Congregation News

Reflect on the Interim RE Experience at Follen

Michele Grove, a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Wesley Theological Seminary, is focusing her project thesis research on interim religious education. She will be in town interviewing people of Follen Church about their experience working with an interim religious educator from May 3-10. Interim religious education was invented by a group of Unitarian Universalists in the … Continued

The Interim Leader’s Tasks within a Congregation:  Leaving Well

This week, we conclude our exploration of the tasks of interim religious leaders and the congregations they serve, as they go through the interim period.  We’ve had five weeks of focus on the work of the congregation during the interim period:  an examination of the congregation’s Heritage (coming to terms with history), Mission (developing a … Continued

In the Community: Lexington Goes Purple for Alzheimers

Lexington Goes Purple June 9 Lexington Goes Purple Saturday June 9 to raise awareness and honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease and those who have experienced firsthand the impacts of the disease. The Longest Day is a tribute to caregivers and those facing Alzheimer’s. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and on or around the summer … Continued

May’s Worship Theme: Beyond

This month’s worship theme embraces the human hunger for more. UU theologian, Henry Nelson Wieman, once referred to this pull as “The Divine Lure.” What do you yearn for? This exercise helps us pay attention to what what we yearn for and what is luring us—divine or otherwise. The instructions are simple.  For a week, … Continued

Caregivers Support Group

Thursday May 17, 10:30am, Follen Library

This monthly group supports people who are actively caring for others. We listen and share our stories of caregiving. Please join us if this is your experience. Completely confidential. For more information, email Debbie Bassett at

Food for Thought: What Would Charles Follen Do?

Former UUA President John Buehrens on Our Founder
Thursday May 17, 6-8pm, Follen Community Center

European fugitive, Harvard professor, pioneering abolitionist, Unitarian minister — Charles Follen lived a fascinating life. What is his legacy for us today? What would Follen have to say about the Trump presidency or Black Lives Matter? In his latest book on UU history, Rev. John Buehrens devotes a whole chapter to Follen — and it’s a rollicking good read! John joins us as special guest for May’s dinner and discussion program.

No RSVP necessary, but please email Rev. Susanne if you’ll need childcare.

John Buehrens served as President of the UUA from 1993 to 200l. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School, he had earlier served as minister of Unitarian Universalist urban churches in Knoxville, TN; Dallas, TX; and New York City. He is the author of Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals, and of Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People’s History, as well as co-author, with the late Forrest Church, of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, and, with Rebecca Ann Parker, of A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion in the 21st Century. He has been mentor to many ministers-in-training and an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Divinity School, Andover Newton, and Starr King School for the Ministry. From 2002 to 2012 he was national co-chair of Freedom to Marry and Minister of First Parish in Needham, MA. More recently he has been Interim Minister of the UU Church of the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel, CA, and Senior Minister of the First UU Society of San Francisco. He and his wife Gwen, a priest in the Episcopal Church, are now both retired and living in that city.

RE News This Week

Coming of Age Retreat Saturday April 28, 10am, to Sunday April 29, 3pm For youth and mentors at Follen and Friendly Crossways Retreat Center. RE Classes  Sunday April 29, 10:30am, Assigned Classrooms Final in-class religious education programs of the church year for Nursery – Grade 8 FUUY  Sunday April 29, 6:30-8:30pm, Community Center Looking Ahead: Flower Communion: Two … Continued

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See Black Panther at Follen

Watch Blockbuster Black Panther at Follen
Friday May 18, 7pm, Community Center

The season finale of our film series departs from our history theme to bring you the blockbuster film Black Panther. says, “Black Panther is all that a superhero movie can be and more.” Rated PG-13. Free admission with complimentary popcorn and drinks. Sponsored by Follen Responds to Racism.

Congregational Read: Between the World and Me

Start Reading Now; Discussions in June This spring, perhaps for the first time, Follen undertakes a shared congregational read. The Social Justice Action Team and Follen Responds to Racism request that you pick up Ta Nehisi Coates’s outstanding Between the World and Me, which Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison called required reading. Spare copies to share in the … Continued

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