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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...
The January/February issue of Open Door magazine tackles Mother Nature and her sometimes unforgiving side. Read it now on Issuu.com. PDF is also available. Bundle up, it's winter in New England.
Old South Church's Marathon Scarf Project was the second most read United Church of Christ news story of 2014. See the top ten list here.
December 15, 2014 Council gathered after a one-month break. Spirits were not dampened by the torrential rain, although a few roof leaks made an appearance! The meeting focused on the 2015 draft budget, the Outreach Committees 2014 grants, and initial planning for a capital campaign. The church continues to maintain deficit budgets but has a short-range plan to become budget-neutral by 2017. The 2015 draft budget is largely similar to 2014. Notable exceptions are accounting changes for office...
"'Our building is a National Historic Landmark—yet our stewardship is not to protect it from the world but to open it, make people feel welcome in God’s house' [Rev. Nancy Taylor] says. 'Our sanctuary is open and free to the public seven days a week. We, and our building, are porous to the city, permeable to the world.'" Yale Divinity School, Sr. Minister Nancy Taylor's alma mater, has written a spotlight on Rev. Taylor and Old South Church. Read Historic building, contemporary congregation,...

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