Congregation News

Construction and the Heritage Fund: Nancy Sofen’s Personal Point

Twenty years ago this spring as a new member of Follen, I was asked to join the Buildings and Grounds Committee. There I found my people: those who create and care for physical spaces as an expression of how they value the people and activities that use those spaces. I later served on the Construction … Continued

Construction Oversight Group Wins HDC Approval!

The Construction Oversight Group is pleased to announce that on April 5 the Town of Lexington Historic District Commission approved our proposed building plans! This means we can now proceed with filings for all of the other required regulatory approvals with the hope of beginning construction this summer.  Please join us for a Q & … Continued

The Interim Leader’s Tasks within a Congregation: Analyzing the System

My blog series on the work of interim religious leaders continues this week.  If you have been interested in what Follen has experienced – and what the heck I have been doing – during the 22-month interim period that is moving toward its close (at the end of June), I encourage you to keep reading … Continued

In the Community: Films About Women, Traces of the Trade

Lunafest:  Film Festival About Women Friday April 6, 7pm, Concord Academy Join First Parish in Concord and Concord Academy this Friday. They are hosting LUNAFEST films, a fundraising film festival that showcases short films created by, for and about women from all over the world. Proceeds will benefit women’s reproductive health and Chicken & Egg Pictures, an … Continued

Capital Campaign Committee Update, Plans, and Special Vote

As of the end of March 2018 the Follen Capital Campaign “Building for All” has exceeded its goal of $2.75 Million raised from the community (from over 210 pledges) augmented by a generous $1 Million gift for the Sonin Family Music Center – now totaling more than $3.75 Million! Yay !! We have submitted architectural plans … Continued

Rev. Susanne Will Be Moving On This Summer

She Is the Candidate for Minister at a Local UU Church My Dear Follenites, These two years among you have been a been a privilege and a time of deep learning and professional development for me. You have given me support and courage to step fully into my vocation for ministry, and I am so grateful. As … Continued

Where Are We in Construction Planning?

Over the past few months the Construction Oversight Group (COG) has worked with our architects at Maryann Thompson Associates (MTA) to hone a floor plan that we love.  It features a gracious, light-filled fully accessible entrance to the sanctuary from the street side, with an elevator and an open stairway leading down to the Community … Continued

In the Community: Teach Us All

Documentary Teach Us All Monday, April 9, 6 pm, Lyric Stage Company of Boston About inequality in education. Buy tickets on Eventbrite here. Lyric Stage is at 140 Clarendon Street, Boston.

The Interim Leader’s Tasks within a Congregation: Joining the System

For the last five weeks I’ve written about the work of interim religious leaders and have covered the work of the congregation during this transitional time.  In case you missed these reflections, we’ve explored the ways in which the congregation examines its Heritage (coming to terms with history), Mission (developing a unique identity), Leadership (and … Continued

April’s Worship Theme: Mercy

A favorite Bible verse of many Unitarian Universalists is this one from the book of Micah: “And what does God require of you, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” — Micah 6:8 Reflect: What does it means to love mercy? How might you show a love of mercy … Continued

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