Follen Blog

October’s Worship Theme and Spiritual Exercise: “Mission”

Our theme for October is “Mission.” So I suggest, as a spiritual exercise, that you read Follen’s mission statement: “Reach out and welcome all, experiencing difference as opportunity; Pursue our spiritual paths independently and in fellowship, sharing our quest for understanding, wonder, and meaning; Commit ourselves to justice, service, and increased harmony with nature through … Continued

In the Interim: The Chalice Children

Last Sunday, after I had made my rounds to religious education classrooms to check in on folks, I was working in my office when a bunch of small people appeared at the door.  It was the PreK/K class along with their leaders, Paula Jaraush, Kristina Robinson, and Tuna Chatterjee.  They are engaged in a curriculum … Continued

Walking Hand-in-Hand with Immigrants

In March 2017, Follen Church committed itself to working with others to help provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants who are at risk of discrimination and deportation. Offering sanctuary is an expression of the first principle of Unitarian Universalism, “the worth and dignity of every person.” In March 2017, Follen Church committed itself to working with others … Continued

Follen at the Lexington Interfaith Garden

Follen is responsible to provide two volunteers twice monthly during the growing season. Instruction is provided, and kids 5 and older are welcome to help out. We need volunteers for: Saturday, September 23, 8-9:30 am Tuesday, October 10, 4:30-6pm Saturday, October 21, 8:30-10am For more information and to sign up contact Janet Lane or  check out the garden’s website.

RE News This Week

Classes Continue This Sunday for all ages at 10:30 Nursery, PreK/K, and Grade 1/2: lower level of the church Grades 3/4: Library Grades 5/6: Emerson/Alcott Room Grades 7/8: Marshman Center All classes run until 11:45. If you have questions, please see one of the members of the RE Action Team or Interim DRE Deb Weiner. An Experiment at Coffee Hour This … Continued

Capital Campaign Kicks Off With $1 Million Challenge

Full Target of $3.75 Million, Plans for Third Floor  The Follen Capital Campaign announced it has received a $1 million challenge grant from an anonymous member family. The $1 million will be granted if the rest of the campaign raises $2.75 million. The campaign raised $2.1 million from early pledgers this spring and has set a fall … Continued

In the Interim: Dreaming

  There is no escaping it:  while the calendar says it’s still summer (and the temperatures as well) vacation’s over, back to school and back to work have descended, and your ministry and support staff at Follen Church are fully back to work and preparing for Sundays through September and well into the fall and … Continued

In the Community: Lobbying, Screening, OmegaLab, and Mass Incarceration

“How to Be an Effective Citizen Lobbyist” Monday, September 18, 7- 9 pm, First Parish UU of Arlington Dr. Willie Parker Speaks at Brookline Women’s Health Services Tuesday, September 19, 6:45pm, Brookline Holiday Inn Dr. Willie J. Parker is an OB/GYN specializing in abortions and a reproductive justice advocate. He holds degrees from the University of … Continued

Seeking Nominees for the DRE Search Committee

Program Council is seeking nominees to serve on the Director of Religious Education Search Committee. The Committee will be tasked with the following: a) Gather input from across the Follen Congregation regarding the Religious Education Programs at Follen; b) Develop and finalize a job description to identify the roles and needs of the Director of … Continued

September’s Worship Theme: “Unlocked”

September 2017 Worship Theme: Unlocked Our worship theme this month was the brain child of Follen member Andrea Paquette, who is a member of the Worship and Music Action Team (WMAT). “Unlocked” can mean so mean things: freedom, liberty, a new beginning, an achievement reached, a new possibility uncovered. Locks are symbols of promises and … Continued