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To be a member of Old South Church is to enter the company of revolutionary-era heroes, abolitionists, suffragettes, anti-poverty crusaders, and poets. Our saints include Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Phillis Wheatley ... and perhaps you.

Inspired by the witness of our forebears, we would rise to the occasions of our own day. In times of unrest, Old South Church offers sanctuary. When there are rumors of war, we plead for peace. Where there is need, we work to meet it. Where there is distrust, we seek understanding.

Will you join hands with us in this high and holy work?

Members (as distinguished from guests or periodic attenders) make promises to God and to each other: to support and serve one another, to love and live for God, to work for the welfare of church and city. Members are those who have committed, those who can be counted on, to continue Old South’s mission of justice-making in Jesus’ name.

To help us reflect on these promises to be made and to explore the common life of the congregation, we offer two pathways to church membership:

Believe | Belong

Several times each year we host Believe | Belong, a four-session series in which prospective members gather around a rotating slate of ideas or practices central to progressive Christianity and alive at Old South Church.

Believe | Belong sessions are high-energy, experiential, and, in addition to those new to Old South Church, attended by many longtime members of the church. They are fun opportunities to forge new friendships around issues and ideas of significance.

We ask prospective members to select and attend a minimum of three sessions. The upcoming schedule, Sundays from 10 - 11 am:

September 14th    Meditation
Why does god sometimes seem so distant?

September 21st    Simplicity
What is really worth sacrificing for?

September 28th   Prayer
Is it safe if you say it to god’s face?

October 5th          Solitude
Can you be alone with yourself and truly like the company you keep?

Connections Class

Alternately, for those seeking a gentler, more intimate introduction to congregational life, Connections Class, held quarterly, allows a small group of prospective members to share in a meal and time of guided conversation with clergy.

Connections Class is held on Sunday afternoon following Festival Worship, and runs approximately three hours in length.

We ask prospective members (who do not join by way of Believe | Belong) to attend one session.

The upcoming 2014-2015 schedule: October 5, February 8, May 31, and July 19.

For more information about Believe | Belong or Connections Class:

Contact Name: 
Associate Minister Anthony T. Livolsi
(617) 536-1970