Congregation News

June Worship Theme: “Pilgrimage” in Worship, Covenant Groups, Reading

June’s Worship Theme at Follen is “Pilgrimage.” Spiritual Exercise We are lucky to live in a place where so many of our spiritual Unitarian and Universalist ancestors once lived, and where so many elements of our UU history happened and are happening now. In some ways, the Boston area is the UU “Mecca”! Take a … Continued

Will Follen Have Summer Services Again This Year?

You Bet We Will! For the second year running, Follen will have a worship service every Sunday through the summer, June 18 – September 3. They will be led by trained professional worship leaders (like Rev. Parisa Parsa, right, on July 23) and feature music by pianist Shaylor Lindsay. Services will last about 45 minutes instead of the usual hour, and … Continued

Summer Picnic Returns

Thursday, July 13, 6-9pm

Even with summer services, many of us enjoy gathering for a mid-summer Follen-wide potluck. All of Follen young and old are cordially invited to Alice Dunn and Gordon Hardy’s house for a picnic and grill 6-9 pm Thursday, July 13, at 52 North Hancock St, Lexington.
Please RSVP to and tell us what you plan to bring. If you can’t decide, grill food and beverages are always in fashion.

RE News This Week

Sunday May 28 No religious education program or Nursery care on Sunday, May 28 (Memorial Day weekend) Sunday June 4 Children Ages 6-12: One-Room Schoolhouse RE, led by Jody Gray-Linden Nursery Care: For infants through age 5 Read Interim DRE Deb Weiner’s latest blog post: “In the Interim: Coming of Age”

Will Follen Have Summer Services Again This Year? You Bet We Will!

Back by popular demand, Follen’s summer services begin on Sunday June 18, when (the newly Rev.) Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick kicks them off. Follenites Jane Spickett, Rev. Parisa Parsa, and Susan Halliday-Quinn will also preach, as well as Rev. Susanne Intriligator, who will lead the gathered congregation four Sundays in a row. Watch the summer newsletter — yes, … Continued

Follen’s Annual Meeting: Affirming That Black Lives Matter

At last night’s annual meeting, a record number of Follenites crowded into the Community Center to: elect new officers approve the budget and pass — by a wide margin — a landmark resolution, “Advancing Follen Church as an Antiracist Congregation.” A motion was made to separate out one portion of the resolution — pertaining to a banner — but … Continued

A New Teaching Schedule for Religious Education in 2017-2018

Starting in September, Follen will be moving to a new religious education teaching schedule that is designed to provide more flexibility for parent volunteers, more support for teachers, and more stability and continuity for the children and youth being taught! The teaching schedule will be divided into two terms, each with thirteen or fourteen slots.  … Continued

In the Interim: Coming of Age

My “most favorite” Sunday of the year is Coming of Age Sunday.  The two services Follen had on May 21st were joyful and filled with the beliefs and learnings our fourteen Coming of Age program graduates held in their minds and hearts.  They blessed us with their vision, their hopes for the future, their connection … Continued

A Food for Thought in July?  Yes!  Save the date!

Thursday, July 20, 6-8pm, Follen Community Center

What Happened to My Country? Stories from Turkish Muslims in the US.
Dinner will be provided as usual.  Table conversations will involve a mix of Follenites and Turkish Muslims (the panelists and other guests).

Remembrance Dinner

Tuesday, August 1, 6:30-8:30pm, Follen Community Center

If you have experienced a significant loss either human or a beloved pet, Follen’s Pastoral Care Action Team (PCAT) invites you to join us to share a meal and a brief ritual of remembrance, and to talk openly about loss with others who’ve “been there.”

Grieving the loss of a loved one requires both time and a space to share our memories. Please consider joining us regardless of whether the death happened recently, a few years ago, or many years have passed.

Bring something to eat that reminds you of your loved one to share with all. Questions or to RSVP contact We look forward to seeing you on August 1.

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