuary Boston. He also works professionally as an itinerant UU musician and worship leader, having led hundreds of services for UU congregations around the country.

You can contact Matt at thesanctuaryboston@gmail.com.

Mark David Buckles, Music Director
Mark David Buckles is a conductor, composer, singer, music educator, multi-instrumentalist, and worship leader. Mark’s many roles include serving as the Director of Music at Arlington Street Church, Music Director of The Sanctuary Boston, and instructor of piano and music theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Karishma Gottfried, Campus Ministry Coordinator
Kari is Sanctuary’s Campus Ministry Coordinator. They are a junior at Wellesley College, where she studies religion, directs the Heartspace UU Campus Ministry group, and serves as House President of Bates Hall.
You can contact Kari at thesanctuarycampus@gmail.com.

Sanctuary Board of Directors, 2021-2022


We strive to make The Sanctuary Boston a welcoming and accessible space in as many ways as possible. Both of our host churches, First Parish Cambridge and First Church in Boston, are wheelchair accessible and our worship spaces are accessible by elevator.

Have food allergies or dietary restrictions? We’d love to be able to accommodate them, if possible. Please send us an email to request specific accommodations.