Congregation News

In the Community: Youth Mental Health, Irish Music Concert

Town of Lexington Youth Mental Health First Aid Training March 11, 13, and 14, Lexington Community Center When a loved one has heart disease or cancer, families rally around, but when someone is struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or other mental conditions, family members are not sure what to do, which can be heartbreaking. Youth … Continued

Octagon Dinners — You’re Invited!

Sign up in Coffee Hour Feb 26, March 5 and March 12 A unique opportunity for new and old members to connect in a small-group setting! These wonderful dinners will take place over the two weekends of March 11-12 and March 18-19. Sign up to either host or attend during coffee hour. For questions, please contact Steph … Continued

Religious Education This Week

This Sunday Nursery through Grades 7/8: In-class religious education resumes at 10:30am Coming of Age 4:30pm, Community Center FUUY 6:30pm, Community Center Interim DRE Deb Weiner is leading worship this Sunday. For questions about RE, see RE Action Team member Leslie Stebbins.  Read Interim DRE Deb Weiner’s latest blog post, In the Interim: Navigating the Waters of Change

In the Community: Reclaiming Our Democracy

North Bridge American Promise Association Tuesday, March 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA If you are interested in working with local members of a national group focused on amending the Constitution so that people, not money, govern in America, please come to this event. We will … Continued

Do You Have Feedback on February’s “Food for Thought”?

February’s “Food for Thought” (Follen’s new monthly dinner-and-program event) focused on “Truth and Reconciliation.” We watched this thought-provoking TED Talk from Bryan Stevenson (shown below center), then we heard from two Follenites who are working through family histories of enslavement and unearned privilege: Hill Snellings and Harriet Peterson. Then our small groups dug in and reflected on … Continued

Religious Education This Week

This Sunday, February 19 One-Room Schoolhouse: Jody Gray-Linden teaches children ages 6-12 in the Community Center. Older youth welcome in the worship service. Nursery: Melissa Hawkins welcomes children up to age 5 No FUUY, No Coming of Age, due to school vacation No OWL on February 23  Next Sunday, February 26 Nursery care for children … Continued

In the Community: Whiteness, Banners, and Beyond

Hosted by the New England Region G.R.A.C.E. Team (Growing Racial and Cultural Equity)  As Follen explores what it means to be white, and black, in the US today, and how we will support the Movement for Black Lives, consider free online sessions offered by the UUA team G.R.A.C.E.: “Waking Up to Whiteness in your Congregation” … Continued

Capital Campaign News

The Capital Campaign Committee has begun the process of hiring an architect to help the committee begin exploring options for the potential projects of the campaign. A Request for Proposal (RFP) went out to six highly-recommended architectural firms this week. All six responded within 24 hours and are due to submit responses by March 3. … Continued

Donate to the Follen Auction – And a Sneak Peak!

Follen’s annual Goods and Services Auction will be held on Saturday March 25 at 5:30 pm. It’s an evening of food, friendship and fun, all to benefit Follen. Soup, dessert and childcare will be provided. Fellow Follenites have already donated split and dried firewood, 100 spring bulbs planted this fall, a lesson and playing time … Continued

In the Interim: Navigating the Waters of Change

On Sunday, Feb. 12 as the snow piled down, nearly forty Follenites gathered in the community center with UUA Regional Staff member Hilary Allen to explore the different ways that congregations, and individuals in them, experience and navigate the waters of change. Some people find change exciting, and others resist or despise it. How the … Continued

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