Upcoming Events

Visit the Follen Monthly Calendar to see all events at Follen

Tour the National Center of Afro-American Artists

Saturday May 19, 10:30am, Roxbury

Organized by the UU Urban Ministry, this tour features live commentary from art expert Museum Director E. Barry Gaither. Carpooling from Follen will be arranged; please contact our Urban Ministry Team. (Photo: monumental sculpture Eternal Presence by John Wilson)

Follen Serves at Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen

Monday, April 30

Given that you are blessed to have enough to eat daily; please consider contributing watermelon, hamburger rolls, salad or chicken so that others can be nourished for one evening.  Email Tammy Mulligan. Appreciate your generosity.

Meet the METCO You Might Not Know

Saturday, April 28, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, First Parish Lexington

A documentary film created by a Lexington METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) graduate illuminates this nonprofit program through the experiences of both METCO and Lexington families. Following the film, there will be a panel of METCO parents, alumni, current students, and educators. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by Lexington Youth & Family Services and FP Lexington.

Gun Violence Prevention Group

Sign Up To Walk for Peace

Sign ups begin Sunday at the Social Justice table for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on May 13. Learn how to register with the Follen Team and donate.

The Walk is the Peace Institute’s chief fundraiser. Whatever the weather, the Follen community has always strongly supported this inspirational walk from Dorchester to Boston’s City Hall Plaza. There will a bus again this year. Contact Anne Grady.

Meet Our New Director of Music

Sunday, April 29, 12:00 noon, Follen Community Center

Join us for a light lunch on Sunday April 29, and meet Vivian Montgomery, our new, settled Director of Music.

Vivian will tell us a little bit about herself and her vision for the music program at Follen. Then we will use the “question box” to hear from you. Whether you are a singer, instrumentalist, music lover or simply curious, Vivian would love to hear from you!

No Name Choir Is Back!

Sunday April 29, 10:30am, Sanctuary

Our pick-up anyone-can-join choir is singing this month with rehearsal on Tuesday, April 24, 7:30-8:30 and again at 9:00am on Sunday. We’ll be doing a wonderful trance-inducing chant, that builds up and up, from the Taizé tradition (learn more about this fascinating and infectious movement)and a very cool layering of Amazing Grace with two favorite old hymns (and maybe the Star Spangled Banner, if we feel so moved). Vivian can make some recordings and music available the week before, so be in touch with her at vivian.musicdirector@gmail.com. Anyone can participate – spread the word!!!

Reflections on Patience

Sunday April 22, 12:30, Anne Smith Room

Operetta is coming up, and this year we’re exploring the show’s original historical context with choirs and community. On April 22, join choir alum and current costumer and dramaturg Nancy McCarthy after church for a light lunch, to hear about her research into the historical background of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, Victorian gender roles, and the aesthetic movement, and to discuss with fellow Follenites how contextual information can shape our ideas about this classic operetta. Nancy will also be giving a Personal Point during service that day to introduce you to her thoughts and ideas.

All-Church Family Retreat

Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, Brewster, MA
Signups Start This Sunday!

All Follenites ages 0 – 99 are invited to attend this fun and relaxing event.  Signups begin this week at Coffee Hour on Sunday.

For further information see Cape Cod Weekend on Follen.org.

Download a signup form here.

For questions, feel free to email CapeCod@follen.org or contact Bob Halliday or Jenny Marshall.

Food For Thought: Classism

Tonight! April 19, 6-8pm, Follen Community Center

What social class do you come from? Have you changed your class over time? How does class and classism affect your feelings about Follen? Denise Moorehead (left), co-founder of UU Class Conversations, joins us to open a discussion about how social class impacts our lives and our church community.

As always, we’ll enjoy deep conversations with Follen friends over a delicious meal. No RSVP needed. Join us!

How Can We Save Our Democracy?

UU Seminary Meadville-Lombard Hosts a Workshop:

Religion and Politics in an Uncertain World

Saturday May 5, First Parish in Concord, MA

Morning Session: Dr. Mike Hogue will speak from his new book, American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World. Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey and Rev. Dr. Bill Schulz will offer reflections, and the panel will answer questions from the floor. Lunch & Book Signing by Dr. Hogue
Two Afternoon Workshops (you can attend both):
  • Revolution: The Hard work of (Re)Building a Democracy by Dr. Hogue & Rev. Dr. Lightsey
  • Creating Theology Together by Dr. Hicks & Rev. Dr. Straube
We are hosting a Prospective Student Conference in conjunction with this event.
This is a FREE event, but online registration by Friday, April 27 is required.
Online registration page: https://mlconcord.eventbrite.com

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