First Unitarian Society in Newton

Ministries / Lay Ministers

The FUSN Lay Ministers Extend the Web of Caring


FUSN Lay Ministers, Erin S., and Meghan C. Jan. 2014

Cindy Orrell, Jay Flyn, Thom Theara, Kathy Hearn, Erin Splaine, Judy Friedman, Gayle Yeo, Meghan Cafalu, Jud Leonard, Cris Goldsmith.

The Lay Ministers at FUSN extend the reach of pastoral service and provide a web of caring within the FUSN community. The Lay Ministers can offer support and be sensitive listeners should one wish to discuss employment, relationships, family, health, or similar issues, and often they can suggest referrals to professional service providers.

The Lay Ministers also help in the following ways:

  • Maintaining the Care Crew list, which is made up of over 50 members of the congregation who have offered to help occasionally with meals, rides, and other short-term needs. The Lay Minister on duty each month may call on members of the Care Crew to help out as needed.
  • Organizing occasional transportation to medical appointments or church functions and providing meals to those in need through our Care Crew. Arranging child care and visits to elders at times of crisis.
  • Coordinating help with our FUSN memorial service receptions.
  • Helping to connect FUSN community members who have shared interests

The Lay Ministers are a diverse group, including men and women of various ages who are married, single, gay and straight. The Lay Ministers are very sensitive to confidentiality, and discuss specifics only with each other and the ordained clergy.

How to contact a lay minister

Go to the lay ministers contact page to get names and contact information. If you are a community member, learn how to access these password protected pages.

*That page, like others on this site that contain private information, is password protected.

What Do Lay Ministers Do?

Learn about the role lay ministers play in the life of the society in this presentation from 2008 given to a few other UU churches in the area.

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