Follen Blog

Capital Campaign Passes $2.4 Million,  Approaches $2.75 Million

Reaching Out for Final Pledges and 100% Participation The Follen Capital Campaign is reaching out to gather the final pledges from the congregation by early November. “We are confident we will reach the goal, but we need every pledge to get there,” said Brad Howe, Capital Campaign Chair. “We’re aiming for 100 percent participation. If you haven’t … Continued

In the Community: Gun Violence Prevention, Refugee Stories

Justice and Healing, An Evening with AG Maura Healey and Liz Walker Thursday, November 2, 7pm, Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley Follen’s Gun Violence Prevention Group recommends this event. Learn from these leaders in leaders in gun violence prevention and healing of those traumatized by gun violence.   Yearning To Breathe Free: Refugee Stories Through Music, Words, … Continued

Travel Blog: Follenites on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage

About 10 Follenites are now (October 21-28) on the Living Legacy Civil Rights Pilgrimage though the South. Follen member Dottie Vacca shares updates from the road: Saturday and Sunday: Birmingham, Alabama Greetings from Birmingham. We arrived Saturday to a welcome orientation and dinner and conversation. Here is a subgroup (left) on Sunday morning as we prepared … Continued

In the Community: Civil Rights Film, Confederate Monuments, Story Slam! and music

Civil Rights Film at Cary Library Saturday, October 21, 11:00am, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington The award-winning documentary film Passage At St. Augustine tells the story of the 15-month battle that led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It is a thoughtful point of departure for a constructive and candid conversation about race, history … Continued

In the Interim: #MeToo

This week’s news cycle has focused (at least to some considerable degree) on producer Harvey Weinstein and his deplorable behavior…which now apparently extends to his brother and threatens to close down one of the most powerful entertainment production companies in Hollywood.  It didn’t seem to matter that several actresses (Rose MacGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow) named … Continued

DRE Search Committee Named

Working with the RE Action Team and Nominating Committee, Follen’s Program Council is delighted to announce that a search committee has been formed to find and hire our next Director of Religious Education. We are planning on commissioning the committee at the October 22 Sunday Service. Members are: Lisa Levey Janet Lane Ann Bobo Lynn Arenella Adria … Continued

In the Community: A Play, A Film, Local Volunteers Needed

  Welcome to Leith: White Supremacy Challenged in Small-Town America Friday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM, First Parish UU Bedford Welcome to Leith is an award-winning important film about how a white supremacist tries to take over a small town in North Dakota.  As his behavior becomes more threatening, residents wrestle with democratic principles as they try to get rid … Continued

In the Interim: Look! A Linotype!

For years there has been a joke in my husband’s family which involves a linotype, a now-outdated machine used for setting type on printing presses and at newspapers.  Not a lot of people knew what linotypes were, and the name was such that it was easy to distract someone by shouting out that phrase to … Continued

Follenites Invited to 450th Anniversary Celebration in Transylvania

Celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Unitarian Church. Join the Roots Pilgrimage, July 9-17, 2018, sponsored by the UU Partner Church Council (UUPCC) and the Hungarian Unitarian Church. The invitation to participate in the 8-day program is also extended to members of Kings Chapel, First Parish in Weston, UU Society of Wellesley Hills and First … Continued

Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts Is Coming

A update from Lori Kenschaft of the Mass Incarceration Working Group at First Parish UU, Arlington, MA: Some degree of comprehensive criminal justice reform is very likely in the next few months.  The question is how much. The State Senate is expected to vote on its omnibus bill, S.2170, sometime in the next two weeks, … Continued