We will have an incredible line up of live music being performed, a message by the pastor and testimonies by Teen Challenge. We have seen tremendous breakthroughs and miracles during the first two events. Testimonials by people declaring they have surrendered their lives over to the care of Jesus and were healed from the bondages of addiction, mental health and abuse. This is a free event and all are welcome. Join us to celebrate the joy of life and the power of Christ. We stand together with God believing to break chains and generational curses.
The social unrest and racial reckoning of the past year have inspired many to consider how faith ought to be lived in a public arena in the Covid era. As social distancing requirements ease, we have an opportunity to examine how we publicly practice our faith to stand in solidarity with those whom society marginalizes. We are pleased to welcome Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Service, Archdiocese of Boston, and the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor emeritus of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to lead the Workshop, which will be held in-person at Saint Cecilia Parish Hall and virtually on Zoom.
For more information, please get in touch with Bill Sheehan at email@example.com
Embody is a week of community happenings about incarnating the Presence of Jesus in the City.
From 39 stories of the hope across 13 Boston neighborhoods featured at the Hope Rising Gallery Event (APR 17–18) on Boston Common, to stories told throughout the week by more than 40 individuals from Park Street Church and surrounding churches, you will get a fuller picture of God’s love for our city and his kingdom work through his people. Listen to and learn from a diverse array of church leaders, professionals, students, volunteers, and others who are embodying the presence of Jesus in the city. You will also have an opportunity to preview our “Communities of Missional Practice” studies which will be launching soon after the conference. Keynote teaching from Hugh Halter (Founder of Post Commons and Lantern Network) and Mark Booker (Senior Minister of Park Street Church) will ground the conference in the gospel call to embody the presence of Jesus Christ.
Come join us, a conference for the whole church in the city, as we seek to Follow Jesus, Seek his kingdom, and Take his yolk upon us that we may learn from him and find rest for our souls.
Register here: https://www.parkstreet.org/cityengagement/embody-conference/
Sunday, January 3, 2021, 4 – 5:30pm
Online via Zoom
(Registration ends at 3pm on the day of, and the Zoom link will be sent right after that)
Fr. Tom Ryan of the Paulist Center will deliver remarks on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, reflecting on how we can all live out the call to fraternity, social friendship, and solidarity. We could not think of a more fitting way to begin the new year. Father Tom Ryan is also a member of the UniteBoston Board of Directors. Responding to him will be Boston Islamic Seminary President Dr. Basyouny Nehela and others to be announced. Audience Q&A will follow the presentations.
Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Fr. Tom Ryan did his graduate studies in theology at the Washington (D.C.) Theological Union and the University of Geneva. He was ordained a Paulist in 1975, and served in campus ministry at the Ohio State University (Columbus) and at McGill University (Montreal, QC.), prior to directing the Montreal-based Canadian Centre for Ecumenism for 14 years and working in all ten provinces of Canada. Perceiving the need for places where Christians of different traditions could gather to share faith and life with each other as well as with members of other religions, he spearheaded the founding of Unitas in Montreal, an ecumenical center for spirituality and Christian meditation co-sponsored by eight different denominations. He served as its director for five years prior to answering the call of his community in January of 2000 to set up and develop the Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.
Dr. Basyouny Nehela holds an M.A. in Fundamentals of Religion, and a Ph.D. with Honors in Da’wa and Islamic Culture, both from Al-Azhar University. He is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs and professor at Boston Islamic Seminary. Dr. Basyouny was previously an Associate professor at Qatar University’s Faculty of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Department of Islamic Creed and Da’wa, a faculty member at Al-Azhar University and Islamic American University, and Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston. He has also served as head, and coordinator of many academic committees covering Curriculum Enhancement, Core Curriculum, Strategic Plan, Academic Activities and Events, & Professional Development. He has taught many academic courses including Fundamentals of Dawa, Ethics, Comparative Religion, Islamic Creed, Islamic Culture, Quranic Studies,…etc.
The incredible music that was produced at the Love Boston concert can be re-watched while you’re at work, cooking, or doing chores around the house!
On September 12, 2020 UniteBoston released our concert premiere entitled “Love Boston.” Amidst the challenges of today’s public health crisis and racial injustices, seven local Christian artists representing hip-hop, worship, soul, spoken word, and gospel genres united to share original artistic responses to the challenges we are facing as a city and nation. They challenged people to “love thy neighbor,” and inspired us in the action steps we can take forward together in this unprecedented cultural moment.
Featured artists include: Caleb McCoy, Shanell Alyssa, Ada Betsabè, Jen Aldana, Jeany Alcántara, Fugi, and Jalen Williams. Click here to meet the artists! Now more than ever, our souls need beauty and art that moves us toward faith, justice, and resilience, loving our neighbor, and toward Jesus in worship! Click on the artist names above to follow them & listen to more music by them!
While we missed having the opportunity to worship together physically in the Boston Common, the beauty of this year’s worship event is that all of the videos can be re-watched and shared. You can watch it while cooking, working from home, doing the dishes or folding the laundry, walking in the park, commuting on the subway, the list goes on and on!
Click here to watch the concert on Facebook – includes chat comments
Music only version of the concert
Lori Dupre created a progressive painting where the artists place their handprints over words like global pandemic, economic stress, and fear, replaced by words of healing and hope and a cityscape of Boston. This painting will be auctioned off at our concert premiere
Finally, we wanted to take time to thank our concert sponsors – the Emmanuel Gospel Center, Resurrection Church, Restoration City Church, Grace Chapel, Standing Ovation Entertainment, and the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, as well as everyone who contributed to our production costs! Also, thank you to everyone who donated to support the artists – The contributions for the artists totaled $1575, which will help to fuel and further their music ministries in this crucial moment! Thank you so much for joining into this united worship movement where people of every nation, people and language are coming together to worship Jesus! (Rev. 7:9!)