Follen Blog

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

Potluck for Follen’s Sanctuary Work

Potluck for Follen’s Sanctuary Work
Monday November 18, 6pm, home of Anne Engelhart

Interested in supporting our sister in sanctuary? Over 30 Follenites volunteer their time each month at First Parish Bedford to support its work in providing sanctuary. Join us for a potluck on Monday, November 18 at 6pm at Anne Engelhart’s house and learn how you can help too!  Contact Anne for more information.

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

October Spiritual Exercise: Faith

October Spiritual Exercise: Faith   Let’s reflect on a very personal component of faith. Have you ever had a mystical experience? An experience, most likely quite brief, in which you felt something like: one-ness, connectedness, euphoria, deep joy, deep peace, epiphany, ecstasy, flight, presence, understanding, communion with God, ultimate reality, oceanic feeling? (To list just … Continued

One Music Maker’s Musings: Truth-Telling at the AAUUM

from Director of Music Vivian Montgomery More on the Surprising Truth-Telling at the AAUUM in Denver The Association of UU Music Ministries (which used to be UU Musicians Network) held its conference in Denver in late July. In my last entry, I talked about the twisting and turning process of proposing, justifying, and presenting a … Continued

Vivian’s Music Notes: 10/6/19

Director of Music Vivian Montgomery’s Music Notes are published in the weekly order of service and here at  Music Notes for October 6: Today, the Adult Choir introduces a powerful statement of faith: Mark Miller’s stunning setting of words scratched on the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany by a Jew hiding from … Continued