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The Rev. Barbara Callaghan will be installed as Second Minister of Hancock United Church of Christ (Congregational) on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Hancock sanctuary at 1912 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Call for Contributions for Barbara’s Installation Reception!

We are looking for edible contributions to the Installation Reception being held in Barbara’s honor on Nov. 22 in Clark Hall. The reception will begin around 4:15 following the
Installation Service which starts at 3 p.m.
If you are willing to contribute food for this special occasion, you can sign-up by clicking on this link: .
Or, you can contact Beth Schutt, Parish Life Chair. (Please contact the church office: (781) 862-4220.)
We also need volunteers for the set-up and clean-up.
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Rev. Callaghan is a native of North Carolina, where she served as a campus minister before becoming a licensed couples and family therapist for more than ten years. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and comes to Hancock from the ministry team of Union Congregational Church in Montclair, New Jersey.


“I am honored to join the wonderful staff of Hancock Church, and to stand in the long line of prophetic and powerful leaders that have shaped both this church and the larger community of Lexington. I am eager to expand the ways in which we work together for the greater good with unity, joy and purpose,” said the Rev. Callaghan.


Her duties at Hancock include leading the evening worship service “Worship @ the Well” held at 6:15 on Sunday evenings. She also supports ministries to children and youth and their families, and is active in all aspects of congregational life. “Barbara has wonderful gifts for leadership and preaching,” said the Rev. Paul Shupe, Hancock’s Senior Minister. “Just as important, she has a warm and inviting personality, and she listens with genuine interest and compassion. She is an advocate for equality, justice, and peace. We’re thrilled to have her join our team.”


The Rev. Callaghan is married to Kate Callaghan, and is expecting their first child in February.


The Installation marks the official beginning of her tenure at Hancock. The Rev. Julie Peeples of Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC will preach the sermon, and clergy from nearby United Church of Christ congregations, as well as the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association will participate.