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COG Blog: Weekly Updates on Construction

Thank you, Alice Dunn and Valerie Perkins, for your tireless work and your weekly updates! Click on any photos to enlarge. Also, you can check out photo galleries from Joe Turner here. October 17 Update from your Construction Oversight Group (COG) More and more finishes:  the cabinets are being installed! Here’s the view of the … Continued

Vivian’s Music Notes: 10/20/19

Director of Music Vivian Montgomery’s Music Notes are published in the weekly order of service and here at  Music Notes for October 20: Finally, we get to hear our Children’s and Youth Choirs sing, for the first time this year! Children’s Choir will stay with us through the silence, but first regaling us with … Continued

Children’s and Youth Choirs Singing in Service

We are looking forward to hearing our children’s and youth choirs sing at the October 20 service.

Please have the choir members at church by 9am for a morning rehearsal on October 20.

Because of the holiday, there is NO rehearsal Monday October 13. Thank you!

Anti-Racism Book Group

Anti-Racism Book Group

Sunday October 20, 6:30pm, Marshman

The book chosen for October is The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist, a comprehensive and detailed history of slavery in the USA and how it was critical in developing the enormous American economy. All are welcome.

Food For Thought: Worship

What Happens When We Worship

Thursday October 24, 6-8pm, Sacred Heart

UUs share Congregational Worship as their primary spiritual practice. Tom Schade, our Sabbatical minister will ask us to think and talk about the emotional process of worship at our October Food for Thought.  As usual, there will be both time to listen and time for discussion with the people at your table. We will serve a light meal of salads and sandwich fixings beginning at 6pm. No need to RSVP although if you require child care we request that you contact Sally Cassells at by October 21. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Views from FUUY’s Cape Cod Weekend

from Liana Raberg, Youth Program Coordinator FUUY completed another successful fall retreat to Cape Cod Sea Camps last weekend! The weather was (mostly) kind to us, and everyone enjoyed a chance to disconnect from their week, connect with each other, and reconnect with ourselves. We arrived Saturday late afternoon, settled into our cabin, and had … Continued

One Music Maker’s Musings: A Little About Barbara Strozzi

from Director of Music Vivian Montgomery Some of you know that my performing, recording, teaching, and scholarly ventures have been immersed this year in celebrating the 400th birthday of Barbara Strozzi, one of the truly great composers of the Italian baroque. I wanted to give you a little info about all that I’ve been doing, … Continued

Transylvanian Hungarian Youth Folk Dance Troupe and Band

Transylvanian Hungarian Youth Folk Dance Troupe and Band

Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm, First Parish Church, Concord

Free will donations are welcome at the door.

The Vadrózsák Néptánccsoport (Wild Roses Folk Dance Group), is a native Hungarian folk dance group from Székelykeresztúr, in the Transylvanian region of Romania. They will travel in Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont, performing in colorful traditional costumes, as well as offering dance workshops. The group includes 17 dancers and musicians, 15 youth and two adults and are accompanied by the youth folk dance band “Lelkes Zenekar” (Enthusiastic Band).

The dances feature an exuberant display of intricate moves and patterns that invite participation. The live music is infectious and leaves the audience wanting to hear more. The members of the group are eager to share their excitement about their native dances and music with a New England audience. There will be several opportunities for instruction and workshops during their tour and each of the performances will be followed by an invitation to learn some simple dances.

Follen’s Partner Church Committee is organizing a car pool which will depart from Follen for the event. Contact Barbara Meikle ( if you would like to join the group.

RE-flections: What do people in your church believe?

RE-flections from Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education As Unitarian Universalists, we are often asked to explain our beliefs and values to curious friends and family, and sometimes even to folks we don’t know that well. As difficult as this might be for adults, it is even more of a challenge to children. And believe … Continued