The First Church of Christ Scientist wants to remove an arch in front of its Publishing House on Mass. Ave., but the Boston Landmarks Commission wants to keep it. The Boston Sun reports.
A federal judge last week told a bankruptcy judge to reconsider an order that would require the Charles Street AME Church to pay OneUnited Bank the more than $3 million it borrowed for a community center that was never finished. Read more.
Willie Wilkerson, 58, a minister at the Quincy Street Missional Church founded by his mother, Idene "Ma Siss" Wilkerson, is scheduled for arraignment in Roxbury Municipal Court today on drug-trafficking charges, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
BqRally snapped a photo as Carlos Arredondo led the annual blessing of the runners at Old South Church's Easter service today.
Jewish Boston taste tests the matzah available in local stores, for example:
If you just need something that people will recognize as matzah and you don’t care about how the box looks or whether it holds up under spreading, this will certainly do. It doesn’t taste terrible, but it doesn’t bring anything to the table either. It literally is what it is.
Associated Press interviews the Rev. Laura Everett, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and author of an impending book, Holy Spokes, about the spirituality she's discovered as a daily Boston bicycle rider:
Bicycling through Boston's twisting, traffic-clogged streets may seem more about self-preservation than spiritual enlightenment.
For the Rev. Laura Everett, her daily 6-mile commute is a way of connecting to her adopted city, its residents, and her sense of community and vulnerability.
Ha'aretz reports he has dual Israeli and American citizenship:
The suspect has lived in Israel many years. The army refused to draft him after finding him unfit for service. The suspect's motive is unknown, but police accuse him of hundreds of incidents involving threats to institutions around the world, including Israel, over a period of two or three years.
The Supreme Judicial Court today better defined just what sort of property a religious organization can claim a tax deduction on - and wildlife sanctuaries and buildings entirely rented out to non-religious groups are not included - but cafeterias and gift shops can be.
The ruling comes in an appeal by the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, which objected to the Attleboro board of assessors demanding $92,292.98 in taxes be paid in 2012 on 110 acres of land on which the Mass. Audubon Society has an easement, a former convent now rented to a safe house for battered women, a shrine welcome center and a shrine storage building Read more.
The Globe reports.
Patrick Keogan, 44, of Wilmington, today pleaded guilty to charges of threatening the Islamic Center of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury over Facebook, being a felon in possession of dozens of guns and ammunition and possession of child pornography. Read more.
Like the Common last week, Copley Square this afternoon was a sea of people, protesting President Trump's attempt to shut the US to refugees and people with visas and green cards from seven mainly Muslim countries.
"We stand with Muslims in Boston," and against "the betrayal of American values," Mayor Marty Walsh told the rally, organized by the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Read more.
State House officials at first banned the Nativity display inside the building because, you know, Separation of Church and State, but then a state rep threatened to unleash holy hell in the form of a lawsuit because Jesus rules, separation drools, and, of course, the baby Jesus won, at least for three hours tomorrow, the Herald reports.
Atheists reply. Large Baphomet statue, noodly appendages or simple aluminum pole, anyone?
The Jewish Journal takes a look at how two area congregations are trying to revitalize themselves. In Marblehead, Rabbi David Meyer figured if the Millennials won't come to him, he'll go to them. The temple now has a young-professionals group - Jews 'n' Brews - that gets together once a month at a local watering hole. Meyer always picks up the tab for the first round. And in Brookline, Congregation Mishkan Tefila is settling in at its new home on the Congregation Kehillath Israel's Harvard Street campus after selling off its own Newton campus that had simply become too large for it.
Our own Ron Newman shows us the packed seats inside the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization's "Out of Many, One" rally at the Islamic Society of Boston in Roxbury tonight. Among those who spoke: Sen. Warren and Mayor Walsh, as Mark Smith shows us: Read more.
Gedalia Pasternak captured three people showing support for members of the Islamic Society of Boston on Prospect Street in Cambridge around 12:30 pm. The guy in the back is a mosque member who was rushing over to give them a hug.
There will be a vigil in front of the Islamic Society of Boston mosque at Roxbury Crossing at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.
St. Anthony's Shrine on Arch Street has posted photos of the well-dressed guy they say broke into the shrine between 4 and 6 a.m. yesterday. If he looks familiar, you know the number to call.
If any election needs them, it might be this one, no? The Massachusetts Council of Churches has compiled a list (scroll down a page or two) of Boston-area churches that will be hosting election-related prayer services and vigils tonight and tomorrow.
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