Lehrhouse, where the Jewish learning and discussion will flow along with food and cocktails from around the world, is set to open at 425 Washington St. in Somerville on March 13. Read more.
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The Heights reports "five cardinals, six archbishops, 21 bishops, and 40 theologians from across the country" are gathering at Boston College this weekend for what it says is "the largest gathering of Catholic leadership at a university in US history." They'll be looking at synodality, the idea of decentralizing Church decision making.
Public Coffee Co., 182 Hyde Park Ave. in Jamaica Plain, affiliated with a Wesleyan start-up church, held its official grand opening this morning - with several people standing outside protesting Wesleyan positions on LGBTQ people and abortion. Read more.
In a report for and on the First Church in Roxbury, Aabid Allibhai chronicles some of the horrible exploits of the colonial founders of the church, including its founding minister, as enslavers of both Blacks and natives, from their involvement in the slave trade to owning slaves themselves, to giving away newborn Black children "like puppies." Read more.
A group of residents living near the site of a proposed synagogue on Bennett Street in Brighton yesterday sued to block its construction, saying the new building and attached rabbi's residence would simply be far too large for a congested, narrow street. Read more.
The Puritans may not have been quite as dour as we think, but their aversion for celebrating Christmas is well known - and persisted in Massachusetts long after they were gone. Aline Kaplan recounts how 19th-century Boston Unitarians began to change that.
The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Congregation Khal Tiferes Yosef to move from its current home in its rabbi's basement to a new two-story shul at 49 Bennett St., basically across the street. Read more.
Another vaccine-denying nurse sues Boston Medical Center for firing her over the Covid-19 shots she refused
A former staff nurse at Boston Medical Center who believes Covid-19 vaccines are an affront to her God-given immune system and were grown out of the remains of aborted fetuses today sued Boston Medical Center for firing her in October for refusing to get the shots. Read more.
GBH gets comments from the Archdiocese of Boston on Councilor Frank Baker's anti-Protestant assertion about City Council redistricting.
A federal judge today tossed a former BU theology grad student's attempt to permanently ban the school from ever making her take a nasal Covid-19 test should she return to classes and should the school resume Covid-19 testing. Read more
Man who runs a Marblehead shrine named for the patron saint of 'repentant thieves' charged in Covid fraud scheme
A man the feds call "a purported Orthodox Christian monk" and his live-in lawyer were arrested today on charges they defrauded the government out of $3.6 million in Covid relief funds by filing bogus applications filled with lies about how many employees they had to obtain money that they then used to upgrade the properties they already owned and to buy a new one, rather than using the money to keep employing workers they did not, in fact, have. Read more.
Dan O'Brien spotted this sign in front of the Brighton Allston Congregational Church on Washington Street in Brighton Center today.
This sign was outside the Brighton Allston Congregational Church in Brighton Center last week.
Oy: Rabbinical group says something's not kosher with Israeli-themed hummus, sues maker over kosher symbol
The Rabbinical Council of Massachusetts, which provides certification of kosher foods under the name KVH Kosher, today filed a trademark lawsuit against Sabra Foods of Norwood, which the council says continues to stamp its hummus with the council's "kashruth" symbol even after being told to knock it off. Read more.
Satanic lawyer vows new suit against Boston, this time over the flagpole the city let a Christianist run his flag up; also says city lawyer needs to adjust her sarcasm meter
The lawyer for the Satanic Temple in Salem provided a "status report" on the group's lawsuit against the City Council over its religious invocations to the judge in the case yesterday. It's pretty easy reading and explains the group's First Amendment claim about how the council starts its meetings and why he wants Michelle Wu to sit for questioning, so have at it at the link below, but some highlights: Read more.
Satanic lawyer threatens to have Wu arrested in ongoing City-Council invocation battle; alleges corrupt conspiracy between city and judge
A lawyer for the Satanic Temple of Salem says he's going to seek a bench warrant for Michelle Wu's arrest if she doesn't show up in Salem on Sept. 12 for a deposition in the group's lawsuit over how the City Council opens its meetings with an invocation by a religious leader, and never mind that a federal judge has already told the group it can't make Wu sit for hours answering questions about the invocations. Read more.
When Temple B’nai Israel in Revere closed in 2019, one question was what would happen to its last remaining torah scroll. The Jewish Journal recounts its journey to a new congregation, in Kenya. It was not as easy a transfer as you might think - the first time final B'nai Israel President Debbie Cherry flew to Kenya with it, the airline lost it.
Man who went to Arlington Catholic High School sues three former Archdiocese officials he says hired the vice principal he charges molested him
A former student at Arlington Catholic High School yesterday sued two former priests in the Archdiocese of Boston - and a third, as yet unidentified priest - whom he blames in part for the times he says the school's then vice principal came into the room where he was serving detention and molested him. Read more.
The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Mesivta High School of Greater Boston to replace its current one-story building at 114 Leicester St. in Brighton Center with a two-story school. Read more.
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