Architectural detail of window arches on Old South Church in Boston

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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 a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that...
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 greening our church, advocating for effective policies, living more simply, and learning along the...
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 choral literature at a high level. A dedicated group of volunteer singers supported by Old South’s...
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 Congregational Library, deep in our materials there, reading handwritten records from 1884 through...
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 reverend attended a 24-hour vigil was held for the children caught in the middle of the country's...
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 change. Blackmon is a prominent speaker and activist in the Black Lives Matter Movement. Following the...
Old South Church presented their Open Door Award to Freedom for All Massachusetts, a coalition working to defend transgender rights.