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Boston Warm was born as an interfaith collaboration of many houses of worship, including Old South Church, in response to a disastrous winter. It has since evolved to become an ongoing ministry of common cathedral, one of Old South Church’s most important partners in ministry with and among unhoused people in Boston. Today, a branch of Boston Warm, the BostonHome Interfaith Collaborative, is working directly alongside the City of Boston, assisting with Mayor Walsh’s plan to end chronic...
"Since April of this year, the facade of the nearly 150-year Old South Church building on Copley Square in Boston has been attracting attention for more than its striking Italian Gothic architecture. On the two sides of its entrance portico, facing the the busy corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets, there are banners with the brief but poignant message 'Love thy (Muslim) neighbor as thyself.'" Read Old South Church in Boston Reminds Christians to Love All Their Neighbors via Muftah.org. (8/...
On January 27, 2016, a homeless man was found lying dead on the steps of Old South Church covered in a sheet and blanket. That same blanket and sheet have been transformed into a memorial and community art project, on display in the church's entryway, a testament to those who lost their lives on Boston's streets. Read Copley Square church displays memorial quilt for homeless dead via Spare Change News (8/20/16) Associate Minister Rev. John Edgerton said of the man's death, “Every human life is...
Old South Church clergy are featured in the spring issue of Sunday magazine, the flagship publication of The Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S. Read sermons by Revs. Nancy Taylor, John Edgerton, Anthony Livolsi, and Don Wells. The Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S. encourages Christians to reclaim the Sabbath as a day of spiritual and personal renewal.
June 14, 2016 Opening Council with a prayer, Moderator Deb Washington invoked the hope of Jeremiah and the selflessness of Sarah. God of the saints and the prophets is also our God who reminds us that we come not to be served, but rather to serve. She then asked Council to reflect on how we are doing as a body. How have we experienced our work together so far this year? Prompting input from members as to Council’s effectiveness, role within the church, and vision for the future, Deb noted that...
Dear Old South Church in Boston, The round the clock reports of the murders of black men, of LGBTQ people, and now of police is heartbreaking and heartrending, traumatizing and paralyzing. The rifts and gulfs, the chasms and canyons between white and black, gay and straight, police and civilian are undoing us. Church: can we come together to hug each other? Listen to and hear each other? Rage? Pray? Cry? Mourn? On Sunday, July 10th, Rev. John Edgerton will preach into this heartbreaking season...
"Peace cranes have taken flight once again to another United Church of Christ congregation in need of healing. After the June nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 people dead and another 50 injured, the colorful symbols of peace made their way to First Congregational Church of Winter Park UCC in Winter Park, Fla., located just a few miles from where the tragedy took place." Read Peace Cranes fly to Orlando via United Church of Christ News (7/5/16) In April 2013, Newtown...
Online registration for Old South Church's annual All Church Retreat is now open. The retreat will be held Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Craigville Retreat Center on Cape Cod. All meals and lodging costs are included in the fee ($174 per adult, children and teens free), and a $25 deposit per adult will hold your spot. Registration Wondering how much fun you'll have? Just check out the past two retreats in 2015 and 2014.
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...

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