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On Sunday, June 19, 2016, Senior Minister Rev. Nancy Taylor was the featured speaker and preacher at First Congregational Church in Los Angeles for their Kaleidoscope of the Spirit series. “Some of the most insightful religious leaders in America will be guests in the pulpit. This will be an exciting time for the congregation to hear a diverse group of voices; welcoming these guest speakers provides the opportunity to solidify our growing reputation as a progressive, vibrant, and creative faith...
For the month of July, Old South Church will host Empow Studios' Back Bay Tech & Design Camp and Minecraft Camp. Empow Studios, based in Lexington, MA, offers summer camps at locations across Greater Boston, and even on the Cape. Per Empow Studios' press release: Summer is a time for fun. The pressures of homework subside and students get the chance to explore new challenges. “I can't wait to make my movie,” beams one 6th grader as she counts down the days to summer vacation. Harnessing the...
The Boston 12 is a group of area religious leaders, including Senior Minister Rev. Nancy Taylor, which has met regularly for a number of years. We are Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. We are members of cousin religions, descendant of Abraham. We are family. The public rhetoric that is borne of the current election season scares us. It is dangerous. It is tearing our nation apart. With this social media campaign we are making an appeal to the better angels of our natures and of our nation. We...
Donate to OneOrlando Fund Dear Old South Church in Boston, Orlando. A catastrophe. We are reeling. How are you? What is happening for you? Inside of you? We are rent asunder by the magnitude of the hatred and the unthinkable violence that has taken so many young, gay lives. We are anguished that a place of sanctuary was so brutally violated. It hits home. It hits at the heart of who we are. How are you? What is happening for you? Inside of you? On Sunday at First Worship and Festival Worship...
May 10, 2016 Moderator Deb Washington opened the meeting with a prayer and a glimpse at 1 Thessalonians 2: In attempting to discern God’s will we are reminded that His very word reassures our work in His name, and the word is love. Such is the core of God’s message as we seek to walk as Christ walked. Janet Nolan, representing the newly appointed Columbarium Committee, spoke of the ongoing exploration of either a memorial garden or columbaria for ashes of the deceased on church property....
Leaders of Boston faith communities, including Old South Church's Senior Minister Rev. Nancy Taylor, penned a letter to The Boston Globe, responding to the recent rise of anti-Semitism in our country. Read In rise of anti-Semitism, a monster has been unleashed. It must be stopped. via The Boston Globe (6/6/16)
On May 24, 2016, 903 delegates from 32 houses of worship from across Boston gathered at Old South Church for a Greater Boston Interfaith Organization citywide rally to discuss several social justice measures, including affordable housing and criminal justice reform. Old South Church alone brought 103 delegates. Read State’s top judge pushes for criminal justice changes via The Boston Globe (5/25/16)
On Phillis Wheatley Sunday, May 8, 2016, Old South Church honored a living legend, Sarah-Ann Shaw, with the Open Door Award. Sarah-Ann Shaw is Boston's first female African American television reporter, hired by WBZ-TV in 1969. Read Old South Church honors pioneering black reporter via The Boston Glove (5/9/16) The Open Door Award is named for the words carved into Old South Church: "Behold, I have set before thee an open door" (from the Book of Revelations). Past award recipients include...
“There’s a lot to be embraced about recognizing and living into the rhythm of what it is to be human, which includes being born, but it also includes dying.” Watch Let's Talk About Death via WCVB 5 Chronicle (4/19/16) Featuring Senior Minister Rev. Nancy Taylor (min. 1:50) discussing leading the congregation through conversations on death and dying.
April 12, 2016 Moderator Deb Washington opened the meeting with a prayer, reminding us that each of us is divined with special gifts to use as confirmed by the Holy Spirit. We are endowed to do good, to help others, to act as stewards, and carry our gifts forward as a demonstration of our faith. Attorney Larry Bowers walked Council through two proposed policies: Gift Acceptance Policy and the Policy on Gifts of Real Property. The policies empower us uniformly to review gifts in order to...

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