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By adamg - 7/29/22 - 11:32 am

A pair of developers and the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral say they will soon file detailed plans for two seven-story residential buildings on part of the church's 1.4 acres of land at 165 Park Dr. in the Fenway - and that the project will include "important repairs" to the cathedral. Read more.

By adamg - 7/28/22 - 11:23 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a western-Massachusetts man who says he was raped repeatedly in the 1960s by various Catholic Church clergy, including the then bishop of Springfield, can make his case to a jury that he is owed damages not only for that but for the way the church handled his case after he came forward in 2014. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/22 - 11:19 am

A Newton rabbi hopes to open a non-profit "Jewish tavern and house of learning" on Washington Street in Somerville, where the Kirkland Tap and Trotter used to be, Boston Restaurant Talk reports.

Rabbi Charles Schwartz's proposed Lehrhaus would be: Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/22 - 8:59 pm

Ginnette reports:

MBTA preacher got on the Red Line and I told him "we are already in hell Sir!"

By adamg - 7/13/22 - 9:48 am

Jamaica Plain News reports that when the sisters who now live in a prominent parkway monastery move out, they will leave the building behind, rather than sell it to a developer who wanted to replace it with townhouses.

By adamg - 6/30/22 - 11:26 am
Rev. Zenetta Armstrong

Armstrong explains issues with liquor store at hearing.

The Boston Licensing Board today unanimously approved a plan by Camilo Liquors III to move from its current ramshackle location at the corner of Edgewater Drive and River Street to a better maintained building next door, over the objections of ministers and parishioners at the Church of the Holy Spirit, who say the store's often angry customers sit - and urinate and defecate - on church property. Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/22 - 9:20 am

The Jewish Journal reports on the opening ceremony for Rabbi Shlomo Noginsky's new school on Commonwealth Avenue near Cleveland Circle - which he hopes to ordain eight new rabbis a year, a number that commemorates the number of times he was stabbed leading a man with a knife away from kids at a summer camp at Shaloh House on Chestnut Hill Avenue last July.

By adamg - 5/5/22 - 12:54 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that cremated remains of former members of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Wayland can't be disinterred and moved elsewhere now that the building has become a Coptic Orthodox church - which does not believe in cremation and which wants the land for its own uses. Read more.

By adamg - 4/20/22 - 2:34 pm
Site of new coffeehouse in Jamaica Plain

The new coffeehouse will go behind the blue grate.

Update: Approved.

The Public Church, which now holds services at the Fenway Community Center, is planning to open a coffeehouse at 180-190 Hyde Park Ave. in Jamaica Plain, one that will serve as its place of worship on alternate Sunday evenings. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/22 - 4:46 pm

Update: City submits bill for $8,334.25.

A federal judge today dismissed a demand to make now Mayor Wu submit to a deposition in a suit by the Satanic Temple of Salem over City Council invocations, ruling the group's lawyer engaged in "impermissible antics and abusive tactics" to try to mess with Wu, antics she says means the group will now have to reimburse Boston for the time city lawyers spent fighting the effort. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/22 - 2:17 pm

Wendy Cadge's Boston's Hidden Sacred Spaces is a guide to small places of worship you might not know exist.

By adamg - 3/2/22 - 7:06 pm
Poor Clare Nuns

The monastery (from Landmarks Commission filing).

The Poor Sisters of St. Clare plan to tear down their Franciscan Monastery at 920 Centre St., next to the Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, and then sell the vacant land to a developer for construction of 26 townhouses. Read more.

By adamg - 2/25/22 - 12:02 pm

Episcopal Bishop Alan M. Gates will lead an online prayer for peace in Ukraine as part of a compline service from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Tremont Street at 7 p.m. today.

By adamg - 2/12/22 - 2:41 pm

A Vermont woman yesterday sued a convicted child-molester priest of molesting her when she was 11 and he was serving at St. Brendan Church in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/22 - 10:43 pm

Brookline Police report they paid extra attention to synagogues this weekend after an incident at one congregation yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 12/27/21 - 9:09 am

WBZ, where Liz Walker was an anchor before becoming the Rev. Liz Walker at the Roxbury Presbyterian Church, reports on her last sermon before stepping aside to write a book on trauma and healing.

By adamg - 12/24/21 - 7:39 pm

Leaders of Old South Church in Copley Square shifted planned in-person services on Christmas Eve to online only due to rising Covid-19 numbers and the way the omicron variant spreads so easily. Read more.

By adamg - 12/9/21 - 12:01 pm
Inside a Charlestown church in 1967

The folks at the Boston City Archives say the BRA took this photo inside a church in Charlestown in 1967 and wonder which church it was. This isn't one of those historic puzzlers where they will tell us the answer later - they really aren't sure and are seeking help identifying the church. See it larger - or see it gigantic.

By adamg - 12/6/21 - 9:23 am

Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn has posted an apology for a City Hall Chanukah display that included an explanation that discussed the holiday in Christian terms and referred to "the sins of Israel," WBZ reports.

By adamg - 10/16/21 - 9:37 pm
Mother Church and Reflecting Pool

Matthew Ireland captured the scene at the Christian Science Center Reflecting Pool and the Mother Church the other evening.

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