Upcoming Events

Visit the Follen Monthly Calendar to see all events at Follen

Children’s and Youth Choirs Singing in Service

We are looking forward to hearing our children’s and youth choirs sing at the October 20 service.

Please have the choir members at church by 9am for a morning rehearsal on October 20.

Because of the holiday, there is NO rehearsal Monday October 13. Thank you!

Anti-Racism Book Group

Anti-Racism Book Group

Sunday October 20, 6:30pm, Marshman

The book chosen for October is The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist, a comprehensive and detailed history of slavery in the USA and how it was critical in developing the enormous American economy. All are welcome.

Food For Thought: Worship

What Happens When We Worship

Thursday October 24, 6-8pm, Sacred Heart

UUs share Congregational Worship as their primary spiritual practice. Tom Schade, our Sabbatical minister will ask us to think and talk about the emotional process of worship at our October Food for Thought.  As usual, there will be both time to listen and time for discussion with the people at your table. We will serve a light meal of salads and sandwich fixings beginning at 6pm. No need to RSVP although if you require child care we request that you contact Sally Cassells at foodforthought@follen.org by October 21. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Transylvanian Hungarian Youth Folk Dance Troupe and Band

Transylvanian Hungarian Youth Folk Dance Troupe and Band

Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm, First Parish Church, Concord

Free will donations are welcome at the door.

The Vadrózsák Néptánccsoport (Wild Roses Folk Dance Group), is a native Hungarian folk dance group from Székelykeresztúr, in the Transylvanian region of Romania. They will travel in Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont, performing in colorful traditional costumes, as well as offering dance workshops. The group includes 17 dancers and musicians, 15 youth and two adults and are accompanied by the youth folk dance band “Lelkes Zenekar” (Enthusiastic Band).

The dances feature an exuberant display of intricate moves and patterns that invite participation. The live music is infectious and leaves the audience wanting to hear more. The members of the group are eager to share their excitement about their native dances and music with a New England audience. There will be several opportunities for instruction and workshops during their tour and each of the performances will be followed by an invitation to learn some simple dances.

Follen’s Partner Church Committee is organizing a car pool which will depart from Follen for the event. Contact Barbara Meikle (partnerchurch@follen.org) if you would like to join the group.

Deeper Than the Skin

Deeper Than the Skin


Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are singers and storytellers with a long history of friendship across race. On Saturday, November 2, in their acclaimed Deeper Than the Skin presentation, they will intersperse musical performance with personal stories about race and privilege.

The performance will be free; donations will be encouraged to help Follen Church match a UU Funding Program Challenge Grant supporting our antiracist Music Friendship Initiative. Doors will open at 7 pm for a 7:30pm performance.

The next morning, Sunday, November 3, Reggie and Greg will lead an intergenerational worship service at 10:30am.

How are people affected by what they offer?

  • Deeper Than the Skin is an absolutely amazing experience. Not a performance (although these are two fine performers) but an experience. If you are anywhere within reach of this, don’t miss it.”
  • “Greg and Reggie are two of the most engaging performers [and] to share their deepest concerns and memories is a rare privilege in a very memorable evening….This presentation is an affirmation of the notion that a more perfect union begins with us.”
  • “I think many of us felt that the music and storytelling is a ministry that’s making the world a better place, in a moving and beautiful way.”

For more information, see the event flyerthe Deeper Than the Skin website, or contact Follen member Dottie Vacca (pcat@follen.org).

Octagon Dinners: Coming in November

Octagon Dinners are Coming in November!

Octagon Dinners are a unique opportunity to connect in a small group setting with either adults only or families. These popular dinners will take place at Steph Chiha’s home in Arlington Heights for adults (Nov. 9 and 22) or Jen Vandiver’s home in Lexington for adults and children (Nov 3 and 16). Please go onto SignUp Genius (see links below) to pick the evening you would like to attend. Steph or Jen will contact you with what you can bring for the meal and discuss any food restrictions once the group has been established.

Sunday, November 3, 6-8pm – Sign up here. (Families)
Saturday, November 9, 6-9pm – Sign up here. (Adults Only)
Saturday, November 16, 6-8pm – Sign up here. (Families)
Friday, November 22, 6-9pm  – Sign up here. (Adults Only)

Questions? octagon@follen.org

Join Our Choirs!

Combined Youth and Children’s Choirs

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm. Until the Community Center is done, we will meet at the Sacred Heart Lower Level (until construction is complete). New members are welcome!

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Adult Choir. 

Children’s Choir and Youth Choir

Children’s Choir (any and all grades 1-5) is on Mondays 4:00-4:45, starting Monday, September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Sunday, September 15, 12-12:45pm, Marshman Conference Room.

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Children’s Choir. 

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, starting on Monday September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Monday, September 16, 6:15-7:15pm, Sacred Heart, after first rehearsal

(RSVP to musicdirector@follen.org for pizza.)

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Youth Choir. 

Choir Connection Time (LIMBO)
Note that this fall we’ll have a 30-minute Choir Connection Buffer 4:45-5:15, for which all choir kids are encouraged to be present. This is a time that we’ll bring together members of both choirs for such special activities as creating a choir covenant, working on solo and small group pieces, playing instruments, or just hanging out and playing games!

Come January, this connection time will be used for working on choruses for our operetta, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to have a lead in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir for the year.

Please get in touch with Director of Music Vivian Montgomery if you’re interested in joining any choirs or if you have questions – . Looking forward to seeing you all soon for another big year of singing and playing!



Parking, Access, and Safety During Construction

Update from COG (Construction Oversight Group)

Never fear, Follenites! Despite outward appearances, you will be able to get into the Sanctuary during construction!


All the regular lots will be available and we will set aside the Mass Ave. spaces in front of Follen for folks with limited mobility. You can park along the fence on the Waldorf drive, but there won’t be a sidewalk, so take care. Please don’t park on Barnes Place (behind Marshman) – we are keeping the contractors from parking there and ask that you don’t either, at any time. Our neighbors there already have a lot to put up with!
A note about Follen’s parking lot:  please do not park there on weekdays between the hours of 7 and 5.  At those times Waldorf teachers use the left side, and our contractors need the right side available on very short notice for staging equipment and materials.  Feel free to use the lot in the late afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Since parking will be limited at Follen, if you have ever thought about biking to church, this fall would be a great time to try!


The walkway up to the Sanctuary front entry will be compacted dirt, until paving can go in. It will be safe for walking and for walkers. While we have a temporary ramp up to the Marshman floor level, for access to the offices, meeting room and accessible bathroom, we will not be able to have a temporary ramp into the Sanctuary right away. We will have a charming Port-a-Potty to the left of the entry, and of course, there will be bathrooms in the Waldorf School, where we will be having Hospitality Hour!


Please do not go through the fencing and into the construction site…however tempting! It is an active site and we don’t want to slow down our contractors by asking to give tours. We COG folks all have to wear hardhats and close-toed shoes just to have our site meetings: there are too many dangerous conditions to allow tours yet


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Alice and Valerie