A Tradition of Hospitality
The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange is a dynamic global and multicultural meeting place located in historic Auburndale, Massachusetts, a short commute into Boston and to other popular New England destinations. Comprised of seven gracious homes on a sweeping 2.2 acre campus, The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange provides the venues for reflection, sharing, learning, and growth through the discussion of topics related to peace and social justice. In keeping with a long-standing tradition of hospitality, The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange welcomes
- groups who seek day and/or overnight conferences and retreats focused on issues of social justice
- graduate students studying topics of social justice who seek affordable housing in a living/learning community
- individuals and families who seek overnight lodging for quiet contemplation, reflection and study
Who we are today is directly linked to the hard work and dedication of our founder Eliza Mercy Harding Walker who opened the Walker Home for Missionary Children in 1869. Despite financial strain, world wars, societal changes, a fire, and the Great Depression, the Walker Home for Missionary Children grew into The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange, making us one of the few nonprofit organizations in the United States that can claim continuous operation for nearly a century-and-a-half. During that time, The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange has welcomed guests from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. While the nature of our organization has evolved over the years from a home for the children of missionaries to the dynamic global and multicultural meeting place it is today, we are proud that the roots of our mission—as a center of hospitality—that were planted by our founder in the 19th century remain strong and steadfast in the 21st century.