Follen Blog

Submit Prayers of Joy and Sorrow Online

New Form for Prayers of Joy and Sorrow

Use this form to submit your contribution to be lifted up in Sunday’s online worship service. These offerings from our hearts and lives are how we share the prayers of the people of Follen Church. Plan ahead, please submit these by 8am Sunday morning.

Do you need to set up a meeting?

Do you need to set up a meeting? Whether it’s a one-time thing or a recurring meeting, we need to make sure that meetings are not conflicting and that they are set up properly. First, consult the calendar. Setting Up a Zoom Meeting Please fill out this form, which goes to Linda Hein, Business Manager. … Continued

Join a Covenant Group!

Covenant Groups are Forming for the New Church Year   Are you interested in joining a Follen Covenant Group? There are currently 12 different small Covenant Groups of 8-10 Follenites. We hope to add more groups this fall, based on interest. Most groups meet monthly, face-to-face at Follen or in members’ homes. During the pandemic groups have … Continued

Follen is Hiring!

The following jobs are available: Membership Director Follen is looking for a Membership Director to provide collaborative leadership, strategic vision, and support to the ministries of Follen Community Church, with a focus on effective comprehensive membership growth, new member assimilation, membership tracking, and volunteer development. They will increase awareness about the church in our local … Continued

April Letter from Coordinating Team

May 4, 2021 Dear Follen Member and Friends, We hope you are all enjoying spring! A few announcements: While we had originally planned a leadership retreat this spring to begin our discussions about the future of our music program, we have decided to move the leadership retreat to the fall so that we can build … Continued

Summer Services

Zoom with us this summer!

Rev. Claire and Worship and Music Action Team decided to keep our services on Zoom this summer. We had to plan pretty far in advance, so a sudden pivot to in-person was not possible and not preferred by WMAT. We feel staying on Zoom through Labor Day allows everyone a chance to slowly and steadily get used to public life again. Plus–we can reap the benefits of online worship a bit longer and hear from folks who ordinarily wouldn’t be available! A live person from our Lay Ministry or Worship and Music team will host every service and offer a time for Joys and Sorrows; some preachers will be live and some will be pre-recorded. Here is our current preaching schedule for the summer:


June 20, Rev. Chris Jablonski of First Church Belmont (UU) (pre-recorded)
June 27, General Assembly Live Stream Worship
July 4, Rev. Kate Wilkinson of the UU Meeting House of Provincetown (pre-recorded)
July 11, Rev. Tom Schade (live)
July 18, Rev. Tom Schade (live)
July 25, Rev. Tom Schade (live)
August 1, Gordon Hardy, Follen member (live)
August 8, Rev. Susanne Intriligator of the Melrose UU Church (formerly of Follen!) (pre-recorded)
August 15, Rev. Anne Mason of First Parish in Lexington (UU) (pre-recorded)
August 22, Jane Spickett, Follen member (live)
August 29, Alexis Johnson, Follen member (live)
Sept. 5, Rev. Hank Peirce from the UU Church of Reading (pre-recorded)

Summer Staff Information

Rev. Claire will be on vacation and study leave June 25-August 6. If there is a pastoral care emergency please contact Rev. Marie Tulin, a UU minister, hospice chaplain, and Follen member providing ministerial coverage during Claire’s leave. Her contact information is in the Follen directory. You are also welcome to email the Lay Ministers at for pastoral care issues, and Coordinating Team at for organizational issues.Interim Music Coordinator Shaylor Lindsay is off for the summer. She may be able to respond to messages but generally will be taking the summer to rest and rejuvenate for the year ahead.

RE-flections: What a Weekend!

Spring is here, and RE kids of all ages got outside together in a safe manner this past weekend! (click any picture to enlarge) Our youngest kids came to the Gnome Hunt Saturday. The Middle School Youth Group had a hike at Great Brook Farm. Follen UU Youth took a bike ride for ice cream! … Continued

Follen’s Endowment: Parts 1,2, & 3

Conversations with Legacy Society Members This fall we sat down with a few members of the Legacy Society and asked them why they will be  to donating to Follen after they die. Here is a little bit of what they had to say: I asked Maggie Herzig, Legacy Society member, why she is donating to … Continued

Safety Team Update: Reopening and Covid

Safety Team Plan: Reopening our Church Vaccination Criteria and Metrics: We will reopen the church for indoor large gatherings when:  Safe and effective vaccines are widely available; all adults are eligible to receive the vaccine, and reasonable time has allowed all adults to receive the vaccine. Widely available means free to patients, at multiple accessible … Continued

Faith Climate Action Week April 16-25

Faith Climate Action Week, April 16-25, 2021 The Environmental Justice Task Force invites you to join us in two actions: View Kiss the Ground, a new film about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies (see more about regenerative agriculture at … Continued