Follen Blog

Spring Sermon Writing Class with Rev. Claire

Has life taught you some hard-won lessons? Do you have a story to tell? Has your spiritual life grown and deepened over the years? Have you ever watched someone preach and thought “I could never do that!” This class is for you! Rev. Claire will lead you through a 6 session course, during which participants will support each other … Continued

Join the Choir for April Organ Concert

Concert is Sunday April 26, 4pm

Are you a singer who longs to be part of a choir but can’t make the full-year commitment? Join us for our limited and intensive projects, including our upcoming performance of Antonin Dvorak’s Organ Mass with renowned organist Libor Dudasch (and our newly restored Hook organ!) on Sunday, April 26 at 4pm. Rehearsals start Tuesday, February 11, 7:30-9pm, running every week until the concert. There is a dress rehearsal on Saturday, April 25, from 10am to noon. If you can make it to 6 out of the 11 Tuesday rehearsals plus the concert service, you’re encouraged to join! Practice recordings will be made available to help you learn your parts, and the choir is always welcoming and supportive. Contact Director of Music Vivian Montgomery for further information,

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

Food for Thought

Food for Thought: Continuing Our Religious Journeys
Thursday February 20, 6-8pm, Follen Community Center

The much-enjoyed panels of the last two years continue! This year we explore our faith  journeys with Follenites Harriet Peterson, David Bettencourt and Dottie Vacca, who will reflect on their childhood faith and where they are today. There will be time to listen and time for discussion with the people at your table. Dinner will be served beginning at 6pm. If you require child care please contact Sally Cassells at by February 17. Otherwise, no RSVP is required – take a night off from cooking dinner and join us for an enjoyable and enriching evening.

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

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. Thanks, COG! Your Construction Oversight Group From left: Steve Ervin, Tom Ryan, Valerie Perkins, Alice Dunn, Nancy Sofen, Greg Shenstone, Chris Walters, Claire … 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 March 2020. Sign up for the Freedom Land Stick-Pounding Chorus here. Events in Red are part of Freedom Land. February 1-9 Follen Stewardship Dinner with Melanie DeMore, Musical Guest Saturday February 1, 6pm, Follen Community Center Sign up link will come from Stewardship Committee. Follen Worship … 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