Religion

By - 3/24/17 - 1:04 pm

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.

By - 3/23/17 - 9:56 am

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.

By - 3/22/17 - 3:38 pm

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.

By - 2/14/17 - 8:40 pm

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.

By - 1/29/17 - 5:59 pm
No fear of Muslims

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.

By - 1/18/17 - 2:42 pm

Ha'aretz reports on the last wave of what turned out to be hoax calls to Jewish centers across the country, including the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston in Newton.

At 1:20 p.m., Sean Roche reported on the all clear:

Lot is full. Building is bustling. Essential and undaunted.

By - 12/22/16 - 10:26 am

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?

By - 12/16/16 - 9:22 am

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.

By - 12/11/16 - 6:27 pm
Inside unity rally at Islamic Society of Boston in Roxbury

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.

By - 12/2/16 - 1:03 pm
Outside the Islamic Society of Boston mosque in Cambridge

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.

By - 11/26/16 - 5:57 pm
St. Anthony's Shrine burglar

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.

By - 11/12/16 - 5:43 pm

Somerville residents are organizing a Love Trumps Hate vigil between 2 and 5 p.m. at Powderhouse Park: Read more.

By - 11/7/16 - 10:11 am

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.

By - 10/16/16 - 1:25 pm
Repent or burn in hell guy on bus in Revere

Joe Gravellese spotted the Repent or Burn Guy on a bus in Revere today.

To which Sutter summons up Joan Osborne: Read more.

By - 10/12/16 - 9:48 pm
Satanic Temple Boston

Local Satanists say it's time the Boston City Council give the devil his due - by letting them open one of the council's bi-weekly meetings with an invocation.

The council has long started its regular meetings with an invocation by a member of the local clergy, who are invited on a rotating basis by individual councilors. Read more.

By - 10/7/16 - 11:14 pm
Pray for the Red Sox

La Bibliotequetress noticed this sign hanging at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Tremont Street tonight. The Sox are now down 0-2 to the Indians in a best-of-five series.

By - 9/22/16 - 8:54 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports (with photos) on the arrival of Saint Padre Pio's heart at St. Leonard's Church yesterday.

By - 9/21/16 - 3:06 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the six-month jail sentence of a Christian landlord who pushed a Muslim tenant down the stairs of her Somerville triple decker after harassing the tenant and her children for weeks about their faith. Read more.