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FUUY To Participate in CityReach:  Your Donations are Needed!

We’re pleased that, as part of Follen UU Youth (FUUY)’s engagement in study of anti-racism and mental illness, a group of our youth and advisors will participate in the Boston Common Cathedral CityReach program on February 9 and 10.  This program, which helps participants learn about poverty, homelessness and mental illness, asks participating groups to … Continued

In the Community: Soup for Syria, Coffeehouse in Belmont

Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington will host a special event on Saturday, February 3, at 6:00pm to benefit the Syrian American Medical Association.  Soup for Syria will be a benefit supper offering soups from around the world and will feature a presentation from the Syrian American Medical Society. Come in from the Winter Cold for an … Continued

In the Interim: The Best Day in the Year

It is early in this new year, and the media is filled with ads declaring all that we ‘should’ be doing:  losing weight, going to the gym, finding out about our genetic background, taking a trip, running for political office, and on and on. I have never been a person to make New Year’s resolutions:  … Continued

Black Lives in History Film Series

Follen Responds to Racism resumes its showing of films depicting Black lives.  This winter we will focus on films based on historic events and/or people. James Baldwin says that “the fact that white Americans, have not yet been able … to face their history, to change their lives – hideously menaces this country.  Indeed, it … Continued

RE News this Week

OWL (Our Whole Lives) CANCELLED for January 4.  We’ll try again on January 11 at 6:15pm in the Anne Smith Room. Middle School Youth Group Planning team meets on January 5 at 7pm in the Anne Smith Room. Coming of Age Field trip to the UU Urban Ministry Saturday, January 6.  Cars depart Follen at 9:15am and will return to Follen at … Continued

In the Community: Film on Immigration

Film: “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America” Saturday, January 6, 7-9:30pm, First Church Unitarian, Littleton Based on the book by award-winning journalist Juan González, this film takes an unflinching look at the role that US military actions and corporate interests played in triggering unprecedented waves of migration from Mexico, the Caribbean, and … Continued

In the Interim: I Salute You!

Christmas and New Year’s have passed, Three Kings Day is upon us and, in New Orleans where my younger child lives, parade season will be starting shortly, leading up to Mardi Gras.  The media is filled with ads about fitness, diets, New Year’s resolutions and the like, and we look forward to the ‘second half’ … Continued

January’s Worship Theme and Spiritual Exercise: “Solitude”

Our theme for the month is “Solitude.” January is often a time for resolutions, so here is a tough spiritual exercise! Spend one day WITHOUT YOUR CELL PHONE. Don’t look at it. Don’t turn it on. Don’t make a call. Don’t receive a call. Don’t text. Don’t check Facebook. Drive places using a paper map. … Continued

Lean In Links: Spotlight on Racism in Boston

In case you didn’t see it in the Boston Globe, the acclaimed seven-part Spotlight team report on racism in Boston is available online. And if the information on economic disparity shocks and amazes you, you can dig deeper in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s 2015 report “The Color of Wealth in Boston.”