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  Adrian Walker at Old South Church in Boston on May 5, 2018 on having received the Open Door Award for his part in the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Special: Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.   "What a great honor and privilege to be with you this morning. Thank you for that very kind introduction.    I must say, being named a recipient of the Open Door Award was a blessing that fell from the sky. It’s one thing to be honored by my colleagues in journalism, but this feels like it falls into a...
Boston, Massachusetts – On Sunday, May 13, the historic Old South Church in Boston will present their Open Door Award to The Boston Globe’s Adrian Walker. Walker will be honored during Phillis Wheatley Sunday, Old South’s annual celebration of the first published African American poetess. Wheatley joined Old South in 1771, and the church continues to celebrate the icon who opened doors for persons of color and enslaved persons across the country. Old South Church created the Open Door Award in...
We are excited to welcome back Empow Summer Camp, which brings technology, arts, and play together to help young learners discover and build on their creative talents. Please read Empow's press release below to learn more about the camp! Summer STEM Camps Return to Boston’s Back Bay Empow Studios returns to Back Bay with a new curriculum for summer camps in 2018 Educating students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is considered essential to boost...
Our annual Children's Sabbath took place on April 22, 2018, and featured a sermon by 5th grader Ady Jaeckel. Below is the transcript of Ady's sermon. Click here to see photos from the service.   In Psalm 127:3-5 it says, 'Children are a heritage from the Lord.' This verse makes me think of a pot. This beautiful pot is passed down through the generations. Cherished and loved, yet always missing out on something. Now to me this pot represents children and the adults take us, the pots, and cherish...
Sunday, April 15th, 2018 marked the 5th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Old South commemorated the day with our Blessing of the Athletes services. At the time of the explosion, Old South member and Marathon bombing survivor Tom Ralston tolled our church's bells. NECN wrote, "At 2:49 p.m., the bells of Old South Church rang as Boston held a citywide moment of silence to mark the moment five years ago when the first bomb exploded. Sunday is "One Boston Day," devoted to blood drives...
Boston, Massachusetts - April 4, 2018 – Commuters walking their usual route to and from the Copley T Station and through Copley Square today are encountering an unexpected reminder of our country’s history. Walking past the historic Old South Church, pedestrians are greeted by the iconic voice and images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Old South Church is taking his voice to the streets. From 8am to 6pm, the...
Our Theologian in Residence, Reverend June Cooper, was featured on WGBH discussing the revival of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final crusade: the Poor People's Campaign. The story begins, "April 4, 2018 marks 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Five decades after his death, a new group of faith leaders, social-justice activists and supporters around the nation are reviving Dr. King's final crusade – the Poor People’s Campaign. This national effort is reigniting King’s moral...
BREAKING NEWS On Tuesday, March 13 Church Council voted unanimously to hire Mitchell Crawford to serve as our Minister of Music. Start date TBD. Rejoice with us!     About Mitchell EDUCATION Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Florida State University (Advanced training in conducting with Dr. André Thomas) Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance, The Juilliard School (Advanced organ studies with Paul Jacobs) Diplôme (avec mencion en contrepoint) L'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (in...
The Minister of Music Search Committee rejoices to report that we have a candidate. He will be with us on Sunday, March 11th to conduct and play portions of both First Worship and Festival Worship. Following Festival Worship, all are invited to join the candidate in Mary Norton Hall to meet him and for Q & A. If all goes as we expect, the Search Committee will present the candidate to the March meeting of the Church Council, which is the hiring body in this instance.
On January 11th, 2018, Old South Member Phil Dearing shared his story of why he supports Old South. Read his reflection below, entitled "The Psychology of Giving". Why do people give? Historically it was a means of survival. Families and tribes would share their meager resources to help everyone get through the lean times. As society began to grow more productive and wealthy, giving became a status symbol for the nobility. Through the 19th and 20th century, our sense of responsibility expanded...

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