Old South Church: The future is valuable, too
Members of the Old South Church faced a wrenching decision last weekend, when they voted on whether to auction off a rare Colonial-era hymnal. The church currently holds two copies of a 1640 Bay Psalm Book, the first book published in North America. Only 11 copies remain of a text that was once a staple of services in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It is a physical link to a fabled church history that extends from early Colonial days through the Boston Tea Party, the abolitionist movement, and the Civil War. But that rich backstory must to be weighed against the challenges of the present.