Congregation News

Charles Follen’s Great-Grand Nephew Dies

An obituary in this week’s Lexington Minuteman alerted Follenite Karen Longeteig to the passing of Bernard Lange, 97, who was Charles Follen’s great-great grand-nephew. Mr. Lange, who had retired to Florida years ago, lived in Lexington for most of his life, working as an architect who designed churches. Though a lifelong Catholic, Mr. Lange met … Continued

Elisabeth Halliday Makes the Cover of Opera News

Follenites Bob and Sue Halliday are over the moon! Their daughter Elisabeth and members of her opera company, Rhymes with Opera, are featured in the August issue of Opera News magazine. They even snagged the cover photo! Read “Indies Ascending” in Opera News

Suggested Community Reads: “Invitation”

Every month Amy Newmark and Jane Spickett suggest some books related to the worship theme. This month, they’re including more titles because it’s summer — more time to read, hopefully! For those of you who would like to connect a bit more with the theme of “Invitation,” here is this month’s selection. Adults The Love Song … Continued

Art at Follen – Calling YOU

Enough rest and vacation already! The September opening show in the newly painted Anne Smith room will, as usual, be a group show. The theme is FIRE. So let us light the flame and inspire you! Time to make photographs, paint and knit, collage, sew and carve. Interpret liberally – and share this call with … Continued

Appreciating Hillary

As most of you know, our wonderful intern, Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, has finished her two-year internship with us, and will begin as the Director on Lifespan Religious Education at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland. But first, she is leading six services at Follen, from Sunday, June 26 through Sunday, July 31. Hillary has touched many of … Continued

Mental Health Help

Follenite Melinda Burri sends a notice about a peer education class starting this fall, for family members of people with mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family to Family course provides a broad perspective and is designed to help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support their loved ones living with … Continued

Thank You from the Women’s Lunch Place

In June, Follenites contributed $2,069 through our Share the Plate to the Women’s Lunch Place in Boston, which provides services—including a record 85,575 meals last year—and support to Boston’s most vulnerable women in a safe, welcoming community. In a letter of appreciation, Executive Director Elizabeth Keeley thanked Follen for its commitment to WLP and its essential … Continued

Gov. Baker Supports Transgender Rights — Thanks to Follen!

Along with our Social Justice Action Team, Follenites Maureen Mulhern and Stan Griffith have worked tirelessly to support human rights protections for transgender Bay Staters. On July 9, when Gov. Charlie Baker signed landmark legislation, Stan and Maureen were there (close enough to snap this photo)! Congratulations to Massachusetts! And Thank You to Stan, Maureen, and our … Continued

Follen Blesses the Animals

Sixty-five humans — plus a good number of dogs, a cat, and a gekko — attended Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick’s July 10 Blessing of the Animals service in the Community Center. To see a short video of the final blessing go to Blessing the Animals        

Summer Services: A Great Success!

Follen’s first-ever Summer Services are off to a flying start: 94 attended the first one, 75 came to the second one, and 47 people attended last Sunday. 47 on July 4th weekend! Congratulations to Hillary, who is preaching most of the summer, and to the hardworking Worship and Music Action Team, who dreamed up this scheme and … Continued

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