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Our partner organization City Mission is accepting applications for their Urban Pastoral Ministry Program! The program is a two year residency for recent seminary graduates who are called to ordained urban ministry. Through a partnership between City Mission and four established Boston churches, residents gain hands-on experience in worship, administration, and outreach in an urban congregation, mentorship from experienced ministers, and opportunities for leadership in collaborations between...
Dear Old South Church, In the wake of the shocking terror and murder visited upon Pittsburg’s Tree of Life Congregation, there is an initiative underway of solidarity, community and support for our Jewish friends, neighbors and cousin congregants. It is called #ShowUpForShabbat On Friday, the first Shabbat since the horrors visited upon Tree of Life Congregation, we are invited to Show Up For Shabbat, to attend the Shabbat Service at 6pm at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02215....
City Mission receives funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the development, growth, and empowerment of Christian pastors in urban ministry. City Mission has received a grant of $774,251 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish The Urban Pastoral Ministry Program (UPMP), a program to prepare a cohort of four recent seminary graduates (residents) for urban ministry in a two-year immersion experience. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports...
As Hurricane Florence churns and threatens off our eastern coast, Old South Church faces directly into the churning, challenging, sometimes threatening times in which we live. Last evening the Church Council approved the formation of a Climate Change Task Force to support broader education and action on environmental issues on behalf of God whose Creation we were are imperiling with our prodigal ways. The Task Force has decided to take part in the Green Congregation Challenge. Together we are...
  Music Opportunities at Old South Church Our music ministry provides many ways to explore faith and connect more deeply to the life of the church. Whether you sing, ring, or simply have an appreciation for the arts, there is a place for you among Old South’s ensembles: FESTIVAL CHOIR   Rehearse: Thursdays, 6:30 to 8PM; Sundays, 10 to 10:45AM For those able to commit to regular rehearsal attendance, Festival Choir offers unparalleled opportunities to explore and perform a dazzling array of...
A note from the Senior Minister:I have the great privilege of working in a building with an Archivist and a Finish Carpenter. Does it get any better than that?Our Archivist, Emily Ross, is with us twelve hours per week. For eight hours she toils away in our undercroft amongst sheaves of material. You see, we are an industrious church, forever churning out documents that need to be saved, sorted, dated, filed, researched, and sometimes bound. For her remaining four hours, Emily is over at The...
On July 26, 2018, Rev. Nancy Taylor was featured on a WGBH panel about the Back Bay. Rev. Taylor and other panelists gave their thoughts and experience regarding the rapid growth of the neighborhood, including issues like gentrification and homelessness. Other panelists included Jo Megwa, owner of Ora Tratorizza & Piattini, historian Anthony Sammarco and Martyn Roetter, chairman of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay. Click here to watch the video.
Old South is grateful to NBC Boston for covering the story of the proposed tender age detention center in Houston for immigrant children separated from their parents. People of faith standing together, across the country, can make a difference. The news story begins, While there are still many questions about how more than 2,000 children will be reunited with their parents after being separated at the border, there is a growing circle of prayer going on in the heart of Houston, Texas. A...
Boston, Massachusetts – On Sunday, June 24th at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Reverend Traci Blackmon will preach at the historic Old South Church in Boston. Reverend Blackmon currently serves as the Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ, and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. As a pastor, she leads her congregation in an expanded understanding of church as a sacred launching pad of community engagement and...
Boston, Massachusetts – On Sunday, June 9, the historic Old South Church in Boston presented their Open Door Award to Freedom for All Massachusetts, the bipartisan coalition committed to defending the Bay State’s existing transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination law at the ballot this November. The organization was honored during Pride Morning Worship, Old South’s annual service celebrating the LGBTQ community. The presentation comes at a time when certain protections for transgender people in...

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