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The "Church" Cannot Remain Silent in The Era of Mass Incarceration: A Special Religious Leaders' Discussion and Workshop at The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. 2015 Conference on Ending Mass Incarceration and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Friday September 11, at 3pm. Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor to serve as panelist. “But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit...
The Theological Book Group invites everyone to read The Book of Forgiving, by Desmond Tutu and his daughter, the Rev. Mpho Tutu. You don't need to join the Theological Book Group or attend any meetings: just read and be challenged over the summer. There will be one meeting in the fall (optional!) for anyone who wishes to discuss what they have read. The book is an easy read, but very provocative, such as: "...there is nothing that cannot be forgiven, and there is no one undeserving of...
THE MIDDLE PASSAGE In Memorium August 23, 2015 Old South Church in Boston Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project 10am Community Hour Presentation in Mary Norton Hall Led by Ann Chinn (founder, Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project), Mimi Jones (Civil Rights veteran), and Dr. Vivian Johnson (international educator) IN MEMORIUM—A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE 9am & 11am Remembering those members of Old South Church who were transported to these shores by way of the seaborne...
July 14, 2015 Council met to continue discussion on the Capital Campaign. Moderator Deb Washington opened the meeting with a Prayer for God’s Still Speaking Voice. Wayne Davis (Co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee) and Allison Cooley (Chair of the Priorities Subcommittee) presented the Campaign’s status and asked for Council’s input regarding its vision and potential priorities. Wayne stated that the draft case statement which Council reviewed at the prior meeting is still considered...
Through storytelling, the July/August issue of Open Door magazine explores intentional living, how we make big changes in small ways. Read it now on Issuu.com. PDF is also available.
Read Boston churches split over Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling (The Boston Globe, June 29, 2015) Excerpt: Several pride flags flapped in the wind outside Old South Church in Copley Square, where Anthony Livolsi, an associate minister, celebrated the decision in his sermon. “This week has brought about an extraordinary bestowal of dignity and belonging,” Livolsi said. Maria Constantine, 22, has been attending Old South for a few months and said she chose the church because of its welcoming...
June 9, 2015 Council met after taking a break in May to attend the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) action held at Trinity Church. Council began with a reflection on the work of GBIO and Old South’s commitment to it. Our church’s contingent was the largest of all; more than 200 members represented our church. What an amazing showing of faith, action, and community! All agreed that Rev. John Edgerton, Chair of the Education Action Resource Team, rallied the crowd in high style,...
The May/June issue of Open Door magazine celebrates Old South Church member and poet Phillis Wheatley with a special literary theme. Read it now on Issuu.com. PDF is also available.
April 14, 2015 Council met to discuss issues of the Capital Campaign Committee and the Christian Service and Outreach Committee. Historian Emily Click moderated the meeting, in Deb Washington’s absence. Council assisted the opening, reading Emily’s poem in tribute to Old South Church, A Query to 645 Boylston Street, 2015, “… thou art our help in ages past, our hope for years to come … we love thee so …” A motion was submitted to formally engage the consulting firm Alexander Haas, with principle...
On April 15, 2015, on the first annual One Boston Day, Old South Church, The Church of the Finish Line, held a gentle Service of Resiliency in partnership with The Massachusetts Resiliency Center to commemorate the second anniversary of the Marathon tragedies. During the service, at 2:49 pm, church member and survivor Tom rang our Great Tower Bell during the statewide moment of silence. Old South Church is located 100 feet from the Marathon finish line and since April 2013 has ministered to...

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