Old South opens its virtual doors to the city and world, to inquirers, to tourists, to those in need, and to a congregation (of members, friends and family—both the curious and the committed) who call this their church home. As a progressive, vibrant, and diverse Christian congregation based in the heart of Boston and proclaimed virtually throughout the world, we continue to outfit ourselves for tender ministries of mercy, justice, and beauty in the 21st century.
Inspired by Jesus’ extravagant welcome, Old South has for more than three centuries sought to advocate for the marginalized and the oppressed. Our life as a community is grounded in our belief in the presence of the Living God whom we come to know through a life shaped by the rhythms of worship, prayer, scripture, generosity, kindness, and hospitality.
In our worship services we draw on a variety of traditions, from ancient to contemporary. These are expressed differently and beautifully each week through First Worship (Sundays 9 a.m. ET), Festival Worship (Sundays at 11 a.m. ET) and Jazz Worship (Thursdays 6 p.m. ET). Through a broad program of both in-person and virtual opportunities of service, outreach, education, and fellowship, we strive to be part of God’s work of mending the world. And in all things, we rely upon the healing, unconditional nature of God’s love and grace to be our help and guide.
Old South Church in Boston resides on the ancestral and un-ceded land of the Massachusett People, past and present, whose name was appropriated by this Commonwealth. We pay respect to the Massachusett elders past and present. We name and recognize the Massachusett People as traditional stewards of this land and we acknowledge the enduring relationship that exists between them and their traditional territories. We admit the truth of violence perpetrated against the Indigenous Peoples of the land; perpetrated, moreover, both in the name of this country and in the name of Christ, and make a commitment to uncovering that truth. We comprehend that a land acknowledgment is a small yet important step towards ensuring a culture of respect, truth, and accountability in our church, in our City, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and in our nation.