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July 14, 2015 Council met to continue discussion on the Capital Campaign. Moderator Deb Washington opened the meeting with a Prayer for God’s Still Speaking Voice. Wayne Davis (Co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee) and Allison Cooley (Chair of the Priorities Subcommittee) presented the Campaign’s status and asked for Council’s input regarding its vision and potential priorities. Wayne stated that the draft case statement which Council reviewed at the prior meeting is still considered...
Through storytelling, the July/August issue of Open Door magazine explores intentional living, how we make big changes in small ways. Read it now on Issuu.com. PDF is also available.
Read Boston churches split over Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling (The Boston Globe, June 29, 2015) Excerpt: Several pride flags flapped in the wind outside Old South Church in Copley Square, where Anthony Livolsi, an associate minister, celebrated the decision in his sermon. “This week has brought about an extraordinary bestowal of dignity and belonging,” Livolsi said. Maria Constantine, 22, has been attending Old South for a few months and said she chose the church because of its welcoming...
June 9, 2015 Council met after taking a break in May to attend the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) action held at Trinity Church. Council began with a reflection on the work of GBIO and Old South’s commitment to it. Our church’s contingent was the largest of all; more than 200 members represented our church. What an amazing showing of faith, action, and community! All agreed that Rev. John Edgerton, Chair of the Education Action Resource Team, rallied the crowd in high style,...
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.

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