The 208-year-old Andover Newton Theological School plans to sell its current campus and either set up shop as a smaller school or become part of the Yale Divinity School:
Today, Andover Newton must move in a bold new direction to ensure our work and mission continue to thrive. In part, this is necessitated by seismic changes that are taking place in the church and, by extension, in theological education. Like most independent theological schools, enrollment at Andover Newton has been in steady decline for more than 10 years due to a contracting applicant pool. As much as we cherish it, the large campus we occupy today was built to meet the needs of another era. It is clear that Andover Newtonâ€™s current mode of being - even with modifications - is not financially sustainable.
Not only is the institution struggling financially, but those for whom it exists are, too: student debt is soaring to the point where leaders at Andover Newton worry that graduates will be unable to enter ministry due to their financial obligations.
Burlington Police report they are looking for two white men in a white Crown Victoria who pulled up to the Islamic Center of Burlington overnight to spray-paint "USA" repeatedly and throw eggs at the walls. Read more.
Charlie Rosenberg attended the unfurling of a new Black Lives Matter banner today at the First Baptist Church on Centre Street - to replace an earlier one that was ripped down.
The Globe reports on the Jamaica Plain church's problem with vandals.
Eric Griswold shows us Pope John Paul II's motorcade going down Boylston Street on the way to a mass on the Common in 1979. Read more.
Yes, the movie on how the Globe Spotlight team took on Bernie Law is coming out soon.
You can also read the Phoenix story that actually broke the news before the Spotlight team.
Arturo Gossage took in the protest at the Parkman Bandstand today. Among the speakers: Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
The Forward's Martyna Starosta visited the New England Casket Co. in East Boston for a look at how Jewish caskets are changing. They're still all wood - workers go over caskets with a metal detector to make sure - but they're not all plain pine boxes anymore.
The Massachusetts Council of Churches has compiled a list.
The Boston City Council starts its regular meetings with a convocation or prayer by a clergy member selected by a particular councilor. Today, members of the local International Society for Krishna Consciousness opened the council meeting with a request for help for survivors of the Nepal earthquakes and by singing the Hare Krishna mantra.
They were invited by at-large Councilor Michelle Wu, who noted 2015 is the group's 50th anniversary in Boston. Wu and Council President Bill Linehan wore garlands presented by group members.
Why, yes, that was a guy carrying a cross down Longwood Avenue today, as Brian shows us. And yes, he had a pad and the wheel at one end to help him:
I should have called him out "REAL JESUS DIDN'T HAVE PADS OR TRAINING WHEELS!"
Anybody recognize this kid on his bar-mitzvah day? Scooter reports:
I bought this photo at Urban Renewals in Allston because I couldn't resist this guy's fashion sense (polka dots, bow tie, plaid? YES)! The frame says it's from Malden. Does anyone recognize this stylin' bar mitzvah dude?
Developer Nissim Shimon Trabelsi says he's talking to several hotel management companies - including the one that runs the King David Hotel in Jerusalem - about running the chain of hotels he hopes to start with one on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury at the Dedham line.
The Massachusetts chapter of the Knights of Columbus vaguely blames somebody for forcing it to stay away: