Congregation News

Cape Cod Weekend

Registration continues for Follen’s Cape Cod Memorial Day Weekend in Brewster MA, which is happening from May 27-29 in 2017. Sign-ups for Cape Cod Sea Camps’ heated, unheated and youth cabins will continue on Sunday at Coffee Hour. Or use a Google form to signup online for Cape Cod. Additionally, you can just download the CapeCod Order Form. Any questions contact Laurel Carpenter at

Immediate check payment is necessary to reserve places for this event. Reverend Susanne Intriligator will be leading beach worship service Sunday May 29. Sand castles, kite-flying, game night, talent show, biking, softball, ocean swimming, heated pool and great camaraderie . . . a great experience for all.

We welcome new people and current Follenites to a key annual social and spiritual event of the year!

Tour the National Center of Afro-American Artists

Saturday, June 3, leave Follen at 9:30 am, return by 1:30 pm

Barry Gaither, the Roxbury museum director, will lead the tour. An international expert on Black Art, he will dazzle you with his knowledge and passion.

The program begins at 10:30. Space is limited and registration is required.

Email and specify if you are willing to drive. Sponsored by the UMCT and the UUUM.

Read Waking Up White and Meet Author Debbie Irving

Thursday, June 8, 7 to 9:30 pm, Temple Isaiah

Racism is taught, and racism is learned. Understanding how and why our beliefs developed along racial lines holds the promise of healing, liberation, and the unleashing of America’s vast human potential.

Follen’s 56th Operetta: “Ruddygore”

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 and Saturday June 10.  Tickets are $15 each and available via or online at Ruddygore at BrownPaperTickets.

Friday Leads

Jessie Cali, Oliver Cotran, Izzy Fox, Sydney Hart, Owen Hefferman, Ben Horsburgh, Becca Johnson, Connor Mulligan, Juliet Stevenson, Grace Walters, Henry Walters, Liam Wurtz.

Saturday Leads

Robin Armstrong, Evan Bitsko, Elias Carver, Adam Harrington, Owen Hefferman, Lilli Jarausch, Venice Mountain-Zona, Honor O’Shaughnessy, Isabella Scopetski, Juliana Stern, Grace Walters, Tim Watson.


Abigail Becker, Stephanie Campbell, Henri Engstrom, Marjory Feingold Thoryn, Bayley Fox, Camden Fox, Alisha Gandhi, Rohan Gandhi, Claudia Hart, Ian Horsburgh, Calix Huang, Caleb Johnson, Emmy Jones, Skyler Kropper, Amalia Linden, Anneliese Linden,  Kieran Linden, Owen Linden, Stuart Livingston, Robert Lloyd, Maya Lloyd, Hannah Markelz, Lucy Markelz, Neel Mohapatra, Heath Nevis, Jasper Nevis, Tess O’Shaughnessy, Maisie Rines, Lydia Rommel, Layla Roof, Nolan Roof, Dylan Scopetski, Ewan Swanson, Annika Truslow and Magnus Truslow.

For more info, please contact Lynnell Stern, operetta treasurer and ticket seller, at

RE News This Week

Sunday May 28 No religious education program or Nursery care on Sunday, May 28 (Memorial Day weekend) Sunday June 4 Children Ages 6-12: One-Room Schoolhouse RE, led by Jody Gray-Linden Nursery Care: For infants through age 5 Read Interim DRE Deb Weiner’s latest blog post: “In the Interim: Coming of Age”

Will Follen Have Summer Services Again This Year? You Bet We Will!

Back by popular demand, Follen’s summer services begin on Sunday June 18, when (the newly Rev.) Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick kicks them off. Follenites Jane Spickett, Rev. Parisa Parsa, and Susan Halliday-Quinn will also preach, as well as Rev. Susanne Intriligator, who will lead the gathered congregation four Sundays in a row. Watch the summer newsletter — yes, … Continued

Follen’s Annual Meeting: Affirming That Black Lives Matter

At last night’s annual meeting, a record number of Follenites crowded into the Community Center to: elect new officers approve the budget and pass — by a wide margin — a landmark resolution, “Advancing Follen Church as an Antiracist Congregation.” A motion was made to separate out one portion of the resolution — pertaining to a banner — but … Continued

A New Teaching Schedule for Religious Education in 2017-2018

Starting in September, Follen will be moving to a new religious education teaching schedule that is designed to provide more flexibility for parent volunteers, more support for teachers, and more stability and continuity for the children and youth being taught! The teaching schedule will be divided into two terms, each with thirteen or fourteen slots.  … Continued

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