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Framingham Conversation about Loneliness and Community features leaders from OutMetrowest, Advocates, and 2Life Communities

Thursday, October 19 at 6 pm

Greater Framingham Community Church, 44 Franklin Street


In January 2023, the Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murthy, published Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. In this book, he describes loneliness as the most severe health problem facing our nation. His book names the serious challenges we face in an increasingly isolating and divided culture; it also lifts up many examples of communities finding creative ways to strengthen connections. He writes: “Loneliness and isolation represent profound threats to our health and well-being. But we have the power to respond.”

Inspired by his words, the Framingham Interfaith Community Association invites the entire community of Framingham to join us in exploring how the epidemic of loneliness affects our own city and how we can draw upon our creativity and caring to address it and create stronger community ties.

On Thursday, October 19 at 6 pm, Greater Framingham Community Church is hosting an interfaith gathering to explore this theme.  A panel of local leaders will offer insights from their work supporting older adults, youth, and people living with mental health challenges. Lily Pearl from OutMetrowest, Larry Fitzpatrick from Advocates, and Jen Rich from 2Life Communities will reflect on the particular ways the challenge of loneliness and the opportunities for connection are experienced in their communities. Their reflections will lead to table conversations.

This event is free and open to the entire community. Registration is strongly encouraged. Please contact Rev. Dr. Debbie Clark at with any questions.