Congregation News

In the Community: MLK activities, Debby Irving and Interfaith Action next month

A Sampler of Events in Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Fourth Annual Lexington MLK Day of Service, Monday, January 16, 9 am–4 pm The Town of Lexington commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year with its fourth annual family-friendly day of events and volunteer activities. Full information on the Lexington MLK Day of Service … Continued

Fight Food Insecurity this January

We CAN Do It! (Start with a donation after church on January 8) The Social Justice Action Team is asking Follenites to support a January Food Drive every Sunday this month by bringing a specific item to church for delivery to local food pantries. This Sunday, be a real human “bean” and drop off a can of beans at … Continued

Partner Church Delegation Welcomes You

Last chance to sign up for April Transylvania trip Sarah Richards, Barbara Meikle, Megan Lancaster, and Susanne Intriligator will represent Follen when they visit our Partner Church in Transylvania from April 12 to April 23. The delegation will be hosted by our Partner Church friends during the Easter weekend and then travel to Unitarian sites of … Continued

In the Community: Forgiveness, Jewish Songs, Obama

Forgiveness and Reconciliation Workshops (Values over Violence) Newton Group Mondays, beginning January 9, 2016 (with a break on MLK Day), 7pm – 9pm Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve St, Newton, MA 02465 Values over Violence Program The Values over Violence program offers a fresh approach to violence reduction. This program is occurring in two different settings, one urban … Continued

In the Interim: Food for the Heart and the Soul

It’s funny how the winter holidays happen. It’s like a locomotive, gaining speed around each turn, careening along until – sometimes — I feel mowed down by the long lists I carry around while I try desperately to check off things. And no matter what I do, the list keeps getting more things added and … Continued

Leaders Blog: Pledging As a Spiritual Exercise

Chris Farnham (right, with his family) is Follen’s 2017 Stewardship Chair. He wrote this essay as a Personal Point, and he gave it in a worship service two years ago, on January 11, 2015. Chris’s words touched many listeners, and several asked for a copy. It’s worth revisiting during Stewardship season. Hello, my name is Chris Farnham, husband to … Continued

A Capital Campaign for Follen

At its meeting on Monday evening, December 4, Program Council authorized a $1.5 to $2 million capital campaign for Follen with universal access as the top priority. Brad Howe, who served as leader for the last two capital campaigns, was unanimously elected to chair the new effort. A full committee will be formed shortly. Read … Continued

All I Want for Christmas/ Hanukkah Is a Can of Beans?

(To donate at church on January 8) Yes, put a can of beans on your holiday wish list in preparation for Follen’s January Can Drive. You “can” be a real human “bean” and help stock local food pantries. On the following three Sundays in January, bring tuna fish, peanut butter, and then pasta. But start the … Continued

Help the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Fight Back!

Information from the LDBPI The Peace Institute needs your support to fully restore the line item for survivors of homicide victims (4513-1098) in the state budget after Governor Baker made significant cuts. This funding from the state budget includes money we need for staff salaries so we can continue to be there for families when they … Continued

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