Follen Church Society-Unitarian Universalist
Follen Community Church
|Architect||Rev. Charles Follen|
|NRHP reference #||76000242|
|Added to NRHP||April 30, 1976|
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, 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.
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.
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