May 12, 1669 was the first gathering of Old South. In the 350 years since, we've taken bold stances and pursued justice and mercy. The church of Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams, of Phillis Wheatley and the Boston Tea Party, we continue to make history in the 21st century. And we think that deserves some celebration!
As such, we declare Old South’s 350th as a Year of Jubilee. In Judaism and Christianity, the Year of Jubilee occurred every 50 years and was a special year for penitence and transformation. The Year itself created a unique environment for daring acts of ethical imagination, such as liberation of prisoners and slaves, debt forgiveness, redistribution of land, and relief to the poor. We will be marking this momentous occasion in a variety of ways over the course of the year - read on to learn more.