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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. November 7 Update from your Construction Oversight Group (COG) Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  All hands on deck for the big Move-Back-In! We are … Continued

Concert: The Music of Christopher Montgomery

Join us for the first concert of
Bridges: Follen Music Events for 2019-2020

Christopher “Kit” Montgomery

The Music of Christopher Montgomery    
Friday November 15, 8pm, Follen Sanctuary

Settings of poems by Kathleen Raines, William Carlos Williams, William Blake, and Keith Waldrop, performed by vocalists Molly McGuire, Alexandra Whitfield, Tevan Goldberg, Kurt Pfrommer, Mary Ruth Lown, David Mather, Jennifer Webb, and Nathan Halbur, with harpsichordist Vivian Montgomery. Chris Montgomery is a venerable Boston composer, both a folky and a product of studies with Roger Sessions and Stephan Wolpe, and parent of Follen’s Music Director. This concert marks the 10th yahrzeit of Ruth Shimony Montgomery.

Bridges is a monthly series of performances by a wide range of familiar and treasured musicians. Admission is Pay What You Decide – no advance tickets.  Further details for each program will be available on the Follen website ( and Facebook page, or at


Sing with the No Name Choir

Sunday November 17, 9am rehearsal, 10:30 service

Join our exhuberant pickup choir, open to anyone and everyone! We won’t be having a Tuesday night rehearsal, just come Sunday at 9am to prepare for the 10:30 service. We’re singing chants from the deeply spiritual singing tradition of the Taizé Monastery, and we’ll also return to Vivian’s arrangement of Spirit of Life, our Centering Hymn for this month of Abundance. Don’t worry about being able to read music, being a polished singer, or anything else – if you can open your mouth, you’re welcome! Paper copies of music are available outside the music directors door on the second floor of Marshman and PDFs and recordings are available by emailing Director of Music Vivian Montgomery (

Transgender Day of Remembrance at First Parish

Sunday November 17, 5-6:30pm, First Parish Lexington

Follen’s WCCC invites you to join our community allies to honor the lives of transgender people lost to violence in 2019. At least 18 murders have occurred so far this year; most were transfemales of color. Transgender people have an average lifespan of only 35 years. This annual national event is a very important marker of support for the transgender community.

Anti-Racism Book Group

Anti-Racism Book Group
Sunday November 17, 6:30pm, Marshman

Barracoon is our nonfiction choice for the Anti-Racism Book group. This fascinating book is a transcript of several interviews that anthropologist and author Zora Neal Hurston made in 1927. She was interviewing Cudjoe Lewis (born Oluale Kossola in Benin in 1841) one of the last surviving victims of the Middle Passage. He was captured in West Africa, transported to the US in 1860 on the ship Clotilda, and sold into slavery in Mobile, Alabama.

Follen Directory – Please Update!

Follen Directory UpdatesDo you know someone’s name but don’t know what they look like? Too afraid to ask someone’s name for the third time and you think their name is Pat? Breeze, our directory, can help but only if it is up to date. Please take a moment to create/update your account including a photo of yourself. Start here.

Black Lives Matter Banner Re-Dedication

by Robin Tartaglia, from Follen Responds to Racism (FRR) Two years ago, the FRR committee shepherded a proposed resolution through a year-long process of discussion and education that resulted in an overwhelming vote at Annual Meeting to adopt an antiracism resolution. This resolution declared the church’s desire to be an intentionally and proactively antiracist congregation; … 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

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