Religion

By - 4/19/16 - 10:14 pm

Village 14 reports on a sermon by Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel about the infamous Newton forum in which some Jews heckled a black woman describing her son's treatment at a local school and tried to boo the school superintendent off the stage.

By - 4/11/16 - 4:42 pm
$1-million bill

Rick is now busy figuring out how to spend the $1-million bill he got from some religious group in Downtown Crossing today.

By - 4/8/16 - 6:51 pm

The Globe reports that Congregation Mishkan Tefila, which is selling its 24-acre Hammond Pond Parkway campus to BC, is near an agreement to share space with Congregation Kehillath Israel on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner. The two congregations would retain their separate identifies.

By - 3/30/16 - 6:33 pm
Beheaded Virgin Mary in Billerica

Billerica Police are looking for whoever cut the head and hands off a Virgin Mary statue at St. Mary's Church on Boston Road overnight.

The vandalism comes a couple days after a similar beheading at a church in Burlington.

Detectives are looking at whether the incidents are connected.

By - 3/16/16 - 6:28 am

The Boston Business Journal reports the Knights of Columbus are taking over Crux and merging it with its own Catholic Pulse site. Crux columnist Margery Eagan is not moving to the K of C, though.

By - 3/14/16 - 12:35 pm

In a statement today, Catholic Memorial School says it's taking several steps to deal with the repercussions of Friday's anti-Semitic chanting by fans before a basketball game against Newton North, including banning students from tonight's MIAA Division 1 semifinal against Cambridge at the Garden.

The team itself, which had nothing to do with the chants, will be allowed to play, the school says: Read more.

By - 2/29/16 - 5:38 am

Spotlight's win as Best Picture probably came a bit late for him to stay up for over in Rome.

The actual reporters and editors who told the stories of the pedophile priests and their victims were in the auditorium. One of them, Matt Carroll, livetweeted the experience. Read more.

By - 2/18/16 - 10:47 am

A Revere tour operator who organized buses for local Catholics to see the Pope in Philadelphia last September says the bus companies he hired sent rickety buses driven by sleepy, non-English-speaking drivers that left riders terrified and wondering if they'd make it out alive. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 8:35 am
Restoring Black Lives matter sign at Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain

Katie Ernst watched kids putting up new fliers over the vandalized part of a Black Lives Matter sign at Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain yesterday.

By - 2/11/16 - 2:16 pm
Hope Church on Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain with vandalized sign

Marg Zamos-Monteith shows us Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue, where a Black Lives Matter sign was defaced the night after a JP Black Lives Matter vigil and four months after a similar banner in front of First Baptist Church on Centre Street was torn down (then replaced).

By - 1/4/16 - 2:00 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the state can keep children away from a would-be foster couple who believe corporal punishment is part of their religious duty - even if they agree to limit the spanking to their natural children and not spank any foster children.

Gregory and Melanie Magazu of Fitchburg, who have two children of their own, sought to become foster and "pre-adoptive" parents in 2012, but were denied permission by the state Department of Children and Families because they said their Christian beliefs sometimes compelled them to spank their own children. Read more.

By - 12/21/15 - 3:47 pm

And, of course, this being the Boston area, she also offered free Dunkin' Donuts coffee and donuts, the Globe reports.

By - 12/16/15 - 12:03 pm

UPDATE, Thursday: The licensing board decided to pass over this issue for now, deferring action until a later date.

The Boston Licensing Board votes tomorrow whether to allow a Wine Gallery wine and spirits store at Chestnut Hill Avenue and Embassy Road, in the new building that replaces a block destroyed by fire in 2012. Read more.

By - 12/14/15 - 4:40 pm

Merry Christmas!

Christmas……Don’t get caught up in the guilt of not having/spending enough $$$$$ for Presents and Gifts

If how much you spend, or buying what the persons “wants” determines your Merry Christmas....... stop, think about this; Materialism has bankrupted some people,
Some are on the way there, and some are recovering from it.

If anyone is not pleased with you changing your gift giving habits….. It’s on them.

By - 12/10/15 - 9:09 am

A local movie buff forwards the following exchange between a patron of a local movie theater and the theater's manager. The manager agreed to release the exchange on condition names be excluded.

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 9:10 AM
To:
Subject: Security
Dear Mr ____,

On Saturday December 5 my date and I attended the 4:15 showing of Spotlight at the ***** Theatre . Just before the show started I was returning from the men's room , when I came across two Muslim women with large backpacks speaking a foreign language entering my theatre .

Read more.

By - 12/4/15 - 7:36 pm

A Fitchburg native and former Army ranger was sentenced to six months' home confinement and 3 1/2 years of probation for posting threatening messages on the Facebook page of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.

By - 12/3/15 - 12:51 pm

Arlington Police report they've identified a 23-year-old man they say slapped a sign reading "All" atop "Black" on a "Black Lives Banner" at the First Parish Unitarian Church on Nov. 25.

In a statement, Police Chief Frederick Ryan says: Read more.

By - 12/3/15 - 11:37 am
Church in old Boston with scaffolded steeples

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on in this photo, and when.

By - 11/20/15 - 9:51 am

Yesterday, the Dorchester Reporter posted parts of an interview with US Rep. Steve Lynch in which he seemed to indicate he was fine with the president's plan to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the US: Read more.

By - 11/13/15 - 6:27 am

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 Newton’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.