Follen Church Society-Unitarian Universalist

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Follen Community Church
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Follen Church Society-Unitarian Universalist is located in Massachusetts
Follen Church Society-Unitarian Universalist
Follen Church Society-Unitarian Universalist is located in the US
Follen Church Society-Unitarian Universalist
LocationLexington, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°25′47″N 71°12′27″W / 42.42972°N 71.20750°W / 42.42972; -71.20750Coordinates: 42°25′47″N 71°12′27″W / 42.42972°N 71.20750°W / 42.42972; -71.20750
ArchitectRev. Charles Follen
NRHP reference #76000242[1]
Added to NRHPApril 30, 1976

Follen Church is a historic Unitarian Universalist congregation located at 755 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington, Massachusetts.


The church is named for Charles Follen who was the first minister called by the church, in 1835. Follen served the congregation from 1835–1836 and from 1839-1840. Ralph Waldo Emerson was the minister of the congregation, then called the Christian Association of East Lexington, from 1836 to 1838. This was his last ministerial position.

Follen Church, built in 1839, is the oldest standing church building in Lexington. The unique octagonal sanctuary was designed by its first minister, Rev. Charles Follen[2], however he never preached in the sanctuary. He died en route to the dedication ceremony in a wreck at sea. It was named in his honor in 1885.

On April 30, 1976, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Follen Community Church.[1]

As of August, 2013, Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn has joined Follen as the church's settled minister. Beryl Aschenberg is the Director of Religious Education. Vivian Montgomery is the current Director of Music.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "History". Follen Community Church. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  3. ^ "Ministers and Staff". Follen Community Church. Retrieved 2017-09-25.

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