Follen Blog

Message from Rev. Claire and the Safety Team about COVID-19

  March 3, 2020 Dear Follen Members and Friends, As infections from the COVID-19 coronavirus spread, it is important that we also spread information on how to prepare for and prevent this disease in our community and congregation. There is information about COVID-19 everywhere; two excellent resources are a recent New York Times podcast, and … Continued

Volunteers Needed for Melanie DeMore Events

The Melanie DeMore Residency starts next month, on February 1, to be exact! Read all about it here. In order to make this experience the best it can be, we plan to roll out the red carpet and to give Melanie–and many friends and neighbors–a Follen welcome. Follenites, please take a minute and sign up … Continued

Choir Rehearsals–Children, Youth, and Adult

The Choirs have completed the 2021-22 season. Check in in September!


Update for February 2022: Choirs are all coming back in person as of Monday, February 7 

The three Follen Choirs will be resuming regular rehearsals in the Sonin Room starting Monday, since Covid numbers have begun to drop appreciably. Children’s, Adult, and Youth Choirs will rehearse at their regular times (See below). We will be using additional air filtration, and mixing in small group work and non-singing musical activities as needed to keep everyone safe. Children’s Choir is preparing for their appearance in the Feb. 13 service. Be sure to arrive in time that Sunday to get a good seat to hear our wonderful third – fifth graders sing for you!  Adult Choir is preparing for the Music Service on Sunday March 20 with an inspiring and varied program, bringing us from dark into light. Youth Choir is continuing to explore song-writing with Isaiah Johnson, and is creating a Cabaret program for Saturday, June 11, that will showcase comical takes on Gilbert and Sullivan and other favorite songs from the classics of musical theater. Please contact Music Coordinator, Shaylor Lindsay, or Assistant Coordinator, Eleanor Wellik, for further information.


Children’s Choir on Mondays

Children’s Choir meets Mondays 5:30-6:15pm at Follen.

Contact Eleanor Wellik at with questions.


Adult Choir on Tuesdays

Adult Choir rehearsal/gatherings are Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9pm at Follen.

Contact Shaylor Lindsay at with questions.


Youth Choir on Wednesdays

Youth Choir meets Wednesdays 5:45-6:45pm at Follen.

Contact Eleanor Wellik at with questions.


January Spiritual Exercise: Perspective

January – Perspective “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” That’s what the side-view mirror in the car tells us every time we check our blind spots. This exercise is to check your blind spots—that is, the ones you know about. How has a change in perspective (or in knowledge, experience, age, authority, etc) … Continued

The Library is Live!

The Library Task Force is pleased to announce that the Eliza Cabot Follen Library is shelved and ready to go. This is the culmination of over a year of work to weed, purchase, process and organize a re-invigorated collection. The goal of the library is to house a highly curated and useful collection of circulating books … Continued

Melanie DeMore Schedule

We welcome vocal activist Melanie DeMore in February and June 2020. We thank Melanie for her meaningful time here in February and look forward to her return in June!   Schedule Update: Melanie DeMore’s March visit has been postponed until June. Read this post from Director of Music Vivian Montgomery, and watch for more updates soon.   … Continued

From Rev. Tom

Rev. Tom Schade, our sabbatical minister, has left us with a few more gifts. His sermons (and other musings) are now all posted on in the service archive. He shared the following benediction with us, and it is fitting for us to share it now, with gratitude for his presence at Follen for the … Continued

Vivian’s Music Notes 11/24/19

Director of Music Vivian Montgomery’s Music Notes are published in the weekly order of service and here at  Music Notes for November 24: Some of today’s music needs no introduction, especially to those who’ve heard Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Thanksgiving Anthem” sung each year by Follen’s choirs and alums for at least two decades. The Children’s … Continued

Foundations for Melanie DeMore Residency

I recently needed to go back to collect a little of the verbiage from a big grant application I submitted (with essential help from Follen mainstay Jack Donahue) to the Unitarian Universalist Association to support the Music Friendships Initiative/Follen Responds to Racism project hosting song activist Melanie DeMore in February and March of this coming … Continued

Welcoming Follen’s Harpsichord

The Italian harpsichord given to Follen by Anne Engelhart is built by one of the most prominent contemporary builders, Keith Hill of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Keith is author of an authoritative book, The True Art of Making Musical Instruments—A Practical Guide to the Hidden Craft of Enhancing Sound, and he provided many of the instruments … Continued