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Last year, following the marathon tragedies in Boston, Newtown Congregational Church of Newtown, Connecticut hand delivered one thousand peace cranes to Old South Church, "The Church of the Finish Line". The cranes came to Newtown from Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon, Ohio where a school shooting had taken place in February 2012. Pilgrim Christian Church received them from Saron United Church of Christ in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin whose congregation folded them to mark the 10-year...
Read For God's Sake, Pray for God, the United Church of Christ Daily Devotional for August 14, 2014 written by Senior Minister Nancy S. Taylor.
The July/August issue of Open Door magazine highlights social justice in our Boston community and beyond. Read it now on Issuu.com. PDF is also available.
June 10, 2014 Council met following a month-long break. Given the arrival of summer with many activities going on, there was much excitement in the air. A major topic concerned new updates from the Christian Education Committee. Maren Batalden and Rev. Anthony Livolsi highlighted the ongoing transition to new curriculum for the Church School. Since this is a major shift that will involve volunteer teachers needing preparation, it has been decided to offer one program per week at the 10 o’clock...
Read At Old South Church, prayers for Pride (The Boston Globe, June 14, 2014) As Boston Pride parade marchers began to gather outside, Governor Deval Patrick, spiritual leaders, advocates, and congregants packed the pews of the Old South Church this morning for an annual Pride worship service that was both reflective and joyful. Associated Press photos from Pride Morning Worship:Defrocked Methodist pastor appealing punishment (Yahoo News, June 18, 2014)  
April 8, 2014 This month’s Council meeting focused on the Vision and its various task forces, Children’s Education, a new grant process from Christian Service and Outreach, a possible Capital Campaign, and Pride week plans. The Vision Working Group has made tremendous progress, building on the success of three task forces: Christians in Formation, Faith at the Crossroads, and Sanctuary in the City. Debby Kuenstner updated Council that the three year terms of these task forces are coming to an...
Media coverage of Old South Church, the "Church of the Finish Line", over the weekend of the 118th Boston Marathon™ includes our Marathon Scarf Project and Blessing of the Athletes services. Boston: One Year LaterSports Illustrated (Video) Blessing Of The Athletes Attracts Marathon Runners To Boston’s Old South ChurchCBS Boston (Video) Boston Marathon brings reflection, festivities, tight security WCVB (Video) Runners 'blessed' before marathonWCVB Boston (Photo Gallery) Marathon runners receive...
On Saturday, April 12, 2014, 3000 people crowded Boylston Street in front of Old South Church for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot at the Marathon finish line. View Boston Strong: One Year Later (April 16, 2014). Scroll down to the GigaPan to view the photo in detail. There are lots of Marathon Scarves, especially in the foreground!
NPR's Tell Me More broadcast on April 15, 2014 features Marathon Scarf Project knitter Mary Thomas. She and her fellow Cast-Offs, Old South Church's knitting and crocheting friends from Hollis, NH, sent 350 scarves. The interview also features Danny Boy Bent, co-founder and organizer of One Run for Boston, whose athletes received many Marathon Scarves.
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, New England Cable News broadcast Old South Church's Remembrance and Hope gathering on the one year anniversary of the Marathon tragedies. Watch a clip of our first blessing of the 2014 athletes, and distribution of Marathon Scarves. Second clip
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