Congregation News

Religious Education This Week

Read RE Class Makes 15 Scarves To Warm Up Children in Need (see photo at right) Read In the Interim: The Only Constant Is Change, the latest blog post from Interim Director of Religious Education Deb Weiner Coming Up: Sunday December 4 Classroom religious education resumes this week for Nursery – Grade 8.  This will be the final … Continued

In the Interim: The Only Constant Is Change

Last Sunday our Music Director, Tyler Turner, shared his vision for music ministry at Follen. The vision he laid out is invigorating and inspiring and . . . not the same as it has been. Like Tyler, I’m learning a lot from the RE Action Team members, children, youth, and all of you about what … Continued

Then and Now: We Are Connected to Unitarianism in Transylvania

Do you know that Unitarianism has its roots in the religious Reformation in Europe 500 years ago, when the tenets of the Catholic faith came into question? Francis David The idea of the Holy Trinity was repudiated by several religious thinkers in Italy and Poland, and in Transylvania, a Hungarian kingdom at the time, this … Continued

Follen’s Jewish Heritage Group Welcomes New Members

Do you or your partner want to feel connected with Follen without leaving behind your Jewish identity? Have you become involved in Judaism through your children or siblings?  Would you just like to learn more about the Jewish culture and traditions?  If so, perhaps you (and a loved one) would like to join Follen’s Jewish … Continued

In the Community: Racial Justice Events

Community Conversation: Fight for Racial Justice Thursday, December 8, 7 pm, Temple Isaiah, Lexington See the Fight for Racial Justice Flyer Vision for Black Lives: Political Power Three Workshops Remain (12/1, 12/3, 12/8) at Democracy Center, Cambridge See the Meetup Link for Vision for Black Lives Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Boston Monthly Chapter … Continued

In the Interim: Families – of Birth and of Choice   

It’s nearly Thanksgiving time. I’m not sure how the days flew so quickly since I arrived at Follen on August 8 but suddenly, we’re into the official winter holiday season. Yikes. Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday for a lot of people, I think. The Norman Rockwell image of people gathered around a groaning table, smiling, … Continued

Join Us for a New Holiday Pageant: “Christmas Tapestry”

This year, we’re excited to offer a new presentation for Follen’s annual Christmas Pageant.  We will be staging an adaptation of beloved children’s author Patricia Polacco’s story, “Christmas Tapestry,” scripted by Interim DRE Deb Weiner with music directed by Tyler Turner. The story weaves together the Christmas and Hanukkah traditions (perfect for this year).  It includes … Continued

Barn-Cleaning Sends a Follen “Thank You”

Youth and Friends Clean Vandiver Barn Follen is very fortunate to be able to keep so much of our Operetta, East Village Fair, Christmas Tree Lot, Patriots Day Float, and other equipment in the barn at Peacock Farm, the home of Kim and Kathy Vandiver. Thanks so much to the FUUY gang and other Follen-teers (left) who … Continued

Life-Planning for Adult Children with Special Needs 

Tuesday evenings starting January 17, 2017 The Caring Congregation Committee will be offering an 8-session educational supportive workshop that covers the multiple aspects of Long-term Planning for an Adult Child with Special Needs.  Series includes a speaker on legal/financial aspects as well as a presentation on community resources and care management. Please contact Sharon Cerny or Jim Herzig, or email caringcong@follen.org if … Continued

In the Interim: We Walk This Road Together

Last week was not, in my book, a good week. After the tension leading to this hugely important election, I will share that I, at least, did not see the ending I was expecting. It led to the Worst Birthday Ever and then, the reality began to really set in. But along with that came … Continued

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