Congregation News

Music Sunday: Salamone Rossi’s Shabbat

Sunday March 25, 10:30am, Sanctuary

Join Follen’s Adult Choir and soloists as we step back in time 400 years to experience the Sabbath as would the Italian Renaissance Jewish community.  For this special service, we will be exploring the gorgeous music of Salamone Rossi (left), a great sacred and secular composer whose work established choral singing as integral to Jewish worship. Follen’s Music Director Vivian Montgomery will be bringing period instrumentalists from her early music ensemble,Eudaimonia: A Purposeful Period Band, providing accompaniment and instrumental works with baroque strings, chamber organ, theorbo, cornetto and recorder. As Passover and Easter approach, celebrate with us in this truly universalist worship service!

In the Community: Spirituality and Mental Health, Chuck Collins

Spirituality and Mental Health: Creating Your Own Connection Sunday March 18, 2:30pm, Temple Isaiah, Lexington Keynote Speaker: David H. Rosmarin, PhD, is director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He supervises the provision of spiritually-integrated services … Continued

FRR Film Series: Race: The Power of an Illusion 

Sundays, March 25, April 8 and 15, noon, Marshman Center

View encore showings of the excellent film Race: The Power of an Illusion this spring. When the snow stops (yes, it will end), come see this eye-opening three-part documentary on March 25April 8 and April 15. Lunch will be provided. Learn more about American history and your role in it as we work to become an anti-racist community!

Follen Gun Violence Prevention Forum 

Sunday April 8, 3:00-4:30pm, Temple Emunah, Lexington

Featuring AG Maura Healy, Tina Chéry. Rev. Claire will moderate a forum April 8 on gun violence prevention among Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy (left), Louis D Brown Peace Institute Chaplain Tina Chéry and two high school activists, one from Lexington and one from Dorchester. Sponsored by the Follen Gun Violence Prevention Group. Admission is free.

Secret Weapon? Thinking About Political Polarization

photo of Follen Community Church Congregation on Sunday

In a recent poll Americans declared political polarization our number social problem. In my sermon last week — see the video or read the text of “Secret Weapon?” —  I started with a reference to that poll, and then I explored research about the development of human moral reasoning and its theological and social implications. … Continued

In the Community: Master Singers, Vance Gilbert

Master Singers of Lexington: Hello Goodbye Saturday March 3, 8pm First Parish Lexington Read/Download flyer for Master Singers Vance Gilbert in Concert Saturday March 16 8pm, Winchester Unitarian Society Singer/Songwriter Vance Gilbert in Concert in Winchester, March 16  Unitarian Society presents celebrated singer, songwriter, and performer Vance Gilbert in concert, March 16, 8:00 p.m., in the … Continued

The Interim Leader’s Tasks:  Mission

Last week, as I began this series of blogs on the work of interim religious leaders and specifically, my work here at Follen in religious education, I wrote about Heritage (coming to terms with history).  This week, I continue the series with an exploration of the second interim task:  Mission, or “Evolving a Unique Religious … Continued

March’s Worship Theme: “Prophecy”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said:  “Every man is hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that person, whatever he says has an enhanced value.” Spiritual Exercise Reflect: Who has been a prophetic oracle to you? Whose voice has influenced, and thus, predicted your future? Is it still doing so?  

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