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Churches
 In Good Old Dorchester, Orcutt gives a history of the early churches of the town. The town had only one church, first at Pleasant and Pond Streets and later at Meeting House Hill, from 1630 until the formation of the Second Church in Codman Square in 1806. The clash between conservative and liberal views at the Second Church resulted in the formation of the Third Church, a Unitarian group in 1813. The nineteenth century saw a great proliferation of churches that has continued into the twentieth.

In 2003 the Unversity of Chicago Press published Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood by Omar M. McRoberts, a study of churches near the intersection of Harvard and Washington Streets, the Four Corners area. McRoberts explores the consequences for the surrounding neighborhood from the high concentration of churches in the area. McRoberts finds that these churches may not be an asset to the community due to the fact that they often only rent space and that they draw members not from the surrounding streets but from distant locations. Some of the churches are made up primarily of special groups who may have few followers in the immediate area. This takes away some of the incentive to enhance the economic progress of the area. For a longer analysis of the book, see: "Overchurched on Washington Street?" in the Dorchester Reporter, July 17, 2003.

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First ChurchSecond ChurchThird ChurchFirst Methodist Episcopal ChurchSt. Mary's Church (Episcopal)
St. Gregory's ChurchSt. Peter's ChurchChanning UnitarianAll Saints ChurchAshmont Universalist
Appleton MethodistAssemblea de Iglesia CristianaBaker Memorial MethodistBerean BaptistBethany Baptist
Blaney BaptistCentral CongregationalChrist ChurchChurch of the EpiphanyChurch of the Holy Spirit
Appleton ChurchChrist Community ChurchCongregation Agudath IsraelCongregation Chai OdomCongregation Chevrashas
Congregation Hadrath IsraelCongregation Kehilleth JacobCongregation Linas HazedekCongregation Mishkan IsraelCongregation Mishkan Tefila
Dorchester Temple Baptist ChurchFirst Baptist SocietyGreenwood MemorialGrove Hall Universalist ChurchHarrison Square P.E. Church
Harvard CongregationalHoly Family ParishHoly Tabernacle ChurchImmanuel BaptistMattapan Methodist
Mt. Hope ChapelMt. Pleasant MethodistNew Testament PentecostalNorfolk UnitarianOur Saviour Lutheran
Parkman Street MethodistPentecostal House of PrayerPilgrim ChurchRomsey CongregationalRussian Orthodox
Second MethodistSt. AmbroseSt. AngelaSt. AnnSt. Anne Episcopal
St. BrendanSt. ChristopherSt. HughSt. Paul PresbyterianSt. John
St. KevinSt. LeoSt. MargaretSt. MarkSt. Mark Episcopal
St. Mary EpiscopalSt. MatthewSt. PaulSt. Paul MattapanSt. William
Stanton Avenue MethodistStoughton Street BaptistSwedish Evangelical Lutheran VasaTemple Beth ElTrinity Congregational
Village ChurchThird UnitarianZion Temple Holy ChurchCommunity Church of NeponsetMorning Star Baptist Church
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Created: August 17, 2003   Modified: December 17, 2003