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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 Sunday, May 29, 2016, at 11:00 am Festival Worship, Old South Church will host guest choir New York City Children’s Chorus, a premier group of 50 from Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. NYCCC will sing a 15-minute prelude. Please plan to arrive early on Sunday.
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...
April 20, 2016 This week, I will be at Yale Divinity School as the Luccock Visitor. As the Luccock Visitor I will co-teach a class on Reformed Worship, lead several focused discussions, lead worship in Chapel, and share a great many meals with different groups of students and faculty. My subjects include leading public prayers in civic venues, working with a church staff, prayer in the life of a spiritual leader, and appreciating genre as a key to understanding the Bible. It is an honor to have...
Marathon Sunday Boston fetes runners on eve of daunting 26.2-mile journey via The Boston Herald Carlos Arredondo has new look after gifting his iconic hat to BAA via The Boston Herald Security tight for 120th Boston Marathon via WMTW Portland One Boston Day Three Years After The Boston Marathon Bombing, Hope Runs Eternal via WGBH News Interfaith service helps Marathon bombing survivors cope via WCVB Boston Boston Marks 3rd Anniversary of Marathon Bombings via NECN Memorials mark 3rd anniversary...
“‘Last year the survivors were focused on the burdens they bore — in the way of painful memories, grief, scars, hearing loss, PTSD, physical and mental wounds,’ [Rev. Nancy Taylor] said. ‘They asked that we share their burdens. We did. This year, thanks be to God, the survivors are ready for a service that focuses on hope.’” United Church of Christ News reports on Old South Church's Interfaith Service of Resiliency to be held April 15, 2016, One Boston Day, on the third anniversary of the...
"The history of any city is entwined with its tragedy. The Great Boston Fire of 1872, one of the most destructive in all of American history, leveled much of Boston, but it also launched a glamorous new era - complete with architectural triumphs that stand to this day." Watch Copley Square's Architectural Gems via WCVB 5 Chronicle (4/4/16) Featuring Old South Church (min. 2:30) with church docent Dick Yeo, as well as our neighbors Trinity Church Boston and the Boston Public Library.
Lynn Wolff, friend of Old South Church and co-founder of Copley Wolff Design Group in Boston, passed away March 20, 2016. A celebration of Lynn's life will be held at Old South Church on Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 am - "a date chosen to ensure spring flowers will be in bloom." "The emotional scope of her work was as far-reaching. On Wednesdays, she arranged flowers that greeted the poor and homeless who gather at Women’s Lunch Place in the Back Bay. She designed a healing garden at the...

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