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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Fire and ice.

Globe Staff Photo/David L. RyanThe First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, just up the road from the Unitarian Universalist church I served as worship leader during its minister's sabbatical in 2001, was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. Today's Globe tells two stories about the small but growing urban congregation that occupied the grand old gothic building in the heart of the neighborhood: "Community Aids Church as Ice Saves Historic Book" (Ralph Rinalli, 1.20.05) and "Historic Organ Lost in Jamaica Plain Fire" (Michael Levenson, 1.20.05). Here's the first article about the fire, posted late Tuesday night: "Fire Engulfs Boston Church" (AP 1.18.05). What a nightmare.

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 20 January 2005 at 12:45 PM

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6 comments:

Philocrites:

January 20, 2005 04:34 PM | Permalink for this comment

I have corrected an error in this post: I served the First Church in Jamaica Plain from January to May 2001, not 2000 as I had written originally.

smcisaac:

January 20, 2005 10:53 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yeah, I saw that in the paper this morning too, and thought it would be a neighborly thing to offer them our sanctuary, but we're a little too far away from JP. Do you know if they've found a temporary home, Philo? Would your JP church be willing?

Chalicechick:

January 22, 2005 12:18 AM | Permalink for this comment

Looking at a truly beautiful disaster photo always creates a weird mix of emotions.

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Philocrites:

January 22, 2005 11:20 PM | Permalink for this comment

Update: The First Church in Jamaica Plain (the Unitarian Universalist congregation) was going to host the Baptist congregation tomorrow, but the blizzard has postponed that service to next week.

smcisaac:

January 23, 2005 07:27 AM | Permalink for this comment

Yup, I don't think anything will be open today. What a storm!

Cool about our JP church, though.

Oh well, more time to waste on the 'Net.

Philocrites:

February 7, 2005 01:58 PM | Permalink for this comment

Followup articles about the JP church fire and its temporary home at the nearby Unitarian church: "'Not Going Anywhere,' Church Will Move About Some" (Paysha Stockton, Boston Globe 1.30.05), "Burned-Out Church Gets a Lift from Neighbor" (Paysha Stockton, Boston Globe 1.31.05)



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