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Seen and Unseen – More Reflections from the Big Easy

This is a special blog post about the just-concluded Follen youth service learning trip to New Orleans, LA. During Follen’s week in New Orleans I kept reminding myself that there were learnings everywhere.  There were things that were obvious: the multicultural community in which everyone lives, the different pace of life, the differences between being … Continued

Ask Reverend Claire: Your 36 Questions

At last Sunday’s annual Question Box service, attendees wrote down and submitted their questions, and in place of a sermon, Rev. Claire answered them in real time. View the video here. In case you were wondering, 36 questions were submitted, but we only had time to address 11 of them. Below, you can read them all, … Continued

Believe in Moving Beyond Domestic Abuse

Two ways to help participants in the Believe in Success program at the UU Urban Ministry: 1.) Conduct mock job interviews on Thursday May 3, 12:30 to 1:45pm, or Tuesday May 8, 12:30 to 1:45pm, or Monday May 14, 10 to 11:45 am. Interviewers with Spanish-language skills needed. 2.) Help outfit the apartments of participants moving into their own … Continued

Follen’s Annual Meeting

Wednesday May 23, 7:30pm, Follen Community Center

At the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 23, Follen members will thank this year’s volunteers and vote on next year’s budget and officers, as well as on a covenant of right relations.

For those who cannot attend: the Follen by-laws state that any voting member whose attendance at any meeting is inhibited may deposit a written proxy authorizing one or more members to vote on any or all warrant articles with the Secretary or Program Council President prior to the meeting.

Please download and print the form in hard copy, write specific instructions in the space allowed, sign at the bottom, and place in the Follen mailbox of the Program Council President. Copies of the form will also be available at both doors on Sunday, May 20.

The form cannot be submitted via email.

Read or Download the 2018 Annual Report

Download the Proxy Form for Follen Annual Meeting 2018




To the members of Follen Church:

You are requested to assemble in the Community Center of the Follen Church,

755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA,

at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 23, 2018


ARTICLE I       To receive and act on the report of the Parish Minister.

ARTICLE II      To receive and act on the reports of the Officers, Staff, Trustees, Auditor and Action Teams.

ARTICLE III     To act on the report of the Nominating Committee and to elect the required Program Council members, Parish Board members, Nominating Committee members, Trustees and Auditor for the coming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018.

ARTICLE IV     To receive and act on the Annual Plan and Budget.

ARTICLE VI     To appoint delegates to vote on Follen Church’s behalf at the UU General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 20-24, 2018.

ARTICLE VII    To receive and act upon Follen’s “Covenant of Right Relations”

ARTICLE VIII   To receive and act upon an amendment to the Follen Church bylaws to support the church’s application to be recognized as exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Amendment 1: Insert the paragraph in bold italic as a new paragraph 2 under Article II as noted below.

… Article II: Purpose

In the search of truth and in the recognition of the Unitarian Universalist tradition of free inquiry and expression we unite in fellowship for worship and for service to humanity. We affirm and promote the full participation of all persons in all our activities, including membership, programming, hiring practices and the calling of religious professionals; without regard to race, color, gender, physical challenge, affectional or sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

The Church is organized exclusively for charitable and religious purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Article III: Membership …

Amendment 2: Change Article XX as noted below in bold italic.

Article XX: Dissolution of the Church

Shall this Church cease to function and the Membership vote to disband, the assets of the Church shall, after payment of the liabilities of the Church or due provision therefore, be transferred to another Unitarian Universalist Church, the Unitarian Universalist Association (U.U.A.) or to any organization succeeding to substantially all of the functions of the U.U.A., or, if there be none, to one or more organizations exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, as voted by the Members at a duly called meeting, this and in each case such assets to be used only for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of said Section 501(c)(3), or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, such transfer to be made in full compliance with applicable law. Any assets not disposed of as otherwise provided herein shall be disposed of by a court of competent jurisdiction in the county in which the principal office of the Church is then located, exclusively for the aforementioned purposes, or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

ARTICLE IX     To receive and act upon the second vote authorizing the use of the Heritage Fund as contingency during the construction project.

MOTION: The membership of Follen Church authorize the use of up to $350,000 of the Heritage Fund as a contingency fund to be used explicitly and solely to cover unexpected expenses of the capital construction project. The construction project will be budgeted within the capital campaign funds that have been raised.

Each withdrawal from the Heritage Fund under this approval shall be authorized by a

majority vote of the Program Council.

ARTICLE X      To transact any other business that may properly come before the Society.

By the Program Council Secretary, Juli Jorgensen

Note 1: Qualifications to vote: According to the Bylaws, a member may vote if he or she has been a member for at least 30 days before the meeting. For this Annual Meeting, that would mean by April 23, 2018.

Note 2: How to vote by proxy: The Bylaws state that any voting member whose attendance at any meeting is inhibited may deposit a written proxy authorizing one or more members to vote on any or all warrant articles with the Secretary or Program Council President prior to the meeting.

Download the Proxy Form for Follen Annual Meeting 2018


An Interfaith and Intergenerational Iftar 

Friday June 1, 7:15pm, Follen Community Center

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast from sunup to sundown. They break their fasts with an iftar – a dinner with their families and often with their friends and broader communities. Follenites and about 25 Turkish Muslims associated with the Peace Islands Institute in Boston will come together for this iftar for all ages. At sundown, about 8:15, you can expect some Turkish cuisine, as well as dishes from Follen folks. RSVPs are very helpful but not required. Childcare will be provided. Questions: Contact Maggie Herzig at

RE News This Week

One-Room Schoolhouse Sunday April 22, 10:30am, Community Center Led by Jody Gray-Linden No FUUY  Sunday April 22 Looking Ahead: Coming of Age Retreat Saturday and Sunday April 28-29 RE Classes (Last of the Church Year) Sunday April 29, 10:30am, Assigned Classrooms FUUY  Sunday April 29, 6:30pm, Follen Community Center See Interim DRE Deb Weiner’s blog post from the youth … Continued

Follen Angels Coed Softball

The Follen Angels Coed Softball Team is starting up another exciting season of softball games in the Lexington Adult Coed League. We play 13 games between May and August, all on weeknights, usually starting at 6:15pm and ending at around 7:45. Dues are $70 per person or $100 per family.  For more information, please email or contact Bob Halliday, … Continued

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