Congregation News

Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts Is Coming

A update from Lori Kenschaft of the Mass Incarceration Working Group at First Parish UU, Arlington, MA: Some degree of comprehensive criminal justice reform is very likely in the next few months.  The question is how much. The State Senate is expected to vote on its omnibus bill, S.2170, sometime in the next two weeks, … Continued

In the Community: Peter Mayer, Black Women and White Women

  Peter Mayer “Blue Boat Home” Concert Saturday, October 28 at 7:30pm, First Parish in Concord “Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the … Continued

In the Interim: Days To Remember

It was 24 years ago today that my baby girl Abby was born. (See her at right, in this recent photo with my husband Ben and me.) It was a beautiful early fall day, much like today – blue sky, pleasant temperature, just about perfect.  The doctors had warned me that if she didn’t show up … Continued

Short Bursts of Sound

There’s just so much music here! And the beautiful thing is that music often speaks for itself. But there’s also so much to say about it – our worship music, what happens in rehearsals, how we work together to imagine the musical expression of ideas…And then there’s everything that happens outside of Follen but still … Continued

October’s Worship Theme and Spiritual Exercise: “Mission”

Our theme for October is “Mission.” So I suggest, as a spiritual exercise, that you read Follen’s mission statement: “Reach out and welcome all, experiencing difference as opportunity; Pursue our spiritual paths independently and in fellowship, sharing our quest for understanding, wonder, and meaning; Commit ourselves to justice, service, and increased harmony with nature through … Continued

In the Interim: The Chalice Children

Last Sunday, after I had made my rounds to religious education classrooms to check in on folks, I was working in my office when a bunch of small people appeared at the door.  It was the PreK/K class along with their leaders, Paula Jaraush, Kristina Robinson, and Tuna Chatterjee.  They are engaged in a curriculum … Continued

Walking Hand-in-Hand with Immigrants

In March 2017, Follen Church committed itself to working with others to help provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants who are at risk of discrimination and deportation. Offering sanctuary is an expression of the first principle of Unitarian Universalism, “the worth and dignity of every person.” In March 2017, Follen Church committed itself to working with others … Continued

Follen at the Lexington Interfaith Garden

Follen is responsible to provide two volunteers twice monthly during the growing season. Instruction is provided, and kids 5 and older are welcome to help out. We need volunteers for: Saturday, September 23, 8-9:30 am Tuesday, October 10, 4:30-6pm Saturday, October 21, 8:30-10am For more information and to sign up contact Janet Lane or  check out the garden’s website.

RE News This Week

Classes Continue This Sunday for all ages at 10:30 Nursery, PreK/K, and Grade 1/2: lower level of the church Grades 3/4: Library Grades 5/6: Emerson/Alcott Room Grades 7/8: Marshman Center All classes run until 11:45. If you have questions, please see one of the members of the RE Action Team or Interim DRE Deb Weiner. An Experiment at Coffee Hour This … Continued

Capital Campaign Kicks Off With $1 Million Challenge

Full Target of $3.75 Million, Plans for Third Floor  The Follen Capital Campaign announced it has received a $1 million challenge grant from an anonymous member family. The $1 million will be granted if the rest of the campaign raises $2.75 million. The campaign raised $2.1 million from early pledgers this spring and has set a fall … Continued

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