St. John St. James Church, Roxbury



Community Ministry Study Group

About the Study Group Series

December: Wealth and Simplicity

January: Environment & Green Theology

February: Church History and City Trends

March: Faith, Food and Culture (Environmental Theme)

April: Ministry Through Art and History

May: Continued Look at Art and History

June: The Concept of Grace (in the context of current events)

July: Social Activism and Non-Violence

August: Social Activism and Non-Violent Action (Part 2)

September: Loaves and Fishes Economics

Church History

  1. St. James Episcopal Church, Roxbury
  2. St. John's Episcopal Church, Roxbury Crossing
  3. Civil Rights Activism at St. John's and St. James' / Early 1960s
  4. Community Living and Social Activism / 1967 & forward
  5. Social Activism / Sample Parish Letter / 1969
  6. 1965 MLK Rally on Boston Common
  7. Notes for Allan Crite Profile
  8. Notes for Rev. John Harmon Profile
  9. Notes - mid-century
  10. Notes - Headstart and St. James Educational Center
  11. Bulletin excerpts - general church practices and traditions
  12. Bulletins from inter-church events - United Lenten Devotionals, Concerts, Cookout

Environment and Green Theology

The idea of "Green Theology" highlights biblical principles that show how our faith is connected to our care/concern for the natural environment. Many of the biblical laws, prophets, psalms and proverbs reflect concern for how people relate to the land and to the natural world. Consider the following Old Testament laws. What are the reasons given for these laws? How do these laws reflect an environmentally-conscious mindset? What other biblical passages or principles reflect an environmentally-conscious mindset? How could these principles be reflected in modern day-to-day life?


History: Civil Rights Activism at St. John's and St. James Churches, Early 1960s

During the 1960s, both churches, St. John's and St. James, provided leadership and actively supported and raised money for the civil rights movement, supporting the Freedom Rides and Freedom Schools in the south and supporting the cause of school desegregation in Boston through the establishment of Freedom Schools in Boston and through working with the NAACP and others on the campaign for school integration and educational equity.