Congregation News

In the Community: Soup for Syria, Coffeehouse in Belmont

Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington will host a special event on Saturday, February 3, at 6:00pm to benefit the Syrian American Medical Association.  Soup for Syria will be a benefit supper offering soups from around the world and will feature a presentation from the Syrian American Medical Society. Come in from the Winter Cold for an … Continued

In the Interim: The Best Day in the Year

It is early in this new year, and the media is filled with ads declaring all that we ‘should’ be doing:  losing weight, going to the gym, finding out about our genetic background, taking a trip, running for political office, and on and on. I have never been a person to make New Year’s resolutions:  … Continued

Black Lives in History Film Series

Follen Responds to Racism resumes its showing of films depicting Black lives.  This winter we will focus on films based on historic events and/or people. James Baldwin says that “the fact that white Americans, have not yet been able … to face their history, to change their lives – hideously menaces this country.  Indeed, it … Continued

RE News this Week

OWL (Our Whole Lives) CANCELLED for January 4.  We’ll try again on January 11 at 6:15pm in the Anne Smith Room. Middle School Youth Group Planning team meets on January 5 at 7pm in the Anne Smith Room. Coming of Age Field trip to the UU Urban Ministry Saturday, January 6.  Cars depart Follen at 9:15am and will return to Follen at … Continued

In the Community: Film on Immigration

Film: “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America” Saturday, January 6, 7-9:30pm, First Church Unitarian, Littleton Based on the book by award-winning journalist Juan González, this film takes an unflinching look at the role that US military actions and corporate interests played in triggering unprecedented waves of migration from Mexico, the Caribbean, and … Continued

In the Interim: I Salute You!

Christmas and New Year’s have passed, Three Kings Day is upon us and, in New Orleans where my younger child lives, parade season will be starting shortly, leading up to Mardi Gras.  The media is filled with ads about fitness, diets, New Year’s resolutions and the like, and we look forward to the ‘second half’ … Continued

January’s Worship Theme and Spiritual Exercise: “Solitude”

Our theme for the month is “Solitude.” January is often a time for resolutions, so here is a tough spiritual exercise! Spend one day WITHOUT YOUR CELL PHONE. Don’t look at it. Don’t turn it on. Don’t make a call. Don’t receive a call. Don’t text. Don’t check Facebook. Drive places using a paper map. … Continued

Food for Thought: Stories from a Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Thursday, January 18, 6-8pm, Community Center

Last October, 10 Follenites traveled to Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, to immerse themselves in the stories, sights, and sounds of the Civil Rights movement, on a tour with the Living Legacy Project. Along with a mixed-race group of about 30 others, they heard directly from people who met injustice with remarkable courage.

At Food for Thought, the Follen participants will share stories, music and images from their trip. As always, dinner and childcare will be provided. No RSVP necessary.

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