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We are POZitively Proud to gather on June 13, 2015 at 10 am as LGBTQ people of faith and, on this 30th Anniversary of AIDS Walk Boston, celebrate the mighty strides made in preventing, treating, and understanding HIV-AIDS. We will honor three heroes of HIV-AIDS research and advocacy: Larry Kessler, founding director of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts; Dr. Kenneth Mayer, founder, Co-Chair, and Medical Research Director of The Fenway Institute; and Rev. Irene Monroe, author, scholar...
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...
March 10, 2015 Council met with new leadership and faces present. New Moderator Deb Washington led a round of welcome and introductions by posing two questions: Who is your favorite Old South Church historical personage? What draws you to a leadership role? Samuel Sewall, Sam Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Phyllis Wheatley were widely mentioned. The historical musings set the tone for an evening of reflection on the church’s Vision and a new resolve to chart a path for the future. The major...
Senior Minister Nancy Taylor joins 12 other Boston faith leaders to share a prayer ... and a shovel ... with snow-weary Boston. View the video Media coverage: Clergy Trying To Lift The Spirits In Boston (The Weather Channel, March 1, 2015) Boston's Interfaith Clergy Send A YouTube Message To Storm-Battered City (Huffington Post Religion, February 26, 2015) YouTube video shows Boston's snow no joke for rabbis, imams and reverends (Fox News, February 23, 2015) Boston Clergy Share A Prayer For...
Beginning Ash Wednesday and through Easter Sunday, read a new Lenten Daily Devotional each day — all written by members and friends of Old South Church. Devotional booklets are also available, free of cost, at the front desk.
On January 19, 2015, the Boston Warm Day Center opened its doors at Old South Church. The Center operates Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, through March 31st. Boston Clergy Create Day Shelters for Homeless (WGBH Boston, February 26, 2015) Old South Church opens daytime shelter for homeless(The Boston Globe, January 19, 2015) Bringing MLK’s Vision Of Social Justice To Today’s Boston(WBUR Boston, January 19, 2015) Boston Warm Day Center Clean Up and Prep (Time-Lapse)(Old South Church,...
January 13, 2015 The last Council meeting of the term met January 13, 2015. It was a time to reflect on a busy year, bidding Godspeed to outgoing members, and anticipating changes in the New Year. The main business items were the new budget, the Leadership Committee slate, and the Boston Warm Day Center. Rodney Click summarized the budget for 2015. The church is tracking toward closure of deficit spending by the end of 2017 or early 2018. The 2015 budget includes a 90k deficit, which will be...
January 14, 2015 Dear Old South Church in Boston, Greetings, grace, and peace in this New Year. I am writing to inform you that last evening the members of your Church Council voted unanimously to assume a very large undertaking. In response to the abrupt closing of the Long Island Bridge, and the consequent uprooting and evictions of over 700 homeless persons from Long Island’s shelters and services, we will be a small part of the solution. Our Open Door will open just a little wider. Our...

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