Jamaica Plain News alerts us to a July 29 meeting organized by the First Church on Eliot Street about its burying ground. It's fine with dogs, as long as their owners clean up after them, but some neighbors are not.
Dan Kennedy was among the Medford residents who marched outside the New England Baptist Church, which has been using its front-lawn signboard for messages such as "Male and Female He Created Them. Gen. 5:2. Gender Identity Solved." He reports both candidates for mayor joined the protesters.
Today's council meeting opened with an invocation by Rabbi Barbara Penzner of Temple Hillel B'nai Torah in West Roxbury.
A federal judge ruled today that Salem-based Satanists can continue to press their claim that the way the Boston City Council picks clergy members to start its Wednesday meetings - but not them - violates the Constitution's ban on the establishment of religion. Read more.
Boston Police report they are looking for a man they say jammed the locks a St. Teresa of Calcutta Church and St. John Paul II Catholic Academy, 800 Columbia Rd. in Dorchester and St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston with an unknown substance early this morning. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a professor denied a promotion at a religious college retains the right to sue because she is not a "minister," which would otherwise let the school discriminate against her on religious grounds. Read more.
A Boston city council already embroiled in controversy over how many mayoral elections to hold this year - in addition to dealing with the pandemic, racial inequities and police reform - now has to battle Satan, in the form of a lawsuit filed by the Satanic Temple of Salem over its refusal to let any Satanists give one of the invocations that start Wednesday council meetings. Read more.
Mayor Walsh announced today that because of a citywide Covid-19 positive test rate of 8.8% and an ICU bed occupancy rate of 93%, the city will be extending bans on gyms, bowling alleys and museums - along with reduced capacity limits for restaurants, offices and houses of worship, until Jan. 27. Read more.
The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain has canceled its normal Thursday food-bank pickup for Thursday due to the impending snowstorm, and is looking for donations today to help it get food out over the upcoming pre-holiday weekend to the 300 families it normally serves. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Gov. Baker has the power to order businesses shut and to limit the size of gatherings during a public-health emergency, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.
Boston Police report arresting George Swain at his Greater Victory Temple Church, 1218 Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan, yesterday on multiple counts of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Read more.
The Pappas Post reports the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has suspended Methodios Tournas as metropolitan, or leader, of the Greek Orthodox Church in Massachusetts and most of the rest of New England, through Christmas. Read more.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts tonight. It's normally a time to go to temple, where the new year is brought in with blasts from the shofar. but, of course, not this year. Several congregations in Brookline and Brighton have organized outdoor shofar blowings at 4 p.m. on Sunday (5 p.m. at Amory Park): Read more.
The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reported yesterday that somebody stole the flower boxes from in front of St. Mary Church on Warren Street - but that a local resident and a former resident who now runs a florist shop in Stoneham teamed up to replace the boxes and flowers. But, the paper reports today, the flowers were once again stolen sometime between last night and this morning.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a woman's suit against the Archdiocese of Boston for the way she was fired as director of musical ministries at a Franklin church without even considering her claim that the new parish priest didn't like either her age or gender. Read more.
Boston clergy stood or kneeled in silence today outside Boston Police headquarters for nine minutes - the same amount of time a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on George Floyd's neck, killing him. Photo by MiMu.