Candle Lighting Service 2015
Our annual Candle Lighting Service, held each December, provides the opportunity to remember all of the loved ones no longer with us. Join us in Story Chapel for this seasonal program of words and music. During the service, you will have the opportunity to light a candle in honor of someone you wish to remember. Weather permitting, we will place the lighted candles in nearby Asa Gray Garden at the conclusion of the event.
This year’s speakers are Sister Marie LaBollita and author Claire Willis.
Candles will be sold at the program but can also be ordered in advance through our online store.
We will host a reception immediately following the service. We hope you will join us in Bigelow Chapel for refreshments and conversation. Refreshments donated by Jules Catering of Somerville and Vicki Lee’s of Belmont.
Staff will be on hand to assist with parking when you arrive for the event.
Marie LaBollita is a Sister of Charity of Halifax, Nova Scotia and co-founder and President of Sacred Threads a center for women’s spirituality based in Newton which serves women across denominations and religious traditions. She is a firm believer that spirituality has the power to transform unjust social systems as well as empowering women in their search for deeper spiritual meaning in their lives with a special concern for those who are searching, struggling or feeling on the fringes of their faith communities.
Marie received her Bachelor’s degree from Mt. St Vincent University and holds a Master’s Degree in both Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry from Emmanuel College.
In addition to her work with women in crisis, Marie offers retreats and workshops. She also works with local funeral homes and conducts funeral services upon request.
Claire Willis, LICSW, MA, M.Ed is the author of LASTING WORDS: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life. Claire is a clinical social worker, a yoga teacher and an ordained lay Buddhist chaplain with a concentration in end-of-life and bereavement work. For over 25 years, she has maintained a private practice with a focus on bereavement and end of life concerns.
Claire is the co-founder of Facing Cancer Together, a non profit in Newtonville, MA offering support and educational services to people living with cancer, their caregivers and loved ones. She facilitates a therapeutic writing group and the bereavement program. Claire is an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA where she has co-taught Spiritual Resources for Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit for over 20 years.
Claire was a former staff member of The Wellness Community where she directed the bereavement program, yoga/meditation and the therapeutic writing program. For 15 years she was faculty member at the Family Institute of Cambridge, a post graduate training center where she taught Therapeutic Writing for Clinical Practice and New Methods in Group Process for over 15 years. Claire is currently working on her second book: The Grieving Heart: Paths to Living with Loss.