Follen Blog

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.”

RE News This Week

No RE classes or nursery care Sunday December 31.  Classes and nursery resume at 10:30am on Sunday, January 7 for infants through grade 8. FUUY: There will be no FUUY gatherings until January 7 OWL (Our Whole Lives): resumes on January 4 at 6:15pm Coming of Age: resumes with a field trip to the UU Urban Ministry on January 6.

Learn More About the Capital Campaign 

Updated information about the Capital Campaign and the Building Project is available on the campaign website and in Coffee Hour, at the Capital Campaign table in the far corner of the Community Center, where Committee members will be available to respond to questions and comments.

Thanks for a Great Year of Christmas Trees!

Thanks to you, this was a terrific year for Christmas Tree sales. We sold 767 trees and gave away another 33 to needy folks in Roxbury and Lexington. We totaled nearly $30,000 in sales, which means a more than $19,000 contribution to the church budget. Sixty-three family units signed up to sell or set up … Continued

RE News This Week

Christmas Eve Family Service Sunday December 24, 4pm, Sanctuary Our early service is perfect for families and younger children or all who wish to enter the holidays in a gentle, child-friendly way.  We’ll have special harp music, lessons and carols, and a candle-lighting ritual. Led by Deborah Weiner, with Claire Feingold Thoryn and Vivian Montgomery. Please Note There will … Continued

In the Community: MLK for Seniors

Martin Luther King Day Gathering for Lexington Seniors Monday January 15, Brookhaven, 1010 Waltham Street, from 1-3pm Honoring His Legacy,  Continuing His Message of Sharing As part of the fifth annual town-wide Martin Luther King Day of Service, Lexington seniors are invited to a gathering to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. It will be … Continued

In the Interim: O Christmas Tree!

Last week, we went to the Follen lot and – as we always do – purchased our tree. I was excited to put it up and recognized that on December 16, we were already participating in this ritual later than many folks.  When I was a kid, I used to go to a field near … Continued

Our Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta Is Under Way 

And You’re Welcome To Join! For our June production of Patience (directed by Sara Haugland, with musical preparation by Music Director Vivian Montgomery) all Follen youth are invited to take part as performers, and EVERYONE is invited to be a production volunteer, helping with sets, costumes, technical, publicity, props, kid-wrangling, and miscellany. To be part of … Continued