Follen Blog

A New Letter from Our Partner Church

In November 2017, we received a letter from Follen’s Partner Church in Transylvania. Translated by Kathy Spang, the letter gives a full picture of current church life and events. It is addressed it to the members of Follen who visited last April and signed by the church’s minister, Rev. Jozsef Dimeny (right), and two church elders. … Continued

In the Interim: Down and Dirty

This has been a tough week from a number of perspectives:  my cousin passed away, and I traveled to Florida to eulogize and celebrate and mourn her.  She was a smart, incisive, funny person, much older than me, who had a career as a teacher and then philanthropist.  A person who spoke her mind, she … Continued

In the Community: Global Warming

Film and Panel Discussion on Global Warming:  Project Drawdown Monday, December 11, 7-8:30pm, Bedford Public Library Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming. “It will give you the best kind of hope, the kind that balances realism with radical vision.” Tom Athanasiou, The Nation There is no silver bullet for climate change because … Continued

December’s Worship Theme and Spiritual Exercise: “Promise”

Our Theme for December is Promise. This exercise is an opportunity for reflection. Has anyone ever broken a promise to you? Have you ever broken a promise to someone else? When you look back on the broken promises in your life, what did you learn from them? How have these broken promies affected your faith—in … Continued

Members’ Blog: Gary Smith Says “Take Joy”

“The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet, within our reach, is joy. Take joy.” Take Thanksgiving Sunday, the 19th, nine days ago, at Follen Community Church in East Lexington. The second service is at 11:30 and we’re there a little after 11, and the doors to the sanctuary are closed, and … Continued

In the Interim: Days of Remembrance

I’m writing this piece on Monday, November 20th – a couple of days earlier than usual — because of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance – a day to honor all of the transgender individuals we have been lost this year and in the years prior to this one. Transgender Day of … Continued

Follen Youth Raising Funds for Italy Trip

Follen youth Ben, Isabella and Venice are in Madrigals (honors chorus) at Arlington High. The Madrigals and band are going to perform all over Northern Italy; schools, churches, etc. over February school vacation. The band leader is from Italy and has arranged for all their engagements. In order to defray the costs, the kids are participating … Continued

In the Interim: Gradual by Gradual

When I was growing up my father would tell me stories about his parents. They were Russian immigrants (or maybe, Polish – it seems to have depended on where the border was at the time anyone was relating family history). My father’s parents came to the U.S. speaking no English and they learned about the … Continued

RE Search Committee Wants To Hear from You

We want to hear from if you have – or had – children in RE at Follen and if you have not. We will be exploring the role of RE in fulfilling Follen’s mission as well as your hopes for the future of RE and its incoming leader. There are multiple ways to share your thoughts: Listening … Continued