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By adamg - 3/29/20 - 6:33 pm

The Rev. Laura Everett was giving a Zoom sermon this morning for the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain on lessons from the death of Lazarus in the age of coronavirus when some racist and homophobic Zoombombers showed up. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/20 - 9:03 am

In a letter to parishioners, the Archdiocese of Boston says they can eat meat on Fridays because of Covid-19 circumstances: Read more.

By adamg - 3/14/20 - 6:23 am

The Massachusetts Council of Churches has produced a guide.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 10:17 pm

The Archdiocese of Boston announced today: Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 11:15 am

Nine Orthodox congregations in the Boston area are telling members they are shutting their buildings at 3 p.m. - and are urging congregants not to form minyans in people's homes, since that would defeat the goal of trying to keep people apart through social distancing. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 9:01 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports on Cardinal Sean O'Malley's Covid-19 announcement.

Communion will still be distributed at Masses, but O'Malley said that the church would be "temporarily suspending distribution of communion on the tongue and invite the faithful to reverently receive the Eucharist in their hand."

By adamg - 3/12/20 - 12:33 pm

ICNA Relief will distribute toilet paper and household cleaners to low-income families at a new "specialty pantry" at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury Crossing between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/20 - 10:16 am

Young Israel of Brookline announced yesterday that it's canceled tonight's Purim festivities - which would have included a children's parade and communal meal - "based on the advice of medical professionals and due to an abundance of caution." Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/20 - 5:50 pm

Wicked Local Marblehead reports that on Feb. 20, somebody called 911 to report a nun walking out of a store. Yeah, and? Well, "it wasn’t a correct uniform for this time" and the caller wanted to alert police "how out of place the nun appeared not wearing the typical garb."

H/t Stefan E.

By adamg - 2/15/20 - 2:42 pm
Stars of David on Shawmut Avenue doors

From 311 this morning comes two reports of yellow Stars of David being spraypainted on front doors of residences on Shawmut Avenue between West Newton and West Concord streets.

I don't think there are non-nefarious reasons to spray stars of David...

By adamg - 1/2/20 - 10:39 am

The Massachusetts Council of Churches and a number of individual ministers in Boston and Cambridge have issued a letter pledging to stand with Jews in the face of growing antisemitism, and calling on their parishioners to do the same. Read more.

By adamg - 10/29/19 - 9:20 am
Van warning against Satan and women driving around Boston

On Comm. Ave.

Andy is among the people who couldn't help but notice the van with the all-caps message that somebody's been driving around Boston the last few days. But is it a warning or a recruitment ad?

By adamg - 10/13/19 - 11:07 pm

Framingham Source reports it has screenshots:

One boy types “(name) you’re a (K-word).”

Another boy responds “release the gas.”

By adamg - 10/11/19 - 10:27 am

The Well, a coffeehouse that sprang from an East Boston church and which currently has shops at South Station and on State Street downtown, hopes to open a coffeehouse in East Boston's Central Square. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/19 - 9:25 am

Cambridge Police report that after an investigation into what happened to Celtics player Enes Kanter after he left a local mosque on Friday, it's concluded that "no criminal activity occurred and that the other individuals featured in a posted video were exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech."

By adamg - 8/13/19 - 4:37 pm
Westrich

Keith Westrich, associate commissioner for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, who long worked on programs to get high-school kids ready for life after graduation, was placed on leave and then retired after his name was published in a list of former "clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor" issued by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

In a statement today, DESE said: Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/19 - 5:34 pm

FBI Boston: Arsons at Chabad Centers (Needham)

The FBI today announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever tried - and failed - three times to set Chabad centers in Arlington and Needham on fire. Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/19 - 5:45 pm

Marblehead Police report somebody posted the fliers on the entrance to Temple Emanu-El on Atlantic Avenue sometime over the weekend, and that they are looking for any tips from people who might have seen something. Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/19 - 7:15 pm

WCVB reports witnesses spotted the woman tosssing a slab of concrete through the church window.

By adamg - 6/27/19 - 10:15 pm

A federal appeals court today upheld a judge's decision not to force Boston to let a right-wing activist from West Roxbury fly an explicitly Christian flag from one of the three flagpoles outside City Hall while his suit over the issue remains open. Read more.

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