Congregation News

Follen Welcomes a New Interim Director of Religious Education

Rev. Claire and the Human Resources Committee are delighted to announce that they have hired a new Interim Director of Religious Education, Deborah Weiner. She starts August 8. Deb is a certified interim religious educator and lifelong Unitarian Universalist focused on helping congregations in transition infuse health and vitality into their religious education programs and their congregational … Continued

In the Interim: Thoughts from Our New Interim Director of Religious Education

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” This piece of wisdom came from Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland, and, although nonsensical like so much of Carroll’s writing, there’s real wisdom there. I’m so delighted to be beginning my time with you at Follen Church as … Continued

Lexington Interfaith Garden Fall Schedule Out

For those of you who plan ahead, Janet Lane has shared the Fall Follen time slots. We need 2 workers each time slot: Saturday Sept. 17: 8am to 9:30 Tuesday, Oct. 4: 4:30 to 6 pm Tuesday, Oct. 11: 4:30 to 6 pm Saturday, Oct. 22: 8:30 to 10 am For the last-minute and the curious … Continued

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

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