Congregation News

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 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

Religious Education This Week

Programs this week: On Sunday, we will gather (two services!) to enjoy stories of generosity and cooperation along with music of the junior, youth, and senior choirs.  Don’t miss it – there will be fun and faith exploration for all.  Our nursery will be open (welcoming a slightly-extended age cohort of children through age 5) … Continued

Lexington Interfaith Garden: No Drought of Follen Volunteers

The Harvest Comes Home This year, the Lexington Interfaith Garden harvested 1,740 pounds of fresh produce (and occasional flowers) for people who sought help from the Lexington Food Pantry. In its seven years, the garden has donated over 5 tons of produce, in 44 varieties, through the collective efforts of 14 local houses of worship. … Continued

It’s Time for the Giving Tree

Send a Gift to a Child in Need Each year, members and friends of Follen generously commit to giving gifts to young people in need during the holiday season. This year we will again be supporting four organizations: Department of Children and Families in Arlington, which supports and protects children from neglect and abuse Department of Youth … Continued

Members Blog: Story Time in Trumpland

Novelist and Follen member Rachel Hyde (right) offers a reflection on November’s Worship Theme, “Story.” I sit here, just after the election, struggling to write something related to this month’s worship theme, but I feel blocked, my words shocked out of me. These lines from the Act I finale of “The Pirates of Penzance” keep running … Continued

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