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Benjamin C. Crawfordbeloved husband of Stephanie Ann Luongo and devoted father to Ava (13), Harrison (11), and Macy (9) The son of Old South Church Senior Minister Emeritus James Crawford and Linda Crawford passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016, after a long battle with brain cancer. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Rock Spring Congregational Church in Arlington, Va. Please consider donating to the Crawford-Luongo Children's Fund. Ben’s and Stephanie’s friends and...
After three and half years, Old South Church ends Evening Worship. It is a beautiful and profoundly meaningful service, but has been unable to gain traction or grow to a reasonable size. Sunday, January 31, 2016 will be the last service. We created a gem. It lived beautifully for the space of more than three years. Thanks be to God. -Rev. Nancy Taylor
January 12, 2016 Council met with a full agenda. The meeting opened with thoughts of MLK Day and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee, Todd Krohne, and lead consultant, Jerry Henry, were present. The case statement and forward-looking assumptions continue to evolve. Jerry completed an impressive amount of interviews – 31! – since the last update. These interviews were planned as the next stage following the prior church retreats and multiple rounds of input...
WGBH News reports on Old South Church's New Year's Eve concerts (part of the official First Night First Day Boston 2016) featuring the church's mighty 1921 E.M. Skinner Organ, played by renowned organist Minister of Music Harry Huff. Read/Listen Old Organ, Old South Church, New Year: First Night In Copley Square (WGBH News, December 31, 2015)
December 8, 2015 Council met to close out the year. The meeting opened with a reflection on life’s stressors with a pause to let go. Jesus invites us to travel light. Treasurer David Vogan introduced Lauren Berk as incoming Treasurer. The 2015 budget will finish in good form, 20k short of the projected 105k deficit. Senior Minister Nancy Taylor summarized the proposal for the 2016 Annual Meeting, February 7th. The proposal has now been reviewed among various groups including Deacons, Council,...
On Friday, November 13, 2015, Senior Minister Rev. Nancy Taylor gave a public talk at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School, entitled "Preparing for When Disaster Strikes," a discussion on ministering to the Old South Church congregation following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Her talk was part of an intensive Transformational Leadership course, "Ministry in an Age of Crisis," she led over the weekend. Yale Divinity School reports Nancy Taylor: Ministering in times of disaster (11/17/15).
November 10, 2015 Council met to continue the work of Old South Church as the year winds down. The main topics were Capital Campaign planning and the Annual Meeting. Moderator Deb Washington opened with a devotional that reminded members of the close conversations that are had with God in prayer as an expression of the heart. The budget update was given by Treasurer David Vogan. The year continues to track toward the projected targets although congregational giving is increased overall....
October 13, 2015 Council met for a comprehensive review of the Capital Campaign case statement: Do justice. Love mercy. Walk with God. Old South Church’s $6.55M Campaign for the Future. As we approach our 350th anniversary we are keenly aware of the gifts of legacy from previous generations that lay the foundations for today’s ministries. Our Faith. Our Time. Our Future ... The room was filled with energy as Council discussed the progress of the Campaign Committee. This Committee has...
Old South Church has joined in the 'Conversation Sabbath' to encourage the church to openly discuss issues surrounding death. Read With The Conversation Sabbath, Dozens Of Clergy Hope To Get People Talking About Death (Huffington Post Religion, October 20, 2015), with remarks by Senior Minister Nancy S. Taylor.
On Sunday, October 11, 2015, Old South Church was presented with the Mitch Snyder Award “in recognition of your efforts on behalf of those displaced and dispersed from shelter and services on Long Island”. The award was presented by First Church in Cambridge, the Friday Café, and the First Church Shelter. Among four other groups honored was Emmanuel Church. Associate Minister John M. Edgerton and Moderator Deb Washington received the award on behalf of Old South Church.

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