Congregation News

Retirement Group Potluck Dinner

Tuesday May 2, 6 – 8pm, Follen Community Center

The host is Denise Dracup, who will talk about “Why is it so hard to ask for help?”

“I Greet Your Congregation with Great Love”

Rev. Jozsef Sends a Video Message On the recent trip to visit our Partner Church in Transylvania, Rev. Susanne stayed with the minister there, Rev. Dimeny Jozsef and his family. On her last day, she made a video greeting, from Jozsef to everyone at Follen, translated by Csep Akos, a church member.  Read all about the trip in … Continued

A Banner and Beyond: Follen Responds to Racism Panel Discussion

Thursday May 4, 7:30 pm, in the Community Center

At Follen’s Annual Meeting on May 24, The group Follen Responds to Racism will offer a resolution, “Advancing Follen Church as an Antiracist Congregation.” The resolution affirms that Follen will commit work proactively, internally and in the wider world, to support racial justice and the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, to include hanging a banner.

FRR is offering two events before then, opportunities for Follenites to explore and discuss the initiative. The May 4 meeting, A Banner and Beyond: Follen Responds to Racism,” will include the perspectives of Follenites Lex Johnson and Bernie Harleston, an account by First Parish Arlington lay leader Lori Kenschaft about what happened when they put up a BLM banner, and more. The May 11 meeting will be a moderated open dialogue about the resolution and an opportunity to consider what its implementation could look like.

RE News This Week

Saturday and Sunday Coming of Age: on retreat at Friendly Crossways Retreat Center in Harvard, MA Saturday at 3pm to Sunday 4pm. Sunday Nursery: for little ones up to age 4 PreK to Grade 8: Final Classroom RE program for the year. Multi-age programs and all-ages worship will continue through June. FUUY: 6:30pm, Community Center. Read Interim DRE Deb … Continued

Brian Sewell’s Lessons Learned in NOLA

On April 23 I wrapped up my fifth service trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina happened nearly 12 years ago and Follen has been sending groups down there for every one of those years. It’s part of what makes me so proud to be a part of this community – our commitment to social … Continued

Follen’s 56th Operetta, “Ruddygore” Is in the Works!

For more than five decades, the Youth and Junior Choirs of Follen Church have been performing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas every June. Follen’s 56th presentation, “Ruddygore,” will be performed Friday June 9 & Saturday June 10, 2017.  Tickets are $15 each. Tickets will be on sale at both coffee hours on May 7, as well as … Continued

In the Interim: Celebrations of Spring

I have returned to Follen Church following a whirlwind, amazing trip to New Orleans with 25 of our Follen youth and our chaperones.  The weather was mostly good (albeit hot), spirits were mostly high, and much was learned and accomplished.  And with April vacation over, we return to spring and end of the year milestones … Continued

FUUY in the Gulf Coast:  The Travel Is Over But the Journey Continues

  Like the hurricanes that threaten life in the Gulf Coast, the 2017 FUUY Service Learning Trip ended with our youth being awakened way too early on Sunday morning and heading in caravan to the Louis Armstrong Airport for an 8:53 AM flight to Newark and on to Boston for a mid-afternoon arrival. But the … Continued

In the Community: Democracy, Music, Reform

Screening of AWAKE, documentary on #NODAPL Thursday, May 4, 2017: 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm, Lexington Community Center Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (LexGWAC) will be hosting a showing of the movie AWAKE, a documentary on the dramatic story of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, which captured … Continued

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